Bill tightening vaccine exemptions for California schoolchildren goes to Gov. Newsom

The state Senate gave final legislative approval to controversial vaccine legislation Wednesday, prompting a chaotic scene among protesters in the chamber as the bill heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The Senate’s 28-11 vote came less than 24 hours after the Assembly approved the measure on Tuesday.

While the bill heads to Newsom, who previously pledged to sign it, there remains some uncertainty about the future of Senate Bill 276 by state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento). On Tuesday, Newsom’s office said in a message posted to Twitter that the governor wants changes to the legislation, which would tighten the state’s school immunization law.

A brief description of the requested changes provided by the governor’s office indicated Newsom wants fairly significant amendments that would help address some concerns by opponents. The changes would be made in a separate bill that would have to come before the Legislature before its Sept. 13 deadline to pass bills. Click here to read more: