Sen. Ervin Yen To Reintroduce Oklahoma Mandatory Vaccination Bill

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Sen. Ervin Yen of Oklahoma introduced Senate Bill 830, which similar to California’s recent mandatory vaccination bill, removed all exemptions except for medical, for kids attending both public and private schools. He thought it was a shoe is as he publically rode the coattails fo the Disney “outbreak.” But the bill’s fate took an unexpected turn when the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, passed on the bill. That’s where Bill 830 was assigned and that’s where it also “seemingly” ended. Standridge justified his decision by saying that while he does vaccinate his children, he doesn’t believe Government intervention is the solution. According to TulsaWorld.

“After much thought and prayer, I would like to address the ongoing conversation about government-mandated vaccinations,” he wrote earlier this year. “Although I have had my children vaccinated, and believe some vaccinations are true life-savers, I believe vaccinations work best when parents and communities are educated by health professionals, not the government.”

While many thought this could be the end of the bill, it may have just been the beginning. Yen is now considering assigning it to a new committee in an effort to get it passed. Loopholes abound, it is something he can accomplish. Yen’s pushing the idea that the people of Oklahoma could face a similar fate as DisneyLand. A fate which resulted in just over 100 people contracting measles, no injuries and certainly no deaths. The aforementioned logic, of course, vastly overlooked throughout these campaigns nationwide. And as you can see, Oklahoma legislators are openly willing to do anything at all to get this passed.

Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, strongly supports the measure. He said House members are limited to eight bills, but he is considering starting it in the lower chamber.

“I am going to run some traps first to make sure it would get a hearing and have a fair shot at getting a vote on the House side before I use one of my bills,” said Cox, a doctor. (via TulsaWorld.)

He’d be willing to start his own lower chamber because an original committee declined a bill that would infringe personal rights, because as the committee chairman stated, infringing on personal rights is not a good idea. But the slipper slope continues on.

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