HB 16-1164 (Pabon/Aguilar) Transfer Immunization Exemptions Duties to CDPHE

Originally Posted: February 5, 2016
Last Updated: March 18, 2016


Under current law, parents or students seeking an exemption from immunization requirements are required to submit documentation in support of the exemption to the student’s school. This bill would require the submission of documentation to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) instead of the school in order to reduce the burden of oversight on schools.


The Children’s Campaign supports this proposal. It would reduce the burden on schools and child care providers and allow the public to have more accurate information about immunization exemption rates in Colorado, which is important in the event of a communicable disease outbreak. It would also give parents better transparency about the vaccination rates at their children’s schools and standardize the process for parents claiming exemptions from immunizations, further reducing the burden on schools.

Current Status

Scheduled to be brought back up on second reading in the House on Monday, March 21.

Previous Statuses

March 11, 2016

The bill initially passed on second reading in the House this week, but due to the need for further discussion, it is scheduled to be brought back up on second reading again on Monday.

March 4, 2016

Scheduled for debate on the House floor on Monday, March 7.

February 26, 2016

The hearing in the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee included nearly seven hours of impassioned testimony. HB 16-1164 passed out of the House Committee on a party- line vote of 7-6. The bill now heads to the full House Floor.

February 19, 2016

Scheduled to be heard by the House Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0107.

February 5, 2016

Introduced In House and assigned to the Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee.