Vt. Senate resumes debate of aid-in-dying proposalThe Associated Press | May 08,2013MONTPELIER — The Vermont Senate is poised to resume debate of a proposal that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it.
After nearly three hours of debate late Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott broke a 15-15 tie, rejecting a version of Oregon’s death-with-dignity law.
The tie, and Scott’s tie-breaking vote, mirrored the Senate’s February action, when the chamber passed a version that relieved health professionals and family members of any civil or criminal liability when terminally ill patients used prescribed medications to end their own lives.
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