AUSTIN, TEXAS — Texas lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine order Wednesday, sending him a bill that blocks state officials from requiring the shots for at least four years.
Perry has said he is disappointed but has not indicated whether he will veto the bill.
He has 10 days to sign or veto it, or the proposal will become law without his signature.
Lawmakers can override a veto with a two-thirds vote.
The legislation passed by well over that margin in both chambers.
Republican Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the bill's House sponsor, said he thought it was fair and reasonable.
"I think the governor should see this as the Legislature making a very clear and respectful statement, and I hope he'll accept our wishes," Bonnen said.
The vaccine protects girls and women against strains of the sexually transmitted virus that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts.