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Assisted Suicide Law Survives Referendum Attempt


Opponents of California’s new assisted suicide measure have failed in their attempt to overturn the law.

They failed to meet Monday's deadline to submit the necessary 365,880 valid voter signatures that would have qualified their referendum for the November ballot.

Although Gov. Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" last fall, lawmakers have yet to adjourn the special legislative session in which the measure was passed. The law cannot take effect until 90 days after the special session is adjourned.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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