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California vaccine bill clears Assembly panel despite emotional backlash from parents
Los Angeles Times

Following a five-hour hearing in which hundreds of parents spoke in opposition to tightening California’s school immunization requirements, the Assembly Health Committee easily passed a contentious bill Thursday to do just that.

Sobbing parents cradling infants hugged in the hearing room after the 9-2 vote, with a handful of opponents yelling at lawmakers for approving Senate Bill 276. “I expected this is how they would vote,” said Ciara Mumford of San Diego as tears ran down her cheeks. “It’s really difficult though to watch this many people say horrific things have happened in their family and to have that ignored and disregarded. This is about medical freedom.”