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Controversial bill prohibiting vaccine exemptions drives Democrats into Republicans’ arms
Orange County Register

Carmen Joseph registered as a Democrat 30 years ago, upon turning voting age.

She still cares about stymieing climate change, narrowing income inequality and bolstering safety net programs. She’s still pro-choice.

But on Saturday, Joseph will re-register as a Republican over one issue: SB 277.

The divisive bill – which was approved Thursday by the state senate on a 25-10 vote – would toughen California’s mandatory vaccine laws, requiring shots for all students enrolled in public and private school, unless they obtain a medical waiver. Parents would no longer be allowed to choose not to immunize their children because of personal or religious beliefs.