Bill Removing Childhood Vaccine Exemptions Clears Hurdle, Moves to Full House Vote

Oregon House Bill 3063 passed a final committee vote last week, and now moves on for a floor vote by the full House of Representatives. The bill would eliminate vaccination exemptions for children based on religious or philosophical beliefs.

93 percent of physicians agree with the current vaccine guidelines according to The National Institute of Health. Also, a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center found 86 percent of scientists with the American Association for the Advancement of Science think childhood vaccinations should be mandatory.

The budget committee’s vote was largely along party lines, 13-17

“This issue has been one of the most emotional issues I’ve seen in all of my years in the Legislature,” said state Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, at a hearing of the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

OPB reports Beyer voted to send the bill to the full House, saying it should be heard by the House and Senate. But he also said he’d be a “no” vote if the bill makes it to his chamber.

“I think it goes too far,” Said Beyer.

It was a technicality that landed the bill in the Legislature’s budget committee. It allots $100,000 to the Oregon Health Authority for a campaign to make parents of the August 2020 deadline to their school age children immunized.

As we reported last week, the bill received a record number of comments, second only to a failed 2017 rent control bill. This year, another rent control bill was introduced, and passed.