Assembly Bill A6676

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to a religious exemption from vaccination requirements

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Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-A6676 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S118
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§2164 & 2168, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: A8676, S7362
2021-2022: A9913, S2677

2023-A6676 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides a religious exemption from vaccination requirements for school attendance.

2023-A6676 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6676
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                              April 28, 2023
                                ___________
 
 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.
                                                            LBD00517-01-3
              

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Tracichiarello
1 month ago

Parents have the God-given right to make all medical decisions regarding their children. Especially when it comes to vaccines.

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