A measure that would require young people to be vaccinated against meningitis has hit a snag in the Unicameral.
Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha sponsors LB 18, which would mandate 7th Graders get the first shot to protect against meningitis, with a follow-up shot at age 16.
Krist questioned Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte about the real intent behind his amendment to remove the mandate in exchange for education about the disease.
“Is it your intention to take it four hours and filibuster this bill?” Krist asked Sen. Groene during legislative flood debate.
“If this amendment passes, I will support LB 18,” Groene replied.
“Well then, let me make it clear, none of the amendments that you have filed are considered friendly amendments,” Krist said. “This amendment, in particular, guts the bill.”
Other senators have stood with Groene in his opposition. Groene told colleagues he sees no need for the mandate. His amendment would require the state to inform parents about the dangers of meningitis and informed them where their children can receive a vaccination.
Krist contended that the consequences of the disease are so grave, vaccination should be mandated. Though no cases of meningitis were reported in 2014, Krist said one has been reported so far this year.
Legislators debated the bill for about two hours on Wednesday. They likely will resume debate today.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]