- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House on Monday failed to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would have required Oklahoma doctors to obtain informed consent from a legal representative before vaccinating a child.

The House voted 55-38 on a motion to reconsider the measure, short of the two-thirds majority required to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto. During debate, Fallin met with lawmakers on the floor of the House, which had previously approved the bill 89-6.

The bill also would have required doctors to provide scientific information to patients on the health benefits and risks of vaccines, like that listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Proponents argued the bill was pro-vaccine and intended to put more information in the hands of patients.

“When it comes to the safety and well-being of their children, parents are the No. 1 health care provider, period,” Republican Rep. Randy Grau said.

But critics, including the Republican governor, expressed concerns that it could lead to a decline in vaccination rates.

Republican Rep. Doug Cox, a doctor, said medical professionals already seek informed consent and guide patients to relevant information on vaccinations.


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