LOS ANGELES (AFP): California’s lawmakers moved closer to tightening exemptions for vaccinations, following last month’s outbreak of measles and the ensuing outcry over the issue across the country. The state’s general assembly approved Thursday a bill that would require all children to be immunized before entering kindergarten unless they had a medical condition preventing vaccination. The law must return to the state senate, which had already approved another draft of the bill, before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for ratification.

The measure garnered support from both Republicans and Democrats after a measles outbreak in December in the Disneyland theme park affected some 130 people.