Packed house expected for Vermont hearing on vaccines


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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The email blasts are going out, and carpools and even some bus trips are being scheduled for a Vermont Statehouse public hearing on whether lawmakers should eliminate the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want to have their kids vaccinated.

The issue appeared last month, late in the session, as the Senate attached an amendment to eliminate the exemption to an underlying miscellaneous health care bill. Now it's in the House, and lawmakers say they expect to act on the question before they go home for the year at the end of the week.

The public hearing is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Statehouse, and it's expected to bring out a big crowd.

Parents have been speaking out passionately on both sides of the issue.

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