This time a bill to squelch vaccine exemptions statewide and mandate vaccinations didn’t make it. The forceful public outcry opposing efforts to mandate vaccinations in Hawaii’s legislative chambers was strong enough to motivate the bill’s committee head Senator Rosalyn Baker to announce the bill would not be moving forward.
Committee member Senator Will Espero mentioned her action was unusual for any lawmaker. “Normally she would wait to the end of the agenda,” he said. “But in this case, she felt that it might be best before we get to the other bill to just share with them that, ‘FYI, I hear you, and I’ve made the decision.’ ”
For now, it’s a victory for Hawaiians who don’t wish to have their kids or themselves forced into vaccinations.
But Senator Baker’s own words foreshadow the probability of more attempts coming in the not distant future. She claimed she killed the bill in committee because there’s “so much confusion and a lot of misinformation” about what it would do.