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Connecticut House Passes Bill To End Religious Vaccine Exemptions

John Amis

The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a bill that would eliminate religious exemptions from state immunization requirements for school children.

The bill passed in the Democratic-controlled chamber by a vote of 90-53 just before 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The vote came after more than 16 hours of debate.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats.

It was amended to allow students who are now exempt from immunizations because of religious reasons to continue to be exempt.

Democratic Governor Ned Lamont said he's ready to sign the bill into law.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.