AB 371/SB 287: Expanding Participation in the Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry

This bill is:

Date Introduced:
June 02, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Air, Water

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Bill Description

The Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (WBDR), part of the Wisconsin Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance System, is an important source of information about what health issues are affecting newborns in our state. There are often important links between birth defects and pollution-related issues in our environment. Currently, Wisconsin is one of the few states that require parents to opt-in their children to the program. AB 371 & SB 287 would make WBDR participation automatic with an opt-out system, thereby increasing participation.

Current Status

AB 371 was introduced and was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Health. The bill had a public hearing on July 26, 2017. SB 287 was introduced and assigned to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. This bill was incorporated into the state budget and was signed into law by Governor Walker on September 21, 2017. No further legislative action is required.

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Awaiting Action

Senate:  Awaiting Action

Governor:  Governor Signed into Law

Citizen Action Needed