Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate

Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state's process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines.

The bill would have allowed the state Health Department to more easily adopt the federal rules, which some fear would result in more vaccinations. Under the bill, the department would have 90 days to adopt rules.

Immediately after hearing opposition to the bill, Sen. Rosalyn Baker said Thursday it wouldn't move forward. Her announcement came before the usual time when lawmakers decide on the bills.

Vaccinations are a hot button issue across the nation. For decades, critics have said vaccinations can cause debilitating side effects - most notably autism, which scientific research has debunked.

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