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State Senate panel OKs bill limiting vaccination waivers at raucous hearing
State Senate panel OKs bill limiting vaccination waivers at raucous hearing

A bill that would make childhood vaccinations harder to avoid survived its first legislative test Wednesday, after a three-hour hearing marked by raw emotion on both sides of the issue and a packed rally at which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. denounced the measure. The measure, which would end parents' ability to obtain vaccination waivers for their children based on personal beliefs, passed the state Senate Health Committee on a 6-2 vote. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a physician and author of the bill, told the panel more parents are securing exemptions, exposing more children to diseases that are avoidable through immunization. “As a pediatrician, I have seen children who have...

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