California’s SB277 which would remove virtually all vaccine exemptions from California students is quickly heading to the Governor’s desk. Medical exemptions are allowed but they are extremely rare and need to be signed off by MDs. After much questionable Big Pharma lobbying – including $95,000 to Sen. Richard Pan who is carrying the bill – the law is all but passed to remove parental choice. Passing Assembly is one of the last hurdles before it gets signed into law. It is heavily expected that Gov. Jerry Brown will definitely sign.
The bill’s two authors highlight the measles outbreak that started late December. The bill was ready in February when the bulk of it was over, but it wasn’t until April that officials declared it over. Before the “debate” was launched, many of the Assembly members had already secured money from large pharmaceutical companies. The authors emphasize that this outbreak anomaly wouldn’t have happened if more children had been vaccinated. California has one of the highest student vaccination rates – 97.46 percent.
Mercury News reports:
Senate Bill 277, which mandates vaccinations for all school children, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs, passed on a 46 to 30 vote in the state Assembly.
Because the bill was recently amended in the Assembly, it must return to the Senate, its house of origin, for a final OK. After that, SB 277 would require Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature to become law.
The governor’s staff has said Brown “believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered.”
But it’s unknown whether or not Brown would allow the religious exemption to be dropped from the current bill.
In 2012, then-assemblyman Pan helped pass a bill aimed at tightening the state’s vaccine law by requiring parents who wanted to exempt their children from the shots meet with healthcare professional.
That last line is important – it is proof that loopholes are only presented in order to be closed later on. After the measles episode, a number of bills cropped up across the states starting with the healthcare authority intimidation angle first.
A petition for the Governor to oppose the bill has amassed over 30,000 signatures.