Island, introduced measures to add exemptions.
The anti-vaccination movement surged in the 1990s, after a study alleged a link between the measles vaccine and the rise of autism. The study has since been discredited.
Mississippi, California and West Virginia are the only states that banned all non-medical exemptions. Mississippi has the highest childhood vaccination rate in the country, while the California law, passed in 2015, caused a significant boost in vaccination numbers.
Republican and Democratic leaders are remaining tight-lipped on why the vaccine issue in particular was targeted as part of the walkout deal.
Steiner Hayward said she wasn’t involved in the negotiations and that she personally received a call from Gov. Kate Brown to tell her the vaccine bill would not move forward this session.
Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, from Portland, stressed that the tradeoff was worth it to coax Republicans back to the Capitol and vote on a $1 billion annual boost in school funding. It wasn’t, she said, a response to the vitriolic opposition the proposal has received from hundreds of parents opposed to vaccinating their children.
“The people opposing that bill just behaved reprehensibly around the building,” Burdick said at a news conference Monday. “And one of the things that distresses me is I’m afraid that some of them are going to feel that those tactics worked. Those tactics had nothing to do with what happened.”