Legislative Efforts

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Mandate Legislative History.

Health Choice Maine (HCM) has been in the fight against mandates for a very long time. Here’s a timeline of legislative efforts we’ve worked for and against.

2023

LD 51 FAILED

An Act to Restore Religious and Philosophical Exemptions to Immunization Requirements
HCM is supported this bill, that would have reinstated Religious and Philosophical exemptions to all students, and certain healthcare facilities.

2023
Mar 9, 2022

LD 867 FAILED

An Act To Prohibit Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 Years To Allow for Safety Testing and Investigations into Reproductive Harm
HCM supported this bill that would have prevented State-issued mandates for the COVID vaccine for five years, to allow for scientific review of safety data.

Mar 9, 2022
Fall 2021

Rule Change

DHHS Rule Change required the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees of certain healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes.

Fall 2021
Jun 7, 2021

LD 96 FAILED

An Act To Create Fairness in the Treatment of Students by Retaining Students with Certain Vaccine Exemptions
HCM supported this bill that would have exempted all students already attending school as of Sept 1, 2021 from the removal of Religious or Philosophical exemptions. So current students would have been able to finish school, and the law would have only applied to new students entering the education system.

Jun 7, 2021
Jun 7, 2021

LD 156 FAILED

An Act To Promote School Attendance by Exempting Virtual Public Charter School and Private School Students from Immunization Requirements
HCM supported this bill that would have exempted children who attend virtual public charter schools and private schools from immunization requirements. It would also have required the Legislature to enact laws necessary to assure all school administrative units made suitable provisions for the education of every child residing in the school administrative unit.

Jun 7, 2021
Jun 3, 2021

LD 1082 FAILED

An Act To Improve Educational Opportunities by Exempting Children Who Attend Virtual Public Charter Schools from Immunization Requirements and Expanding Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools
HCM supported this bill that would have increased enrollment at virtual public charter schools from 1,000 to 1,500 and exempted children attending virtual pubic charter schools from immunization requirements

Jun 3, 2021
Spring 2021

Rule Change

DHHS Rule Change added flu shots to the required schedule for Healthcare Workers and gave itself the power to institute mass vaccination mandates during public health emergencies.

Spring 2021
Nov 16, 2020

LD 2117 FAILED

An Act To Expand and Rename the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program
HCM opposed this bill that would have required a database be used by all pharmacists and physicians, to report all medications prescribed to someone. It would have allowed DHHS to collect your name, address, birthdate, prescriptions, and other private, sensitive details, that would have been accessible by a long list of employees. DHHS actually submitted testimony in support of this additional ability. The bill died upon conclusion of the 129th Legislature, Nov 16, 2020.

Nov 16, 2020
Spring 2020

LD 2046 FAILED

An Act Regarding Immunizations
HCM was neutral on this bill, dubbed as the “fix it bill.” This bill was intended to correct oversights and mistakes that were made in the poorly written LD798 bill. This bill would have exempted students attending virtual public charter schools. The bill died in committee because of the pandemic shutdown, upon conclusion of the 129th Legislature, Nov 16, 2020.

Spring 2020
Jun 17, 2019

LD 1001 FAILED

An Act To Ensure Parents’ Access to Their Minor and Adult Children with Special Needs
HCM supported this bill that would have ensured that even during a state of emergency, parents and guardians of children and persons with special needs, who are admitted into a hospital or care facility, could accompany their child. The bill died between houses, Jun 30, 2021.

Jun 17, 2019
Jun 4, 2019

LD 1616 FAILED

An Act To Establish the Vaccine Consumer Protection Program
HCM supported this consumer protection bill that would have created an oversight board, created a Maine-specific database for vaccine injury, required that there be qualified physicians in Maine able to assess, diagnose, and treat vaccine-related adverse events, and would have protected physicians who wrote medical exemptions.

Jun 4, 2019
May 24, 2019

LD 798 PASSED

An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements
Here’s where it really all began. In spite of a lot of propaganda and misunderstood beliefs, this bill removed all Religious and Philosophical exemptions for ALL K-12, Post-Secondary, and Healthcare Workers. HCM vigorously opposed this bill.

May 24, 2019
Maine State House image by J. Stephen Conn

Bill LD 51: Overview and Updates

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LD 51 Testimony Videos Posted on BitChute

https://www.bitchute.com/video/tJ0xz8gLuVok/ We had some amazing people testifying on behalf of medical freedom during the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting for the LD 51 bill. We’ve started a new BitChute channel where we can post…

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LD 51: Work Session and Next Steps

Congratulations to everyone who showed up to attend the rally and testify for LD 51! The testimony went on for 12 hours and 17 minutes and over 300 people gave testimony in favor of the…

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