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A rally outside the Albany County Courthouse on Aug. 14, during hearing challenging the constitutionality of the state legislature's repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination. A rally outside the Albany County Courthouse on Aug. 14, during hearing challenging the constitutionality of the state legislature’s repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination. Photo: Hans Pennink/AP

A law in New York that removed religious exemptions to vaccines for children attending school will remain in effect, at least for now, after a state judge in Albany said she wasn’t persuaded by claims that the state Legislature acted with hostility toward religious groups.

Albany County Supreme Court Justice Denise Hartman wrote in the decision that, at this point, the health risk to individuals who aren’t vaccinated outweighed the claims brought against the law.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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