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Signatures Needed for Vaccine Bill


Last updated 10/2/2015 at 3:24pm

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It has become an uphill battle for opposers to Senate Bill 277, a bill that requires children without medical exemptions to be vaccinated against several diseases, including measles, mumps, and pertussis before the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. On Monday, they turned in a ballot referendum composed of 200,000 to overturn the law, however, they needed at least 365,880 valid signatures to put it before voters next year. Opposers would have to obtain double this amount to make up for duplicates and invalid signatures to have a chance at making the poll.

Tim Donnelly, former assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate who led the referendum effort, released a statement that the campaign had been sabotaged by powerful forces from its inception.

Meanwhile State Sen. Richard Pan, who supports SB 277, released a statement claiming that this was good news for the public health and children across the state.

Under the law, vaccination records will be checked for students entering kindergarden to the seventh grade.

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