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Parents lobby California lawmakers from both sides of vaccine debate
Sacramento Bee

A bill to require vaccinations for more California kids has not even been scheduled for a committee hearing, but advocates on both sides of the issue were lobbying lawmakers in the Capitol on Wednesday – carrying petitions, hoisting signs and dragging along small children.

Hannah Henry, a Web designer from Napa with two children in tow, delivered a box containing more than 20,000 signatures on a petition from the left-wing MoveOn group. The petition calls on lawmakers to make vaccines mandatory for schoolchildren, except for limited medical exemptions, and eliminate the ability for parents to opt out of vaccines based on their personal beliefs.

Henry delivered the box to state Sens. Richard Pan and Ben Allen, two Democrats who are carrying Senate Bill 277 to eliminate the “personal belief” vaccine exemption.

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