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California’s $215 billion budget to expand health care for illegals

California’s new budget, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, expands health care for illegal immigrants and includes a penalty for people who do not purchase health insurance.

The provisions were among several measures in the $214.8 billion operating budget that Newsom signed before the midnight deadline. It is the largest in the state’s history, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up he $215 billion 2019-2020 state budget he signed in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 27, 2019. This is Newsom’s first state budget since becoming governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lawmakers were at odds over how far to go providing government-funded health care to illegal immigrants. Newsom last month proposed providing $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. A more extreme state Assembly’s bill proposed covering all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion.

The budget also seeks to address the state’s crippling housing shortage and mounting homelessness. California’s governor and legislative leaders agreed on a plan to reward local governments who make it easier to build housing faster and punish those who don’t.

Local governments that don’t comply with these housing requirements will face potential fines of up to $600,000 a month.

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The bill marks Newsom’s first signed budget since taking office in January. Its passage was largely aided by a $21.5 billion surplus that ensured there was plenty of money to spend on his priorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oregon’s Senate Democrats lack votes to pass controversial climate bill, chamber’s leader says

An Oregon climate change bill that prompted 12 Republican lawmakers to flee the Statehouse in Salem last week has hit yet another snag: Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that the chamber did not have enough votes to pass the legislation.

The cap-and-trade program intended to rein in industrial carbon emissions lost traction even with the state’s Democratic senators, according to Courtney, sparking protesters who were initially demanding that Republicans return to the floor for a vote to begin chanting “Peter Courtney’s got to go.”

“I’ve done as much as I can, and I’ll continue to try,” Courtney said.

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Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney. (Oregon State Legislature website)

Gov. Kate Brown, also a Democrat, authorized the state police to round up the 12 Republicans who walked out of the Statehouse in protest of the bill Thursday and bring them back to the Senate floor for a vote but to no avail. If passed, the measure would make Oregon the second state in the nation, after California, to implement such a program.

Republicans fled the Senate, some even claiming to the leave the state, refusing to sign off on a bill that would limit emissions and establish pollution permits or “allowances” for each ton of carbon an industry plans to emit.

Speaking to “Fox & Friends” from an undisclosed location Tuesday, Republican state Sen. Tim Knopp criticized the bill and insisted that he and his GOP colleagues would continue to stymie the state legislative process, which requires 20 members in the Senate in order to constitute as a quorum in order to proceed, unless the carbon tax is scrapped and a bipartisan solution is reached.

The bill would limit greenhouse gas emissions and auction pollution allowances for carbon that businesses want to emit, with a lowering cap. The bill would reduce emissions to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. Critics say it would hurt the business community and exacerbate a divide between liberal urban areas and conservative rural parts of the state.

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Protesters flood the steps of the Oregon Statehouse on Tuesday in Salem, Ore. (Associated Press)

“All we’re saying is, it shouldn’t cost thousands of manufacturing jobs, raise the gas tax by 20 cents a gallon to start out with, and raise natural gas prices for people who heat their home by almost 50 percent. We think there’s a better way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and so we’re holding out,” Knopp said. “And the only way we could do that and stop this vote is by not providing a quorum for Democrats to roll over us.”.

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Protesters in support of the climate bill were disappointed Tuesday after Courtney’s announcement, despite assurances by Democratic lawmakers who insisted they would find a path forward for the bill.

The walkout, going on six days, also leaves several other pieces of legislation, including the state budget, up in the air. Those matters need to be resolved before the Legislative session ends at the end of the week.

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7-year fight for Lake Washington shoreline ends with Seattle paying $800G to property owners, turning lot into public park

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A Lake Washington shoreline lot near Lake City has become a public park, ending a seven-year fight that pitted local residents and adjacent property owners who wanted to take the land for themselves.

A 60-foot-wide lot will be accessible to the public and named as N.E. 130th Street End, a win for the community that has used the lot for decades but lived in the cheaper houses up the hill from the beach.

