Apr 24, 2019

California confronts vaccine exemptions head on with new legislation

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Hundreds gathered in Sacramento to oppose legislation that would allow California state public health officials to decide which children can skip vaccines before going to school, taking the power to grant exemptions away from local doctors, the AP reports.

Details: Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan, the primary sponsor of the bill, said the legislation would help prevent future outbreaks, according to AP. Opponents of the bill argue that it takes away parental rights and isn't necessary for preventing outbreaks. There have been at least 20 confirmed cases of measles in California this year.

The big picture: Other states are working on passing legislation limiting which vaccination exemptions are acceptable. Washington passed legislation on Tuesday removing parents' abilities to claim personal or philosophical exemptions, but religious and medical reasons remain in place, according to the AP. Oregon is currently considering legislation that would only allow medical vaccination exemptions, per the Statesman Journal.

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What a post-pandemic space industry might look like

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The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic could spell major trouble for dozens of small companies working to break into the space industry.

The big picture: SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and other companies are well-established with strong customer bases and robust portfolios, but the prospects for the industry's growth hinge on smaller companies.

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Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill

Glenn Fine, acting Pentagon watchdog

President Trump on Monday replaced the Pentagon's acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed last month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: A group of independent federal watchdogs selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine's removal from his Pentagon job prevents from being able to serve in that position — since the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role.

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