The hearing for this bill is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 217. HB 1124 would allow Texans to print a blank exemption affidavit directly from the DSHS website.
Currently, individuals who wish to utilize the state affidavit for “Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience” for either themselves or their children must go through a lengthy requesting process to receive the form from the State. The current process also requires that you provide a good bit of personal information to the State and the affidavit is mailed to you, pre-filled with your child's information in about 10 days.
Since Texans do not have to prove their religious or other deeply held beliefs to the state, and since the current statute says that the State cannot maintain a record of who requests the affidavit, a simplified process to obtain the affidavit is warranted.
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