TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips stood-up against a bill that would have eliminated the religious exemption for school vaccination requirements. The bill could not get the votes to pass the legislature today.
“This bill is hardly a compromise from the one that we considered on December sixteenth,” said DePhillips. “It is still unconstitutional because it dismantles the religious exemption. But, now, it is also discriminatory – because it only applies to public school children who cannot afford to be home-schooled or go to private school.”
The Senate previously amended the bill to exclude private school students, effectively limiting the vaccination mandate to public schools, but couldn’t get enough votes for passage.