09 May N.Y. lawmakers signal they won’t act on doctor aided suicide bill
By Glenn Blain
ALBANY – Legislation that would legalize physician assisted suicide in New York is unlikely to be taken up by state lawmakers in 2017, legislative leaders indicated Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) said he did not support the measure and “can’t fathom a circumstance” where the Senate would take action on it.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) also expressed reservations about the bill, calling it a “deeply emotional subject” that has to be thought out.
“I am not sure it can and will be done,” Heastie said during a joint appearance with Flanagan just outside Albany.
The remarks of the two leaders came on the same day that advocates for the bill rallied at the Capitol to press for its passage.
Known as the Medical Aid in Dying Act, the measure would make New York the seventh state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill adults who want to end their own lives.