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Alaska State Representative Harriet Drummond (D-) introduced an assisted dying bill for the second time in the 2017 session. The March 14, 2017 hearing for HB 54 in the House Health & Social Services Committee was cancelled.

History

HB 99, An act relating to the voluntary termination of life by terminally ill individuals, was introduced on February 9, 2015, by Representative Drummond. 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 has expressed hope to see progress on the legislation in the future.

The 2015 session was the first time a Death with Dignity bill was considered in the Alaska legislature after the Oregon Death with Dignity Act went into effect in 1998. A bill, HB 371, was considered in 1996.

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