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California’s End of Life Option Act passed in 2015. The law took effect on June 9, 2016.
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Amendment Referred to Committee
In February, Senator Catherine Blakespear introduces SB1196 and it is referred to the Rules Committee. This is a placeholder bill with the intension of expanding California’s End of Life Option Act. Bill language will be available on or after March 16.
Amendment passes to eliminate barriers to access. Court case dismissed.
Ahn v. Hestrin, the 2016 lawsuit that briefly suspended the California End of Life Option Act in 2018, is dropped.
Senator Susan Eggman (D) introduces an amendment to California’s law, End of Life, SB380. Effective beginning January 1, 2022, the amendment:
A January ruling by the Riverside County Superior Court confirms plaintiffs in the 2016 lawsuit challenging the End of Life Option Act lack standing and that the law was passed in the state legislature appropriately.
Amendment Signed into Law
The California Legislature approves and Governor Brown signs AB282, which amends the California penal code to “prohibit a person whose actions are compliant with the End of Life Option Act from being prosecuted for deliberately aiding, advising, or encouraging suicide.”
A lawsuit is filed by opposition to challenge the California End of Life Option Act.
Governor Signs End of Life Options Act
Governor Jerry Brown signs ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act, into law.
An August poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies shows 76 percent of Californians support Death with Dignity legislation in their state, while a Stanford University poll shows 72.5 percent of Californians support the then-proposed law. The California Medical Society changes its position on the then-proposed law from opposed to neutral.