Week 24/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (June 8 to June 14, 2015), a hearing was held in the Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee on a proposed bill as part of the summer study process.

California

The positive media fallout from the Senate vote on SB 128 continues.

Maine

This week the Maine legislature votes on a proposed Death with Dignity bill.

New York

Though there are now four bills in the New York legislature, two apiece in the Assembly and the Senate, meaningful progress appears doubtful.

Tennessee

A vigorous debate of Death with Dignity unfolded in the state in parallel with the hearing on the state’s proposed bill.

Elsewhere and Other Stories

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Week 23/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 1 to June 7, 2015) saw the most important event in our movement this year: the California Senate approved SB 128 – End of Life Option Act, a Death with Dignity bill.

California

Having been approved by the California Senate 23 to 14, the End of Life Option Act now heads to the Assembly with the first hearing, in the Health Committee, scheduled for June 22.

Delaware

A proposed bill was heard and promptly tabled.

New York

A new bill has been introduced in the New York Senate, by a Republican lawmaker, bringing the total to four (two in the Assembly, two in the Senate).

Tennessee

Though referring a bill for summer study is a roundabout way of killing a bill quietly, in Tennessee a Senate committee will discuss a proposed Death with Dignity bill.

Elsewhere and Other Stories

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Week 22/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (May 26 to May 31, 2015), SB 128 – California End of Life Option Act passed 5-2 in the Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote this Thursday. Delaware now has a proposed bill, with a hearing scheduled for this Wednesday.

A new Gallup poll shows support across the U.S. for Death with Dignity increasing by 10 percentage points, to 68%.

California

California is gearing up to the Senate floor vote on SB 128 – End of Life Option Act.

Delaware

Delaware is the latest state to see a proposed Death with Dignity bill.

Elsewhere and Other Stories

  • Maryland: A former Attorney General advocates for the Death with Dignity bill to return in the next session. “Going gentle into that good night in Md.,” Baltimore Sun, 5/27/2015
  • A new Gallup poll shows support across the U.S. for Death with Dignity increasing by 10 percentage points, to 68%. Americans favor the right-to-die regardless of their political leanings, age bracket, or how survey questions are worded.

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Week 21/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (May 18 to May 25, 2015) was huge in the movement.

The California Medical Association dropped its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on SB 128. Also in California, another lawsuit was filed asking for the state to allow physician-assisted dying.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Tennessee, where a bill had been referred to a summer working session.

In Vermont, the Governor signed a bill solidifying the safeguards in the original Death with Dignity bill, Act 39 – A Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act.

And in Maine, a joint legislative committee passed the proposed Death with Dignity bill.

California

While SB 128 – End of Life Option Act underwent a fiscal impact study in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the California Medical Association changed its stance on the bill to neutral. Learn more →

Maine

Maine’s bill moved out of committee on a close but clear vote.

Tennessee

John Jay Hooker, a terminally-ill attorney who is a staunch advocate for Death with Dignity, filed a lawsuit asking for the state to allow physician-assisted dying.

Vermont

Governor Shumlin signed S.108, a bill that removed sunsets on safeguards from the original Death with Dignity bill. Learn more →

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Week 20/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (May 11 to May 17, 2015), a proposed Death with Dignity bill received a hearing in Maine and the California bill moved forward through the Appropriations Committee.

California

The Senate Appropriations Committee forwarded SB 128 – End of Life Option Act for budget impact assessment, while Californians continue to debate the issue. Meanwhile, just today, the California Medical Association dropped its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on the proposed bill.

Maine

Nevada

Senate Bill 336 – Nevada Patient Self-Determination Act died without a hearing, the issue remains on the table. And, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair, Sen. Hardy, MD, who effectively killed the bipartisan bill by not allowing it to be heard, is facing increased criticism from Nevadans.

Elsewhere

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Week 19/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (May 4 to May 10, 2015) the Vermont House approved a bill that would remove sunset provisions from the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, the state’s Death with Dignity law. Because the representatives amended S.108 with a reporting clause, the Senate must approve the new version of the bill before Governor Shumlin signs it. Earlier, an amendment to repeal Act 39 was defeated 83 to 60. Representative Sandy Haas said in the media that seven patients have used the law since it passed in 2013.

Elsewhere

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Week 18/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 27 to May 3, 2015) saw an important milestone for the movement in Vermont, where the House passed a bill removing sunset provisions from Act 39, the state’s Death with Dignity law. Debate continued in California and New York, and we also saw stirrings of a future debate on Death with Dignity in Illinois.

Vermont

Elsewhere

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Week 17/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 20 to April 26, 2015) served as an indication that as legislative sessions wind down around the country, Death with Dignity recedes from the forefront of media attention and people’s minds.

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Week 16/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 12 to April 19, 2015) a debate unfolded in North Carolina following the introduction of a Death with Dignity bill, modeled on the Oregon law. In Delaware, a Death with Dignity bill, to be introduced in a matter of weeks, received initial scrutiny. And the National Health Care Decisions Day raised awareness about the importance of advance care planning.

Delaware

The Death with Dignity conversation started ramping up here as Representative Paul Baumbach prepares to introduce a bill.

North Carolina

The state debated its first-ever Death with Dignity bill.

Elsewhere

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Week 15/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week, a Death with Dignity bill, SB 128 – End of Life Option Act, passed in the California Senate Judiciary Committee. A proposed bill was heard in a Rhode Island House Committee. North Carolina saw a bill introduced for the first time.

Bills in Connecticut, Nevada, and Tennessee legislatures died in committee: after Committee hearings the Connecticut bill failed to come up for a vote for the third time in as many years; the Nevada bill will not receive a hearing; and the Tennessee bill was tabled for interim study.

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from April 5 to April 11, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.

California

The End of Life Option Act cleared another hurdle in the Senate when it passed in the Judiciary Committee by a partisan vote of 5 to 2. The bill is next headed to the Appropriations Committee in May.

Connecticut

For the third time in as many years, a Death with Dignity bill did not come out for a Committee vote in the State Legislature.

New York

Advocates for Death with Dignity are gearing up to a push for the proposed legislation.

Elsewhere

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