Several opponents of the bill told lawmakers that they will not comply with the proposed law.
The bill would require that state public health officials review exemptions granted by doctors who issue more than five a year.
The bill’s author, Sen. Richard Pan, says unscrupulous doctors are selling exemptions, creating a public health risk.
Proponents previously proposed requiring that state officials review every exemption. Amendments scaling back the state’s oversight won the support of at least one committee member and Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Critics argue the bill would discourage physicians from writing exemptions, even for those who may need them because of other medical conditions.
Hundreds of people were expected to weigh in Thursday on changes to California legislation that would give public health officials oversight of doctors who grant a high number of vaccination exemptions.
The hearing of the Assembly Health Committee is likely to draw those opposed to vaccines as well as white-coated medical professionals and students voicing support for the measure. Critics shouted “we will not comply” inside the Senate last month as lawmakers voted on the legislation.
The hearing comes just days after Sen. Richard Pan, the bill’s author, announced major changes designed to win support from Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Democratic governor was concerned with requiring state health officials to sign off on every exemption, as the measure had initially required.
Now, the public health department would only scrutinize doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year and schools with vaccination rates of less than 95%.