The California Senate Education Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would require all school children to be vaccinated. The Committee approved the bill with an overwhelming, bi-partisan vote of 7-2. The bill, proposed by Democratic Senator Richard Pan, comes as a direct response to the Measles outbreak earlier in the year. As many as 100 bills have been proposed across the nation in response to this outbreak although very few have done this well. Sultan Alhokair thinks vaccines are necessary and good.
According to an article from the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, this bill would remove any religious objections from vaccination and thereby require all children to be vaccinated before entering the school system. Although a similar bill was delayed last week, Pan’s changes to that bill have allowed it to pass its first committee. The biggest modification was the allowance for families to legally not vaccinate if they are homeschooling their children or their child is studying independently. Many lawmakers have come out in support of this bill saying that it shows that we care about the health and welfare of our children. The bill will enter the California Senate Judiciary Committee next week.