California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs SB276 Into Statewide Law

Governor Newsom has signed SB276 into law. To all those unfamiliar, here is what that will mean for the people of California from the bill’s architect Richard Pan:

Senate Bill 276 will require physicians to submit information to California Department of Public Health (CDPH), including the physician’s name and license number and the reason for the exemption, which CDPH will check to ensure they are consistent with the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines or stand of care.

While the law only applies to the state of California, it explicitly has its origins in the federal vaccine program. Instead of taking on that program directly, opposition to exemption-killing bills in California has instead operated as a “health freedom” movement fronting libertarian slogans. That path was not effective four years ago, and it is not effective now.

The vaccine propaganda that led to the bill’s passage is summarized at the conclusion of Pan’s press release:

The hesitation to vaccinate on the part of a growing number of parents stems from misinformation such as the now retracted 1998 study that falsified data to purport a link between autism and the measles vaccine. The study was authored by Andrew Wakefield who was later found to be lying. Also, numerous subsequent studies worldwide involving hundreds of thousands of children have proved that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism.

SB276 offered another opportunity to highlight the fact that US vaccine policy is based on a foreign panel’s decision to explicitly punish a doctor for accurately publishing about vaccine injuries. That opportunity has been blown.

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26 Thoughts on “California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs SB276 Into Statewide Law

  1. Gary Whelan on September 11, 2019 at 12:25 am said:

    This is the beginning of the end. Freedom will be chipped away starting today and only getting worse until the system of Politic’s is changed !!!!

  2. Mr.Crosby,
    What’s your take on the recall of senator Pan led by Mr.Austin Bennett?

  3. Doug Troutman on September 11, 2019 at 10:28 am said:

    Its never been just been about a measles vaccine.

  4. two sets of rules? on September 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm said:

    Gary is right…freedom will be chipped away and our medical rights and decisions will be slowly gone forever. What is happening to this country?

    Additionally, what is happening in NY? I am assuming the same as CA. where kids can not enter school unvaccinated or not updated on vaccines. Are private schools required to follow the same set of rules?
    If so here’s the next question. Katie Wright wrote on Sept. 9th:

    Sep 9
    Replying to @JayGordonMDFAAP
    It is IMPOSSIBLE to get med exemption in NY unless your child had cancer. IMPOSSIBLE! CA will b the same. My son has history of severe adverse reactions & has immune disorder. NO doc would sign exemption b/c it’s career suicide.

    Yet just today she posted that Christian is back to school and back to his job at school.

    So ………………….
    did this “vaccine warrior” cave and vaccinate her extremely vaccine damaged son? or did she get some sort of waiver the rest of the people of NY can’t obtain. I am bothered that she puts out all that she does on a regular basis yet doesn’t address this important question. If she did vaccinate him then I am done ever listening to her again. If private schools don’t require them how can that be? I can’t imagine the horrific states of NY and CA. would not apply rules across the board at ALL schools.

    The point being are the wealthy playing by one set of rules and those with less getting the short end of the stick? Is that where we are now?

    People who claim they are advocates and the voice for those with less power are nothing but hypocrites if this is true.

    I think all parents need to know, are private schools in CA., NY and elsewhere playing by one set of rules or are wealthy parents getting exemptions the rest of us can’t get?

  5. two sets of rules? on September 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm said:

    From the NY Times – Sept. 3rd.

    “Jacquelynn Vance-Pauls, a real-estate lawyer in upstate New York, has a 14-year-old son with autism who was recently kicked out of his private special needs school. Her 9-year-old twins and her high-school senior are also on the verge of being expelled from their public schools.

    The children did not do anything wrong, nor are they sick. Instead, Ms. Vance-Pauls has resisted complying with a new state law, enacted amid a measles outbreak, that ended religious exemptions to vaccinations for children in all schools and child care centers.

    Ms. Vance-Pauls said she believed vaccines contributed to her son’s autism, despite more than a dozen peer-reviewed studies showing no such link. The Bible, she said, barred her as a Christian from “desecrating the body,” which is what she says vaccines do.”

    So there’s the answer. Yes, private ABA schools do require vaccines. Are the wealthy anti vaccine parents now vaccinating or are there some sort of exemptions the rest of us can not obtain?

  6. Jake, In your opinion, “Where is the notion of informed consent” in this battle?
    And without laying out explicit battle plans or strategy address what you are thinking?

