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Lois Wolk

California's right-to-die bill is dead for the year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Just weeks after it appeared headed for passage, California's right-to-die bill ran headlong into some Democratic lawmakers' fears that doctors might coerce the poor to end their lives when they become seriously ill and was shelved for the year. Democratic state Sens. Lois Wolk and Bill Monning conceded Tuesday that their legislation dubbed a "death with dignity" bill by proponents and an "assisted suicide" measure by opponents didn't have enough support from members of the Assembly Health Committee to advance to the Assembly floor. SB?128 couldn't overcome the concerns of lawmakers like Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez,...