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There is no legislative activity around Death with Dignity in Rhode Island in the 2017 session.



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


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, the 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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