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2011 Senate Bill 5005: Certification of exemption from immunization
  1. Introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser (Kent) (D) on January 10, 2011, to broaden the authority to furnish a certificate to exempt a child from immunization from licensed physicians to other health care practitioners, such as naturopaths, or physicians assistants. Requires that the certification must include a statement stating that the health care practitioners provided the parent or guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization (Companion: HB 1015).
    • Referred to the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee on January 10, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 20, 2011.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. James Hargrove (Hoquiam) (D) on February 22, 2011, to clarify that the disclosure statement addresses the benefits and risks of the immunization to the child. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 22, 2011.
  2. Passed 35 to 11 in the Senate on February 22, 2011, to broaden the authority to furnish a certificate to exempt a child from immunization from licensed physicians to other health care practitioners, such as naturopaths, or physicians assistants. Requires that the certification must include a statement stating that the health care practitioners provided the parent or guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization to the child.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 23, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 23, 2011.
      • Amendment offered in the House on March 16, 2011, to provide liability protection to health care practitioners who, in good faith, sign the immunization exemption forms stating that immunization information on the benefits and risks to the child has been provided to the parent or legal guardian. The amendment also allows a health care practitioner to sign the form stating that immunization information on the benefits and risks to the child has been provided to the parent or legal guardian at any time prior to the enrollment of the child in a school or licensed day care and allows photocopies of the form or a letter referencing the child's name to be accepted in lieu of the original form. The bill also excuses any parent who is exempting a child from immunization because of religious beliefs from the requirement to have the form signed by a health care practitioner, if the parent demonstrates membership in a religious body or church in which the religious beliefs or teachings preclude a health care practitioner from providing medical treatment to the child. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 16, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 21, 2011.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Hinkle, (R-Cle Elum) (R) on March 25, 2011, would clarify requirements and obligations for providing exemptions under the law, including changes to the forms and use of notary. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 25, 2011.
  4. Passed 66 to 29 in the House on March 25, 2011, to require the form used to exempt a child from school immunizations to include a statement, to be signed by a health care practitioner, that immunization information on the benefits and risks to the child has been provided to the parent or legal guardian.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on April 21, 2011, Senate concurred with the House amendments. Passed 34 to 12 in the Senate on April 21, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 10, 2011.

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