THIS IS OFF SUBJECT, BUT IT DOES CONCERN US ALL IF IT BECOMES GLOBAL. Philip. Tallahassee, Florida (AP) March 31, 2005 Working well into the evening, the Florida legislature passed "George's Law", named after noted euthanasia advocate George Felos who orchestrated the death of Theresa Marie Shindler Schiavo in Pinellas Pines this morning. The new law, which passed by thin margins in both legislative houses, requires the mandatory withdrawal of feeding tubes from a wide variety of hospital and convalescent home patients, including infants with birth defects, stroke victims, and those with brain damage. Also included were those with Down Syndrome and epileptics who cannot feed themselves. The most controversial part of the bill was that which mandated feeding tube removal for anyone who attains the age of 80, no matter what their state of health. This age will be gradually reduced to 75 over the next ten years. According to a senator who wished to remain anonymous, this legislation will save Florida taxpayers at least $52 mllion in Medicaid expenses in 2006 alone. Governor Jeb Bush has not yet signed the bill into law, pending receipt of a Zogby poll commissioned to ascertain the depth of support among younger Florida voters. An earlier AARP poll revealed that senior citizens oppose "George's Bill" by a 12 to 1 margin. Contacted outside the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Pines, George Felos expressed delight that the legislature had finally passed the bill. "I am proud of our lawmakers who saw through the mean-spirited selfishness of Florida's useless eaters, and their rabid and vicious attacks on this new law which will enable them to be put out of their misery with dignity, with a complimentary stuffed animal under each arm." Robert N. Lynch, bishop of St. Petersburg, did not return repeated phone calls asking for his thoughts on the new law. One chancery spokeswoman did say he was praying that those on both sides of the issue would tone down their rhetoric. sic! or is it sick!