HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A 24-hour hearing about vaccine exemptions in Connecticut started on Tuesday morning.
It's expected to wrap up at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Lawmakers have been discussing whether or not to eliminate the nonmedical exemption to the state's immunization requirement.
One of the two bills being discussed is labeled "SB568."
Its description says it would "eliminate the nonmedical exemption to the immunization requirement for individuals attending public or private school from prekindergarten through grade twelve, individuals in higher education and children in day care settings."
The bill was introduced by Sen. Mary Daugherty Abrams of the state's 13th District.
On Tuesday morning, parents and advocates spoke out about the bill during the virtual hearing.
Last year, a public hearing on a similar bill lasted more than 21 hours.
This year, it was capped at 24 hours.
A motion to keep the hearing going indefinitely failed, and that was followed by a firestorm of criticism.
"Why does an infected person have the right to go to school, but an unvaccinated person does not?" asked Maddalena Cirignotta.
Those against the legislation said it’s an overreach by the government.
“So why are we here attempting to desecrate one of the first freedoms that our forefathers came to this world seeking to exercise,” said Lindy Urso of Greenwich.
A group called Vaccinate Your Family did a survey which found 90 percent of Connecticut parents felt children should be required to receive vaccines, and 87 percent agree children should be vaccinated to attend schools and daycares.
If lawmakers vote to eliminate the religious exemption, some said they will continue to fight.
"They are not going to comply with the vaccination schedule, which they don't feel is right for their families, so they will end up having their kids expelled from school," said Leeann Ducat, founder of Informed Choice USA.
The bill does not cover the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 1,900 people signed up to speak in the virtual hearing.
A vote on one of the bills could come next week before it heads to the full state House of Representatives and state Senate.