March 28th 2018 ~

March 28th 2018 ~

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    This bill gives the ability to write a note for any non casual contact disease vs needing an exemption form.

* the informed consent bill (H 7704) http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H7704.pdf

*OPPOSE the database tracking bill (H 7882)
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H7882.pdf
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 admin@nohpvmandateri.com 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.

If you can’t make it by 4p, Comment in this event or msg The FB page m.facebook.com/riagainsthpvmandate to be signed in ahead of your arrival to be sure you are signed in with the clerk.

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:

10 tips to testifying before a committee

~ 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.

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Bills introduced in BOTH the house and the senate!

Bills introduced in BOTH the house and the senate!

Exciting News in RI in February. Legislation has been introduced in both the house and the senate in support of the mission to advocate for informed consent.

Senate Bill  S2405

Introduced By:
Senators Metts, Morgan, Paolino, Cote, and Archambault
This bill will allow for opt out by note vs exemption for the HPV vaccine by the wording of “non-casual contact disease transmitted by sexual contact”. Any parent or guardian can furnish the decision to the institution in writing. All consent forms and correspondence sent to parents and guardians about vaccinations shall affirmatively notify them of the option to opt out of participation in the vaccination program.
This bill is great for informed consent and we support that it is a move in the right direction. However, this bill does not remove HPV or any other non-casual contact disease future vaccine from not being included in the student vaccination list needed for school. It creates a philosophical exemption for that type of vaccine. We need you to help us send a message requesting that there be an amendment to the bill that changes wording to not having non-casual contact diseases on the list of vaccinations for school inclusion at all.
House Bills H7576 and H7686
 H7576
Introduced By:
Representatives Roberts, Quattrocchi, Lancia, Price, and Chippendale
This bill is an exact duplicate of the senate bill discussed above.
H7686
Introduced By:
Representatives O`Grady, McKiernan, Price, Roberts, and Filippi
This bill will add the philosophical exemption option for the vaccination program back in for Rhode Island. You can state it is against your feelings of what is best for your family, and not choose to state it is against your religious beliefs.
At this time the bills have not been scheduled for a hearing yet.
TWO call to action Items-
1- Call the Governor and leave a msg if needed. Stating that you “are tired of waiting for her to take action. That the HPV vaccine was added to the school schedule by administrative order and should be removed by her administrative office immediately.”
401-222-2080
2Send a prewritten email to the members of the house and senate committee in support of the legislation above. Don’t forget to sign the email with your name and address. You will need to send two emails. One to the house committee and one to the senate committee. CLICK HERE
Thank you for your support in this. It takes us all to make this impact together and you are an integral part of that process. Share this message with friends and family to be sure we overload the legislators with contact from the public.
Hearing is scheduled for March 28th 2018