Public Comment on Vaccine Legislation Sets a Record

State officials tallied 2,109 public testimony and staff documents filed for a Feb. 28 hearing on Oregon House Bill 3063, more than any other hearing this legislative session. The bill would end nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccines in Oregon.

The response to bill 3063 is primarily pushback from anti-vaxxers. The Legislative Counsel is currently working on an amendment to the bill that may give parents some wiggle-room. The original version of the bill would have required state approval for medical exemptions, though the final law, if passed, could permit a physician to authorize an exemption.

The only hearing to ever generate more response was a 2017 rent control bill that failed – though a revised version passed this year.