MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's disappointed with the decision of state Senate leaders not to bring right-to-die legislation to a vote in the chamber this year.
Shumlin says he's a strong supporter of allowing terminally ill patients to ask their doctor for assistance in speeding death. He had asked for the bill to come before the full Senate even if it had a negative recommendation from the Judiciary Committee.
That panel's chairman, Sen. Richard Sears, says his committee was 3-to-2 against the bill. He says he doesn't think bringing bills before the full Senate when they've failed to win committee approval is a good way to do business.
The decision to drop the legislation was announced Friday.
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