Senator Ed Meyer has introduced a bill “An Act Concerning Physician-Assisted Suicide,” that would allow patients with a terminal illness to take their own life through prescribed medication.
The purpose of the bill reads: To permit a competent person who is suffering from a terminal illness to take his or her life through the self-administration of prescribed medication.
Meyer stated that in the last few months he has received 6 letters from district residents asking the bill be proposed. After doing research on the topic nationally, he found 3 states that currently have an assisted suicide law: Montana, Washington and Oregon.
The main issue, according to Meyer, was that of "informed consent." His bill will require 2 separate doctors to confirm both the terminal nature of the illness, and the competency of the patient who wishes to end his or her life, prior to it legally taking place.
This 2 doctor approach will help eliminate any abuse by doctors in working with mentally ill patients.
While Meyer is expecting controversy, possibly from religious groups, there is also support for it, and the need to initiate the discussion.
It has been referred to the Judiciary Committee for discussion.
Meyer, easily one of the most aggressive legislators in Hartford when it comes to introducing bills, has proposed others as well. It is important to note that introducing a bill comes with very little information, it just initiates a place in committee. There are no arguments for or against included, and there is often very little detail when its initially introduced.
Some bills proposed by Senator Meyer:
A bill that would exempt a dog-grooming business with under $100,000 in sales from sales tax.
A bill that would create a voluntary certification process for pet groomers.
A bill that would eliminate longevity payments and eliminate overtime compensation from the pension calculation formula for state employees.
A bill that would expand the definition of the term "physically helpless", with respect to sexual assault offenses, to include a person who is unable to talk or who is severely intellectually disabled or physically disabled.
A bill that would authorize municipalities to raise revenue by alternative sources to the property tax, provided the property tax in such municipalities is commensurately reduced.
More to come.