Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2023||
referred to health
Senate Bill S118
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S118 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S118 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S118 SPONSOR: GALLIVAN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to an exemption from certain vaccination requirements for school attendance based upon reli- gious beliefs PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation restores the ability of families to opt not to have their child(ren) immunized in order to be admitted or received into a school or attending a school due to their sincere and religious beliefs, which are contrary to the requirement for such immunization. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 9. Section 2 Subdivision 6 of section 2164 of the public health law, as 9
2023-S118 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 118 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 4, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sens. GALLIVAN, BORRELLO, MATTERA, OBERACKER, WEIK -- read twice and ordered printed, 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 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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