House Bill 3063 will remove ALL non-medical exemptions in Oregon related to schools, charter schools, daycare, and preschools.
CALL TO ACTION 4/28/19
HB 3063 will be headed to the Oregon House of Representatives for a floor vote on May 6th.
We need you to CALL and EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
CALL: YOUR Representative – it is best to hear from constituents
EMAIL: YOUR Representative – it is best to hear from constituents
You can use our Call to Action tool to send a direct email (with the option to add your own words). This tool also knows which representatives are publicly opposed and will instead send them a thank you email. Or you can find your representative and email or call directly.
You may also contact ALL Oregon Representatives if you would like. Please note that mass emails could be considered as spam. There is a spreadsheet available for download from that link.
Previous meetings/public hearings
April 26th: HB 3063 Passed out of the Full Ways & Means Committee during the work session. It will be headed to the House Floor for a vote.
List of the Votes from 4/26/19
Senator Steiner Hayward
Representative Greg Smith
April 24th: HB 3063 Passed out of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means Human Services Subcommittee. This was after a public hearing and work session. Adopted amendments are -A49, -A50 and -A52.
March 14: HB 3063 Passed out of the Oregon House Health Care Committee with the -13 amendment. It is now awaiting assignment to a sub Joint Ways & Means Committee. You can sign up for emails to be alerted when the bill moves again. You can watch the recorded Work Session from 3/14 here.
How Can I Help Now?
🔹️It is important to keep the pressure on your legislators (representative and senator). Schedule in-person meetings with them, send them emails, write a letter. Find who represents you here.
—If you receive an email from them with their stance please send this information to Oregonians For Medical Freedom – DO NOT publish their stance publicly unless they have made it public on their webpage/facebook/social media. This is to protect those in support.
🔹️ Sign up for your legislator’s newsletters, go to their town halls.
🔹️Write letters to the editor. Tips on writing to your editor.
🔹️Consider reaching out to school boards. Superintendents. Principals of schools with high non-medical exemption rates. Let them know this bill will impact them as many families will be forced to leave.
🔹️ Daycares and preschool. Do you run one? Will this cause you to have to close your business? Make sure your legislators know this, this will impact small businesses.
Talking point ideas:
▶️ The financial impact on schools/daycare/preschool and those who run the business
▶️ Is there enough space for online spots? It was mentioned at the hearing there is 3% per district.
▶️ Medical exemptions are not “easy”, this was questioned at the work session. Watch Dr. Paul Cieslak explain here in a video at the work session how medical exemptions are obtained.
▶️ 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.