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Arizona State Representative Pamela Powers Hannley (D-Tuscon), along with Arizona State Representatives Andrade, Blanc, Cano, Engel, Friese, Gabaldón, Peten, Rodriguez, Salman, Teller, Terán plus Senator Gonzales as co-sponsors, introduced HB 2408, Death with Dignity Act, on January 16, 2019.

Polling

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

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History

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 committees 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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Arizona State Representative Pamela Powers Hannley (D-Tuscon), along with 12 State Representatives and one State Senator, is sponsoring HB 2408, Death with Dignity Act, on January 16, 2019. The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Arizona to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing. Urge your state legislators to pass the bill!

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