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Iowa State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant), and Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) introduced SF 215, Iowa End-of-Life Option Act, on February 7, 2017. The bill was referred to the Human Resources Subcommittee.

In the Iowa State House, Representatives Brian Meyer (D-Des Moines), Vicki Lensing (D-Iowa City), Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines), Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport), Mary Lynn Wolfe (D-Clinton), Dennis Cohoon (D-Burlington), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames), Timothy Kacena (D-Sioux City), Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City), Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines), Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City), Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo), Rick Olson (D-Pleasant Hill), Liz Bennett (D-Cedar Rapids), and Amy Nielsen (D-North Liberty) introduced a companion bill, HF 299. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, a February 2016 Des Moines Register poll has found that 59 percent of Iowans are in favor of right to die, with greater support among people 35 and younger (64 percent support, versus 51 percent for those 65 and older).

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History

2016

State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant), Dick Dearden (D-Des Moines), and Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) introduced SF 2051, Iowa Death with Dignity Act, on January 25, 2016. A hearing was held on February 10, where no vote took place. The bill failed to meet a committee deadline and did not advance.

2015

State Representatives Brian Meyer (D-Des Moines), Dennis Cohoon (D-Burlington), Sally Stutsman (D-Riverside), Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City), Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo), Mary Wolfe (D-Clinton), Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines), and Beth Wessel Kroeschell (D-Ames) introduced HF 65, Iowa Death with Dignity Act, on January 21, 2015. The bill failed to meet a committee deadline.

Pre-2015

The Iowa legislature had previously considered an assisted dying bill in 2006, HB 2425.

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