It looks as if Connecticut’s assisted suicide bill will die in committee just as the bills in New Hampshire and Massachusetts did. Wonderful! Again Vermont appears as a weird outlier.
By the way, the Vermont representative who testified in favor of the Connecticut bill was Linda Waite-Simpson. Simpson, a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, has taken a paid part time job with the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion and Choices. About her new job, whose duties include “working with lobbyists to prepare for any attacks that might arise in the next legislative session to modify the law,” the news and opinion website Seven Days asks: “But is it kosher for a sitting legislator to take a job with a special interest group so soon after ‘shepherding’ its chief priority through the House? Or to take a paycheck for helping lobbyists prepare for future legislative action?” The title of the article on Seven Days is a question Waite-Simpson’s constituents ought to be asking her: “Should Vermont Legislators Go to Work for Those Who Lobby Them?”
True Dignity thinks not. True Dignity also thinks Linda Waite-Simpson should have been in Montpelier yesterday, working on the urgent problems of our state, not in Connecticut promoting the agenda of her employer Compassion and Choices, the agenda that one of the proponents, rejoicing over the passage of the law last May, called “the movement”.