The California Assembly has passed the vaccine bill opposed by activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and actor Jessica Biel with a vote of 9-2.
The Hollywood Reporter says that in reaction to a national measles outbreak, the assembly backed new rules for vaccine exemptions. The 9-2 vote showed support for a modified version of the original bill, but also showed that there is still disagreement in terms of vaccination policies.
California allows students exemptions from vaccines for medical reasons, but those who voted for the bill want greater scrutiny on the exemptions, saying that parents are doctor shopping for a physician who will write such a note even when it isn’t warranted.
Sen. Richard Pan, (Democrat from Sacramento) author of the bill, says that greater oversight of medical exemptions is necessary to protect children.
“California cannot allow a handful of unscrupulous physicians to put our children in danger.”