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Utah lawmaker to unveil right-to-die legislation

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker is working on legislation this year that would allow terminally ill people to end their lives.

Salt Lake City Democratic Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck told The Associated Press on Friday that several Utah residents asked her about the issue after a terminally ill Oregon woman generated a national debate last fall about right-to-die laws.

Oregon voters approved a physician-assisted suicide law in 1994.

Chavez-Houck plans to unveil a Utah bill that's modeled after the Oregon law sometime next week.

She acknowledges it may be a longshot to get Utah's Republican-controlled Legislature to approve the idea in the remaining three weeks of their session, but she wants to kick off a discussion about individual rights for someone facing unbearable suffering.