    The Saturday Review editorial, “Human Guinea Pigs and the Law,”
    (6 October 1962, p. 55) expressed the same concern for individual rights,
    opening with a reiteration of the first rule of the Nuremberg Code,
    which stated that human subjects most give consent voluntarily. The SR
    went on to complain about the attempts of the drug companies and the
    medical profession to quell debate about this issue and to call on
    Congress to pass legislation to protect the patient’s right to be
    informed of the nature of her medical treatment.

  7. Theodore Van Oosbree on September 11, 2019 at 6:21 pm said:

    I do believe vaccines are harmful and the current policy is reckless but I doubt such arguments would have swayed the California legislature or Gov. Newsance. Vaccine extremism is now solidly part of PC culture and the Democratic Party is completely captive to that culture (and the $$ contributed by the pharmaceutical industry). The MSM is similarly committed.

    • Don’t forget that Trump put a pharma lobbyist in charge of HHS.

      • Theodore Van Oosbree on September 11, 2019 at 9:45 pm said:

        True but the only resistance to SB276 in the legislature was Republicans.

        • Republicans seem to find it “safe” to resist when they are in the minority. But when they are in the majority, and could actually enact legislative or gubernatorial change to expand exemptions, or to investigate autism/vaccines, etc., it doesn’t seem to happen. They don’t even seem to speak out boldly in the media…at least not the national media Does Fox News give fair coverage to the safe-vax movement? Do you have examples of where Republicans have either expanded available exemptions, or made some step toward resolving the autism epidemic?

          I’m genuinely curious about the bigger picture of Republic positions on this matter. I don’t see much pharma resistance, but I could be wrong. I can’t read everything. What do you see on the conservative side?

          • Theodore Van Oosbree on September 15, 2019 at 2:34 am said:

            The only meritorious item I have seen on Fox news was an interview of Robert Kennedy, Jr. by Tucker Carlson (I don’t watch any other Fox news shows, however). The Republicans don’t seem to have an interest in getting to the bottom of the health crises facing American children but neither do most of them seem enthused about mandatory vaccinations (probably because they are less PC than the Dems and vaccination is now definitely a PC issue [gotta be on the side of ‘science”, after all]).

  8. I think what is happening in NY and CA is terrible. But I’m curious about what is happening in Mississippi and West Virginia – both of these states only have medical exemptions – have never had -philosophical or religious exemptions for vaccination. In fact, Mississippi has the highest child vaccination rate. I don’t read anything about the vaccine situation in these states. Are there protests? How do parents cope? Are there higher rates of vaccine injury?

    These are solid red states, so I don’t know that what’s happening with vaccine policy is totally a red/blue issue. In fact some Republican governors, such as Arizona’s Doug Ducey, have vowed to veto any bill his legislature sends that even attempts to expand vaccine exemptions.

    I think both parties are totally bought by Pharma. Even Trump, who promised to do something, staffed all the key agencies with pro-vax heads (Tom Price and Alex Azar for HHS, Scott Gottlieb for FDA, Brenda Fitzgerald and Robert Redfield for CDC.

  9. Hans Litten on September 12, 2019 at 8:38 am said:

    Stop Mandatory Vaccination | FROM GERMANY!!! There is a large protest demonstration…

    FROM GERMANY!!! There is a large protest demonstration planned for this Saturday in Berlin, Germany. We want to show that it is not safe and there are…
    California’s director of the Department of Health Care Services has resigned after writing a Facebook post that slammed anti-vaccine advocates.

    Jennifer Kent announced Tuesday she was stepping down from her role with the department, a position she has held since 2015.
    “One of the hard things about this job is leaving. However, I wanted you to know that I have submitted my resignation, effective the end of this month,” she wrote in an email to employees. “Between now and my last day, I will be working to ensure that all of the activities that are currently underway are transitioned to the amazing team that already exists here at DHCS.”
    Although a reason was not given for her resignation, the San Francisco Chronicle reports it comes on the heels of a Facebook post mocking anti-vaxxers who have been recently protesting in Sacramento.
    “The Capitol is filled with a bunch of flat-earthers today,” Kent wrote on Facebook. “My poor sweet Bacteria Bear is dripping with unvaccinated booger-eater germs. #believeinscience #vaccinateyourgoddamnkids.”

  10. Hans Litten on September 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm said:

    A group of protestors are challenging California’s new law restricting medical exemptions for vaccinations, and want voters to overturn it.

    Three women who protested the vaccine law, Senate Bill 276, at the Capitol this year submitted on Wednesday a petition for a referendum on it, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.

