Montana Legislature

Feb 27, 2013 6:20 PM by MTN News

Thursday in the Montana Legislature

On Thursday, Montana representatives will take their final votes on general bills before the transmittal break.

While the Senate wrapped things up on Wednesday, the House will meet Thursday to vote on a number of bills, including House Bill 505, which would make physician assisted suicide illegal in Montana.

Proponents say the bill would protect elderly patients from abuse.

But opponents argue that it would keep patients from having a say in their end-of-life care.

The bill passed a preliminary vote on Wednesday, 54-45.

Other social issues like abortion will continue to be hotly debated topics this session.

House Bill 391 already cleared the House, which would require anyone under 18 to get parental consent to have an abortion.

Currently, a minor may have an abortion without consent, but a physician must notify a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before.

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