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Tennessee

Current Status

There is currently no legislative activity around assisted dying in Tennessee.

In a May 2015 Vanderbilt University poll, 55 percent of Tennesseans expressed approval with Death with Dignity legislation.

History

HB 1040, Tennessee Death with Dignity Act, introduced on March 31, 2015 by Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) with two co-sponsors, Rep. David Alexander (R-Moore) and Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Coffee), was moved to summer study by the House Subcommittee that considered it. Senator Reginald Tate (D-Shelby) sponsored the companion bill, SB 1362, with the same outcome. A hearing was held on June 9. The bills remained on file for the 2016 session, during which it did not move forward.

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

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