SPRINGFIELD – A bill pushed by Democrat State Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Highwood) to require a statewide vaccination registry has been pushed down to sub-committee status after the House Human Services Committee failed to call HB 4244 for a vote Wednesday during its scheduled hearing.
State Rep. Amy Grant (R-Wheaton), who serves on the committee with Morgan, told Illinois Review Wednesday that a bill moved to subcommittee indicates one of two things: the bill would not be heard again this session, or it could be placed in subcommittee until the opposition lost interest and then be revived either as the same bill or the idea amended elsewhere.
"I would absolutely be opposed to HB 4244 if it comes up for vote in committee," Grant said.
Morgan's idea of mandating a statewide vaccination registry was met by strong opposition with now over 22 thousand witness slips filed.
The strong reaction from parents opposing HB 4244 was not as strong as another measure proposed earlier this year that would have required anyone not having taking the vaccination against COVID 19 to pay their own medical bills if they were hospitalized with COVID symptoms. That bill drew over 100k opposition witness slips.
The bill sponsor officially withdrew the bill within days of its introduction.
"Responses like these should encourage Illinoisans to stay active and keep the heat on when a bill is introduced that they do not want to see become law," said Rep. Grant.
Rep. Morgan's House district: