SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — California lawmakers will take another vote this week on a controversial bill that would force most children in the state to get recommended vaccinations before they are allowed to attend public schools.

SB 277 — a response to an outbreak of measles last year that was traced to Disneyland — would require students to be vaccinated except for those who can’t for medical reasons.

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Hundreds of parents showed up at a state senate hearing last week to speak out against the proposed law.

“It is a violation of my children’s medical and educational rights,” Lisa Bochee said in a comment typical of parents who oppose mandatory vaccination.


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Assemblyman Marc Levine represents Marin County which has one of the highest vaccination opt-out rates in the state. He appeared on KPIX 5 Sunday morning to discuss the political tighrope legislators are trying to walk.

“[State] senators are trying to be responsive but they also want to make sure that the bill is effective,” Levine said.

The bill will have to make it through 4 committees, a full senate and then the Assembly, leaving questions as to what compromises will be made to it along the way.


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On Thursday, state sen. Bill Monning was appointed to the education committee to fill a vacancy. Monning had previously voted in favor of the bill when it passed the senate health committee.