Janine Kloss: When in Doubt, Cheat

Janine Kloss
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Posted to Libertarian Party of Sacramento website

May 16, 2015
By Janine Kloss

When in Doubt, Cheat

That is the motto being used by some State Senators in California regarding a controversial bill that would mandate vaccinations for all (SB277). Under this bill, all people, regardless of religion, personal belief, (previously) homeschool status, private school status, most medical exemptions, etc., are required to vaccinate their children based on the current CDC Immunization Schedule in order to receive the mandated education. The Democrat and Republican Senators who are pushing this bill through are proposing to withhold education in order to force parents to vaccinate.

When this bill was set to fail in the Senate Education Committee, the vote was held for a week until two committee members could be replaced. When the bill was set to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the sponsors amended it to put the necessity for enforcement under the education system in order to bypass fiscal responsibility for their bill. Without it being on the formal agenda and with little notice to the people aside from rumors, the Senate voted on SB277 on the floor. When protests were raised from the Senate Education Committee members on the floor, they were shut down. When members testified on behalf of this bill, inaccurate statistics were used and facts were insinuated that are patently false. When members testified in opposition to this bill, the Speaker frequently interrupted them and caused disruption. At all fronts, the sponsors have shown their willingness to use whatever means to pass this legislation regardless of what logic might dictate and in the face of protests from the people they represent.

Politics aside, vaccine debate aside- how does this impact our rights in California? Do we retain any rights after something like this is mandated? If some babies and children die from vaccines, it would follow that a bill from our Senators requiring vaccination for all (regardless of any factors, aside from terminal illness) would be a clear message that they have the authority to limit some lives.

We can argue political views all day long, but the people who work long hours, who struggle just to make ends meet, who may not have the time or resources to fight back against this absurdity are left wondering what compliance will look like. Some don’t even have the resources to receive all desired vaccines on the schedule and so they would be restricted from attending school. Some may choose to bypass, say Gardasil (a newer and highly controversial vaccine), and so they would be restricted from attending school. Vaccines can be added to the list and mandated without further action from the State Legislature based on the last updated version of this bill. Given the historical introduction of new vaccines and the ramifications thereof, blanket mandating of new vaccines also seems controversial.

The sponsors of this bill amended in an attempt to appease homeschoolers hoping they would remove themselves from the conversation. I hope this tactic doesn’t work. This is not a homeschooler issue and it’s not an anti-vax issue. This is an issue that sets precedent for the State of California and, quite possibly, the Nation. While we sat watching our Senators vote 25-10 in favor of passing SB277, word spread about a bill that was introduced to Congress called “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015.” While in theory it’s thoughtful of people to want to “protect” others. In actuality, this is a gross overstep of the State and the Nation into affairs that are not their domain.

The bottom line is that the onus is on parents and their doctors to make medical decisions for their children. Don’t let this pass. Don’t wait for the outcome of this legislation before you stand up and say something.


CDC Immunization Schedules
SB277 Bill Documents
Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015


Following is the letter provided to all SB277 bill sponsors, applicable committee members, and members of the Senate from the Libertarian Party of Sacramento County:


The Honorable Senator Pan M.D.
Member, Senate Education Committee
Member, Senate Health Committee
Sponsor, Senate Bill 277
State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator Pan,

We are writing today to express grave concerns about Senate Bill 277 (Public Health: Vaccinations). The choice to force vaccinations will have the unintended consequence of making the State of California, and you personally, liable for any and all adverse reactions. Keeping this choice between a family and their doctor is, not only the right thing to do, it is the only option for maintaining the integrity of your office and reducing liability for the State of California and the medical community. You were elected by the people in order to represent them, not to put forth mandates that can carry dire consequences.

Truthful campaigns about pros/cons, risks/benefits are the only inputs the state legislature should have in this issue, if any. California would be better served by the state legislature looking out for the best interest of the people and investigating why there are negative side effects that are muted by vaccine manufacturers. Protection from illnesses with vaccines that don’t end up harming some children would be a nice start. Urge them to try harder and to stop blaming parents who’ve either researched enough to know the risks or who’ve had children harmed. If you’re saying to yourself that there’s no way to ensure safety for all, then you’ve just answered the question about whether or not it is moral or ethical to make this decision for any other person. By voting for SB 277 you are showing a complete disregard for parental and human rights.

SB 277 aims to remove a parent’s right to informed consent. The choice of when and how a child is to be vaccinated needs to remain between a family and their doctor. Where there is a risk of injury or death, no matter how small the perceived risk may be, there must be a choice.  To mandate a medical procedure with known risks is unethical.

The Libertarian Party of Sacramento County adamantly opposes SB 277 in its efforts to further erode parental rights. We urge you to uphold your oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of California by withdrawing SB 277.


Janine Kloss
Executive Director
LPSac1017 L Street #123, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-265-2630

Fax: 916-790-5261

Email: jkloss@lpsac.org

Jarrett Tilford
LPSac1017 L Street #123, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-790-5261 x 103

Fax: 916-790-5261

Email: office@lpsac.org

Emily Henkel
LPSac1017 L Street #123, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-265-2619

Fax: 916-790-5261

Email: office@lpsac.org

Janine Kloss is Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Sacramento. Prior to this year, she was Secretary of the Libertarian Party of California.

On May 15, 2015, Janine spoke with Tim Donnelly on his new radio show. She spoke about several things, including the bill attempting to make vaccines mandatory in CA.

Tim Donnelly was a Republican Assemblyman in CA 33rd district from 2010 to 2014.

Here is a podcast of that show.


4 thoughts on “Janine Kloss: When in Doubt, Cheat

  1. David

    Montana had HB 158 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2015/billhtml/HB0158.htm that forced more shots before a student would be admitted to a public school. The House had inserted plenty of exemptions for families, but the Montana Senate took those exemptions out. In some cases this one-size-fits-all may not work for some students.

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Apparently, mandatory vaccine bills are cropping up in many states. This is just wrong, in my view.

  3. David

    Of course in many of those states, Republicans probably control the state Legislature, as they do in Montana.

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