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Vaccine bill's Senate amendment rejected by Maine House

The Maine Senate voted last Thursday to keep religious exemptions intact, but the Maine House is essentially insisting its own version be preserved.

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.