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AM Alert: 7-year-old Leukemia survivor at Capitol for vaccine bill

Rhett Krawitt, 6, who could not be vaccinated while he was being treated for leukemia, speaks to lawmakers about approval of a measure requiring California schoolchildren to be vaccinated during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee on April 15, 2015.
Rhett Krawitt, 6, who could not be vaccinated while he was being treated for leukemia, speaks to lawmakers about approval of a measure requiring California schoolchildren to be vaccinated during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee on April 15, 2015. AP

Seven-year-old Leukemia survivor and vaccinations advocate Rhett Krawitt will head to the Capitol today. Krawitt has over 30,000 signatures on an online petition in favor of passing Senate Bill 277, which scraps the religious and personal belief exemption for vaccinations. His petition will head to the governor after a 10 a.m. press conference with Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).

Krawitt was unable to be vaccinated for certain diseases because of his condition. His parents say that means he needed children around him to have those shots so the other children wouldn’t pass infections on to Rhett.

He also spoke in front of a school board meeting in Tiburon.

FARM TO MANSION: Hundreds of anti-union farm workers and supporters plan to protest outside an event Gov. Jerry Brown is attending tonight with staff from the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. The event, to be held at the Leland Stanford mansion, is a reception for the 40th anniversary of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

The protesters are continuing a long spat with the ALRB. They say they want the board to count votes from a union decertification election held more than a year and a half ago. The ALRB says farming company Gerawan interfered with the results.

GRANT RESULTS: It’s the American Idol of public policy – Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s “Innovate Your State” group is announcing its first grant award today as part of the Fix California Challenge.

The challenge invites people to submit ideas that would improve government, and to vote on other people’s ideas. Winners get to present their ideas to possible funders and partners. Submissions are open until June 30th. On Tuesday, a plan to spin off a new state from California has 233 votes.

DIVESTMENT: Senate Bill 185, which would have California’s pension funds divest from coal companies, goes up before the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security at 10 a.m.

The bill passed the Senate 24-14. Current law also restricts public investment in companies doing business in Sudan, or which have certain ties to the Iranian energy sector.

BAKE SALE: If you get hungry, no-kill shelter Happy Tails is selling baked goods at the north entrance to the Capitol, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Andrew Holzman: 916-326-5545, @andrewlholzman

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