Washington lawmakers pass bill to limit MMR vaccine exemption options

Washington lawmakers pass bill to limit MMR vaccine exemption options

Washington lawmakers went into overtime Wednesday night to vote on a bill that would limit the options for parents to exempt their children from the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The change would eliminate the philosophical or personal expemption. Religious or medical exemption options would remain in place.

On the steps of the state capitol, demonstrators protested the change, saying it should be up to parents to decide whether their kids should get vaccinated.

Still, when it came time to vote, a narrow majority of state lawmakers supported the bill.

It passed in the senate Wednesday, in a 25-22 party-line vote. It passed the house last month.

The bill was amended in the senate, so it needs to go back to the house to have that approved. If that vote passes, it would head to Governor Inslee’s desk for a signature.

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