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Lawmaker Pushes Plan to Prohibit Mandatory Vaccines 

Catherine Pegram

With all of the talk of protecting against the flu this fall, a lawmaker from Ripley wants to make sure Mainers won’t be order to get a shot. Representative Doug Thomas is submitting a bill that would prohibit mandatory vaccines.He says it’s a proactive measure and that people should be able to maintain sovereignty over the own bodies. A spokesperson for the governor’s office says only an extreme public health emergency would allow for all mainers to be vaccinated and a measure like that would have to clear a number of hurdles, including court. Thomas’ bill will be introduced to the legislative council next Thursday. The lawmakers there will then decide whether to assign the bill to a committee or throw it out. Thomas says if the legislation is thrown out, he’ll keeping pushing to have it heard.