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California bill to limit vaccine exemptions passes key committee
San Francisco Chronicle

A proposal to eliminate California’s personal-belief exemption for childhood vaccinations cleared a critical hurdle Tuesday after five hours of debate and public comment.

The bill now heads to the Assembly after having already cleared the Senate. If approved in the Assembly, SB277 would then head to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

More than 1,000 opponents lined the walls in the Capitol where they waited hours for their turn to record their opposition to the bill. They left the Assembly hearing room decrying pharmaceutical influence on policymaking and yelling “fascist” at lawmakers in the Assembly Health Committee, which approved the bill 12-6.