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Hundreds turn out for heated, emotional testimony in Salem on vaccination bill

A second overflow room was opened at the Capitol after hundreds turned up for a hearing on House Bill 3063. It's roughly 100 seats filled up well before the hearing started, and staff started turning people away. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

SALEM – The Capitol swelled with a sea of red Thursday as hundreds came to Salem to testify on legislation that would remove parents’ ability to decide whether to vaccinate their child and keep them in public or private school.

The proposal, House Bill 3063, would remove religious and philosophical exemptions for Oregon’s required vaccines, leaving in place only a medical reason for a child to avoid vaccinations. The House Committee on Health Care held the first hearing on the bill, which was introduced last Friday.

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