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California assisted death effort to be relaunched

Deborah Ziegler hales a photo of her daughter Brittany Maynard with her husband Gary Holmes after the California Senate passed SB 128 on Thursday, May 4, 2015.
Deborah Ziegler hales a photo of her daughter Brittany Maynard with her husband Gary Holmes after the California Senate passed SB 128 on Thursday, May 4, 2015. hamezcua@sacbee.com

An effort to allow terminally ill Californians to take their own lives will get a fresh push after appearing to be finished for the year, supporters announced on Monday.

Senate Bill 128, which would have allowed doctors to prescribe fatal drugs to dying patients, sputtered in the Assembly earlier this year for lack of votes. Even as they acknowledged the setback, the authors vowed that they were not done for the year.

A hint of the next step came on Monday from Compassion & Choices, a group that has launched a national push for similar laws following Brittany Maynard’s well publicized life-ending journey to Oregon. The organization circulated a press release promoting “a new plan to pass the End of Life Option Act,” to be unveiled at a Tuesday press conference scheduled to feature a number of lawmakers.

While declining to go into detail, a spokesman for Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, a coauthor of SB 128, confirmed that lawmakers would “detail a new plan.” Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, another author, also said he could not provide specifics but suggested the new proposal would come in an Assembly bill.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert. Alexei Koseff of the Bee Capitol Bureau contributed reporting.

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