Vaccine bill dies in committee

A bill that would allow medical exemptions of vaccinations died in committee on Tuesday.

Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, said he listened to the concerns of parents but also the pediatricians and state medical association about their concerns.

“We have a duty to protect public health and that of schoolchildren,” Tollison said of his decision not to bring the bill up in committee. The end of business Tuesday is the deadline for bills from the opposite chamber to pass out of committees.