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The city of Seattle, meanwhile, paid $800,000 to Keith Holmquist and Fred Kaseburg, who owned properties on each side of the lot, after trying to use legal loopholes to take control of the lot The Seattle Times reported.

The decision to make the land public stems both Holmquist and Kasenburg’s discovery that the status of the lot between their properties was unclear as a deed back in 1932 conveying it to the Cedar Park Community Club – for use as a public beach – had never been delivered, according to the outlet.

This prompted the men to lay claim to the land in 2012 and in 2015 put up a sign stating that it was a private property.

Holmquist defended against the complaints from the locals and told the Times in 2015 that the lot has been used for anti-social activity. “Alcohol, sex out there, drug use,” he said.  “Hypodermic needles, syringes. Beer cans, hard-liquor bottles.”

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But this only led to locals organizing in an effort to turn the land private. Dave Pope, a retired graphic designer, led the movement and carried the complaints to the Seattle City Council.

The council agreed with the locals, unleashing another round of legal efforts by the landowners to appeal the council’s intent to either negotiate or use eminent domain powers to acquire the property.

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After years of appeals, the men ultimately settled on a figure –$435,798 for Holmquist and $364,202 for Kaseburg. “It was a substantial amount,” Holmquist told the newspaper.

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Oregon Senate closes due to ‘possible militia threat’ after Republican walkout

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The Oregon state Senate closed Saturday after a “possible militia threat” from a right-wing group — amid a broader drama over a walkout by Republican lawmakers over looming climate change legislation.

RIght-wing groups posted their support for the 12 rebel Republicans on Friday, including one group — the Oregon Three Percenters — who joined in an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in 2016.

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On Friday, a spokeswoman for Senate President Peter Courtney told The Associated Press that the Oregon state police “recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat.”

Oregon State Police, in a statement, said it has been “monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviors were realized.”

The dramatic scenes came after the Republicans had not only skipped the legislature, but some had even left the state as part of an effort to deny Democrats the votes to take up the bill to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Democrats hold a 18-12 majority, but they need 20 present for a quorum.

Republicans and anti-government groups were planning on protesting on Saturday before the closing of the Senate was announced. The Democrats had upped the ante this week when Gov. Kate Brown authorized the Oregon State Police to track down the rogue members and bring them back to the chamber.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building,” she said in a statement, according to KOIN 6. “They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do.”

Republicans soon fired back.

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“Protesting cap-and-trade by walking out today represents our constituency and exactly how we should be doing our job,” Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., of Grants Pass, said in a statement Thursday. “We have endured threats of arrest, fines and pulling community project funds from the governor, Senate president and majority leader. We will not stand by and be bullied by the majority party any longer.”

Republican Sen. Brian Boquist responded by telling state police to “send bachelors and come heavily armed” if they come and get him.

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The bill would limit greenhouse gas emissions and auction pollution allowances for carbon that businesses want to emit, with a lowering cap. The bill would reduce emissions to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050.

Opponents say it would hurt businesses and exacerbate a divide between the liberal, urban areas and rural parts of the state. Oregon would be the second state after California to adopt such a policy, while nine northeastern states have limited versions of so-called cap-and-trade programs.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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AOC’s Dem rival, Joe Crowley, now backing candidate against hers in New York DA race

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Former U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley may get his revenge by proxy on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a district attorney race — after being embarrassingly dethroned last year.

Crowley, previously a top Democrat whose years-long political career was derailed by the self-described Democratic Socialist, is opposing Ocasio-Cortez’s growing influence in New York state politics.

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He’s helping raise money for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a district attorney candidate who’s competing against public defender Tiffany Cabán, the candidate backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Politico reported.

“Melinda and I both grew up here, went to school here, have sung together at countless community parties here, and most importantly have dedicated our careers to improving the lives of the people who call this wonderful borough home,” Crowley wrote in the fundraiser email, asking for donations of $50 to $200.

“For as long as I’ve known Melinda, she’s always shared my commitment to making Queens a safer, more just place for our families, and I know she’ll do the same from the DA’s office.”

Katz is among the leading candidates in the seven-way Democratic primary to fill the seat that became vacant after DA Richard Brown died last month.

