Gov. Brown critiques new path for right-to-die bill

Aug 18, 2015 7:49 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says a special session on health care financing isn't the appropriate venue for California lawmakers to pass right-to-die legislation.

Brown's spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said Tuesday that the better approach is to reconsider legislation next year that is now stalled.

Democratic lawmakers announced earlier in the day that they were renewing their push to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

They introduced a new bill in a special legislative session that Brown convened to deal with funding shortfalls in health care programs for the poor and elderly.

A coalition of religious and medical groups opposing right-to-die bills called it a heavy-handed attempt to force the bill through.

Brown's spokeswoman didn't say if the Democratic governor would veto aid-in-dying legislation if it's passed in the special session.

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