California Vaccine Bill Moves Ahead

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on a California Assembly hearing on vaccination legislation

A California Assembly committee has advanced a bill to tighten the state’s rules on vaccination exemptions.

But there remains disagreement about the measure among Assembly Democrats.

Some members of the Assembly Health Committee say the bill will help protect children amid a surge in measles cases across the country.

Sen. Richard Pan, the bill’s author, says California can’t allow “a handful of unscrupulous physicians to put our children in danger.”

The bill would give state public health officials oversight of doctors that grant more than five exemptions annually.

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says she thinks the bill takes away choices for families. She’s not supporting it.