Effort to repeal California vaccine law faces deadline

Opponents of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated gathered on the west steps of the Capitol after lawmakers approved the bill, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2015. The bill, SB277 co-authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen D-Santa Monica was approved by the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO  (AP) – Opponents of an effort to repeal California’s new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren are facing a Monday deadline for a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law.

The group has until the end of the day to submit the needed 366,000 signatures to ask California voters to repeal SB277.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law earlier this year amid fierce opposition from some parents’ rights groups who say the state should not force their children to be vaccinated.

It’s unclear whether supporters have enough signatures to make it to the ballot. The proponent of the effort, former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, said in an email Monday that volunteers were coerced and threatened while collecting signatures.

Donnelly did not return repeated messages inquiring about the effort’s chances.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s