SB 277 FORCED Vaccinations:
VIOLATION OF PERSONAL RIGHTS and ELIMINATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR California's children.
HOW COULD THIS BECOME A CALIFORNIA LAW?
DETAILED LOOK AT HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW IN CALIFORNIA.
The History of the Bill :
SB 277 STATUS & HISTORY
APRIL 8: HEALTH COMMITTEE PASSED 6 - 2
Senator Hernandez abstaining. Ayes: Hall, Mitchell, Monning, Nguyen, Pan, Wolk. Noes: Nielsen, Roth. Opponents coming to the microphone to voice opposition outnumbered supporters by a factor of almost 10:1.
(view recorded meeting)
APRIL 15: EDUCATION COMMITTEE - VOTE WAS POSTPONED Based on the information presented by expert witnesses, and the follow up questions that Senate committee members could not get answered by the bill’s authors, Senator Pan and Senator Allen, the vote was postponed until Wednesday, April 22, at 9 AM. (view recorded meeting)
In the meantime several committee members "switched seats" and there are two new faces on the committee for the vote.
APRIL 22: EDUCATION COMMITTEE
PASSED 7 - 2 (passed with verbal amendments to segregate families seeking vaccine exemptions to school at home or using independent study through Public School.)
APRIL 28: SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSED
Special Order of Business Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee
May 14: SENATE PASSED 25 - 11 (without amendments)
To watch the Senate : http://www.calchannel.com/recent-archive/, then click on “Senate Floor Session” on the chart of options. SB277 begins at the 39:05 mark.
There is NO grandfather clause. The floor amendments to add a religious exemption were tabled, no discussion - NOT adopted. The current bill voted on today calls for a PBE for future vaccines added to the mandate BUT the language is NOT in the bill.
The current PBE in AB2109 is gutted by this bill.
Interpretation, implementation and enforcement is left up to each school - for every child, every year.
Where does SB 277 go from here?
May 14, 2015 The Bill Passed WITHOUT Amendments out of the Senate. Not it goes through health, education, judiciary, and appropriations committees in the Assembly.
4. If it passes all of those committees, it will be voted on by the entire Assembly.
5. If there were any amendments made in the assembly, then it will go back to the senate floor one more time to vote.
6. If it gets this far, it goes to the governor, who can veto the bill, but not if the house holds a 2/3 vote.
You can view the legislative calendar and get an idea of the deadlines for all of these steps at: Legislative Calendar
find out more : SB 277
FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP FORCED VACCINATIONS
FROM BECOMING CA STATE LAW.
IMPORTANT CONCERNS ABOUT THIS BILL
Read a powerful letter by Laura Hayes on SB 277
Sample letters | * Key Talking Points
*Key Talking Points <link>
Concerns raised by Senators at the Education Committee<printable file>
• No public health crisis.
• Creates public education crisis.
• High vaccination rates in California.
• Small percentage claim PBE.
• Religious rights violated by SB277.
• Discriminates against low income, single families.
• Denies public education.
• Violates California State Constitution
• Creates separate but unequal education in violation of Brown vs. Education.
• Selectively vaccinated counted as "unvaccinated".
• Violates informed consent
• SB277 pits two constitutional rights against each other.
• Places the right of public education of a small number of students with medical exemptions (0.019%?) above the larger number of students with PBE (2.5%).
• Public schools are not the only place children congregate regularly.
• No "compelling state interest" of magnitude of smallpox vaccination.
• Limits homeschooling to family members only.
• Allows adding unlimited vaccines without the checks and balance of the legislative process.
• Removes personal freedom and subjects citizens to government mandates.
• Forces children out of the education system based upon personal beliefs.
• No evidence of harm threshold met.
• Infinitesimal risk to the vaccinated children and small number of medically exempt children.
• Less restrictive educational solution needed.
• Throws thousands of kids out of school without providing fiscal alternative for eduction.
• Violates IDEA and denies access to special education for children with disabilities.
• Would the state be required to provide private tutors?
• Removes Governor Brown's Executive Order granting Religious Exemption.
• Provides no separate religious exemption.
IMPORTANT Talking Points
• Education is a fundamental right in California. The California Constitution provides for a free public education. If students are forced out of school, will the state compensate parents for educational costs?
• In Serrano v. Priest, 20 Cal.3d 25, 569 P.2d 1303, 141 Cal.Rptr. 315 (1977), the California Supreme Court affirmed that California schoolchildren have a constitutional right to "substantially equal opportunities for learning," and that making access to education contingent on a parent's economic situation discriminates against the poor. Low income people are not as easily able to homeschool as their wealthier neighbors. The only way around this is if the state were to compensate parents not only for educational expenses, but also for the lost income that the family will suffer as a result of one parent leaving the workforce.
• In Butt v. State of California, 842 P.2d 1240 (Cal. 1992), the California Supreme Court decided that in order to preserve equal education opportunities, the State itself has broad responsibility to ensure basic educational equality under the California Constitution. This means that for all the families whose children will be expelled from school, yet can't afford to homeschool, the state will be required to compensate those families so that the children have equal education opportunities.
• If low income families are forced to homeschool, how will thy possibly cover their bills? Will the state offer them compensation so that their kids can have equal access to education as children who are permitted in school?
• SB 277 does not specify how the state will pay for this mandate. It is likely that it will be paid for out of tax dollars. Are we as tax payers expected to PAY to have our rights removed?
• IDEA is a federal law that ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with special needs. In order to comply with IDEA, the state of California will be required to not only provide materials for free to these kids, but also to cover funds for specialists such as audiologists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, medical / nursing staff, rehabilitation counselors, and orientation and mobility specialists.
UPDATE MAY 28, 2015:
SB 277 was assigned to the HEALTH COMMITTEE ONLY
JUNE 9 CAPITOL RALLY Sacramento, CA
This is it!!!! This is the ONLY committee hearing for SB277 in the Assembly. Thousands and thousands of people will be at the capitol, in red, protesting and fighting to keep our freedom of choice over what we put in our childrens' bodies. If you haven't been to the capitol yet, then this is THE DAY to get off work and make the trip. Starts calling, faxing, and emailing the Assembly Health Committee immediately.
GO HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
May, 14, 2014
SB 277 PASSED the Senate Floor.
25 Senators voted against parental rights, religious freedom and medical informed consent. Ayes: Allen, Beall, Block, Cannella, De Leon, Galgiani, Hall, Hancock, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Pan, Pavley, Stone, Vidak, Wieckowski, Wolk
11 Senators voted to uphold personal freedoms. Noes: Anderson, Bates, Fuller, Gaines, Huff, Leyva, Moorlach, Morrell, Nielsen, Roth, Runner
Please send an email to thank them:
Senator.Anderson@senate.ca.gov Senator.Bates@senate.ca.gov Senator.Fuller@senate.ca.gov Senator.Gaines@senate.ca.gov
Abstained: Berryhill, Hueso, Nyguen
The bill moves to be voted upon by the California Assembly.