California lawmakers vote on tough new vaccine law -

California lawmakers vote on tough new vaccine law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers have passed a bill that would eliminate most exemptions from childhood vaccines and require the shots for nearly all children in public schools.

The state Senate gave final approval Monday afternoon with a 24-14 vote, sending the contentious bill to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown, a Democrat, has not said if he will sign the bill. "The governor believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered," said Brown's spokesman Evan Westrup.

The bill would get rid of California's personal belief exemption for immunizations, which allowed many families to opt out of vaccinating their children. While medical exemptions would still be granted to children with serious health issues, other unvaccinated children would need to be homeschooled.

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