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New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), with Tim Eustace (D-Bergen) and Joe Danielsen (D-Somerset) as fellow primary sponsors and Assemblymen McKeon, Johnson, and Holley and Assemblywomen Mosquera, Jimenez, Chaparro, and Jasey as co-sponsors, introduced A 1504, New Jersey Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, on January 9, 2018. The bill was referred to New Jersey Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee and later transferred to the Judiciary Committee. On March 12, 2018, the bill passed at a hearing 5 to 2.

New Jersey State Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) introduced a companion bill, S 1072, New Jersey Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, on January 22, 2018. The bill was referred to New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

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2016-2017

New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), with Tim Eustace (D-Bergen) and Joe Danielsen (D-Somerset) as primary sponsors and 8 additional co-sponsors, introduced A 2451, Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act on February 4, 2016, After referral to the Health and Senior Services Committee, the Assembly bill was transferred to the Appropriations Committee which passed it 8 to 2 on October 6, 2016.

On October 20, 2016, the full Assembly passed the bill on a 41 to 28 vote, with 5 abstentions. The vote was nearly identical to and came almost exactly two years after an up vote on a previous bill (see below).

A 2451 then headed to the Senate where it was heard and passed 5 to 3, with 1 abstention, in the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee on November 3, 2016.

The companion physician-assisted dying bill in the New Jersey Senate was S 2474, sponsored by Senators Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford). The Senate version was reported favorably (passed) by the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee on November 3, 2016. The bill did not come up for a floor vote.

2014-2015

On November 13, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly approved A 2270, the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, 41 to 31, with 8 abstentions; Governor Chris Christie indicated he would veto any Death with Dignity bills.

In January 2015, a companion bill S 382 was introduced in the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee with amendments. The bill did not come up for a vote in the Senate by the January 12, 2016, deadline.

Pre-2o14

The 2014-2015 session was the second time a Death with Dignity bill was considered in the New Jersey legislature. Companion bills A 3328 and S 2259 were introduced in the 2012-2013 session; both died in Committee.

The Death with Dignity movement got its most significant spur in recent history in New Jersey. In 1976, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that the parents of comatose Karen Ann Quinlan could remove her life support.

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