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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href"http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lawmakers pass end-of life legislation

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Vermont lawmakers passed end-of life legislation last night. The House approved the Senate's new version of the bill, 75-65. The bill would allow doctors to give terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives medicine that hastens the dying process. Oregon, Washington, and Montana have similar laws.

The bill will now go to Governor Peter Shumlin's desk for his signature. He has said he supports the measure.

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Sarah Harris
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Today is the last day of Vermont’s legislative session.

Lawmakers took final action on several bills yesterday. It will now be a civil offense, not a criminal one, to possess less than one ounce of pot in Vermont, or up to 5 grams of hashish.

And House and Senate leaders gave up their effort to overcome the opposition of Gov. Shumlin and retool Vermont's income tax to make it more progressive.

The legislature last week voted to grant drivers’ licenses to migrant workers.

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