header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
53°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 29
1945 - Local residents vote 1,184 to 7 (correct, seven) to create SCV high school district [story]

students


Despite scores of people traveling from all over California to express strident opposition to a bill designed to tighten vaccination requirements, the California Assembly Health Committee advanced Senate Bill 276 on Thursday.

“I know there is a lot of emotion here a lot of passion here,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood, who chaired the committee and cast one of the decisive votes to move the item onto the floor.

The bill’s author, state Senator Richard Pan, said it is necessary to combat the rash of unscrupulous doctors who are selling medical exemptions for cash while compromising herd immunity and endangering people with legitimate medical reasons for forgoing vaccinations.

“This bill is necessary to protect our children,” Pan said.

But critics said the bill allows the state to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship while deterring doctors from granting legitimate medical exemptions out of fear of punishment.

“This bill mandates the investigation of any doctor who gives more than five medical exemptions in a year,” said Kim Mack Rosenberg, an attorney. “I think they selected this arbitrary number to imply anything above it is unethical conduct, but that’s the ceiling regardless if a doctor maintains a practice of 200 or 2,000.”

The comments of hundreds of people expressing opposition to the bill dwelled on the flouting of fundamental freedoms of parental choice about vaccination, with many saying the bill reminded them of something out of authoritarian countries.

“Where there is risk there needs to be consent,” said one man during the long period.

When the bill passed out of committee several members of the public shouted at the lawmakers.

“This is America,” screamed one woman.

While those in opposition far outweighed the supporters at the hearing, the vaccination bill enjoys support from heavyweights including the California Medical Association, the state’s major hospitals and medical groups.

Pan said the bill is necessary because of measles outbreaks that have occurred around the country, which have been concentrated in communities and schools with low vaccination rates and then subsequently spread.

In California, 52 cases of measles have been reported over the last year. While the number is comparatively low to places like New York where hundreds of children contracted the disease, the medical community maintains the country is susceptible to a disease once thought eradicated.

Governor Gavin Newsom initially expressed skepticism about the bill, saying it might represent government overreach. But Pan made changes and Newsom said he would sign it should it get through the Legislature.

The bill must pass the Assembly Appropriations Committee and then a full Assembly vote before it can reach Newsom’s desk.

Even if it is signed, a large contingent of those in attendance said they will resist it, with several parents saying they will pull their kids from schools rather than subject them to a medical procedure they believe endangers their health.

— By Matthew Renda

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
Santa Clarita Transit Lends Helping Hand to Guide Dogs
On Saturday, Jan. 22, Santa Clarita Transit partnered with Guide Dogs of America to provide training to service dogs in Central Park.
Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
Thursday COVID Roundup: Henry Mayo Reports Two Additional Deaths
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total number to 208 since the onset of the pandemic, confirmed spokesman Patrick Moody.
Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
City, Local Organizations Partner to Thank Henry Mayo Staff
During the month of February, the city of Santa Clarita is teaming up with community partners to help show appreciation for our hospital staff who have been on the frontline of this pandemic for nearly two full years.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1945 - Local residents vote 1,184 to 7 (correct, seven) to create SCV high school district [story]

students
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials confirmed Friday 101 new deaths and 23,796 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 67,608 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday COVID Roundup: Employers Now Required to Provide Better Masks, More Covid Testing
To celebrate the Opening Ceremony of Beijing 2022 winter games, join your friends and neighbors for a free sit-in movie – Disney’s “Miracle” – Thursday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m at The Cube.
Feb. 3: Parking Lot Screening of ‘Miracle’ at The Cube
Three California Institute of the Arts alums were named USA Fellows by United States Artists, an organization that supports artists and uplifts their essential roles in society.
CalArtians Named to United States Artists’ 2022 Fellowship Class
Carousel Ranch will be offering a special "Val-o-grams" Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser to benefit the programs at the therapeutic riding ranch.
Val-O-Grams Fundraiser to Benefit Carousel Ranch
1850 - Death Valley '49er William Robinson dies in Soledad Canyon from drinking too much cool water [story]
Leaving Death Valley
Following a nationwide search, Paseo Aquatics, a premier USA-Swimming Sanctioned club located in Santa Clarita, has landed Kameron Kennedy.
Level 4 Coach Kameron Kennedy Joins Paseo Aquatics
College of the Canyons women's basketball, winners of four straight, checked in as the No. 8 ranked team in the state in the first California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) poll of the 2021-22 season, released on Jan. 26. 
Lady Cougars Ranked 8th in New Statewide Poll
The city of Santa Clarita is pleased to announce that the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Trail Users volunteer group will help build out a scenic portion of the new Crest to Coast Trail in Newhall.
Local Trail Users Volunteer Group Assisting New Crest to Coast Trail
The public is invited to an opening reception at the Santa Clarita Artists Association Gallery on Friday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
SCAA Hosting ‘Fantastical Flora’ Art Reception
Love is in the air at The MAIN, where “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” will take the stage in February!
‘Diaries of Adam and Eve’ Coming to The MAIN
On Saturday, Jan. 22, Santa Clarita Transit partnered with Guide Dogs of America to provide training to service dogs in Central Park.
Santa Clarita Transit Lends Helping Hand to Guide Dogs
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total number to 208 since the onset of the pandemic, confirmed spokesman Patrick Moody.
Thursday COVID Roundup: Henry Mayo Reports Two Additional Deaths
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold its Budget Committee meeting Monday, Jan. 31, at 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 31: Santa Clarita Budget Committee Meeting
During the month of February, the city of Santa Clarita is teaming up with community partners to help show appreciation for our hospital staff who have been on the frontline of this pandemic for nearly two full years.
City, Local Organizations Partner to Thank Henry Mayo Staff
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the following Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters
Water Use Warning Issued for L.A. County Beaches
1970 - Gov. Ronald Reagan appoints Adrian Adams as Newhall's first "second" judge [story]
Adrian Adams
Caltrans announced Tuesday it is approving the use of low-carbon cement to help reduce the carbon footprint of California’s transportation system.
CalTrans Approves Use Of Low-Carbon Cement For Future Projects
The Tejon Ranch Conservancy is honoring one college intern's passion for wildlife conservation and highlighting her unique story.
Tejon Ranch Conservancy Recognizes College Intern’s Passion for Wildlife Conservation
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 91 additional deaths and 20,866 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 66,432 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Wednesday COVID-Roundup: County Reports Youngest Death Since Pandemic Began
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced "A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth", a film-based program to help address increasing mental health challenges faced by students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Superintendent Launches Statewide Mental Health Program
Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic for youth across the country, according to the United States Surgeon General.
Feb 10: County Hosts Youth Mental Health Seminar
Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn called Tuesday for a thorough assessment of the Department of Children and Family Services that will place a spotlight on how well the organization is guided by evidence-based decisions and data to deliver outcomes for its clients. 
Board of Supervisors Approve Assessment of County Children and Family Services
1990 - "Duplicates" premieres at L.A. Phil; concerto by CalArts Music School dean Mel Powell wins Pulitzer Prize [story]
Mel Powell
SCVNews.com
%d bloggers like this: