Texas legislators questioned legality of HPV executive order

On February 7, 2007, state legislators asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to issue an opinion on an executive order mandating that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV). The lawmakers also requested that Abbott advise the legislature on actions it could take to override the executive order, which Governor Rick Perry issued in early February 2007. Lawmakers quickly advanced a bill to rescind the order. The Texas House of Representatives' Public Health Committee voted 6-3 in favor of the bill, which was sponsored by more than 90 of the 150 House members. The bill provided, in part, that "[i]mmunization against the human papilloma virus may not be required for a person's admission to any elementary or secondary school," and it explicitly pre-empts "all contrary executive orders of the governor."

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