California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

April 22, 2015 2:00 AM

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A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

Sen. Richard Pan, a Democratic pediatrician from Sacramento, said he and Democratic Sen. Ben Allen, a former school board member, have made changes allowing families that opt out of vaccines to homeschool their children together and allowing students to seek independent study.

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