Bill would tighten rules for vaccine exemptions in Illinois
By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) -
An Illinois lawmaker wants to tighten the rules for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccination requirements because of religious beliefs.
State Sen. John Mulroe's bill would require parents to submit an objection form with a "religious exemption statement" from a religious official. The child's regular doctor or medical provider also would be required to sign the form.
Under current state law parents must only submit a statement detailing their religious objection.
Mulroe says the legislation is a response to a recent measles outbreak in suburban Chicago. The Chicago Democrat says: "What we don't want is someone's personal beliefs putting other people at risk."
The measure would also require the Illinois State Board of Education to publish a list of certified exemptions online.