After passing sweeping anti-tobacco legislation on Thursday, the state Senate voted to finally close the special legislative session on health care, thereby starting the countdown for California’s assisted death law to take effect.
Approved through the special session last fall and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, the controversial legislation does not kick in for 90 days after the session concludes. That means terminally ill patients can seek life-ending drugs from their physicians beginning June 9.
As the special session dragged on for months while lawmakers negotiated a tax extension, supporters of assisted death agitated publicly for them to wrap things up. Several prominent advocates died before they could take advantage of the policy.
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