Alicia Ferguson, of Shingle Springs, holds her 17-month-old daughter Louisa Ferguson, and her parrot Mac, as she rallied on the West Steps of the Capitol against the bill to require vaccinations, Senate Bill 277 on Wednesday April 8, 2015. Ferguson, who said her child was vaccinated, said that she supports the group because she believes in parents having the right to make their own choice.
Alicia Ferguson, of Shingle Springs, holds her 17-month-old daughter Louisa Ferguson, and her parrot Mac, as she rallied on the West Steps of the Capitol against the bill to require vaccinations, Senate Bill 277 on Wednesday April 8, 2015. Ferguson, who said her child was vaccinated, said that she supports the group because she believes in parents having the right to make their own choice. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
Alicia Ferguson, of Shingle Springs, holds her 17-month-old daughter Louisa Ferguson, and her parrot Mac, as she rallied on the West Steps of the Capitol against the bill to require vaccinations, Senate Bill 277 on Wednesday April 8, 2015. Ferguson, who said her child was vaccinated, said that she supports the group because she believes in parents having the right to make their own choice. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
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Dan Walters

April 20, 2015 4:40 PM

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Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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