Your action is needed to oppose Senate Bill 20-163 School Entry Immunization, which violates parental rights. Both CHEC and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) oppose this bill. (Find full explanation here.)
Current status as of 2/21/20:
The hearing in the Senate Health & Human Services committee began on Wednesday, February 19th around 10am and went until Thursday, February 20th around 1:30am. Although all the committee members were concerned about many aspects of the bill, it passed through the committee on a party-line vote of 3-2. Both Senate sponsors have articulated that their intent is not to include homeschoolers in this bill, we are working with Senators to amend to bill to clearly exclude homeschoolers.
The bill is now scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, February 25th. This committee only looks at the fiscal note and determines if it is something they want to fund. No testimony will be taken. Next, it goes to the Senate floor for a debate where amendments to fix all the problems with the bill will be presented and voted on.
Thank you to Senators Lundeen and Smallwood, who fought hard against this bill in committee. We appreciate their knowledge of the subject and support for homeschoolers, parental rights, and religious freedom. Please send your thanks to them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Before you jump into the action steps below, we encourage you to read this information on Engaging with the Legislative Process.
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Here’s what you need to do:
1. Call and email the following Senators to state your opposition.
- Republican sponsor, Senator Kevin Priola (303-866-4855, firstname.lastname@example.org)
All Senate Democrats:
- Sponsor: Gonzales, Julie (303-866-4862, email@example.com)
- Bridges, Jeff (303-866-4846, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Danielson, Jessie (303-866-4856, email@example.com)
- Donovan, Kerry (303-866-4871, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Fenberg, Stephen (303-866-4872, email@example.com)
- Fields, Rhonda (303-866-4879, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Foote, Mike (303-866-5291, email@example.com)
- Garcia, Leroy (303-866-4878, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ginal, Joann (303-866-4841, email@example.com)
- Hansen, Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lee, Pete (303-866-6364, email@example.com)
- Moreno, Dominick (303-866-4857, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Pettersen, Brittany (303-866-4859, email@example.com)
- Rodriguez, Robert (303-866-4852, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Story, Tammy (303-866-4873, email@example.com)
- Todd, Nancy (303-866-3432, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Williams, Angela (303-866-4864, email@example.com)
- Winter, Faith (303-866-4863, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Zenzinger, Rachel (303-866-4840, email@example.com)
When you call, ask the Senator or their aide why they support this. Listen and glean from their answer. Ask further clarifying questions if needed to understand their position. Before ending the call, express your opposition to the bill. If you must leave a message, ask them to oppose this bill.
When emailing, use the information gathered from your call to address their expressed concerns. If you didn’t get to speak with anyone, keep the email brief by using bullet points to express your opposition.
NOTE: During the Senate Health & Human Services Committee hearing, these were the issues that the Senators were concerned about so you might want to emphasize these problems with the bill:
- inclusion of homeschoolers
- lack of data privacy in the centralized database
- tracking of the minority (those who delay or don’t vaccinate) through a centralized database
- changing religious and personal exemptions to one “nonmedical” exemption
- lack of balance in the department’s form and online education module
2. Attend the Senate Floor Debate
Show your opposition by being among those who will fill the Senate gallery during the Senate debate. The number of people showing up does mean something to the legislators and it gives strength to those fighting for our freedom! It should last several hours, so make sure to bring water and snacks.
If you can’t attend in person, you can listen from home here.
3. Inform your friends.
We are stronger when we stand together. Please email your friends and share the link for this page on social media (CHEC.org/alert) to get the word out about this serious attack on parental rights.
4. Pray fervently.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever He will.” (Proverbs 21:1)
Ultimately, only God is able to change the hearts of our leaders so that this bill is stopped. Let’s call on Him!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Although CHEC neither encourages nor discourages parents from immunizing their children, we oppose all attempts by the state to interfere with parents deciding what is best for their children, especially when the state seeks to require burdensome paperwork or create databases to track its citizens.