Despite strong Democratic majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly, the bill could not get out of the health committee. At issue was a number of Southern California Democrats who withheld support, primarily Latinos who came under pressure from the Catholic Church to vote against the legislation. In addition, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, cited concerns about a lack of safeguards for patients.
What recourse do supporters of the bill have now that it is no longer under consideration?
Melody Gutierrez, Politics and state government reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle
Toni Broaddus, California Campaign Director at Compassion & Choices, an advocacy organization supporting SB 128