Monday, January 13, 2020

N.J. parents can still cite religion as a reason not to vaccinate kids after bill collapses

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for and Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for

Religion will remain a valid excuse for parents to bypass laws requiring their children be vaccinated to attend public schools in New Jersey — at least for now — after state lawmakers Monday failed a second time to muster enough to support to pass a controversial bill that would have repealed the option that thousands of the state’s families used last year.

Many thanks to Marjorie Madison-Catone for this clarification of the NJ situation:

"I know there is a lot of talk and confusion about tomorrow. Tomorrow is Gov. Murphy's State address as its the closing of the legislative year. He speaks at 12 noon.

Sweeney doesn't have 21 votes to pass this bill in the REGULAR Senate voting session.(which was today) Technically speaking, the legislative calendar ends tomorrow at noon, yes. But...its not a voting day. Sweeney would need 30 Senators to agree that an EMERGENCY VOTE was warranted and then still need 21 yes votes to pass the bill. There is no way he gets 30 Senators to agree, and as we learned today, he doesnt have the 21 votes anyway. Which is why he pulled the bill again tonight. He is saving himself the embarrassment of it being voted down.

What Sweeney said was that he will reintroduce the bill again tomrrow after the new legislative session begins. Any bill not passed today goes back to stage the new legislative calendar....beginning tomorrow. He didnt say he will bring it to a vote tomorrow, he meant they plan on reintroducing it tomorrow ONCE the new calendar begins.

I know its confusing, but that is why we need to ALL be educated about how state goverment and bills work and the process they go through. Back to the drawing board they go!
But today, be proud! We won! Many states have not. This is a HUGE victory for us all!"

You mean congressmen didn't catch the smallpox from those damn antivaxxers!? 🥴🥴🥴
Thank you Ash Lee for inspiring me on this one 🤣😍👏❤


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