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But Cabán is mounting a serious challenge as her progressive platform attracted the support not only from Ocasio-Cortez, but also from Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

This prompted Queens Democratic Party leader Greg Meeks to slam both Warren and Sanders, though he omitted Ocasio-Cortez’s backing of Cabán.

“I don’t know who they spoke with, but clearly they did not speak with the elected officials of Queens County, or the people who elected them,” Meeks said in a statement, the New York Post reported.

“African-Americans have the largest stake in this DA race … Yet Warren and Sanders saw fit to endorse without even considering what African-Americans thought.”

“African-Americans have the largest stake in this DA race … Yet Warren and Sanders saw fit to endorse without even considering what African-Americans thought.”

— Queens Democratic Party leader Greg Meeks

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The DA race showdown shows the growing influence of Ocasio-Cortez in New York.

For example, Justice Democrats, a group closely aligned with the freshman Democrat, is working to unseat Rep. Eliot Engel, a 30-year Democratic New York congressman who called out Rep. Ilhan Omar over anti-Semitism.

Engel, a hawkish Democrat who co-sponsored a Medicare-for-all plan, had joined Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive colleagues in introducing the Green New Deal, a radical overhaul of the economy in a bid to combat climate change. He has also voted with Ocasio-Cortez 96 percent of the time so far.

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Woman’s ‘Hail Satan’ invocation prompts walkout from Alaska town meeting

Several government officials and attendees walked out of an Alaska government meeting south of Anchorage this week when an official who’s also a member of the Satanic Temple  ended the opening prayer with “Hail Satan.”

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s previous policy stated that those delivering the invocation must be a member of a recognized church, but the rules were changed last October when Alaska’s Supreme Court decided in favor of the ACLU that the policy was unconstitutional, according to Alaskan Public Media.

Iris Fontana, the Satanic Temple member, was one of the plaintiffs in the case. An atheist and a Jewish woman were also involved in the lawsuit.

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“Let’s cast aside our differences, to use reason, logic, science and compassion to create solutions for the greater good of our community,” Fontana said at the end of the invocation. “It is done. Hail Satan. Thank you.”

“Let’s cast aside our differences, to use reason, logic, science and compassion to create solutions for the greater good of our community. It is done. Hail Satan. Thank you.”

— Iris Fontana, member, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The invocation also prompted an anti-Satan protest outside the building, Alaskan Public Media reported.

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An invocation that included the words, “Hail Satan,” prompted protests this week at a town meeting in Alaska. (iStock)

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“God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation,” a man who flew from Pennsylvania for the event told KSRM radio. “We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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California Lottery director resigns after reports of scandal, lavish spending

The director of the California State Lottery resigned Friday, effective immediately, nearly a year after a letter to then-Gov. Jerry Brown accused the Lottery’s management team of public drunkenness and other unprofessional behavior during business trips.

That letter prompted an expanded audit of the Lottery, which uncovered a history of lavish spending – including $17,000 on pens shaped like baseball bats and $14,000 on baseball caps, the Sacramento Bee reported.

In addition, there have been complaints about unfair hiring practices, cronyism and nepotism at the agency, according to reports.

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Hugo Lopez, who has led the Lottery since 2015, announced his departure in an email to his staff, according to the Bee.

In his own defense, Lopez mentioned in the email that the California Lottery’s revenue had grown to more than $7 billion annually from less than $3 billion a year a decade ago.

“At the national level, the California Lottery has been one of the fastest growing lotteries over the past few years,” Lopez wrote, according to the Bee.

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Hugo Lopez, right, resigned Friday as director of the California State Lottery. He is shown congratulating prize winners on Jan. 14, 2016, in Chino Hills, Calif. (Getty Images)

But it was the anonymous letter to Brown – purportedly sent last summer by a Lottery employee – that drew the attention of lawmakers and investigators.

The letter reportedly included photos of bawdy behavior at a bar, including a man with his head inside a woman’s shirt, with most of the participants identified as being members of the Lottery’s management team.

