New Jersey families will retain the right to claim religion as a reason to not have their children vaccinated, after an eleventh-hour attempt Monday to end such exemptions did not gather sufficient support to bring the issue to a vote.
But Senate backers of the bill vowed to reintroduce it, possibly as soon as Tuesday afternoon, when the new legislative session begins.
Reintroducing the bill would start the legislative process anew, including likely hearings. Sweeney told reporters Monday that the legislation was one vote short of passage. He said that in the new session, he may convene a hearing, calling on experts from both sides of the debate.
Hundreds of exemption supporters who gathered at the Statehouse cheered loudly from the Senate gallery when the session ended Monday with no vote on the bill.