Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bill Dead Again

Vermont Senate declines to take up physician aid in dying

  • First Posted: April 12, 2012 - 5:14 pm
  • Last Updated: April 12, 2012 - 5:15 pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. � The Vermont Senate has defeated an effort to bring up and pass a bill allowing what backers call death with dignity and opponents call physician-assisted suicide.

Senators voted 11-18 against a legislative rules suspension that would have allowed the measure to be considered.

The legislation was designed to set up a system allowing physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients in the last six months of life who repeatedly asked for it.

The bill had been bottled up in the Judiciary Committee. This week the Health and Welfare committee added it to a separate bill regulating tanning beds.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott ruled the two measures not germane to one another, and a majority of senators concurred.