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Capitol lobbyists, staff jump security line during vaccine debate

Anti-vaccine advocates rally on the West Steps of the Capitol against legislation to require vaccinations, Senate Bill 277, on April 8, 2015.
Anti-vaccine advocates rally on the West Steps of the Capitol against legislation to require vaccinations, Senate Bill 277, on April 8, 2015. The Sacramento Bee file

The controversy surrounding California’s mandatory vaccine bill has brought the Capitol long lines, crowded hallways and signs asking visitors to use the stairs as anti-vaccine advocates fill committee hearings to demand the state keep its personal belief exemption in place. Now you can add a special entrance for staff and lobbyists to the list.

With Senate Bill 277 facing a crucial vote on Wednesday, the Joint Rules Committee sprung into action to keep disruptions to a minimum for those who work in the building.

“Due to the high volume of people expected to be entering the Capitol on Wednesday, April 22nd, the North and South entrances to the Capitol will have a designated staff/lobbyist line,” read a memo sent to Assembly and Senate employees on Tuesday. “You will need a legislative identification card to access these lines.”

“Staff should anticipate a longer wait than normal and plan accordingly,” the memo added.

Debra Gravert, chief administrative officer of the Joint Rules Committee, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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