Mandatory Vaccination Bill – OPPOSE

ATTENTION ALL OREGONIANS FOR MEDICAL FREEDOM MEMBERS: We wanted to let you know that we have just been alerted that Representative Mitch Greenlick has released a public statement that he plans to introduce legislation that would remove ALL exemptions except medical exemptions for vaccines. See below for his “Mitch Message”

OFMF is actively working on our response strategy to this latest news. We have already had members active in the capitol and will continue that work while adjusting and updating our efforts to address this latest alert. We do not have a bill number yet, but will be updating this page when one is assigned.

Please continue your work, respectfully educating and requesting meetings with your Senators and Representatives.

Key Points:

Mandating Vaccination for ALL students in Oregon for school attendance will impact 31,521 students that have filed a non-medical exemption

Exempt in Oregon means the student didn’t receive ALL 31 of 31 required vaccines for school attendance.

Oregon has extremely high MMR rates across all counties.

OHA data on high vaccination rates across Oregon.

7.5% of kindergarteners file an exemption form, meaning they could simply be exempt from ONE vaccine and not ALL vaccines.

Only 2.6% of students in K-12 are 100% UNVACCINATED so that means of the people who filed an exemption, 66% of them partially vaccinated their kids! (Because only 2.6% of the 7.5% of exemptions did no vaccines, that means 4.9% did vaccinate, 4.9/7.5=65%)

Exemption rates go up naturally over time as a new vaccine is added to the schedule, parents are opting out until they are ready.

You can call and email the House Health Care Committee members to let them know why you oppose this proposed legislation.

Be sure to let the representative know if you are a constituent.
House Health Care Committee

Chair:
Representative Mitch Greenlick
[email protected]
503-986-1433
Vice-Chair:
Representative Cedric Hayden
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503-986-1407
Vice-Chair: Representative Rob Nosse
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503-986-1442
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon
[email protected]
503-986-1422
Representative Denyc Boles
[email protected]
503-986-1419
Representative Christine Drazan
[email protected]
503-986-1439
Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
[email protected]
503-986-1446
Representative Tiffiny Mitchell
[email protected]
503-986-1432
Representative Ron Noble
[email protected]
503-986-1424
Representative Rachel Prusak
[email protected]
503-986-1437
Representative Andrea Salinas
[email protected]
503-986-1438

The Mitch Message
February 3, 2019

The 80th Session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly is open and is hard at work. This is special for me because I have decided not to run for re-election in 2020. I never imagined I would serve nine terms in the House when I first considered running back in 1999. But it has been a
wonderful ride and I look forward to serving in the House the next two years.

The session started off with a bang. This was because of a change in our schedule. As in recent years we came into session for one day, on the second Monday of January. We were sworn in, organized the House, and introduced several hundred bills that had been prepared for pre-session filing. We then joined the Senate to receive the Governor’s State of the State Address. What change this year is what happened then. Previously we reconvened in early February which gave time for the bills which had been introduced to be referred to committees, for the committee staff and leadership to review bills and to plan their orderly disposition.

This year several legislators requested a change in schedule to assure that the Legislature adjourned Sine Die before July 4. To achieve this objective, we reconvened on January 22 and the committees began meeting and hearing bills immediately. To add to the complexity, we spent four days in January after the opening day in intensive training, work designed to help us improve the culture of the Legislature to make it a more welcoming, open, equitable place in which to work and visit.

As usual, I have a pretty complex personal legislative agenda. In addition, my job as chair of the House Committee on Health Care has gotten more difficult because the committee’s scheduled meeting time has been reduced. But we continue to have a very large number of bills assigned to us. I have been told I have to stop being “Mr. Niceguy”, trying to get bills passed for everybody.

The fact that this will be my last long session definitely influence the choice of bills on which I will focus. The number of personal bills I can introduce is limited during next year’s short session. Consequently, this is going to be my last shot to affect policy in several critical areas.

High among my objectives will be an attempt to reduce the use of the death penalty. I remember arguing, during my first campaign, that the death penalty was both morally and fiscally unacceptable. I continue to feel that way and will work to reduce the circumstances eligible for the
death penalty.

I have a proposal to expand the opportunity to use our system of Death With Dignity. We have provided people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness some ability to control the circumstances surrounding their ultimate death. This has been a wonderful program
and has eased suffering for many people since the program began. But many people have been unable to receive help they desire, and it is time to consider modifications that will expand its availability.

And to ensure that I am embroiled in sufficient controversy, I have decided to get into the vaccination controversy. I have been worried for some time about the high number of unvaccinated kids in our school system. The terrible outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Washington has heightened my anxiety. Under current statutes children may be exempted from required vaccinations for medical reasons or simply because their parents declare they want their child to be exempted on philosophical grounds.

I am preparing legislation that will retain the medical exemption but will eliminate non-medical grounds for an exemption. I am willing to accept the argument that parents have the right to decide if their child can be vaccinated. But that does not give them the right to send an unvaccinated child into a school, where their presence creates a hazard to themselves and other kids.

My experience tells me one or the other of these topics exposes my office to angry encounters with those who disagree — in person, by phone, and by email. But I am not willing to be intimidated from taking what I consider to be the right path for Oregon. In past sessions my stance on water fluoridation and on gun safety have triggered a tsunami of anger, but we learned to deal with it. We will deal with it this time as well.

As usual I have several other bills introduced; some old chestnuts, some new ideas. I will be addressing these proposals in future messages as they move along the process. Much of the responsibility for moving these measures will fall to my legislative director, Hannah
Snyder, who does a great job keeping legislation moving while overseeing constituent service activities. As usual we welcome email from constituents. So, keep in touch.

Mitch