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.
- “House OKs Extension of Assisted Suicide Protections,” VT Digger, 4/30/2015
- “House affirms assisted suicide law,” Burlington Free Press, 4/29/2015
- “Vermont House approves aid-in-dying changes,” NCPR, 5/1/15
- Tennessee: Death with Dignity will be on a legislative committee’s agenda this summer. “Death with dignity to be discussed this summer by Tenn. legislative committee,” WKRN-TV (ABC Nashville), 5/5/2015
- Delaware: Representative Baumbach will be filing a Death with Dignity bill this Thursday. “Bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide imminent,” Delaware Public Media, 5/6/2015
- Maine: A hearing for LD1270 – Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End of Life, a Death with Dignity bill, will take place this coming Friday. “A brief update about LD1270,” It’s My Death, 5/5/2015
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