Some said the newest Senate version of the bill was too different from the original House version and lacked enough control.
"We need to be sure that people will not be bullied or harassed or sedated or fooled into doing something that they would not otherwise do," said Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington.
Others fear it was hastily crafted by the Senate in order to reach approval before the end of the legislative session, and wanted more time to smooth out the details.
"Frankly I'm a little freaked out that so much has changed in such a short period of time," explained one representative.
But more than half the House opposed any new amendments which would have essentially killed the bill. That's because there wouldn't be enough time to send it back to the Senate for another vote before the end of the session. Many said the two versions had enough similarities.
"Able to self administer, both bills. Informed about end of life choices, both bills. Informed consent, both bills," explained Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson D-Essex.
The end of life bill allows terminally ill Vermonters with six months or less to live to express oral and written consent to take a prescribed lethal dose of medication if they are of sound mind.
The bill also covers doctor's rights. They can opt out of prescribing lethal doses. Hospitals can block doctors from participating and the bill also says doctors are immune from lawsuits.
Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the measure into law.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:41 AM EST2013-12-10 16:41:55 GMT
St. Albans police are on the hunt for an armed robber who targeted a convenience store. Police say at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, a man entered the South Main Grocery and displayed a weapon. He left the storeMore >>
St. Albans police are on the hunt for an armed robber who targeted a convenience store.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 12:57 PM EST2013-12-10 17:57:59 GMT
Police in Essex say they caught a repeat drunk driver who was trying to drive his car with a flat tire. Michael Heffernan, 52, of Bristol, was processed for his sixth DUI offense. Police say before theyMore >>
Police in Essex say they caught a repeat drunk driver who was trying to drive his car with a flat tire.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:40 AM EST2013-12-10 14:40:06 GMT
A former New Hampshire police chief will not face criminal charges. David Seastrand resigned in April after four women came forward and accused him of inappropriate actions ranging from sexual contactMore >>
A former New Hampshire police chief will not face criminal charges.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 1:13 PM EST2013-12-10 18:13:54 GMT
Burlington police on Tuesday released the name of a man killed Monday in a crash on the Beltline. Police say Gregory Burt, 56, of Colchester, was driving north when he crossed into the path of a southboundMore >>
Burlington police on Tuesday released the name of a man killed Monday in a crash on the Beltline.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 1:36 PM EST2013-12-10 18:36:40 GMT
Former Vt. Gov. Jim Douglas had a run-in with a deer on Interstate 89 Saturday. Vermont State Police say Douglas was headed north on the interstate in Colchester shortly before 6 p.m. when he hit the deer. TheMore >>
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:42 AM EST2013-12-10 14:42:57 GMT
A non-profit group has donated close to $23,000 worth of protective vests to police dogs in Vermont and New Hampshire. The special vests provide two dozen police dogs protection from both bullet and stabMore >>
A nonprofit group has donated close to $23,000 worth of protective vests to police dogs in Vermont and New Hampshire.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 1:15 PM EST2013-12-10 18:15:12 GMT
A new twist in a lawsuit against a Vermont ski resort. A Massachusetts family say their 5-year-old was taking skiing lessons when a snowboard instructor, William Vincent of Montgomery, slammed into herMore >>
A new twist in a lawsuit against a Vermont ski resort.More >>