Another end-of-life study bill is coming to Concord. This year’s version is SB 490, with a dozen co-sponsors led by Sen. Martha Hennessey (D-Lebanon). The hearing is Thursday, February 8, at 1:15 p.m. in room 100 of the State House.
I take as skeptical a view of this as I did of earlier “study” bills. Any end-of-life study commission that does not start out by explicitly ruling out assisted suicide as an acceptable policy will only serve to pave the way for an assisted suicide law.
In 2016, the last time such a “study” was introduced, sponsors tipped their hand by including the words “aid in dying” in the bill. The 2018 version rectifies that tactical error.
I’ll keep an eye on this one.