ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature would allow terminally ill patients with only six months to live to be prescribed life-ending medication.

A state Senate committee took up the bill Wednesday that would allow for physician-assisted death in Minnesota.

Senator Chris Eaton's bill gives those who are dying an alternative to dying in pain.

Two doctors would be required to sign off on a terminal patient's state of mind before prescribing life-ending medication. The patient would have the final say over whether to use the medication.

Eaton says she doesn't expect her bill to be heard this year in the Republican-controlled House.