Democratic lawmakers dropped a controversial proposal to mandate vaccines in the state.
Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks of Oakland said she will not pursue the proposal this year after drafts of her bill language were leaked last week. She says she needs more time to craft “the strongest bill possible.”
Dropping the proposal before the legislature adjourns next week effectively leaves the decision to the governor. Newsom could impose a vaccine mandate on his own to help protect the state from a fall and winter surge.
The draft language called for Californians to show proof that they are vaccinated to enter many indoor businesses and required both public and private sector workers to be fully vaccinated or regularly tested.