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.
A Behavioral Research Center’s Rocky Mountain Poll in October 2015 found that 56 percent of Arizonans support physician-assisted dying legislation.
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 stalled in Committee. Sen. McGuire plans to hold public meetings on the bill.
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).