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California Legislature: ‘Right to die,’ climate change bills sent to governor
The Mercury News

After months of emotionally wrenching debate, state lawmakers on Friday sent a landmark bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill Californians who request them.

“By an overwhelming majority across all groups — religious, ethnic, geographic, no matter what age or gender — Californians want us to act to eliminate the needless pain and prolonged suffering of those who are dying,” Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, said shortly before the state Senate voted 23 to 14 to pass the bill, largely along party lines.