[Eugene Volokh] Connecticut AG Opinion on Repealing Religious Exemption from Vaccination Rules

From Conn. AG Op. No. 2019-01, issued May 6 and just uploaded onto Westlaw: Dear Majority Leader Ritter: I am writing in response to your request for a formal legal opinion from the Office of the Attorney General (the "Office") regarding the "constitutionality of eliminating the religious exemption for required immunizations" that is set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-204a(a).[1] There is no serious or reasonable dispute as to the State's broad authority to require and regulate immunizations for children: the law is clear that the State of Connecticut may create, eliminate or suspend the religious exemption in Section 10-204a(a) in accordance with its well-settled power to protect public safety and health. The exercise of this authority is fully consistent with the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Connecticut. This Office expresses no opinion regarding whether the State should eliminate the religious exemption in Section…

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