The New Hampshire legislature considered Death with Dignity only marginally in the 2016 session.
In a repeat of last year’s effort, the legislature once again considered a bill that would establish a committee to study end-of-life choices. The bill, SB 426, passed out of the Senate and the House Judiciary Committee. The House then voted the bill down on May 11.
In the 2015 legislative session, the state House approved and Governor Hassan vetoed HB 151, a bill sponsored by Representative Phillips that would have established a committee to study end-of-life decisions, including Death with Dignity.
In the 2014 session, a Death with Dignity bill (HB 1325) did not come up for a Health Committee vote. In 2011, Representatives Weed (D), Parkhurst (D), and Vaillancourt (R) sponsored a Death with Dignity bill (HB 513), which failed in the house on a 234 to 99 vote (65 representatives did not vote). A similar bill, HB 304 sponsored by Representatives Weed, Richardson, Watrous, and Mitchell, was voted down in Judiciary Committee in 2010.
Three attempts to pass physician-assisted dying legislation also took place in the 1990’s as Oregon voters passed the nation’s first Death with Dignity law: HB 339 in 1995, HB 1433-FN in 1998, and SB 44-FN in 1999.
- Full text and bill history of SB 426 per the New Hampshire General Court