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The New Hampshire legislature considered Death with Dignity only marginally in the current 2018 session. In a repeat from previous years, the New Hampshire General Court considered a bill that would establish a committee to study end-of-life choices, including assisted dying (SB 490). The bill was voted down in a Senate committee 12 to 10 on February 21.


Legislative proposals that would establish a committee to study end-of-life options date back to 2014. In the 2014 session, a Death with Dignity bill (HB 1325) did not come up for a House of Representatives Health Committee vote. In the 2015 legislative session, the New Hampshire House approved and Governor Hassan vetoed HB 151, sponsored by Representative Phillips. In 2016, SB 426 passed out of the Senate and the House Judiciary Committee, and the House voted it down on May 11.

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.


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