Press Releases

California Medical Association Officially Changes Position on Aid in Dying

May 20, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced it has become one of the first state medical associations in the nation to change organizational policy with regard to the issue of physician aid in dying.  The group’s longstanding position had been to oppose physician aid in dying and had been upheld several times since the policy was adopted in 1987.  By removing decades old organizational policy, CMA has also removed its opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 128 (Monning/Wolk), the End of Life Option Act.

Senator Monning Announces Local Grant Award

May 05, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) is pleased to announce that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) awarded a $2,996,768 grant to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.

Elkhorn Slough’s Blue Carbon project will increase regional carbon sequestration through salt marsh restoration.

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.  

Senator Monning Statement on Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking

March 13, 2015

(SEASIDE, CA)  - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) issued the following statement on today’s groundbreaking of the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ord.

Watch the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking Ceremony live online

March 10, 2015

Senator Bill Monning invites you to join him at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking Celebration. If you are unable to attend, the Celebration will be live-streamed on Senator Monning's website: http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/.

DATE: Friday, March 13, 2015

TIME:10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: General Stilwell Community Center
4260 Gigling Road
Seaside, CA 93955

Senator Monning Introduces Commercial Driving Safety Bill

February 24, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation to improve road safety by strengthening training requirements for commercial drivers.

“Commercial drivers who lack adequate training put everyone on the road at risk,” Senator Monning said. “Requiring more rigorous training for drivers of big rigs and other large commercial vehicles is a common sense safety measure.  This bill will help prevent accidents and…most importantly…save lives.”

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