Senate Bill 277, which requires that kids in public school get their vaccinations no matter what beliefs their parents hold about the shots, is expected to go up for a vote in the Assembly today. The bill has been a nationwide battleground since February, and stalking, alleged racism and at least one use of the word “holocaust” have all been a part of the story.
If it passes today, it moves to the governor’s desk if the Senate concurs in Assembly amendments. A spokesperson for Gov. Jerry Brown promised only that any bill on vaccines that reaches him will be “closely considered.”
An anti-mandatory-vaccination group, calling itself a representation of the “real people” of California, has a permit for a rally at the West side of the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..
TRACTORS: Legislators will be riding tractors through a rice field north of the Sacramento airport today. John Deere and the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau are sponsoring the event, which is supposed to give politicians a better idea of what farm life is like.
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Jaime Minor, a lobbyist for John Deere, says the event could help lawmakers who sometimes don’t know the ins and outs of irrigation and planting.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the intersection of Sankey and Natomas off Highway 99.
NASCAR: Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, is playing host to NASCAR. It’s bringing “haulers” (the rigs that carry the race cars) to do some laps around the Capitol at noon. There will be a pace car on display at 11th and L.
A proclamation Nielsen’s presenting is also making it NASCAR day.
CELEBRATIONS: Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson is 49.