On August 12, 2016, Michigan State Representatives Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) introduced a pair of related physician-assisted death bills, one outlining the procedure, the other penalties.
The legislators hope the bills discussing this end-of-life option will move forward in early 2017.
In 1998, grassroots proponents of physician-assisted dying attempted to emulate the success in Oregon and introduced Proposal B, modeled after the Oregon law. The bill lost by a 3:1 margin, with 71 percent of Michiganders voting against it.
Legislative attempts, none of which made much progress, took place in 1994 (HB 4134), 1995 (SB 640), 1997 (SB 653), and 1998 (HB 5474).
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