Suffolk County Medical Society
Suffolk Academy of Medicine
Allowing Enhanced Religious Exemptions for School Based Immunizations Passed in Senate Education Committee
Senate Bill 6141D, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden, which would allow the admission of certain unvaccinated students to public schools, has passed out of the NYS Senate’s Education Committee and is reported to the Senate Finance Committee.
The passage of this bill is the first time that this bill has been voted on by members of any Senate committee. S. 6141-D amends the Education Law to provide the procedure for religious exemptions from vaccination requirements. Under the bill, a parent or guardian would complete a religious beliefs vaccination exemption form to ensure a public school district does not deny admission to their unvaccinated child. A religious exemption is currently allowable under NY State law, but the exemption allows the school institution to make a decision on whether the student should be exempt from vaccination.
This bill, if passed by the Legislature, would force schools to accept the form and allow unvaccinated students to enter the school. Its companion measure, A. 8123B, sponsored by Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, is also pending before the Assembly’s Education Committee.
Voting against the bill in the Senate Education Committee were: Senators Serrano, Mayer, and Brooks. Voting Yes, without recommendation were: Senators Peralta, Serino, Lavalle, Little, Stavisky and voting Yes were: Senators Marcellino, Gallivan, Avella, Hamiliton, Lanza, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Addabbo, Breslin. Senator Croci was listed as excused and Senator Montgomery was absent.
Physicians are urged to write to the members of the NYS Legislature and urge that this bill not be enacted.
To write a letter go to the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center.
The MSSNYPAC Executive Committee
Thomas J. Madejski, MD
Joseph R. Sellers, MD
Gregory Pinto, MD
Cordially invite you to
Physicians’ Day at the Races
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Saratoga Race Course
“At The Rail Pavilion”
Saratoga Springs, NY
$500/physician, $300/guest, $250/guest under 21
Ticket price includes clubhouse admission, post parade programs, a gourmet buffet lunch at your own trackside table (11:30 am - 2:30 pm), unlimited open bar, private viewing of the horses as they bring them from the paddock and private betting windows with a 1:00 pm post time.
Saratoga Stakes Races: Jim Dandy, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, and Amsterdam are scheduled for this date.
Dress: Neat casual attire. Gentlemen require collared shirts. Ladies require dresses, skirts or slack outfits. Jeans, shorts, sneakers, flip-flops or abbreviated wear are not permitted at the venue. Non-members of MSSNY are also welcome.
Visit www.mssnypac.org/events for further details.
Contact Jennifer Wilks at 518-465-8085 to secure tickets.
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Uniondale, NY
8:00am: Meeting Begins
12:00pm: Wrap Up & Box Lunch Served
The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
2018 Legislative Breakfast
2018 House of Delegates
Medical Professionals’ Conference
on Opioid Medication-Assisted Treatment
INCLUDING BUPRENORPHINE WAIVER TRAINING
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Presents the 212th Annual Meeting
& Installation of Officers
Incoming President: Ramin Rak, M.D.
To be held at ~ Lombardi’s on the Bay ~
located at 600 South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue
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