HB 5417, An Act Concerning End-of-Life Care, an assisted dying bill, was raised in the Connecticut General Assembly on March 2, 2018, and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. A hearing on the bill took place on March 20.
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:
- 2017: Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg (D-136th District) introduced HB 6024, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, on January 19, 2017, with Representative Josh Elliott (D-88th District) co-sponsoring. The bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health.
- 2015: HB 7015, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, sponsored by 3 Senators and 13 Representatives
- 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
- 2013: HB 6217, An Act Concerning Death with Dignity, and SB 48, An Act Concerning Physician-Assisted Suicide