“These types of unprofessional shenanigans have become a regular practice of this management team when they travel to meetings,” the letter read, according to the Bee.

The audit by the State Controller’s Office also revealed more than $300,000 in inappropriate spending on travel, food and hotel rooms over four years for sales conferences that typically exceeded their budgets, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In one case, a Lottery employee who lived just six miles from a meeting site was allowed to stay at a hotel for three nights, costing the agency $536, the report said.

“Our audit found that the Lottery lacked adequate controls, including policies and procedures,” the April audit report said, according to the L.A. Times.

“Our audit found that the Lottery lacked adequate controls, including policies and procedures.”

— California State Controller’s Office audit report

Lopez’s email announcing his departure did not mention any of the scandals or the audit, the Times reported. It was also unclear whether he was retiring or taking another state government job, the report said.

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But at least one Lottery staffer welcomed the news of Lopez’s departure.

“He’s one of the worst directors we have had,” Robert Medof, a Van Nuys-based Lottery sales rep and union shop steward, told the L.A. Times. “There is a lot of micromanaging. Sales might be high, but employee morale is incredibly low.”

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Trade union holds up Silicon Valley residential project over potential threat to birds

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A California trade union is seeking to block a major residential construction project in the heart of housing-starved Silicon Valley, claiming there will be a bloodbath of birds due to the proposed building’s reflective windows.

The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), which represents construction workers in Sunnyvale — a city of about 140,000 residents between Stanford University and downtown San Jose — has sued the city and its council over the project.

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The union claims that the approved 1,051-unit residential project, sponsored by the Irvine Company, may cause permanent damage to the environment and thus must be scrapped, Reason magazine reported.

The project would tear down office buildings in an industrial area and instead build apartments and townhouses, providing desperately needed affordable housing in the area. More than half the units would also be rented at below-market prices to people on lower incomes.

But the union’s lawsuit says that unless additional environmental review is conducted, the project will cause damage to residents and wildlife. The lawsuit notes that birds will be killed as the proposed project features reflective windows.

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According to the outlet, the trade union is using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law mandating government agencies to study potential environmental impacts, to disrupt the project. Rather than protecting the environment, the decades-old law has been used by interested groups in the past to ensure unwanted projects don’t get off the ground.

The trade union’s chapter in Los Angeles is even accused of precisely that – filing frivolous CEQA complaints to a building project to ensure the company in charge of it hires all-union labor. The developer, Icon, says the union’s actions violate federal racketeering laws, according to the outlet.

The Sunnyvale union says that more than 500 birds would die by flying into the project’s reflective windows, while the residents’ cats could also increase this number even further, causing serious environmental damage.

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It remains unclear whether the city will stave off the legal challenge. The project could be delayed months or even years before the actual construction begins.

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Ilhan Omar violated campaign finance rules, investigation finds, as more questions about tax filings arise

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., repeatedly violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel as well as help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said the first-term congresswoman also must pay the state a $500 civil penalty for using campaign money to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.

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“Rep. Omar must personally reimburse the Omar committee $3,469.23,” the report concludes. “This reimbursement payment is the total amount of campaign funds that were used for purposes not permitted by statute in 2016 and 2017. Rep. Omar must provide documentation within 30 days from the date of this order showing the deposit of the reimbursement into the Omar committee’s account.”

Additionally, conservative commentators pointed out that the Board’s report revealed Omar and her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015, when Omar was reportedly married to another man. Omar engaged in a civil marriage with Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, and the couple separated in 2011 without formally petitioning for divorce until 2017.

Prior to her marriage with Elmi, Omar had reportedly wed Hirsi in the Muslim “faith tradition,” but the couple separated shortly afterwards. Omar did not officially marry Hirsi until 2018, after reconciling with him and splitting with Elmi.

Tax experts say the IRS only permits joint filings if a couple is in a state that legally recognizes the couple as married.

