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March 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Terminally ill California residents will be able to legally end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor beginning June 9.

State lawmakers adjourned a special session on health care Thursday, starting the 90-day countdown to physician-assisted suicide. The law approved last year made California the fifth state to adopt the practice, but patients were left in limbo until the session ended.

March 10, 2016

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.

March 10, 2016

Dying Californians can ask their doctors for a lethal prescription to end their lives beginning June 9.

March 04, 2016

State Sen. Bill Monning wants to give California residents permission to talk about more options in the last months of their lives.

In the first of several planned “town-hall style” community meetings about the state’s pending End of Life Option Act, Monning and a panel of experts introduced the nuances of the new legislation to a Santa Cruz audience of more than 100 people on Friday.

March 02, 2016

The silhouette of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is an iconic and familiar sight for Central Coast residents—two giant bell-shaped reactors perched atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Diablo is the state’s remaining operating nuclear power plant, and has both opponents and fans. One side pushes to shut the plant down over seismic safety concerns, while the other insists that the jobs and tax revenue that the plant and the company that runs it, Pacific Gas and Electric, bring into the county are vital.

February 12, 2016

A bill that would set health and care standards for the state’s pet boarding facilities—including stables—has been introduced in Sacramento by State Senator Bill Monning, whose 17th district includes Gilroy.

February 09, 2016

State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, has introduced a bill that would require PG&E to submit to the California Public Utilities Commission an assessment of the adverse economic impacts that could affect San Luis Obispo County if Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant were to shut down temporarily or permanently.

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.

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.

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. 

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