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Health & FitThe Latest: California lawmakers OK doctors' vaccine limits

22:50  04 september  2019
22:50  04 september  2019 Source:   ap.org

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's vaccination debate (all times local):

The Latest: California lawmakers OK doctors' vaccine limits© Provided by The Associated Press Tara Thornton, who opposes a measure to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations, stands in protest after the bill approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The bill SB276, by Democratic Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento, would allow state public health officials to investigate doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year and schools with vaccination rates of less than 95%. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom one of this year's most controversial bills, even as Newsom seeks last-minute changes to a measure designed to crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations.

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Sen. Richard Pan said that he has not recently spoken to Newsom about the proposed amendments that Newsom's office outlined Wednesday.

He says Newsom previously promised to sign the bill that senators approved on a 28-11 vote. Pan says he's willing to talk to Newsom about other changes before lawmakers adjourn next week.

The measure would allow state public health officials to investigate doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year and schools with vaccination rates of less than 95%.

Newsom says additional changes are needed to make the rules clear.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom is seeking last-minute changes to one of the most controversial bills facing California lawmakers, a measure designed to crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations.

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The measure would allow state public health officials to investigate doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year and schools with vaccination rates of less than 95%.

Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said Wednesday that changes are needed to make the rules clear.

The governor is seeking amendments making it clear that enforcement will start next year. They would also remove a requirement that doctors swear under penalty of perjury that they are not charging fees to fill out medical exemption forms.

Bill author Sen. Richard Pan says he hasn't recently discussed changes with the governor.

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