Their support follows the release of data showing a recent 25% spike in the number of students claiming the exemption.
House Majority Leader says state would be “negligent” if it withheld data that showed an increase in vaccine exemptions.
But so far, the state’s new health commissioner, Renee Coleman-Mitchell, is taking pains to remain outside the political fray.
Legislative leaders ramped up pressure Thursday on the state’s new commissioner of public health, asking her to take a formal position on the hot-button issue of vaccine exemptions.
The health department would not say Monday whether it still plans to make public the latest school-by-school information. The data was expected to be released this month.
At issue is whether children already enrolled in school would be “grandfathered in,” meaning the repeal might only affect those looking to attend public school in the future.
The hearing on Monday is a possible first step in introducing 11th hour legislation to repeal the religious exemption provision.
Legislative leaders said the lawsuit has fueled concerns about whether municipalities like Hartford have the ability to defend themselves against a constitutional claim.
ESPN analyst Doug Glanville used his own relatively innocuous dealing with a suburban cop last year to memorably explore how police interactions with minorities can go horribly wrong. In the intervening months, the issue has exploded after a series of deaths at the hands of police.
Inspired by the California measles outbreak, the Connecticut House voted 86 to 56 Thursday to require parents to annually declare if they are refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.