senate Bill S7362

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to a religious exemption from vaccination requirements

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee


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Jan 22, 2020 referred to health

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S7362 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8676
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§2164 & 2168, Pub Health L

S7362 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides a religious exemption from vaccination requirements for school attendance.

S7362 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7362 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7362

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. GALLIVAN, BORRELLO -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee 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
give  notice  that  as  a prerequisite to processing the application for
admission to, or for continued attendance at,  the  school  such  person
shall  state  a valid reason for withholding consent or consent shall be

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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