Connecticut will no longer allow a religious exemption from childhood immunization requirements for schools, colleges and day care facilities, becoming the sixth state to end that policy.
The legislation was signed into law Wednesday, April 28 by Gov. Ned Lamont, hours after the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill late Tuesday night.
“Proud to sign this bill into law to protect as many of our school children as possible from infectious diseases as we can,” Lamont said in a tweet, announcing he had signed the contentious bill.
More than 2,000 opponents had rallied outside the state Capitol building, arguing the legislation unfairly infringes on their religious liberties and parental rights.
Berlin’s representatives were split on the bill. Sen. Rick Lopes and Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, both Democrats, were in favor of the legislation. Republican state representative Donna Veach was a no vote.