- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a hotly debated bill that ends the state’s philosophical exemption for families who don’t want to have their children fully vaccinated.

House Bill 98 - dealing with a range of health care subjects - was amended in the Senate in April to add the elimination of the exemption. That set off about three weeks of intense debate that ended with the House voting for the change in the final week of the legislative session. Hundreds attended a public hearing on the issue at the Statehouse.

Shumlin says he signed the bill because he believes a law passed three years ago to make it slightly more difficult to get the philosophical exemption did not do enough to increase vaccination rates.

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