(CHRISTIAN HEADLINES) – The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in Connecticut has passed a bill aimed at ending the state’s religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, starting with the 2022-23 school year.
According to the Associated Press, the bill passed a 90-53 vote early Tuesday morning following more than 16 hours of debate and now heads to the state Senate. At present, no date has been set for the Senate, also led by Democrats, to vote on the legislation.
The House vote marked the furthest the bill has progressed in Connecticut, after years of debate by lawmakers regarding the concept. Some Republicans, however, opposed the bill, contending that it was an unnecessary overreach by the state government and an attempt to hamper the religious liberties of potentially thousands of children. Meanwhile, a majority of Democratic supporters said the legislation was a necessary step to prevent future outbreaks of disease.
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