AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a Senate amendment to keep the religious exemption for vaccinations.

Last Thursday, the Senate voted mostly along party lines to end philosophical non-medical vaccine exemptions, but kept religious exemptions intact.

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That Senate vote was on a bill passed by the House, which with its decision Tuesday is essentially insisting on its own version to be preserved.

LD 798 now heads back to the Senate.

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Democrats reportedly hope to change one or two votes in the Senate so the bill can pass.