“Kill Bill” Vote Continues Today in VT House

Take it to the People Update

The Vermont House of Representatives adjourned at 11:30 PM last night after heated debate on the Suicide Bill. Many amendments were offered but the proponents of the Kill Bill had the votes to change the simple version of S.77 back into an Oregon style, state sanctioned, Doctor Prescribed Suicide bill.

Today the House reconvenes at 11:00AM. One of the items of business will be the last vote on S.77 (the Third Reading). More amendments will be offered. Should S.77 pass on Third Reading, the bill will return to the VT Senate. The Senate will vote on whether to accept the completely different bill which the House is returning to them. Should the Senate refuse the bill, S.77 would be sent to a joint House-Senate Committee of Conference where the differences are resolved or the bill dies.

Continue Calling Your Representatives at the Statehouse Today

Yesterday many found the lines at the Statehouse tied up and got a “we don’t take messages” recording. This is a sign of both outdated technology and of the intense interest that the public has in this bill. Don’t give up, just keep trying during the day.

You can call the State House at 802-828-2228 or toll-free at 800-322-5616!

Please be prepared to give the clerk your name and town and ask them to send a message to your Representative(s). The clerk will expect you to know your Representatives by name and you can find them by clicking here.

Please politely leave the following message for your Representative(s):

“Please vote NO on the House Version of S.77, or doctor-prescribed suicide.”

You can also contact your legislator by email — even when they are in session on the floor of the House, they check their email.

Follow the debate online: Beginning at 11 AM, the House floor action will be broadcast on VT Public Radio over the internet. Go to http://www.vpr.net/audio-player/ and click on the VT House link. There is sound only when the House is in session, dead air otherwise.



4/30/13 — “Shall the House propose to the Senate to amend the bill as recommended by the Committee on Human Services, as further amended? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 85. Nays, 53.”

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Ancel of Calais
Bartholomew of Hartland
Botzow of Pownal
Burke of Brattleboro
Buxton of Tunbridge
Campion of Bennington
Carr of Brandon
Cheney of Norwich
Christie of Hartford
Clarkson of Woodstock
Cole of Burlington
Condon of Colchester
Conquest of Newbury
Consejo of Sheldon
Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford
Davis of Washington
Deen of Westminster
Ellis of Waterbury
Emmons of Springfield
Fay of St. Johnsbury
Fisher of Lincoln
Frank of Underhill
French of Randolph
Gallivan of Chittenden
Goodwin of Weston
Grad of Moretown
Greshin of Warren
Haas of Rochester
Head of South Burlington
Heath of Westford
Hooper of Montpelier
Huntley of Cavendish
Jerman of Essex
Jewett of Ripton
Johnson of South Hero
Kitzmiller of Montpelier
Klein of East Montpelier
Koch of Barre Town
Komline of Dorset
Krebs of South Hero
Krowinski of Burlington
Larocque of Barnet
Lenes of Shelburne
Lippert of Hinesburg
Macaig of Williston
Manwaring of Wilmington
Marek of Newfane
Martin of Springfield
Masland of Thetford
McCarthy of St. Albans City
McCormack of Burlington
McCullough of Williston
Michelsen of Hardwick
Miller of Shaftsbury
Mook of Bennington
Mrowicki of Putney
O’Brien of Richmond
O’Sullivan of Burlington
Partridge of Windham
Pearson of Burlington
Peltz of Woodbury
Pugh of South Burlington
Rachelson of Burlington
Ram of Burlington
Sharpe of Bristol
Spengler of Colchester
Stevens of Waterbury
Stevens of Shoreham
Stuart of Brattleboro
Sweaney of Windsor
Taylor of Barre City
Till of Jericho
Toleno of Brattleboro
Toll of Danville
Townsend of South Burlington
Trieber of Rockingham
Vowinkel of Hartford
Waite-Simpson of Essex
Webb of Shelburne
Wilson of Manchester
Wizowaty of Burlington
Woodward of Johnson
Yantachka of Charlotte
Young of Glover
Zagar of Barnard

Those who voted in the negative are:

Batchelor of Derby
Beyor of Highgate
Bissonnette of Winooski
Bouchard of Colchester
Branagan of Georgia
Browning of Arlington
Burditt of West Rutland
Connor of Fairfield
Corcoran of Bennington
Cupoli of Rutland City
Dakin of Chester
Devereux of Mount Holly
Dickinson of St. Albans Town
Donaghy of Poultney
Donahue of Northfield
Donovan of Burlington
Evans of Essex
Fagan of Rutland City
Feltus of Lyndon
Gage of Rutland City
Hebert of Vernon
Helm of Fair Haven
Higley of Lowell
Hubert of Milton
Johnson of Canaan
Juskiewicz of Cambridge
Keenan of St. Albans City
Kilmartin of Newport City
Lanpher of Vergennes
Lawrence of Lyndon
Lewis of Berlin
Malcolm of Pawlet
McFaun of Barre Town
Moran of Wardsboro
Morrissey of Bennington
Myers of Essex
Pearce of Richford
Poirier of Barre City
Potter of Clarendon
Quimby of Concord
Ralston of Middlebury
Russell of Rutland City
Savage of Swanton
Scheuermann of Stowe
Shaw of Pittsford
Smith of New Haven
Strong of Albany
Terenzini of Rutland Town
Turner of Milton
Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh
Weed of Enosburgh
Winters of Williamstown
Wright of Burlington

Those members absent with leave of the House and not voting are:

Brennan of Colchester
Canfield of Fair Haven
Cross of Winooski
Kupersmith of South Burlington
Marcotte of Coventry
Martin of Wolcott
Mitchell of Fairfax
Nuovo of Middlebury
Shaw of Derby
South of St. Johnsbury
Townsend of Randolph

3 thoughts on ““Kill Bill” Vote Continues Today in VT House

  1. THOU SHALT NOT KILL, God has commanded. We do not want a nazi state here in America. Vote no to any type of assisted suicide and stick to your guns before they are taken away as well. Our constitution has been attacked severely from every side.

    Please say NO to S-77 or to amending it or to compromising on it or to any murdering of constituents or animals. God requires their blood of us and you are elected to stand in the gap and stop these murders for such a time as this. May God prevail.

    susan fisher

  2. This is the wrong roll call to be citing if you are trying to separate the advocates of PAS from the opponents. Anyone who watched the proceedings all day knows that I strongly opposed the Oregon version and voted to kill the bill outright (three times!) My vote on this particular roll call was purely strategic.

    • Mary Beerworth pointed me toward an updated roll call, which will be posted in this afternoon’s edition.

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