    They submitted a separate petition for a referendum on Senate Bill 714, which is a companion law that Gov. Gavin Newsom requested to narrow the vaccine law.

    •Questioning vaccines ought to be a ‘crime,’ according to a new bill by California Senator Richard Pan

    According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the activists must gather 623,212 signatures from registered voters to qualify the referendum of the ballot.

    If the measures qualify, voters would have a chance to strike down the laws.

    Documents released by the Attorney General’s Office say the petition was submitted by Denise Aguilar, Heidi Munoz Gleisner and Tara Thornton. It was sent from a postal office near the Capitol.

  11. Aimee, I can’t explain Mississippi and W. Virginia. In Oregon there are lawmakers who will not, adamantly refuse to look at absolutely anything which will challenge their belief. It is not only the lack of due diligence; it is malfeasance.

  12. @Michael – it’s not just W. Virginia and Mississippi. I was baffled why the House of Representatives, under Republican control for years, never held any hearings on the autism-vaccine issue. The Government Oversight and Reform Committee, for many years Republican-chaired and Republican majority, had the power to hold hearings and investigate the CDC. Republican Bill Posey has/had possession of Dr. William Thompson’s “whistleblower” documents for years and has done nothing with them. They haven’t even been made public, far as I know.

    I agree that some Republicans do speak out where most Democrats don’t (RFK Jr. being one notable exception). However, this speaking out doesn’t seem to translate to impact or action – as far as I can see – even when Republicans are in charge and have the power to take action. I don’t understand why not.

    • Theodore Van Oosbree on September 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm said:

      Historically, Republican have loved corporations while Democrats loved regulatory bureaucracies. As the regulatory agencies became de facto divisions of the corporations they purportedly regulated, the love affair of Democrats with bureaucracies increased, since the corporations are a significant source of campaign funds. This has also kept Republicans in line, since they also covet those funds. Both parties have no need to worry about media criticism of this corrupt system, since the media are also dependent on Pharma advertising dollars. It’s an iron triangle.

  13. Hans Litten on September 13, 2019 at 8:13 am said:
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – 12:10 PM

    A new vaccine alliance with the aim of boosting the uptake of childhood vaccines will be open to organisations that “support its principles”.
    The alliance will include healthcare professionals, policymakers, patient advocates, students, and representatives from groups most affected by what the Department of Health has described as “vaccine hesitancy”.
    Membership of the alliance will be finalised between now and December and in the meantime, Health Minister, Simon Harris, is arranging to meet with social media companies to discuss their efforts in combatting vaccine misinformation.
    “Vaccination rates across the country are falling and diseases we had consigned to the history books are now making a comeback,” said Mr Harris at the launch of the alliance in Dublin.
    “We cannot afford to do nothing. We cannot allow the success of our childhood immunisation programme to become its enemy.”
    Mr Harris said the alliance would build on the success they had with the HPV vaccine with rates increasing from 51% to 70% in a short time and it would ensure parents had accurate, evidence-based information about vaccinations.
    A steering group to guide the work of the alliance has already met and includes a wide range of organisations including Barnardos, Unicef Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Pavee Point and the Union of Students of Ireland as well as parents, doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists.
    Research carried out by the Department of Health to help inform the work of the alliance found that some parents have genuine concerns about the use of vaccines but most believe that vaccinating their child was extremely important.

  14. Hans Litten on September 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm said:

    Defective Vaccine went live in Kenya today

    Widespread Testing Begins on Malaria Vaccine That Is Only Partly Effective
    Despite the vaccine’s drawbacks, the W.H.O. endorsed testing on 360,000 children, in an effort to lower death rates in Africa.

    With malaria deaths rebounding worldwide, a pilot program testing a new and fiercely debated malaria vaccine began on Tuesday in Malawi.

    Dr. Katherine O’Brien, the World Health Organization’s director of immunization, called the rollout “a historic moment in the fight against malaria,” and said the testing will soon expand to malarious regions of Ghana and Kenya.

    But the vaccine, known as RTS,S, or Mosquirix, has been in development by GSK, the former GlaxoSmithKline, for more than 30 years, and it has serious drawbacks that have led some experts to argue that it does not work well enough to spend millions of dollars pursuing.

    Malaria kills about 450,000 people a year, most of them young African children. Over the last 15 years, the death rate has been reduced by more than half through extensive, donor-funded efforts to hand out free mosquito nets, spray homes with insecticide and treat people with a new generation of medicines.

