HB54 termed Voluntary Termination of Life has been introduced in 2017 and has been referred to Health and Social Services. A similar bill HB99 was introduced in 2015 and was heard in the House Health & Social Services Committee on April 9. No action was taken on the bill in 2016 and declared dead.
House Bill HB2347 and Senate Bill SB1136 were filed in 2016, but reports indicate the bills are dead.
After being defeated six times in regular legislative sessions and by vote of Californians, assisted suicide was pushed through an extraordinary legislative session called to address Medi-Cal funding for low-income individuals. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB-15 into law on October 5, 2015, falsely asserting it legalized suicide (which has never been illegal in California, because it is deemed to be the result of mental illness). The law is scheduled to take effect on June 9, 2016.
AAME recently filed a civil rights lawsuit to stop the assisted suicide law in California.
Proposition 106 termed End of Life Options passed by a state ballot inititive on November 8, 2016.
For the third consecutive year, bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide have failed. SB7015 didn't make it through the 2015 General Assembly.
The Death with Dignity Act, Act 21-577 passed the D.C. Council 11 to 2 and was signed into law last December 2016 by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.
Under the federal Home Rule Act, a disapproval resolution passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president within 30 legislative days would have blocked the law from taking effect. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted February 13, 2017 to send a disapproval resolution to the House floor, but it never received a vote. A corresponding Senate resolution did not make it out of committee. Congress can still neutralize the Death with Dignity Act by cutting off its funding through the appropriations process.
Washington Post article by Dr. Allen Roberts, AAME D.C. State Director, D.C. is about to vote on physician-assisted death. Here’s why it’s dangerous
An assisted suicide bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Baumbach HB150 was introduced May 28, 2015. The bill was tabled in committee on June 3, 2015.
SB 2373 was introduced in January 2016. The Senate bill died in committee in February 2016. In 2017, five bills to legalize assisted suicide were introduced. SB 1129 SD1 using the term, "medical aid in dying," which is a euphemism for physician-assisted suicide allows nurses to assess capacity and prescribe lethal medication.
A bill draft surfaced but no legislation was introduced.
HF65 was introduced and referred to the Human Resources subcommittee on January 21, 2015. SB2051 introduced January 25, 2016 and referred to a subcommittee of Human Resources. The bill was officially declared dead on February 18, 2016.
House Bill 2150 was introduced and referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services on January 28, 2015. The session ended with no movement so the bill is officially dead.
SP452 / LD1270 was filed in the Senate on April 7, 2015, termed patient-directed care at the end of life. It was defeated in the Senate on June 15, 2015, and there will be no further votes in Maine in this two-year legislative period.
A bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide introduced by State Senator Ron Young was filed on February 9, 2015, titled Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death with Dignity Act. After a public hearing, lawmakers concluded this measure needed additional study and would move to a legislative working group. Advocates re-introduces again in January 2016. On March 3, 2016 SB 418 the Senate physician-assisted suicide bill was withdrawn from consideration by its lead Senate sponsor, Sen. Ron Young. Sen. Young. In 2017, HB03709 and SB0354 resurected the former Act even after failing for two years.
Assisted suicide bills in 1995, 1997 and 2009 were defeated. Voters in 2012 rejected a“death with dignity” ballot initiative that sought to legalize the practice. In 2016, H1991 was "sent to study" meaning the bill is dead. Prior to this state Rep. Louis Kafka had filed three previous versions of the bill, in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Massachusettes Public Health Committee failed to act on the bill before the June 30 deadline, so the bill is now considered dead.
HB5802 was introduced on August 3, 2016 by Representative Sam Singh and Tom Cochran. Referred to Committee on Health Policy.
Senate Bill SF1880 has been referred to the Health, Human Services and Housing. House Bill 2090, a companion house bill, has also been filed. On March 16, 2016 the sponsor of the bill pulled it after a Senate Committee hearing realizing he did not have enough votes to pass out of committee.
Representative Brandon Ellington introduced HB0524 cited as the "Missouri Death With Dignity Act in 2017 which is the same as previous bills HB1919 in 2016 and HB307 in 2015.
The 2015 Montana Legislature defeated SB 202, an Oregon-modeled bill that would have allowed euthanasia with immunity. It is a homicide in Montana. The value Baxter vs. Montana decision provides a potential defense if a doctor is charged with a homicide. No one has immunity from criminal or civil prosecution in Montana.
State Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha has sponsored LB1056 called the Patient Choice at End of Life Act. The Judiciary Commitee voted against allowing the bill to get out of committee.
SB336 was introduced and referred to the Health and Human Services Committee. The bill died in 2015, but advocates of physician-assisted suicide vow it will be back in 2017, according to this report.
On May 11, the New Hampshire House defeated a measure establishing a “study” commission for end-of-life issues by a vote of 174-123.
