By Miriam Raftery
Update July 1, 2015: The Governor has signed this bill, stating "the science is clear" on the benefits of vaccinations.
June 28, 2015 (Sacramento) – A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption for childhood vaccines in California has passed the Assembly and now goes to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. The Assembly voted 46-30 to pass the measure, Senate Bill 277, the Sacramento Bee reports.
If the amendments are approved by the Senate and the bill is signed by Governor Jerry Brown, then children who have not been vaccinated for diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough would not be allowed to attend public schools in California, unless a child has a medical condition such as an allergy or immune system disorder that could raise the risk of complications.
San Diego State Senators Marty Block and Lorena Gonzalez, both Democrats, are cosponsors of the bill. Republican Senator Joel Anderson voted against it in an earlier Senate vote and Democrat Ben Hueso did not cast a vote. Among local Assemblymembers, Democrats Toni Atkins, Mary Salas and Shirley Weber voted in favor, while Republicans Brian Jones and Rocky Chavez voted no.