In the face of passionate opposition and push back, Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement regarding the controversial legislation that alters the religious exemption for mandatory vaccines.
The original bill, which removed the religious exemption was pulled from the legislative docket by Senator Steve Sweeney last month because it was one vote short of passing. On Thursday, the bill was amended to allow private schools and daycare centers to admit unvaccinated children, in order to win O’Scanlon’s vote.
The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Monday, the last day of the “lame duck” session of the legislature. The amended bill will also have to pass the Assembly, where it has already passed, 45-25 with 6 abstentions, in it original form.