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Indiana State Representative Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) introduced HB 1020, Indiana End of Life Options Act, on January 7, 2020. Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon has signed on to the bill as a co-sponsor. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Public Health.

Related Legislation

A bill introduced in the 2020 session, SB 446, would “prohibit euthanasia” in the state.

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History

2019

Death with dignity legislation was considered in Indiana for the first time in 2019. Indiana State Senator Lonnie Randolph (D) introduced an aid-in-dying bill, SB 300 End of Life Options Act, in the Indiana State Senate on January 7, 2019; the bill was referred to the Committee on Health and Provider Services. The next day, Indiana State Representative Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) introduced a companion bill, HB 1184, which was referred to the Indiana House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Health. Neither bill advanced.

2018

In 2018, Rep. Pierce introduced HB 1157, Indiana Medical Aid in Dying Act, on January 4. The bill was referred to the Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.

2017

In 2017, an aid-in-dying bill was introduced in the Indiana state legislature for the first time: Rep. Pierce sponsored HB 1561, End of Life Options Act, which was filed in the Public Health committee but never received a hearing; Sen. Randolph (D) sponsored a similar bill in the state Senate (SB 273).