An assisted-dying bill was going to be introduced in the Connecticut State Legislature this session, but the effort stalled as legislators need to educate themselves about it and the end-of-life option it would provide.
Connecticut has considered physician-assisted dying bills several times.
The first attempts came in 1995 (HB 6928, SB 334) and 1997 (HB 6083), at the time Oregon was considering its own Death with Dignity Act.
After Washington passed the second Death with Dignity statute in the nation, the issue returned to the Connecticut legislature in 2009 (SB 1138).
Bills considered in the following years received Committee hearings but were not put up for a vote:
- 2013: HB 6217, An Act Concerning Death with Dignity, and SB 48, An Act Concerning Physician-Assisted Suicide
- 2014: HB 5326, An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, sponsored by Representative Betsy Ritter; its companion bill was sponsored by Senator Edward Meyer
- 2015: HB 7015, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, sponsored by 3 Senators and 13 Representatives