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None of the aid in dying bills the Arizona State Legislature considered in the 2020 legislative session advanced.

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We are advocating for death with dignity legislation in Arizona in collaboration with Arizona End-of-Life Options, “a grassroots volunteer coalition, organized to gain passage of a state law making it possible for terminally ill Arizona residents to legally obtain medications that eliminate undue suffering at the end of life.”

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A number of cities and towns in Arizona have passed resolutions endorsing death with dignity legislation:

History

2020

In the 2020 legislative session, a number of Arizona state legislators introduced companion death with dignity bills (HB 2582 / SB 1384, the Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Act) as well as a separate bill, SB 1497, the Arizona Death with Dignity Act. None of the bills met required legislative deadlines.

HB 2582, the Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Act

  • Introduced on January 16, 2020
  • Full text of HB 2582
  • Legislative history of HB 2582
  • Sponsors: Arizona State Representatives Pamela Powers Hannley (D) – primary, Richard C. Andrade (D), Isela Blanc (D), Reginald Bolding, Jr. (D), Kirsten Engel (D), Charlene R. Fernandez (D), Randall Friese (D), Rosanna Gabaldón (D), Geraldine Peten (D), Diego Rodriguez (D), Athena Salman (D)

SB 1384, the Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Act

  • Introduced on January 28, 2020
  • Full text of SB 1384
  • Legislative history of SB 1384
  • Sponsors: Arizona State Senators Juan Mendez (D) – primary, Martin Quezada (D), and Rebecca Rios (D) + Arizona State Representatives Randall Friese (D), Athena Salman (D), and Raquel Terán (D)
  • Referred to Senate Rules and Judiciary Committees

SB 1497, the Arizona Death with Dignity Act

  • Introduced on January 30, 2020
  • Full text of SB 1497
  • Legislative history of SB 1497
  • Sponsors: Arizona State Senators Victoria Steele (D) – primary, Lela Alston (D), Andrea Dalessandro (D), Sally Ann Gonzales (D), Juan Mendez (D), Tony Navarrete (D), Lisa Otondo (D), Martin Quezada (D), Rebecca Rios (D)
  • Referred to Senate Rules and Judiciary Committees

2019

Death with dignity bills were introduced and referred to legislative committees in the 2019 session. Every bill was held in Committee (did not progress).

HB 2408

  • Full text of HB 2408, the Death with Dignity Act (2019)
  • Legislative history of HB 2408 [enter 2408 in the Bill field]
  • Introduced on January 16, 2019.
  • Sponsors: Arizona State Representatives Pamela Powers Hannley (D-Tuscon) as the principal sponsor, along with Arizona State Representatives Andrade, Blanc, Cano, Engel, Friese, Gabaldón, Peten, Rodriguez, Salman, Teller, Terán plus Arizona State Senator Gonzales as co-sponsors
  • Referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 2512

SB 1193

2018

Representative Powers Hannley sponsored HB 2102, Arizona Death with Dignity Act with 13 co-sponsors, Arizona State Representatives Alston, Blanc, Bolding, Butler, Cardenas, Clark, Engel, Fernandez, Friese, Gabaldón, Rios, Saldate, and Salman. Later in the session, 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 committee and did not advance.

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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