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  • Lawmakers tinker with crime measure recently OK'd by voters

    Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created unintended consequences, such as reducing the number of DNA samples taken from suspects.
  • A new reason to support California's 'death with dignity' bill

    A new reason to support California's 'death with dignity' bill
    For the first time in close to a decade, the California Legislature is considering a bill that would grant terminally ill patients the right to seek a prescription from a physician for a lethal dose of medicine, giving them the ability to die peacefully...

    A doctor's warning on 'death with dignity'

    To the editor: Columnist Steve Lopez shows himself to be a strong advocate of the "death with dignity" bill in the state Legislature. ("Death with dignity movement is alive and well in California," Jan. 20) As a frontline geriatric, palliative and...

    California lawmakers will push death-with-dignity measure

    California lawmakers will push death-with-dignity measure
    It was a dying wish of Brittany Maynard, after terminal cancer led her to move to Portland so she could legally end her life, that her home state of California would someday adopt Oregon's death-with-dignity law. On Wednesday, less than three months...

    Californians deserve the right to die with dignity

    Californians deserve the right to die with dignity
    Although 70% of Californians support physician-assisted suicide, it remains illegal in this state. Despite a remarkably successful 20-year-old law in Oregon that set up a process for what that state calls “death with dignity,” the...