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Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence) again introduced an assisted dying bill in the 2018 session. Co-sponsored by Representatives Lauren Carson (D), Susan Donovan (D), and Jason Knight (D), H 7297, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act was referred to the Rhode Island House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee on January 25, 2018. A hearing on the bill took place on April 4.

History

2017

Rep. Ajello , together with co-sponsors Aaron Regunberg (D), Lauren Carson (D), Susan Donovan (D), and Teresa Tanzi (D), introduced H 5468, the Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, on February 15, 2017. The bill was referred to the House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee. On March 15, the sponsor requested the bill be postponed, which effectively ended its progress.

2016

Rep Ajello’s bill, H 7659, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, was heard in a House Committee on March 23, 2016, and held for further study.

2015

In 2015, State Representatives Edith Ajello (D-Providence), Teresa Tanzi (D), Aaron Regunberg (D), Christopher Blazejewski (D) and David Bennett (D) on February 12 introduced H 5507, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, in the House. The bill was heard on April 8 in the Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, which recommended the measure be held for further study. Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) and co-sponsors Christopher Ottiano (R), Joshua Miller (D), Erin Lynch (D), and Paul Jabour (D) introduced a companion bill, S 598, in the Senate, where the Judiciary Committee on May 28 made the same recommendation as the House Committee.

Oregon-style physician-assisted dying bills have been considered in the Rhode Island state legislature before, in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2006 (H 7428, S 2766), and 2007 (HB 6080).

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