California vaccine bill goes to lawmakers for final vote

Jun 29, 2015 12:18 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Senate will take the final legislative vote required before sending a contentious vaccine bill to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill strikes California's personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated. While medical exemptions would still be granted to children with serious health issues, other unvaccinated children would need to be homeschooled.

Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica introduced SB277 after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland in December infected over 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico.

If the bill becomes law, California would join Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.

Brown, a Democrat, has not said if he would sign the bill.

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