California Passes Stringent New Vaccine Requirements But Voters May Get Final Decision

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California’s governor signed a first-of-its-kind bill late last week, dramatically limiting — if not completely erasing — exemptions to the state’s mandatory vaccination law for children.

Some California residents, however, who say that the bill represents a shocking governmental overreach that threatens their personal autonomy, are pushing to have the law included on the November ballot.

NBC News reports that California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills designed to “crack down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children’s vaccinations,” in order to re-establish California’s falling childhood vaccination rate, which has given rise to a number of outbreaks of preventable diseases — including the measles — over the last several years.

“This legislation provides new tools to better protect public health, and does so in a way that ensures parents, doctors, public health officials and school administrators all know the rules of the road moving forward,” Newsom wrote in a statement to press accompanying the bill. – READ MORE

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