Public Hearing on Vaccinations – February 19, 2020

Posted on February 14, 2020 by admin


On Wednesday, February 19th, the Public Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 5044, An Act Concerning Immunizations. If this bill becomes law, it would effectively end the religious exemption for certain vaccines.

Public Health Committee – Public Hearing on Vaccines

Legislative Office Building, Room 2E, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

Next Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Proponents of the legislation believe this is a matter of public health while opponents believe this is a violation of religious freedom and that parents should be able to make this decision for their children.

I know many of you have strong opinions on this issue, both for and against the religious exemption. As your state representative, I would like to hear your thoughts.

If you wish to testify in person or submit testimony online, please follow the instructions below. Your input is critical as the General Assembly discusses this very important issue.

For those who prefer not to submit testimony, but would like to have your voice heard, I have put together a survey that allows for comment. The results will be kept confidential and the information gathered would only be discussed in a cumulative sense.

I welcome your opinions and would be happy to discuss this issue with you directly.

To take the survey, please click here or on the image below.

How to Testify in Person

  • Come to hearing room 2E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020.

  • Sign-ups for the hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the atrium on the first floor of the LOB.

  • The first hour of the hearing is reserved for elected officials.

  • Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

  • Tips and FAQs about testifying are available on our website by clicking here.

How to Submit Testimony Online

  • Send a brief email ASAP to phtestimony@cga.ct.govThe deadline for electronic testimony is 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18th.

  • Testimony must be in Word or PDF format.

  • Reference Draft Bill LCO #698 in the subject line.

  • Include your name and town.

  • You may copy me on the email at

  • If you cannot submit your testimony electronically, please submit one hard copy to Room 3000 of the LOB by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the hearing, February 19th.

  • Feel free to attend the hearing on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in hearing room 2E.

As always, if you’d like to discuss this issue or any state government matter, I am available to speak with you directly.

Office Phone: (860) 240-8700 or toll free (800) 842-1423