Assembly Bill 2270 was introduced in February 2014, and Senate Bill 382 was introduced in January 2014. It was passed out of Assembly Committee and was passed in the Assembly on November 13, 2014. On January 12, 2016 the bill died without a vote on the floor of the Senate. New Jersey lawmakers introduced physician assisted suicide bill 2451 on February 4, 2016, making a third attempt in six years to legalize physician assisted suicide. The bills were reintroduced in August 2016. The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted 8-2 in support of the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, A2451 in October 2016. It passed the full Assembly and the Senate Appropriations Committee. It must be approved by the full Senate and signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to become law.
House Bill 1071 introduced January 2017. This bill doesn’t include a 6 month terminal illness diagnosis instead it says a terminal illness, … which will result in death within a reasonably foreseeable period of time. This bill allows Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to provide prescriptions which will end the life of the patient. And there is no mention of mental health evaluation.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals struck down a lower-court ruling establishing physician-assisted suicide on August 11, 2015. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the district court had erred when it determined that "aid in dying is a fundamental liberty interest." In June 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided in a 5 - 0 decision upheld the New Mexico Court of Appeal decision that assisting a suicide is a crime in New Mexico in Morris v Brandenburg.
Editorial in the Albuquerque Journal by Dr. Gregg Schmedes, AAME New Mexico State Director - Physician-assisted suicide is too risky
AO2129 was introduced and referred to the Committee on Health. S3685 was introduced as the New York end of life options act, and it was also referred to the Committee on Health. S5814 and corresponding bill A5261B is similar proposed legislation sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic and Amy Paulin in the Assembly. It was filed as an amendment to the public health law. On May 3, the New York Court of Appeals upheld New York law prohibiting assisted suicide, finding that there is no “right” to “aid-in-dying” in the State of U.S. Constitutions. A new combined bill was introduced and moved to Codes Committee resulting in isuffcient votes to pass the bill in this committee. The bill died when the session ended on June 17.
HB611 was introduced on April 9, 2015, and it would legalize physician-assisted suicide if passed. It was referred to the Committee on Judiciary and carried over to 2016. The bill is considered dead. SB646 is a bill that makes it unlawful to assist another to commit suicide, and it has been referred to the Committee on Ruses and Operations of the Senate. This bill is considered dead as well.
House Bill 1673, sponsored by Rep. Steve Kouplen, was introduced in 2015 and carried over to 2016. Because it failed to have a public hearing by deadline, it is considered dead.
SB0494 if passed will allow starving dementia or mentally ill patients to death. Oregon was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide termed "Death with Dignity." This bill would remove current safeguards that protect conscious patients’ access to ordinary food and water when they no longer have the ability to make decisions about their own care.
Senate Bill 549, sponsored by Senator Daylin Leach, was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6, 2015 and will be available for consideration until the end of 2016.
In March 2016, the Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act was introduced and passed to the Senate Judiciary Committee along with a companion bill H7659 which was passed to the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee for futher study. A public hearing was heldin in the House on March 23, 2016 but no action was taken. The bill is considered dead.
HB1040 was heard before the House Health Subcommittee on March 31, 2015. SB1362, the corresponding bill in the Senate, resides in the Health and Welfare Committee where a summer study commission was conducted. A hearing was held on June 9 and the bill was tabled in committee. The bill is considered dead. John Jay Hooker filed a lawsuit challenging the state law making it a felony to assist in suicide. Davidson County Carol McCoy dismissed the suit, claiming Hooker does not have legal standing to bring the action.
In 2015, a Death with Dignity bill HB0391 was introduced by Rebecca Chavez-Houck and put on hold for further study according to media reports. In 2016, Chavez-Houck introduced a new bill "End of life options Act" HB0264 which on February 25 was sent back to the Rules Committee in effect killing the bill this year.
"End of Life Choices" act was signed into law on May 20, 2013 to legalize physician-assisted suicide. The House passed a Senate bill on April 29 that gives permanency to major provisions of Vermont's law. The provision were set to expire July 1, 2016. An amendment to repeal the law was defeated 83 to 60.
Washington - SB 5433 "Concerning informed decision making for death with dignity decisions" is a simple bill clarifying that persons considering assisted suicide under Washington State's Death with Dignity Act have a right to be told of their options for cure or to extend life. Passing the bill will be consistent with how the Act was marketed to the voters, as providing choice for the individual.
SB28 was introduced on February 12, 2015 and referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services.The bill died in Committee in March 2016.
HB 00119 was introduced on January 22, 2015 to allow Wyoming residents to obtain a prescription to end their lives. Casper Star Tribune reported on January 29, 2015 that the committee unanimously voted to table the legislation with recommendations that an interim committee research the issue.