California vaccine bill clears first committee

April 9, 2015 1:20 AM

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California lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill barring most parents from opting out of vaccinations for their children, voting after a nearly four-hour emotional hearing that saw multiple people ejected for shouting over legislators.

The final vote was 6-2, with Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, and Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, opposing. The Senate Health Committee chair, Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, abstained. The measure faces several more committee hearings before a potential Senate floor vote.

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