Chad Mayes Votes No on Vaccine Bill
On Thursday Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) voted no on SB 277, a bill that would require parents to vaccinate their children before enrolling them in schools or daycare. The bill does not allow parents to decline vaccines because of religious beliefs. The assembly passed the bill 46-31.
“Over the course of two months, I’ve met with supporters of both sides of this issue – sometimes repeatedly,” Mayes said after he cast his vote. “My decision came down to one simple fact: I cannot support what is effectively a government mandate that parents vaccinate their children.”
The legislation was proposed largely in response to a measles outbreak that began at the Disneyland Resort in December. Low vaccination rates in Orange County were blamed for the outbreak of the preventable disease.
Proponents have argued that the vaccines are necessary to maintain public health and safety. Those opposed to the legislation say that it is government overreach and infringement on personal liberty. Instead, they argue, the decision should be left to parents and physicians.
“This bill was an unjustified intrusion into the rights of parents to raise and nurture their children the way they see fit.” Mayes said. “Our public school system should never be used as a tool of coercion.
“I’m not anti-vaccine, and I think the vast majority of people should be vaccinated. But I simply cannot ignore the infringement on individual and parental rights resulting from this over-reaching measure.”
Assemblyman Chad Mayes is the former Mayor of Yucca Valley and most recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Mayes serves as the Chief Republican Whip on the Floor of the State Assembly.