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State lawmakers introduce legislation to repeal California’s personal vaccine exemption




Child getting vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
Child getting vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
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Three state lawmakers Wednesday proposed ditching the law that allows parents to not vaccinate their children based on "personal belief."

State Senators Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) say they will introduce legislation that will repeal the Personal Belief Exemption.  Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has signed on as a co-author.

Back in Washington D.C., U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) also urged California’s Health and Human Services Secretary to reconsider the state policy allowing exemptions.

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Guests:

Sen. Richard Pan (D - Sacramento), State Senator representing California’s 6th district. Along with Sen. Ben Allen, he’s introducing legislation to repeal California’s vaccine exemption law. He's also a pediatrician.

Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit organization that defends religious liberties and parental rights with offices throughout California