Rhode Island State Senators Goldin, Coyne, Euer, and Miller introduced S 157, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, on January 28, 2019. The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On February 27, 2019, Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence), along with co-sponsors, Representatives Cassar, Kislak, Knight, and Tanzi, introduced an eponymous bill in the House. H 5555 was referred to the House House Health, Education & Welfare Committee.
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The Rhode Island State Legislature is considering S 157, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Rhode Island to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.
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.
Rhode Island Representative Edith 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.
Representative 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.
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 were considered in the Rhode Island state legislature in