Emotions mount as California vaccine bill goes to Assembly

Jun 25, 2015 11:20 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are set to take up a hotly contested bill requiring nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

The bill was expected to be taken up Thursday in the Assembly, the last major legislative obstacle before possibly reaching Gov. Jerry Brown.

For weeks, thousands of parents have donned red shirts to protest at the Capitol.

Proponents have been equally resolute, delivering a petition Wednesday with over 30,000 signatures to the Democratic governor.

Brown hasn't said whether he would sign the bill.

SB277, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan, of Sacramento, and Ben Allen, of Santa Monica, aims to increase immunization rates after a measles outbreak was linked to Disneyland in December.

Under the proposal, only children with serious health issues would be able to opt out of school-mandated vaccinations.

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