This coming week the legislature will hold a hearing on this year’s version of a compassionate aid in dying bill. Many of you know that for many years I have advocated for the adoption of such a law, similar to those in effect in ten other states and Washington, DC, that would allow a terminally ill person who meets the eligibility standards in the law, to obtain a prescription from a willing physician, to ingest that would end the life of the person without enduring the entire course of a natural disease process. You can likely find a copy of this year’s bill, by googling Connecticut Raised Bill No. 88 2002. If you contact me I can e mail you a copy. If you are familiar with prior year’s bills, this is similar. Such laws have been in force in other states for many years, without being abused. If you want to submit testimony on this bill, see what follows and feel free to reach out to me and I will see if I can help you. I am told written testimony can be submitted for a day after the public hearing.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022
The Public Health Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. via Zoom. The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live. In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com. Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form. Registration will close on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. Speaker order of approved registrants will be posted on the Public Health Committee website on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. under Public Hearing Testimony. If you do not have internet access, you may provide testimony via telephone. To register to testify by phone, call the Phone Registrant Line at (860) 240-0569 to leave your contact information. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to PHtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.
SUBJECT MATTER: Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients
*S.B. No. 88 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING AID IN DYING FOR TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS.