After months of emotionally wrenching debate, state lawmakers on Friday sent a landmark bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill Californians who request them.
“By an overwhelming majority across all groups — religious, ethnic, geographic, no matter what age or gender — Californians want us to act to eliminate the needless pain and prolonged suffering of those who are dying,” Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, said shortly before the state Senate voted 23 to 14 to pass the bill, largely along party lines. Brown has not indicated whether he will sign it.
The bill was among dozens of measures voted on Friday during the final day of the 2015 legislative session. Other measures that lawmakers sent to the governor dealt with global warming, the drought and voter registration.
SB350, the landmark climate change bill sought by Gov. Jerry Brown, passed the Assembly on a 51-26 vote, two days after the governor and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, removed a key provision that would have required California to cut oil use in half by 2030.