- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut parents and guardians who want to exempt their children from immunizations for religious reasons will have to take an extra step, under a bill that’s moving to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

Currently, they must present a statement that the immunization would be contrary to the child’s religious beliefs. But under the bill which cleared the Senate Tuesday such statements must be submitted annually and officially “acknowledged” by a notary public, attorney, judge, family support magistrate, court clerk, deputy clerk or justice of the peace.

New Britain Sen. Terry Gerratana says the bill is needed because a growing number of people are exempting their children.

The legislation ultimately could be watered down by a competing bill that would require the statements to be submitted twice before the child turns 18.

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