HB54 termed Terminally Ill: Ending Life Option passed out of the Health and Human Services Committee and has been referred to House Judiciary Committee. There was no public notice about the first hearing and no public input.
HB2102 titled End of Life Decisions has been introduced in 2018.
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. Life Legal Defense Fund is representing the American Academy of Medical Ethics in a suit against the state. The End of Life Option Act strips vital legal protections from patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The Act does not require patients seeking so-called “aid-in-dying” drugs to undergo a mental health evaluation, even though the majority of individuals who receive a terminal diagnosis experience depression, anxiety, and other treatable mental health conditions that could lead them to seek suicide.
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 once again proposed a bill to end the patient's life prematurely HB60 in 2017 which was released from Committee but never voted on and died. This bill carries over in 2018.
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 but carry over into 2018. In addition, two new bills HB2218 and SB2727 were introduced in 2018.
In January 2018, Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington authored House Bill 1157 based on Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law.
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. Both bills died in committee but carry over in 2018.
HB 2120 was filed in 2017 and has been referred to the Commitee on Health and Human Services where it died in committee..
Petition signatures are being gathered for a November 2018 ballot measure. 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 released to the House Health and Government Operations Committee where it died in committee. The author of the Senate bill SB354 withdrew the bill.
In 2017, H1194 and S1225 were introduced. Representative Louis L. Kafka introduced H1194 and Senator Barbara A. L'Italien introduced S1225. 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. Both bills carry over into 2018. They reside in the Joint Committe on Public Health.
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. HB 4462 – amends criminal sentencing standards to eliminate penalties for assisting a suicide. Both bills carry over into 2018.
SF 1572 was introduced in 2017 and carries over into 2018.
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. There was an attempt to add it to another bill and it failed.
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. A public hearing in committee was held and only two proponents appeared in favor The bill died.
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.
LSR 2018-2748, SB490, the Study of End of Life Options will be considered in 2018.
A1504 and the identical bill in the Senate S1072 were introduced in 2018. The Assembly bill currently sits in the Asembly Judiciary Committee. The Senate bill has been referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Historical Reference: 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, 2017 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. The bill died.
Editorial in the Albuquerque Journal by Dr. Gregg Schmedes, AAME New Mexico State Director - Physician-assisted suicide is too risky
Senator Tavares introduced Senate Bill 249, authorizing prescriptions for aid-in-dying medication.
Resolution HJR 1009 Ballot Measure was introduced in January 2017 for a ballot referendum to legalize assisted suicide and died in committee. It is a carry over bill for 2018.
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. SB893 died in committee.
SB 238 was filed in 2017 and referred to the Judiciary Committee.
H7297 was introduced in 2018 and referred to the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
HB210 was introduced once again by Rebecca Chavez-Houck in 2018 and sits in the House Health and Human Services Committee. 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 filed a suit on behalf of CMDA 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 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. After winning the suit, Compassion & Choices appealed and later withdrew allowing the ruling to stand in favor of pro-life healthcare professionals.
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. This bill has been reintroduced for 2018.