Opponents of childhood immunizations packed a Senate Health & Welfare Committee hearing yesterday on proposed changes to Idaho’s immunization registry, and after much testimony both for and against, the committee put off a vote on the first bill it was to take up and didn’t get to a second. Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin reports that the first proposal, SB 1012, would allow the voluntary registry to retain the name and date of birth of those who opt out of the registry, to make sure medical professionals don’t accidentally enter information of those who don’t want their information in the database. But opponents expressed concern that the government would retain that information and use it against them in the future; others said they didn’t want their names associated with a database they opted out of. Those testifying against the bill ranged from passionate immunization opponents to Idaho Freedom Foundation executive director Wayne Hoffman and “Pro-Life,” the perennial political candidate who legally changed his name from Marvin Richardson. You can read Davlin’s full report here at magicvalley.com.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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