A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of medication from a physician died in committee in Connecticut this year.
But similar legislation was approved Monday by the Vermont House of Representatives. The measure, which last week cleared the Senate in that state, now goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who supports the measure and is expected to sign it into law, according to an article in the Burlington Free Press.
Vermont is the first state to enact a right-to-die law legislatively; Washington and Oregon both have similar laws but they were passed through a referendum vote.
In Connecticut, the legislature\’s public health committee held an emotional hearing on House Bill 6645, which would have permitted doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients with less than six months to live. But the measure failed to come up for a vote in the committee and is considered unlikely to be raised this legislative session; however supporters say they will try again in 2014.