Topics

Healthcare Providers

California aid-in-dying bill shelved for the year

California aid-in-dying bill shelved for the year

Lacking the votes to pass a key committee, a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California was shelved Tuesday, likely until next year. The End of Life Option Act had been approved last month by the state Senate, but on Tuesday it did not have enough support to get out of the 19-member Assembly Health Committee, supporters decided. Democratic Sens. Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel, the bill’s authors, decided not to press for a vote as the deadline looms for approving bills this year, according to Assembly committee officials. They likely will seek to bring it up next year so they can have time to talk to...

Loading