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There is no legislative activity around death with dignity in Alaska in 2020.

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History

2017-2018

The bill Alaska State Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced in 2017, HB 54, Alaska Voluntary Ending of Life Act, heard in the House Health & Social Services Committee on April 6, 2017, was rolled over to the 2018 session.

On February 2, 2018, the Committee passed the bill 3 to 2, with 2 abstentions, sending it to the Judiciary Committee.

2015-2016

Representative Drummond sponsored HB 99, An act relating to the voluntary termination of life by terminally ill individuals, introducing Alaska’s first aid in dying bill in almost 20 years (HB 371, was considered in 1996). The bill was heard on April 9, 2015 in the Health & Social Services Committee, which adopted several amendments.

The aid-in-dying bill was rolled over to the 2016 portion of the legislative session and failed to progress. Rep. Drummond expressed hope to see progress on the legislation in the future.