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House Bill 397 — Immunization registry, opt in

House Bill 397 — Immunization registry, opt in

Parrish Miller
January 17, 2024

Bill Description: House Bill 397 would move Idaho's immunization registry from an opt-out model to an opt-in model. 

Rating: +1

Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

House Bill 397 would amend Section 39-4803, Idaho Code, which authorizes Idaho's controversial immunization registry that tracks the immunization status of Idaho children. While the bill doesn't address more fundamental questions about the constitutionality of the registry, it would move to a model where parents must affirmatively agree to have their child's immunization records tracked. This change would better protect the privacy of parents and children compared to the current system where the information is tracked unless a parent specifically opts out of participating. 


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