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Aid-in-dying legislation a major test for governor
San Francisco Chronicle

After months of emotional debate, the state Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a controversial bill Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe lethal medicine to terminal patients wanting to end their lives. Now, all eyes turn to the governor as political and religious experts question whether Brown’s Catholic roots will affect his decision. “This is a real test for Jerry Brown,” said the Rev. Michael Russo, a Roman Catholic priest and retired professor of political communication at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. “It’s a real hot potato he’s been handed.”