Measure to Repeal California Vaccine Law Won’t be on Ballot

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

California voters won’t be weighing in next year on a new stricter law requiring mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren.

Figures submitted by county clerks to the secretary of state show opponents of the law failed to gather enough signatures to ask voters to repeal it.

The secretary of state’s office reported Thursday that proponents of a ballot measure to repeal the vaccine law submitted fewer than 234,000 signatures. They needed 366,000 statewide to put the question on the ballot.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law earlier this year amid fierce opposition from some parents’ rights groups. They argued the state shouldn’t force their children to be vaccinated.