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.
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 took effect on June 9, 2016.
AAME filed a civil rights lawsuit to stop the assisted suicide law in California.
For the third consecutive year, bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide have failed. In 2017, HB6024 and HB6238 were filed.
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
Rep. Paul Baumbach has once again sponsored a bill to end the patient's life prematurely, HB60. The bill was released from Committe on June 8, 2017 and is awaiting a vote by the Assembly.
Five bills were introduced to legalize assisted suicide in January 2017. SB 1129 using the term, "medical aid in dying," which is a euphemism for physician-assisted suicide allows nurses to assess capacity and prescribe lethal medication. All bills failed in addition to a lawsuit which was dismissed.
A bill draft surfaced but no legislation was introduced.
Two bills to legalize assisted suicide were introduced in February of 2017, House File 299 which was referred to the Judiciary Committee and Senate File 215 which was referred to Human Services. They are essentially the same as last year’s bill.
HB 2120 was filed in 2017 and has been referred to the Commitee on Health and Human Services.
In 2017, LD347, (SP113) was filed and referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services. The Maine bill to legalize assisted suicide was defeated in the Senate on June 15, 2015.
In 2017, HB0370 Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act was introduced again and sits in the House Health and Government Operations Committee. The author of the Senate bill SB354 withdrew the bill, but the House bill is still active.
In 2017, H1194 and S1225 were introduced. Representative Louis L. Kafka introduced H1194 and Senator Barbara A. L'Italien introduced S1225. Both bills currently resides in the Joint Committe on Public Health. On September 26, 2017 a joint hearing was held in which AAME State Director Dr. William Lawton testified. You can read his testimony at this link.
HB 4461 has been sponsored by Representative Tom Cochran and sits in the House Health Policy Committee. This bill would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication or would legalize physician-assisted suicide if passed.
Senate Bill 2283 to legalize assisted suicide died in Committee in January 2017.
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 vague 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.
HB 536 sponsored by Rep. Brad Tschida would allow physicians to be prosecuted for homicide and clarifies that assisting a suicide is prohibited. The bill was narrowly defeated in March 2017 allowing doctors to get away with writing prescriptions that would take the life of their patients.
State Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha is the sponsor of 2017 Legislative Bill 450.This is the second time Senator Chambers has sponsored a bill that would legalize assisted sucicide in Nebraska.
SB261 was introduced by Sen. David Parks in March 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. The bill died when the session ended.
On May 11, 2016 the New Hampshire House defeated a measure establishing a “study” commission for end-of-life issues.
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 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.
SB 252 passed through the final senate committee and went to the floor for a full vote on March 15 where it died.
House Bill 171 was 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.
Editorial in the Albuquerque Journal by Dr. Gregg Schmedes, AAME New Mexico State Director - Physician-assisted suicide is too risky
A3598 introduced in 2017 as the New York end of life options act, referred to the Assembly Committee.
HB789 requires a witness to provide documentation of the death of the patient including how long it took them to die, complications, notifying next of kin and disposing of any leftover drugs.
Resolution HJR 1009 Ballot Measure was introduced in January 2017 for a ballot referendum to legalize assisted suicide.
SB893 introduced in 2017 allows the doctor to administer the drugs which would end their patient's life prematurely which changes the definition from assisted suicide to euthanasia. Others who have the healthcare proxy and durable power of attorney will also be allowed to give the drugs to the patient. 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.
SB 238 was filed in 2017 and referred to the Judiciary Committee..
SB 1378 and HB 1394 to legalize assisted suicide were introduced in February of 2017. HB 1394 was withdrawn by the author.
HB76 was introduced in 2017 and tabled by a 9-3 vote in February. It is defeated for this year.
In 2015, a Death with Dignity bill HB0391 was introduced by the same sponsor Rebecca Chavez-Houck and was 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.
Alliance Defending Freedom.has filed a motion in a federal lawsuit against the state medical licensing authorities. Although Act 39, Vermont’s assisted suicide bill, passed with a very limited protection for attending physicians who don’t wish to dispense death-inducing drugs themselves, state medical licensing authorities have construed a separate, existing mandate to counsel and refer for “all options” for palliative care to include a mandate that all patients hear about the “option” of assisted suicide.
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.
HB0122 was introduced in 2017 and considered dead for this session.