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Hawaii lawmakers pass aid in dying, Obamacare-type law

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Senate passed a bill to allow terminally ill patients to receive medical aid in dying.

State Sen. Breene Harimoto voted against the measure after sharing a story about facing the prospect of his own death when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The bill was one of hundreds lawmakers passed Tuesday ahead of a legislative deadline.

Senators also passed a bill to extend insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization to same-sex couples and unmarried women.

And they passed a bill to preserve parts of the federal Affordable Care Act in state law.

The House and Senate both passed separate bills to require presidential candidates to release copies of federal tax returns.

A bill to legalize prostitution died after it didn't get a hearing. Bills to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour also died.

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