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Vt. hearings begin on assisted death bill

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin is telling lawmakers she supports legislation that would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their own lives.

She testified Tuesday before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which is also holding a public hearing on a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients to request lethal doses of drugs.

During her testimony, Kunin talked about the recent death of her brother Edgar. She says he told her he was ready to die. She did not say if he would have taken advantage of such a law if it would have been in place during his final illness.

The committee is planning four days of hearings.

Committee Chairwoman Sen. Claire Ayer says she hopes her panel will vote favorably on the bill by Friday.

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