assembly Bill A8676

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to a religious exemption from vaccination requirements

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Jul 13, 2020 held for consideration in health
Jan 08, 2020 referred to health
Oct 23, 2019 referred to health

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A8676 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S7362
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§2164 & 2168, Pub Health L

A8676 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides a religious exemption from vaccination requirements for school attendance.

A8676 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  8676

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            October 23, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. DiPIETRO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Health

AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to an exemption from
  certain vaccination requirements  for  school  attendance  based  upon
  religious beliefs

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 2164 of the public health law is amended by  adding
a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO CHILDREN WHOSE PARENT, PARENTS, OR
GUARDIAN HOLD GENUINE AND SINCERE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS WHICH  ARE  CONTRARY
TO  THE  PRACTICES HEREIN REQUIRED, AND NO CERTIFICATE SHALL BE REQUIRED
AS A PREREQUISITE TO SUCH  CHILDREN  BEING  ADMITTED  OR  RECEIVED  INTO
SCHOOL OR ATTENDING SCHOOL.
  §  2.  Subdivision  6  of  section  2164  of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 35 of the  laws  of  2019,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  6.  In  the  event that a person in parental relation to a child makes
application for admission of such child to  a  school  or  has  a  child
attending  school  and  there  exists no certificate or other acceptable
evidence of  the  child's  immunization  against  poliomyelitis,  mumps,
measles,  diphtheria,  rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pertussis, teta-
nus, and, where applicable, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib),  menin-
gococcal  disease,  and  pneumococcal  disease,  the principal, teacher,
owner or person in charge of the school shall inform such person of  the
necessity  to  have  the  child immunized, that such immunization may be
administered by any health practitioner, or that the child may be immun-
ized without charge by the health officer in the county where the  child
resides,  if  such person executes a consent therefor. In the event that
such person does not wish to select a health practitioner to  administer
the  immunization,  he  or she shall be provided with a form which shall

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.