The Legislature’s GOP-controlled rules committee voted 6-4 to block the proposal. All six of the panel’s Republican members voted to stop the policy. The vote comes two days after a lengthy public hearing on the policy changes that saw parents complain that the new requirements trample their liberties. The committee blocked the proposal during the last legislative session as well.
“[The rules committee], once again, met its oversight duty relating to the improper actions taken by [the Department of Health Services] to enact binding administrative code provisions that were arbitrary and capricious, as well as, placing undue hardships on the families of this state,” Sen. Steve Nass, a committee co-chair, said in a statement. He said the committee’s action “restores the reasonable right of parents to make immunization decisions for their children.”
Source: Republicans block meningitis, chickenpox vaccine mandates – Los Angeles Times