Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove Statement on SB 276 – Immunizations: Medical Exemptions

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO – (September 3, 2019) – California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) today voted to pass SB 276, a law designed to reduce the number of improperly issued immunization exemptions.

“By ensuring medical exemptions to vaccines are reviewed and validated, SB 276 will protect the health of California’s children and greater communities,” said Kamlager-Dove. “This bill may not be a perfect solution for all families, but without the bill, immunization rates may not reach the level necessary to protect preventable disease.”

Assembly Bill 276 would require the California Department of Public Health to review medical exemptions for children who attend a school or day care with immunization rates of less than 95 percent. Approximately 20 percent of schools and day cares fall under that category.

SB 276 is authored by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who introduced the legislation because of concerns about misinformation, doctors advertising that they would sign off on medical exemptions for a fee and the resurgence of measles across the country. The bill passed the State Assembly with a 48-19 vote and the State Senate by 24-10. SB 276 is headed to the governor’s desk for approval. 

For more information about this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove, contact Alina Evans at (831) 331-8468.

CONTACT: Alina Evans, Alina.Evans@asm.ca.gov or 916-319-2054

Assembly District 54 consists of Baldwin Hills, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, Century City, Culver City, Ladera Heights, Mar Vista, Palms, Rancho Park, Westwood and parts of South Los Angeles and Inglewood