Lacking Enough Assembly Committee Votes, Aid-in-Dying Bill Shelved Until Next Year

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Supporters sign an oversized petition in favor of death with dignity laws in California at a rally in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

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Lacking the votes to pass a key committee, a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California was shelved until next year on Tuesday.

The End of Life Option Act had been approved last month by the state Senate, but on Tuesday it did not have enough support to get out of the 19-member Assembly Health Committee, supporters decided.

Democratic Sens. Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel, the bill’s authors, have decided not to press for a vote this year, according to Assembly committee officials. They may seek to bring it up next year so they can have time to talk to reluctant Assembly members and try to address their concerns.

“We have chosen not to present SB 128, the End of Life Option Act, today in the Assembly Health Committee,” the senators said in a statement. “We continue to work with Assembly members to ensure they are comfortable with the bill.”

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