From the Morning Memo:

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Tuesday said it was unlikely a bill that would allow doctor to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients would be considered by his chamber.

“I cannot see or envision any circumstance where we’d be involved in that,” he said.

His comments, made at a joint appearance with Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie at an even sponsored by the Times Union, came as advocates called for its approval at the Capitol.

“I want to someday hold my grandchildren. I’m not suicidal,” said Susan Rahn, a Rochester resident who has terminal breast cancer. “What I don’t want is to suffer and be in controllable pain while my body shuts down for what could be weeks.”

Heastie, meanwhile, acknowledged the sensitivity of the issue.

“That is a very, very, very sensitive subject and really have to be thought out,” he said.

Heastie didn’t take a position on the aid in dying bill, but noted it would be part of a debate within his Democratic conference.

“I’m not sure if it can or will be done by the end of session. I haven’t had that in-depth of a conversation to see if the conference wants to move,” he said. “Yes, some people are concerned about it, but there’s a lot of people who are really concerned about it.”

The measure is opposed by the Catholic Church and advocates for the disabled.

“Our concern is this leads a lot of room for mistake, cohersion and abuse — a lot of people with disabilities dying when the don’t want to,” said Stephanie Woodward, an organizer with the group Not Dead Yet.

And the issue remains a personal one for state lawmakers who back the measure, like Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who spoke about her mother’s final days.

“She wanted us all around. We were fearful that she would die in the middle of the night, so family members took turns sleeping at her side in her hospice room,” said Assemblymwoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat. “I don’t wish that experience on anyone.”