  15. Hans Litten on September 17, 2019 at 10:09 am said:

    Something extraordinary happened in Sacramento last week. The people protesting California’s increasingly draconian vaccine-mandate legislation—most of them mothers of vaccine-injured children—stopped playing by the rules.

    On Monday, Senate Bill 714—the companion bill to SB276 which puts the determination of medical exemptions from any of the vaccines required for school into the hands of the state—was before the California State Assembly for a vote. Six women had already been arrested, including two nursing mothers and a grandmother, and the Assembly gallery was filled with protesters, waiting quietly.

    The moment the bill passed, women unfurled banners and the gallery erupted in chanting. Appeals for “quiet in the Chamber!” and cries of “we’re asking for decorum” were drowned out with “You have not represented California for all!” The demonstrators succeeded in shutting down both the Assembly and Senate chambers for more than an hour.

    Ultimately, the Senate did vote the bill through, and soon after, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed both SB276 and SB714 into law. But four days later the demonstrators were still there, and they have pledged to disrupt the lives and the work of those who passed this legislation for as long as it takes to reverse it.

    What these parents have learned is that playing by the rules will do nothing to protect their rights. For years, these women (and some men) had been lining up in an orderly fashion and calmly giving whatever limited testimony they were allowed, only to have it ignored. For years, they had listened to haughty legislators demand that they behave in a civil manner while slicing away at their most basic freedoms.

  16. Hans Litten on September 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm said:

    Wow a proper protestor about the GREATEST CRIME IN ALL HISTORY
    We have HERO (they are killing and maiming our children after all people)
    How can we set up a CROWDFUNDING collection for her defence ? Rebecca Dalelio

    SACRAMENTO — A woman was arrested Friday on charges including assault after dropping what authorities said “appeared to be blood” on members of the California Senate from her seat in the visitor gallery. The disturbance occurred as lawmakers were wrapping up their work before adjourning for the year, forcing them to evacuate the chamber to continue in a nearby committee hearing room.

    The woman, who was identified by California Highway Patrol officials as Rebecca Dalelio, 43, was among dozens of protesters who were inside the state Capitol to oppose a pair of bills signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom to impose new oversight of childhood vaccine exemptions. Public records show Dalelio is a resident of Boulder Creek near Santa Cruz, and a Facebook profile matching her photo and name contains multiple postings critical of vaccines, the last one made in March. A phone call to Dalelio seeking comment was not returned.

    Authorities roped off the Senate chamber with caution tape Friday evening as CHP and Senate officers began an investigation. The CHP later said in a statement that the blood-like substance was contained in “a feminine hygiene device” reported to be a menstrual cup held by the woman, who was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail on six charges including assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct. Dalelio was released Saturday morning.

    “A crime was committed today, but the Senate will not be deterred from conducting the people’s business,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said as she stood at the front of the committee hearing room when the proceedings resumed in the new location.

    Rebecca Dalelio, 43, was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on Friday on charges including assault.
    Rebecca Dalelio, 43, was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on Friday on charges including assault.(Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

    Senators were asked to sit in audience seats inside the large committee hearing room, with members of the media moved to an upstairs balcony to view the final votes before adjournment. It was the first time the Senate has been forced to convene in a different room since a big-rig truck crashed into the statehouse in 2001, leaving portions of the 19th century building damaged.

    Tensions have been high at the Capitol over the last few weeks as legislators weighed the contentious legislation. Protesters have packed the hallways and disrupted hearings and floor sessions in the Legislature. A group of opponents of the bill have stood and chanted outside Newsom’s office.


    State Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who authored the legislation, was confronted last month by an anti-vaccine activist and shoved on the street near the Capitol.

    The Senate allowed several protesters into the gallery on Friday who held up signs including one that said “Medical Freedom.” Other opponents of the bill sat silently in the balcony with fists raised in protest for more than an hour before the incident.

    Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) inspects a jacket she was wearing just after it was splashed with a red liquid from a protester in the balcony of the Senate chambers.
    State Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) inspects a jacket she was wearing just after it was splashed with a red liquid from a protester in the balcony of the Senate chambers.(Patrick McGreevy/Los Angeles Times)

    Shortly after 5 p.m., as the Senate was voting on a bill related to sexual harassment, a woman leaned over the balcony and dropped the liquid on unsuspecting senators standing below. Someone shouted, “This is for dead babies.” Atkins called an immediate break for a caucus meeting, and senators headed to a conference room off the floor. Some left the Capitol and went back to their Sacramento homes to shower.

    Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) apologized to lawmakers as she stood next to Atkins as the session resumed in the committee hearing room. She said a suspect was in CHP custody and should be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

    The Senate was disrupted earlier today by a violent protester.
    Voicing opinions are important parts of the democratic process, but violence will not be condoned or tolerated.

    The Senate will not be prevented from conducting business and we are back in session. #CaLeg

    Pan said the liquid splashed on his back and desk. He said other senators were hit on the head with the liquid.

    “Everyone is pretty disturbed and upset,” he said. “It’s like we’ve been saying, violent rhetoric turns to violent acts. This is a direct attack on the democratic process and this should be condemned by everyone. This needs to stop.”
    The new laws, Senate Bills 276 and 714, would create state oversight of medical exemptions for vaccines required to attend public and private schools, as well as day care centers.

    California already has some of the nation’s tightest childhood immunization laws, allowing doctors to excuse children, temporarily or permanently, from some or all vaccinations if there is a medical reason.

    Opponents had hoped Newsom would loosen guidelines or veto the bills. His signature inspired outrage among anti-vaccine activists, who traveled to Sacramento from cities across the state to join the protests.

    Legislative leaders had warned lawmakers and Capitol staff members to anticipate the potential for large crowds arriving Friday.

    “This is an outrageous way of trying to protest or make a point,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who was seated at his desk on the floor when liquid fell on unsuspecting legislators.

    A statement from the CHP late Friday said officers have sought to ensure protesters can “exercise their First Amendment rights while not interfering with the daily operations of the State Capitol or the safety of the occupants on state property.”

    Some activists were frustrated by Friday’s events, saying they shouldn’t all be held responsible for the actions of one person.

    “It’s unfair to the respectable majority in the medical freedom movement to always have to claim those who resort to illegal actions; it would be the equivalent of us saying all senators are child abusers or alcoholics because their colleagues were arrested for it,” said Melissa Floyd of Immunity Education, which opposes vaccine mandate bills.

    Nathan Click, a spokesman for Newsom, called the act “despicable.”
    “All of us in the governor’s office strongly condemn this act and the disruption it has caused,” Click said.

  17. Hans Litten on September 18, 2019 at 1:21 pm said:

    Right now there are protests against Vaccination in

    New York

    And how many more places – Its all over YOUTUBE

    All simultaneously — I can see it — but our controlled opposition is blind to it ! Somehow ?

  18. Hans Litten on September 19, 2019 at 9:07 am said:

    An aluminium adjuvant in a vaccine is an acute exposure to aluminium
    Professor Exley’s latest paper :

    5. Conclusion: Is the amount of aluminium in a vaccine ‘minuscule’?
    Simply by looking at just one dose of a vaccine given at 8 weeks of age it is abundantly clear that science does not support this contention, as espoused regularly by many infant paediatricians. In fact, just a single dose of Infanrix Hexa vaccine represents a severe acute exposure to systemically available aluminium. A single dose of this vaccine is equivalent to the exposure to aluminium that an infant would receive from 150 days breast-feeding. It is equivalent to 25 times the daily dose of aluminium received from the most contaminated of infant formulas. It is pertinent to emphasise that an infant would receive a further two doses of this vaccine during the aforementioned 150 day period. It is also highly relevant that other Journal Pre-proof
    aluminium adjuvanted vaccines, for example Prevenar 13
    ( and Men B
    ( are also part of the infant vaccine schedule for this same period. In the United Kingdom it is not uncommon for an infant to receive all three of these aluminium adjuvanted vaccines on the same day. A combined daily exposure of 1.445 mg of aluminium (according to the manufacturer’s data), equivalent to 260 days exposure to aluminium through breast feeding. Exposure to aluminium through a vaccine is, in comparison to diet, an acute exposure and an infant’s physiology will respond differently to exposure to a high concentration of aluminium over a very short time period.
    The latter, acute versus chronic exposure, while not yet being taken into account in infant vaccination programmes, must now be considered to help to ensure that future vaccination schedules are safe. Currently the EMA and the FDA limit the aluminium content of a vaccine to 1.25 mg (See for example,
    ). This limit is based upon the aluminium adjuvant’s efficacy in inducing antibody titres.
    Perhaps now is the time to revise this limit based upon additional factors of vaccine safety.

  19. Hans Litten on September 20, 2019 at 8:53 am said:

    The MMR has been totally invalidated !
    It cannot be mandated.

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