June 4 (Reuters) – The California Senate approved a
physician-assisted suicide bill on Thursday that would allow
some terminally ill patients to obtain medication to end their
lives, even as opponents criticized the bill as dangerous.
California lawmakers unveiled the bill in January in an
effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose 29-year-old daughter,
Brittany Maynard, moved from California to Oregon last year to
end her life after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California school district, threatened with a civil rights lawsuit, has agreed to drop its objection to a Native American student wearing an eagle feather at his high school graduation ceremony in the city of Clovis, officials said on Wednesday.
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Monday filed a notice of intent to sue on an emergency basis to challenge the Clovis Unified School District’s refusal to allow the feather, the organization said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities in California, where the death penalty has been on hold since 2006, have reached a court settlement that would require the state to create lethal injection rules that could allow it to resume executions, officials said on Tuesday.
Attorneys for the most populous U.S. state submitted the settlement to a Sacramento court on Monday in a lawsuit brought by family members of murder victims who say the state’s failure to provide a viable execution method denies them justice.
LOS ANGELES, June 2 (Reuters) – The California Senate voted
on Tuesday to allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health
insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable
Care Act, a measure that would make the state the first to offer
that kind of coverage.
The bill would not provide a subsidy for undocumented
immigrants to buy health insurance, unlike U.S. citizens and
legal residents who can qualify for such assistance based on
their incomes, said Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the bill’s
author, Senator Ricardo Lara.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age.
The measure was approved by the Senate 26-8 and must now be approved by the state Assembly.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Senate voted on Tuesday to allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, a measure that would make the state the first to offer that kind of coverage.
The Senate voted 28-11 in favor of the proposal, which still must be approved by the state Assembly and signed by the governor, said Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the bill’s author, Senator Ricardo Lara.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Southern California police say an officer fatally shot an unarmed man who was high on drugs and threatening to attack, sparking anger from the man’s family and friends who describe him as an accomplished college debater who simply needed help.
The shooting last Wednesday in Long Beach, a city just south of Los Angeles, occurred only after the officer tried to restrain the man with an electronic control device, police said.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration plans to
protect the greater sage grouse in the western United States by
limiting oil and gas development and renewable energy in the
bird’s habitat, under a federal plan released on Thursday.
Environmentalists gave measured praise to the plan, which
was released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the
Forest Service, even as a group representing the energy industry
criticized the proposal.
(Reuters) – A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.
The plan from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is co-founded by former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, comes after three U.S. Senators this year introduced a bill that would require the federal government to recognize pot’s medical value and allow states to set their own medical cannabis policies.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean.
The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill’s effects on the environment.