A bipartisan proposal to remove the “personal conviction” exception to the state’s school vaccination law is now circulating for additional legislative cosponsors in the State Capitol. Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, the primary author of the bill, circulated the legislation on Tuesday, citing the national rise in measles cases and a troubling increase in the number of Wisconsin students seeking a waiver from vaccination requirements.
The Society has long supported tightening the exceptions available under current law, which, along with the personal conviction exception, includes both medical and religious waivers. Society President Chip Morris, MD, praised the proposal in this statement and urged all members of the state legislature to sign on as cosponsors.
The bill was also a topic of Wednesday’s Doctor Day 2019 event, which brought more than 300 physicians and medical students to Madison to advocate for patients and the medical profession. All attendees delivered this issue paper about the personal conviction exception during legislative visits.
If you wish to contact your State Senator and Representative to the State Assembly to ask their support for the bill, you can find your elected officials’ contact information on the state legislature’s website. Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations Department for more information.
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