Future uncertain for bill that would eliminate religion as a reason not to vaccinate public schoolchildren

Anti-vaccination protesters stand outside the New Jersey State House on December 16, 2019, in Trenton.

New York (CNN)Lawmakers in New Jersey did not vote Monday, despite much anticipation, on a controversial bill that would eliminate religion as a reason not to vaccinate public schoolchildren, a spokesman for the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office, Kevin McArdle, told CNN.

"Any bill that isn't passed by both houses today dies," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a sponsor of the bill, released a statement shortly after the Senate session ended Monday evening.
    "As immunization rates drop and outbreaks of preventable disease rise, I'm disappointed we were not able to vote on this vital legislation. Anyone who has listened to the public health experts, doctors and industry professionals should have been able to see just how dangerous inaction will be, not only for the unvaccinated child, but their fellow students and ultimately, the entire community. Though I understand the passion of those opposed, fundamentally, this is not a personal choice and in society it is the duty of healthy members to work together to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
    She added, "While we were not able to get this done today, my colleagues and I are committed to passing this legislation, protecting our children and ensuring safer classrooms in the 2020-2021 session."