Saturday, September 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill to allow terminally ill Californians to obtain medication to aid in dying passed from the State Legislature today following a final vote of the senate, which had already passed a substantially similar bill earlier in the session.

The bill, ABX2-15, is authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, and was presented on the Senate floor by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis. It allows for mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death.

It passed from the Senate on a vote of 23-14.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill to allow terminally-ill Californians to request a doctor’s prescription for medication to aid in dying passed a significant hurdle today with its successful passage from the Assembly floor.

The bill, AB X2-15, is nearly identical to SB128, authored by State Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), which stalled in an Assembly committee in July. Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) had worked closely with the senators on SB 128, and introduced the newer bill with their support in August, in the special extraordinary session on health care.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill to provide terminally-ill Californians with the option to request aid-in-dying drugs from a physician passed from the special session health committee on Tuesday.

The bill, ABX2-15, called the End of Life Option Act, passed from the committee on a vote of 10 - 3.

An earlier version of the bill, SB 128, had stalled in a committee. Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D – Stockton, introduced this version following two recent Superior Court rulings that have underlined that it is the responsibility of the legislature, not the courts, to change the law.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A coalition of lawmakers has introduced a bill in the Assembly to carry on the push to pass aid-in-dying reform this year, citing the urgency of the issue and its overwhelming support among Californians.

The bill's introduction follows two recent Superior Court rulings that have underlined that it is the role of the State Legislature to overturn the state's 141-year-old ban on aid-in-dying.

The bill, AB X2-15, authored by Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), is nearly identical to SB128, authored by State Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), and would allow mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option to request a doctor's prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, released the following statement upon the presentation by Gov. Jerry Brown, of his revised budget proposal:

“The Assembly called for a budget this year that would relieve poverty, invest in education at all levels, but also build reserves, pay down debt and put money down on California’s acute need for transportation infrastructure.

The revised budget released today by Gov. Brown is consistent with many of those.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman released the following statement today, after the release of Gov. Brown's revised plan to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for the diversion of water south.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 1351 because many immigrants were being punished as a result of their good faith participation in a diversion program for minor drug crimes.  Assemblymember Eggman says AB 1351 will fix an unintended consequences of the war on drugs by allowing for pre-trial diversion, instead of post-plea deferred entry of judgment, for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor offenses. Assemblymember Eggman told the Public Safety Committee as she presented her measure, “This ongoing injustice to new Americans and established immigrant residents should not be tolerated as “collateral damage” in the failed War on Drugs.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Eggman in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 1352 because, over the years, thousands of immigrant defendants have agreed to plead guilty and successfully fulfilled all Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) requirements. Unfortunately, under federal immigration law that guilty plea and the DEJ requirements created a damaging drug “conviction” on their records. So, even though California dismissed the charges, under federal law, the conviction remains for immigration purposes. And as a result, the DEJ drug “conviction” has led to mandatory ICE detention, deportation, permanent banishment, and permanent separation from family, including U.S. citizen dependent parents, spouses, and children. Here’s more from Assemblymember Eggman as she presented her measure to the Assembly Public Safety Committee in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) rose on the Floor of the Assembly in strong support of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 34 (Cooper). ACR 34 pays homage to the thousands of Sikhs who were murdered or assaulted in India during the anti-Sikh pogroms of November 1984. The violence against innocent Sikhs was in retaliation for the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards. Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman represents the “Plymouth Rock” so to speak, of the Sikh community in the United States. Stockton is home to the first Sikh temple built in the U.S., back in 1912. Watch this Assembly Access Video hear Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman’s entire Floor comments.

Friday, April 10, 2015