Finally some sanity on the ‘safe and effective’ Pharma lie, bullying parents for shots that kill and states on on the hook for medical expenses. Worst than the opioid crisis. Read More. Republican Sen. Paul Lundeen waits for his turn at the podium as Democratic Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg speaks during debate of Senate Bill 19-181 at the Colorado State Capitol March 12, 2019, in Denver. Finally some sanity on the ‘safe and effective’ Pharma lie. States on on the hook for medical expenses. Worst than the opioid crisis.
A bill that would have made it more difficult for parents to exempt their children from the vaccine requirements for public schools — legislation that consumed the General Assembly during the final days of the session — died Thursday.
Senate Democrats, who hold a narrow majority, cleared their crowded calendar Wednesday evening to hold a four-hour hearing on the bill only to delay debate on it Thursday, effectively killing its chances of becoming law.
House Bill 1312 would have required parents who want to exempt their children from vaccinations to fill out a form in person at a state health department office rather than simply giving the child’s school a note upon enrollment.
It had the overwhelming support of local and state health experts, who saw its passage as a small step toward protecting Colorado from a measles outbreak such as those taking place in Washington, California and New York.
It wasn’t clear exactly why Democrats killed the bill Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, said part of the problem was the lack of hours left to debate the bill.
“Republicans were not willing to let the vaccine bill come to a vote without hours and hours of debate, which would have prevented us from delivering on priority bills,” he said.
Democrats technically have the power to limit debate, but Fenberg didn’t feel it was “appropriate” for this particular bill.