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Maryland right-to-die measure could have committee vote

ANNAPOLIS — A measure to allow terminally ill Maryland residents to legally end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor could come up for a vote in a Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee could vote on the bill Thursday.

If the panel approves, the measure would move to the full Senate. If the bill fails, it would end its prospects for this session.

It’s unclear if the measure has the votes to pass the Senate committee.

The measure would allow mentally capable, terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to obtain prescription drugs they could ingest themselves, if their suffering becomes unbearable.

The measure stalled last year, but supporters have made some changes.