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August 14, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pope Francis in the U.S.

With Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States a little more than a month away, preparations are under way at parishes all over California to celebrate this momentous occasion.  Parishes and schools are planning viewing parties and forming faith groups to talk about the Pope’s message of love.

July 31, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Court Rejects Physician Assisted-Suicide Lawsuit

With the physician-assisted suicide bill stalled in the California legislature, proponents took the issue to court last week but were dealt another major setback when a judge ruled that a law prohibiting doctors from assisting in a suicide is constitutional.

July 17, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Legislature Begins its Summer Break

As the legislature begins its summer recess, both houses are methodically moving bills from policy committees to appropriations committees. These measures will remain until late August when some may get called up to the floor for a vote.

July 10, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Lack of Support Stymies Assisted-Suicide Bill in California

With minimal support and scant votes, SB 128 (Wolk, D-Davis) was pulled for a second time in two weeks from the Assembly Health Committee and is most likely finished for the year. 

The bill would have allowed terminally ill patients to request lethal drugs to end their life.  Resistance to SB 128 increased after passage in the Senate.  Opponents continued to focus on the impacts and dangers this legislation would have on the vulnerable and those on subsidized health care. 

June 26, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Assisted-Suicide Bill Hits Roadblocks in CA Assembly

Authors of a bill aimed at legalizing physician-assisted suicide in California were forced to pull their bill from a scheduled hearing at the last minute because they did not have enough votes for passage.

June 19, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pope Invites World to Dialogue about Our Common Home and Its Ecological Future

In Laudato Si, a letter addressed to all the people of the world, Pope Francis presents a clear and compelling case for placing people at the center of a renewed commitment to caring for the planet.

May 29, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Assisted Suicide Bill Moves to Senate Floor

Legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide are nearing a vote on the Senate floor as SB 128 was cleared by the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote.  As with other legislation (see below), the bill must pass its house of origin by next Friday, June 5.

May 15, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Lawmakers Hear from Catholic Advocates on Life and Dignity Issues

After becoming familiar with the issues and hearing last minute updates on legislative maneuverings, Catholics from around California spread out into the halls of the Capitol to bring a message of life and dignity to lawmakers.

May 8, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Action Continues on Catholic Advocacy Day Bills

Catholic Advocacy Day legislation is moving right along through the Capitol.  All bills have already cleared their policy committee(s) and are now in the Appropriations Committee.   If the funds are available for the specific program(s) then a bill will move to the floor of its house of origin to be debated and voted on by members of that house. Then it will go through the process all over again in the other house. 

May 1, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Advocacy Day Delegates Shine

Nearly 150 delegates from dioceses around California traveled to Sacramento this week for the 2015 Catholic Advocacy Day.

They met with various members and voiced their opposition to SB 128 (Physician Assisted Suicide) and AB 775 (Reproductive FACT Act). They also discussed their support for SB 3 (Minimum Wage) and SB 124 (Juvenile Solitary Confinement).  (See the background sheets here.)  

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