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Assisted-death bill passes first Assembly committee
Sacramento Bee

A contentious proposal that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, advancing from a special Assembly health committee by a bipartisan vote of 10-2. A previous version of the legislation passed the Senate in June, but it stalled in the Assembly without ever receiving a hearing when supporters could not muster enough votes. It was revived last month during the special session on health care as Assembly Bill X2-15, a controversial move that was criticized by Gov. Jerry Brown for pulling focus from the session’s purpose of funding Medi-Cal.