Take it to the People Update
Today the Vermont Senate passed an Oregon-style, doctor-prescribed suicide bill. Having received such a bill from the House, the Senate voted in a “strike-all” substitution that sets up a modified Oregon-style bill which would start immediately once signed by Gov. Shumlin. This bill removed some safeguards, eliminated reporting requirements and authorizes doctors to prescribe lethal doses to patients requesting them. In addition, after 3 years the bill morphs into a doctor immunity bill similar to what was passed in Feb. by the Senate.
Senate “Kill Bill” proponents took a bad bill and made it both worse and dumber in successfully wooing two more votes to their side. Sen. Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) bought into the “immediate enactment”. Sen. Bob Hartwell (D-Bennington) bought the “doctor immunity” deal.
Because the newest version of S.77 is not substantially different from the House version, the bill will return to the House where the vote will be “Does the House concur with the Senate version?” If the vote is to concur, the bill will be on the Governor’s desk by Monday.
Roll Call (17-13) on S.77
Those Senators who voted in the affirmative were: Ashe, Ayer, Baruth, Bray, Collins, Fox, French, Galbraith, Hartwell, Lyons, MacDonald, McCormack, Pollina, Rodgers, Snelling, White, Zuckerman.
Those Senators who voted in the negative were: Benning, Campbell, Cummings, Doyle, Flory, Kitchel, Mazza, McAllister, Mullin, Nitka, Sears, Starr, Westman.