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AM Alert: Legislature takes up assisted suicide, two weeks’ schedule notice

The death of Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill California woman to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s assisted suicide law, spurred action in the Legislature this session.
The death of Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill California woman to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s assisted suicide law, spurred action in the Legislature this session. AP

The deadline for passing bills out of the house of origin is tomorrow, but lawmakers would prefer to head home to their districts on Friday, so expect a packed day as the Senate and Assembly race through dozens of remaining measures in hopes of finishing tonight.

The Senate will take up SB 128, which would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients. The controversial proposal has failed several times before in California, but a major obstacle was cleared last month when the California Medical Association removed its longstanding opposition. Disability rights groups remain vehemently opposed, however, over concerns that it could put the elderly and other vulnerable Californians in harm’s way.

Major issues in the Assembly include workers’ scheduling and medical marijuana. AB 357 would require businesses to give their employees at least two weeks’ notice before a shift. As a major labor priority and one of the California Chamber of Commerce’s top “job killers,” it should inspire spirited debate on the floor. AB 266 would create a framework to license and regulate medical marijuana, an effort that has fallen short for several year running now.

IN MEMORIAM: A memorial for longtime Sen. Bill Campbell, who died in March at the age of 79, will be held at the California Chamber of Commerce at 4 p.m. Campbell, a lawmaker for nearly a quarter of a century and later president of the California Manufacturers Association, was known for his friendly demeanor and a wide repertoire of corny jokes. “Even though he was the Senate Republican Leader, he was highly respected by both parties,” said former chief of staff Jerry Haleva, who is organizing the event. Gov. Jerry Brown will also be on hand to unveil a plaque in Campbell’s honor for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. More information is available at rememberbill.info, where attendees can RSVP.

TRACK THE LEGISLATURE: What’s influencing lawmakers’ actions? A new data feature in our legislative directory at sacbee.com lets you explore which interests are the biggest givers to each member. You’ll also find key political and census information about every district, including unemployment and poverty rates.

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

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