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2017 House Bill 4584: Mandate giving spina bifida information to new parents
Introduced by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R) on May 4, 2017 To mandate that a physician or other medical provider give an expecting mother or new parent specified information about spina bifida if this is detected in a fetus or newborn.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on May 4, 2017
Reported in the House on May 31, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on June 14, 2017 To also require health care providers to urge a second test due to the large number of false positives reportedly associated with these tests.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 14, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D) on June 14, 2017 To require the spina bifida website the bill proposes the state to maintain be updated within 90 days of new information becoming available.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 14, 2017
Amendment offered in the House on June 14, 2017 To require the spina bifida website the bill proposes the state to maintain contain a list of options for parents of a child with a spina bifida diagnosis before or after birth.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 14, 2017
Passed 64 to 43 in the House on June 20, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To mandate that a physician or other medical provider give an expecting mother or new parent specified information about spina bifida if this is detected in a fetus or newborn. Opponents were concerned that these tests produce a large number of false-positive results.
Received in the Senate on June 21, 2017
Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on June 21, 2017

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