House Representative

Krause, Matt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/26/2017

REPRESENTATIVE MATT KRAUSE'S HOUSE BILL 1124 HEARD IN THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Yesterday, Representative Matt Krause laid out House Bill 1124 before the House Committee on Public Health. House Bill 1124 allows parents to print a blank vaccine exemption affidavit form from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and submit them to the school, instead of the tedious, time wasting process requesting the affidavit from DSHS, having the form mailed through the United States Postal Service, filled out, and mailed again, which is the current process.

"Since I assumed office in 2013, I have made it a priority to defend liberties for the people of Texas. House Bill 1124 fights for the rights of parents to be the arbitrator on their child's vaccination options by eliminating unnecessary burdens that are presently in place." Representative Krause added, "Families who wish to receive an exemption affidavit from the state will ultimately jump through the hoops to get one, but under the current system, for a parent to receive a vaccine exemption for their child, they must undergo a lengthy and inefficient administrative process. Ultimately, this bill seeks to alleviate privacy concerns from parents as well as preserving state resources by simplifying the process. House Bill 1124 will also help children avoid the risk of missing school while waiting for exemption forms to be processed."

House Bill 1124 was left pending in the Public Health committee.

Contact: Clayton Knippa