The House Health, Education, and Welfare committee in the RI statehouse will hear four bills that relate to the topic of informed consent and the HPV vaccine.
3 bills are good bills, and one bill is very NOT good.
*The philosophical exemption bill (H 7686) http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H7686.pdf
*The parental choice bill (H 7576) http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H7576.pdf
* the informed consent bill (H 7704) http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H7704.pdf
*OPPOSE the database tracking bill (H 7882)
The tracking bill is extra concerning since most people are unaware that the RI Dept of Health tracks all children from birth in their KidsNet database since 1999. There is no opt out option, and it is not set up as opt in. This new bill will make that same database for all residents in RI, and it tracks much more then just vaccinations.
If you are unable to attend but still want to have your voice heard you can still submit testimony (see below) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the needed copies will be printed and submitted for you. You can also email the committee members (we suggest you do both) via www.endhpv2017.nohpvmandateri.com
The hearing will begin at the Rise of the House at about 4:30 PM, but we are asking supporters to arrive around 4PM to allow time to sign up to testify OR TO SIGN UP JUST IN SUPPORT of the bills, as you are not required to testify
BE SURE TO ADD #NOHPVmandateRI UNDER ORGANIZATION AFFILIATION WHEN SIGNING IN, this shows the committee the force of one message and group of citizens coming together is strong.
We suggest that you submit a page or two of relevant documentation such as your story of vaccine injury, government documents, science, etc. You’re testimony is much more powerful with written documentation and will be kept in the record if it is written down. Though only your personal opinion is still good too.
If you choose to submit written testimony:
~ You will need to make 38copies total – the house will need 23 copies, the senate will need 15, these will be handed into the clerk. (senate hearing TBT)
~ Include your name and bill number(s) at the top of your testimony
~ Please do not submit a verbatim script of your testimony. Use this as your opportunity to enrich your verbal statements with evidence, more information that you did not have time to say etc. You can submit written testimony only if you don’t wish to speak on the microphone.
~ Be brief and concise. You should keep testimony under two pages.
For those who are new to testifying would like more information see below:
~ If you can get to the hearing room early, you can sign in with the clerk in room 101 for the house committee (HEW) hearings
~ They are usually very strict about the 2 minute time limit when you testify. It may be helpful to write out a page of testimony in advance and time yourself to see if you can fit all of your points into 2 minutes. Be to the point.
Facebook Event Link ~ you can invite friends into the event which will give them a reminder via facebook notifications and share the event link on your personal wall.