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State Rep. Brown introduces legislation to ’empower parents’ — Allows opt-out for school mask requirements, requires parental consent for vaccinations

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Hollinger’s Island) has pre-filed two bills for the 2022 legislative session that could be game-changers for Alabama’s public schools’ rules pertaining to COVID-19 if passed into law.

The first of Brown’s two bills, HB18, would allow parents to opt their children in public schools out of mask requirements.

The second, HB19, would require parental notification for minors 18 and under to receive vaccines.

According to Alabama law, 14 is the age of consent for vaccines.

“It’s legislation that empowers parents,” Brown said to Yellowhammer News on Wednesday. “The first bill allows the parents of public school students to opt-out of masking requirements. The second would require parental consent for minors to receive a vaccine. Under existing law, a minor 14 years of age or older may give consent for medical services for themselves without parental consent. Is it right for a 14-year-old child to make that kind of decision without notification of his parents?”

“I don’t believe government should be the ones making health decisions for our children,” he added. “Those are decisions that should be left up to parents and their family doctors.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.