Posted: Apr 23, 2013 3:11 PM
PHOENIX - A bill allowing Arizonans to become foster parents even if their own children haven't been immunized is headed to the governor after passing the House following a lengthy debate.
Tuesday's 33-24 party-line vote in the Republican-controlled House wasn't enough of a margin to tack an emergency clause onto the bill that would have it take effect immediately if the governor signs it.
Democrats opposed the bill, saying they believe it was driven by philosophical opposition to vaccination requirements and will put foster children at risk.
Republicans argued the bill was about allowing children currently stuck in foster care to be taken into loving homes.
The elimination of the current requirement for immunizations for foster parents' natural or adoptive children would not affect the state's requirement for immunizations for foster children.
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