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Current Status

Arizona State Representative Pamela Powers Hannley (D-Tuscon), together with 13 co-sponsors (Arizona State Representatives Alston, Blanc, Bolding, Butler, Cardenas, Clark, Engel, Fernandez, Friese, Gabaldón, Rios, Saldate, and Salman) introduced HB 2102, Arizona Death with Dignity Act, on January 8, 2018. In February, Arizona State Representative Gonzales, with co-sponsors Representatives Gabaldon, Hernandez, Martines, Powers Hannley, and Saldate introduced HB 2611, also named Death with Dignity Act.

In the Arizona State Senate, Senators Bradley (primary sponsor) and Cajero Bedford, Dalessandro, Mendez, Meza, Otondo, Peshlakai, and Quezada introduced a companion bill, SB 1222, on January 18, 2018. On January 26, a group of Senators, including primary sponsor Senator Mendez, co-sponsored SB 1414, also called the Death with Dignity Act.

Both bills were held in committees and did not advance.

Polling

A Behavioral Research Center’s Rocky Mountain Poll in October 2015 found that 56 percent of Arizonans support physician-assisted dying legislation.

History

2017

A pair of assisted dying bills were introduced in the Arizona State Legislature in January 2017: SB 1512 (8 co-sponsors) and HB 2336 (16 co-sponsors), both titled Death with Dignity Act. Neither bill moved out of committee.

In the 2017 session, a bill passed in the Arizona State Legislature and was subsequently signed by the Governor on March 24, 2017, that prohibits discrimination against medical care providers who opt out of assisted dying legislation.

2016

Arizona State Senator Barbara McGuire (D-Kearny) introduced SB 1136, a Death with Dignity bill, on January 19, 2016, together with three co-sponsors (Senators Dalessandro and Hobbs, and Representative Andrade). The end-of-life options bill did not move out of committee. Subsequently, Sen. McGuire planned to hold public meetings on the bill.

Pre-2016

Arizona state legislature had considered Death with Dignity bills several times. In 2003, State Representative Linda Lopez (D-Tucson) introduced an Oregon-modeled aid in dying bill (HB 2572) and a bill allowing terminally ill patients to control their own pain medications, even if they could hasten their death (HB 2357). Rep. Lopez introduced a similar set of bills again in 2006 (HB 2313/2314).

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Tell Congress to Leave D.C.'s Death with Dignity Act Alone

Death with dignity opponents in Congress are trying to repeal the Washington D.C. Death with Dignity Act through the federal budget process. If they have their way, they’ll go on to repeal the rights of qualified terminally ill citizens in states where such laws exist and ban assisted dying nationwide, including Arizona. Help us win this fight. Send a letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators asking them to keep the repeal provision out of this year's spending bill.

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