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Vaccine bills prove controversial amid measles outbreak

State Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, introduced legislatoin Friday that would remove non medical exemptions for required vaccines for public school children. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune)

Introducing vaccine-related legislation is the political equivalent of swatting a hornets’ nest.

Regardless of what the legislation does, it’s guaranteed to bring out emotional and passionate advocates.

That was the case last week, when a bill that would require medical professionals to give more information before immunizing a patient had a hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care. The bill is seen as supporting so-called “anti-vaxxers” though supporters say the goal is to provide more information.

Federal law requires parents and patients receive a sheet from the Centers of Disease . . .