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Senate File 2172 advanced through committee on Tuesday by an 8-5, party-line vote. Every Democrat voted against the bill, which would require information of the last immunization be included on any death certificate of a 0-3-year old child in Iowa.

There are about 40 deaths per year in Iowa that would trigger such information. Sen. Jim Carlin (R-Sioux City) managed the bill through the committee.

“It doesn’t seem unreasonable to me that we should try to get good information, good data on this topic,” Carlin said.

Ultimately, Carlin said, the bill will result in data that cannot be argued.

Author: Jacob Hall