May 10, 2019

Washington state signs bill limiting measles vaccine exemptions

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Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) signed a bill on Friday prohibiting parents from claiming personal or philosophical exemptions for measles vaccines for children, reports the AP.

The big picture: Some states are trying to curb the measles outbreak by limiting vaccination exemptions. Oregon and California are both considering legislation that would also limit the exemptions. At least 8 states have considered removing personal exemptions for vaccines this year, but 17 allow personal and philosophical vaccine exemptions.

The backdrop: There were at least 70 measles cases in Washington state this year. The new law will go into affect in July, per AP.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  2. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  3. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  4. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  6. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.