State lawmakers signal they will not act on physician assisted suicide bill in 2017

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.

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