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Senator Monning Bill to Protect Foster Youth Passes First Committee

April 21, 2015
(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - Senate Bill (SB) 253, legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), to create a more rigorous process for prescribing psychotropic drugs to foster children, passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee on a 5 to 0 vote today.
 
“SB 253 will provide the courts with key factors to consider when making the potentially life-changing medical decision to prescribe a foster child psychotropic drugs,” Senator Monning said.  “Too often foster children are prescribed psychotropic drugs without the proper oversight.

Commercial Driving Safety Bill Passes First Committee

April 14, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - Senate Bill (SB) 344, legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to improve road safety by strengthening training requirements for commercial drivers, passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on a unanimous vote today.

“End of Life Option Act” Passes out of Senate Judiciary Committee

April 07, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand the end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent adult in the final stages of life due to a terminal illness to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“End of Life Option Act” Clears First Committee

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Health Committee on a 6 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in California in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

New Video Testimony from Brittany Maynard Released Supporting End of Life Option Legislation

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today the family of Brittany Maynard released new video testimony from Brittany in support of aid-in-dying legislation.  Ms. Maynard wrote the testimony and recorded the video for California Legislators before her death in November, 2014.  

Monterey Herald: Editorial: Veterans cemetery a reality

March 15, 2015

Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at the General Stilwell Community Center in Seaside marked a major landmark in the effort to construct what eventually will be a fitting tribute to the many veterans who have served our country.

The groundbreaking was for the first phase of the project, a 17-acre development that will include 5,000 columbarium niches, landscaping, a memorial walkway and supporting infrastructure. This first phase will be completed by July 2016.