Press Releases

Senator Monning to Continue Legislative Efforts to Strengthen Training Requirements for Commercial Drivers Next Year

August 27, 2015

Assembly committee turns SB 344 into two-year bill

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senate Bill (SB) 344, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to improve road safety by strengthening training requirements for commercial drivers, was held on suspense in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, making it a two-year bill and ending its chances of going to the Governor’s desk this year.

California Lawmakers Reintroduce Aid-in-Dying Legislation in Extraordinary Session

August 18, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) reintroduced End of Life Option Act legislation in the Extraordinary Session.  Modeled after Senator Monning’s original legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 128, this new bill will continue the effort to enact an aid-in-dying in California this year.

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Combat Environmental Destruction from Illegal Marijuana Grow-Sites

August 10, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 165, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which expands existing civil fines for environmental damage created during the cultivation of controlled substances in order to address the devastation to the ecosystem caused by illegal marijuana grow-sites.

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Help Sea Otters

August 07, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 17, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which extends the sunset date for the California Sea Otter Fund by five years and will continue to give California taxpayers the option of supporting the Fund.

Senator Monning Introduces Extraordinary Session Bill As Part of Anti-Tobacco Legislative Package

July 16, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 6 as part of the Second Extraordinary Session to address indoor workplace environments in California where people may be exposed to secondhand smoke.  The measure is part of a six bill package aimed at reducing tobacco use in the state.

Aid-in-Dying Legislation Removed from Assembly Health Committee Calendar

July 07, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the End of Life Option Act, authored by Senators Monning (D-Carmel) and Wolk (D-Davis), was removed from the Assembly Health Committee calendar.  Senate Bill (SB) 128 would allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician. 

Bill Extending Independent Review of Diablo Canyon Passes First Committee

June 16, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to extend the independent review on seismic studies and surveys of Diablo Canyon Power Plant passed out of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications on a 10 to 0 vote.

Senator Monning Names Patti’s Perfect Pantry as 2015 Small Business of the Year

June 09, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has selected Patti’s Perfect Pantry in Gilroy, California, as his 2015 Small Business of the Year.  Patti Tartaglia, owner of Patti’s Perfect Pantry, will be honored at the California Small Business Day Luncheon on June 10, 2015, at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Aid-in-Dying Legislation Passes Out of the Senate

June 04, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the End of Life Option Act, authored by Senators Monning (D-Carmel) and Wolk (D-Davis), passed off the Senate Floor with a vote of 23-14.  Senate Bill (SB) 128 will allow a mentally competent adult in the final stages of life due to a terminal disease to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician. 

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.

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