The Sacramento Bee reports:
Hundreds of vaccine-skeptical families crammed into the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon where they battled a bill that would give the state authority over whether children receive medical exemptions for mandatory vaccines.
The massive crowd lined up for nearly four hours to oppose Senate Bill 276, authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, at a hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. The proposal would restrict how doctors administer medical exemptions for vaccines in California, taking that authority out of the hands of doctors and placing it with officials at the Department of Public Health.
Anti-vaccine protesters called the bill “draconian” as they told personal stories about children who suffered illnesses after receiving vaccines. One accused lawmakers of being “brainwashed.”