TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A bill that would expand the number of
exemptions allowed for parents who don't want their children to be
immunized apparently will not go to a vote this year.
State Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita says she doesn't intend to
have the House Health and Human Services Committee work on the
bill. She told The Kansas City Star that she sees little support on
the committee for allowing more exemptions from mandatory
The bill drew a large crowd for a public hearing two weeks ago.
Dozens of parents said they wanted to be allowed to reject the
immunizations for reasons of personal conscience.
But health officials told the committee that mandatory vaccine laws are critical to stopping the spread of disease.