Monday, April 1, 2019

Aid-In-Dying Fails To Get A Vote

HARTFORD, CT—Connecticut will not be one of the state’s to adopt aid-in-dying legislation as its chief proponent threw in the towel Monday, not allowing the bill to come up for vote in front of the Public Health Committee.

“We just didn’t have the votes,” Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, co-chair of the committee said.

He said it also won’t be an issue next year since the membership of the committee won’t change.

"It was close — as close as we’ve ever gotten,” Steinberg said. “Obviously it’s an issue that has strong passions on both sides.”

Steinberg said while things could change the most likely scenario for the legislation eventually being passed is with a new General Assembly- which won’t be until January of 2021.

The bill failed to survive the committee process in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and now 2019.

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