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Oklahoma

Current Status

There was no legislative activity around death with dignity in the 2020 session.

Oklahoma State Legislature passed a law requiring “assisted suicide” be listed on death certificates issued for patients who died using medications prescribed under a death with dignity law (Oklahoma does not have a death with dignity statute).

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History

2018

Oklahoma State Representative Steve Kouplen (D-Beggs) sponsored a bill (HB 2585) that would have ordered a referendum on the Oklahoma Death with Dignity Act. The bill did not move.

2017

Representative Kouplen (D-Beggs) introduced a House Joint Resolution, HJR 1009, calling for a statewide referendum on the Oklahoma Death with Dignity Act to be held in the June 2018 primary election. The bill languished in the House Rules Committee.

Also in the 2017 session, HB 1495, Death Certificate Accuracy Act, which would require listing “suicide” as the cause of death under an assisted dying law that may pass in the future, passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

2015

In January 2015, Representative Kouplen introduced HB 1673, the Oklahoma Death with Dignity Act. The bill was referred to the Public Health Committee and did not make it out of there.

The 2015 session was the first time a Death with Dignity bill was considered in the Oklahoma legislature.

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