Bill to Eliminate ‘Personal Belief’ Vaccine Exemption Passes Key California Senate Committee

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State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan stands with supporters as he introduces a vaccine-related bill in Sacramento on Feb. 4, 2015. (Credit: KTXL)

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A bill that would require more California children to be vaccinated before they enter school was approved Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee, a week after it stalled when members of the panel voiced concerns that it would deprive many young people of an education.

The bill next goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration of its legal ramifications.

The measure by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica would eliminate the option of parents to exempt their children from vaccinations based on a “personal belief,” meaning the only waiver available would be for medical reasons.

“While this bill won’t reach everyone, it will increase everyone’s safety against preventable diseases,” Allen told the committee Wednesday. “We think we’ve struck a fair balance here that provides more options to parents who are concerned about not vaccinating their children.”

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