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‘The crisis committee had Frederick & Rosen prepare releases for Rep. Omar and Mr. Hirsi to sign in order for Frederick & Rosen to obtain Rep. Omar’s and Mr. Hirsi’s filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015,” the report notes. “Frederick & Rosen then reviewed the documents obtained from the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of the Omar committee. However, there is no substantive evidence in the record to show that the services benefitted the Omar committee, and the Omar committee has failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the services from Frederick & Rosen were a permitted noncampaign disbursement under Minnesota Statutes section 211B.12. Rep. Omar must reimburse the committee the $1,500 that was paid to the Kjellberg Law Firm for the services from Frederick & Rosen, Ltd.”

That reference to Omar and Hirsi’s joint filing, however, was not investigated or addressed further in the report.

The board found that Omar’s campaign bought her a plane ticket to Boston, where she spoke at a political rally; paid for a hotel in Washington, D.C., where Omar participated in an interview for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl UP conference; and covered her travel to Chicago to accept an award and attend a fundraising luncheon.

Under Minnesota law, campaign trips must be related to serving in office. Omar was a state representative from Minneapolis at the time of the violations. She was elected to the U.S. House last November.

Republican state Rep. Steve Drazkowski initially raised the complaints against Omar, suggesting that she used $2,250 in campaign funds to pay a lawyer for her divorce proceedings. Omar has said those payments to her attorney were campaign-related fees.

The board found the payment was actually reimbursement to two other law firms for work related to immigration and tax documents. The board also determined that $1,500 spent to correct an issue on Omar’s tax return was not a campaign-related expense and must be returned.

According to the board, evidence indicates that the $2,250 was not payment for Omar’s marital dissolution. The board directed Omar to file an amended report with more information about the law firm payments.

Omar had called the claims politically motivated. In a statement, her congressional campaign said she is “glad this process is complete” and that she intends to comply with the board’s findings.

Drazkowski said in a statement that the results provide “no reassurance to Minnesotans,” and the report “raises even more troubling questions.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Maine assisted-suicide bill reaches governor’s desk; would be 8th state to legalize option for terminally ill

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A Maine bill to legalize assisted suicide advanced to the governor’s desk Tuesday after the state Senate backed the proposal one day after passage in the House. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has 10 days to act on the bill, which would allow doctors to prescribe a fatal dose of medication to terminally ill patients. She has not indicated whether she will sign it into law.

Maine would join at least seven other states with similar laws, according to Death With Dignity National Center and the Death With Dignity Political Fund.

Critics say the proposed legislation stifles hope and takes advantage of the vulnerable while supporters argue it ends suffering for the terminally ill.

Maine’s move comes the same week the case of a 17-year-old Dutch girl who had suffered from mental illness after being raped and molested died in an assisted suicide clinic. Although it was unclear if she died from euthanasia or by refusing to eat, the story made international headlines. Pope Francis spoke out against assisted suicide, calling on people not to “abandon those who are suffering,” by allowing them to elect to be put to death.

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Maine’sSenate approved the bill 19-16 Tuesday. The state House passed the bill by a narrower margin of 73-72 on Monday. Supporters on both sides of the aisle championed the legislation for allowing the terminally ill to die with dignity.

“I hope you will come down on the side of the terminally ill, people who don’t seem to be asking for too much: the right to choose their own end of life care,” said state Sen. Marianne Moore, a Republican.

Critics argued the legislation’s safeguards against abuse would be ineffective and leave room for doctors to make mistakes. Patients Rights Action Fund, an advocacy group for underserved patients, called on the governor to veto the bill.

“Assisted suicide public policy leaves those who already struggle to access health care – the poor, the terminally ill, persons living with disabilities, people of advanced age, and those living in remote areas – at a much higher risk for abuse, coercion and mistakes,” Matt Valliere, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, told Fox News.

“The so-called safeguards in this bill are hollow and fail to eliminate that risk. We call on Governor Janet Mills to veto this bill and to focus instead on improving access to quality health care for all people of Maine,” he said.

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At least 18 states considered similar legislation this year, including pending bills in Delaware, Kansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island. In 1997, Oregon became the first state to provide an end-of-life option. California’s law took effect in 2016.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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