California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation last October that would allow terminally ill people to request life-ending medication from their physicians.
But no one knew when the law would take effect, because of the unusual way in which the law was passed — in a legislative “extraordinary session” called by Gov. Brown. The bill could not go into effect until 90 days after the session adjourned.
That was this morning, after the Senate sent new tobacco regulations to the governor’s desk and means the “End of Life Option Act” will go into effect June 9.