There is not legislative activity around death with dignity in Alaska in 2019.
What does death with dignity mean to you?
Most people join our movement because of a heartbreaking personal experience. We receive stories of such experiences every day, and every day they inspire us to work toward ensuring terminally-ill Americans have the freedom to decide how they die. We want to hear from you. What's your death with dignity story? What inspired you to get involved in the cause?
The bill Alaska State Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced in 2017, HB 54, Alaska Voluntary Ending of Life Act, which was heard in the House Health & Social Services Committee on April 6, 2017, 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.
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.