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With one week in the books at our beloved State Capitol, The Iowa Standard wanted to highlight some of the “interesting” bills that were filed during Week 1. Among them, Senate Study Bill 3004 was sponsored by State Sen. Amy Sinclair as chair of the Senate Education Committee.

The bill provides that subject to medical or religious exemptions, only the state Board of Health may require additional immunizations on or after July 1, 2022, for enrollment in any licensed child care center or elementary or secondary school.

It also requires the provisions of the Code section to be implemented uniformly throughout Iowa and supersede and preempt any local legislation adopted by a local governmental entity that conflicts with any provision of the Code section related to require immunizations of children for enrollment in any licensed child care center or elementary or secondary school.

It also states medical and religious exemptions for required vaccinations apply in times of emergency or epidemic as determined by the state Board of Health and as declared by the Director of Public Health.

Author: The Iowa Standard

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