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Governor Brown Signs End of Life Option Act

October 05, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act, coauthored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which provides mentally-capable, terminally-ill Californians with the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying medication. This Second Extraordinary Session bill was modeled after Senators Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Monning’s Senate Bill (SB) 128 and continued the effort to enact the End of Life Option Act in California this year.

Governor Brown Signs Diablo Canyon Bill on Emergency Services and Independent Review

October 02, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 361 by Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) and coauthored by Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).  The bill received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Legislature and will take effect immediately.

Editorial, Sept. 13, 2015: It’s time for end-of-life option

September 13, 2015

The time to adopt carefully drafted end-of-life legislation has come.

The considerations surrounding proposed state legislation to allow certain terminally ill patients to request aid in dying are complex and emotional and require the most thoughtful and careful analysis and debate.

We feel the requirements have been met, and we endorse the bill’s signing by the governor.

Bill designed to give seniors more housing rights almost the law

September 11, 2015

State legislation sparked by a local man’s tussle with a Pacific Grove retirement facility to get back the deposit on his mother’s apartment is on its way to being law.

On Tuesday, the State Assembly passed SB475, legislation introduced by Sen. Bill Monning that would require — among other things — “continuing care retirement communities,” such as Forest Hill, to adhere to a timetable to repay a resident’s deposit for a unit after they’ve vacated it. It would also require that interest be paid on deposits until they’re returned.

State lawmakers pass End-of-Life Option Act

September 11, 2015

It might come down to pure emotion in real life, but in Sacramento, the right to end one's own life has been a political matter. 

California Legislature Passes Historic Aid-In-Dying Medication Bill

September 11, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Assembly Bill (AB) X2 15, the End of Life Option Act, coauthored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), passed off of the Senate Floor today, marking the first time this subject matter has passed out the California Legislature.  On Wednesday, ABX2 15 passed off of the Assembly Floor on a 43-34 vote.