This is how politics works. Deals. Behind the scenes. Out front. Make no mistake, the arduous work of demonstrators who fought against the removal of vaccine exemptions is making a difference. Politicians pick their battles wisely, even in the face of lobbyists. A wary congratulations to Oregon, a very different part of the country from New York and Connecticut. Stay tuned.
From WWeek.org in Oregon.
Multiple sources tell WW that Oregon Senate Democrats have reached a deal with Senate Republicans that will bring the minority party back to the Legislature after nearly a week on the lam.
Democrats have reportedly agreed to kill two bills that Republicans dislike: Senate Bill 978, which strengthens gun laws and House Bill 3063, which ends non-medical exemptions for families who choose not to vaccinate their children.
Also, from the Lund Report: Breaking News: In Salem, Democrats Will Scrap Controversial Vaccine Bill to Appease Republicans
SALEM – In a dramatic turn of events, Senate Democrats agreed Monday to kill a mandatory school vaccination bill that would have given Oregon some of the country's strictest child vaccination laws.
Democrats agreed to scuttle House Bill 3063 as part of a deal to bring Republicans back to the Capitol, several Democrats in the Senate and House confirmed to The Lund Report on Monday, a week after Republicans fled Salem to deny Democrats a quorum in protest of a $2 billion tax package for schools.
The deal, which would also shelve a series of firearm regulations, was first reported by Willamette Week. It marks a sudden and stunning end to House Bill 3063, which would have removed non-medical exemptions for children to attend public and private schools, or licensed daycare facilities.