by Guy Page
Neither bill supported by Health Choice Vermont, a Waitsfield-based advocacy group opposed to mandatory vaccination, survived the Friday March 12 crossover deadline in the Vermont House of Representatives. According to House rules, because the bills were not passed out of their committees of jurisdiction by “crossover” on March 12, they are not eligible to be passed into law this year.
Both of these bills are in the House Committee on Human Services, are supported by Health Choice Vermont and were sponsored by Rep. Vicki Strong (R-Albany) and sponsored by five other representatives, including a Democrat and an independent:
- H283: to recognize and prohibit interference with an individual’s rights to bodily autonomy.
- H322: to expand vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren would allow parents to weigh each vaccine decision privately with healthcare practitioners and potentially “opt out,” Health Choice Vermont said.
Although the bills cannot proceed to passage this year without an exemption from the House rules, committees may hold hearings on bills that didn’t survive crossover in consideration of being taken up again next year.