Pennsylvania State Senators Daylen Leach (D-Montgomery) and Lisa Boscola (D-Bethlehem) introduced SB 238, Pennsylvania Death with Dignity Act, on January 26, 2017. The bill was immediately referred to the Senate Judiciary.
Pennsylvania legislature has seen assisted dying bills in several recent sessions.
Representative and later Senator Leach introduced Death with Dignity bills in 2007 (HB 1435), 2009 (SB 404), 2011 (SB 431), 2013 (SB 1032); 2014 (HB 2548, with Sen. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks), and 2015 (SB 549, companion in the House HB 943). None made it out of the Judiciary Committee.
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