Thursday, March 29, 2007

CA assembly committee approves death with dignity bill

Legislation that would allow the terminally ill to obtain life-ending drugs from their physicians was approved by an Assembly committee Tuesday as supporters made their fourth attempt to get the proposal to the governor's desk.  The Judiciary Committee's 7-3 vote marked the third time the panel has approved essentially the same bill since 1999.  The two previous measures died on the Assembly floor, and a third bill failed in the Senate. But supporters have some additional clout this year. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, has signed on as a co-author, which could assure the proposal of passing the Assembly.  "I'm saying the prognosis (for the bill) is healthy," another co-author, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, said after the vote. "I'm saying the prognosis is we're going to win this one."  Even if the bill makes it out of the Legislature, it could face a veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said the issue should be decided by voters rather than the Legislature and governor.

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