Conn. panel to forgo vote on assisted suicide bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The co-chairman of the General Assembly's Public Health Committee says there won't be a vote this session on a bill that would allow Connecticut physicians to prescribe medication to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

Windham Rep. Susan Johnson said Wednesday there's "still a lot of work to do" on the bill and time is running out for this year's session, which ends May 7.

This marks the second year in a row that a public hearing was held on the legislation but no committee vote taken.

Johnson said there are outstanding issues the Judiciary Committee is better suited to tackle regarding the bill, such as issues of competency, criminal behavior and malpractice.

Proponents vowed to return with another bill next year, when there will be a longer legislative session.

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