Wisconsin State Representatives Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), and 12 additional sponsors introduced AB 216, the Compassionate Choices Act, on April 10, 2017.
Introducing the bill, Representative Pope said, “[i]t is inhumane to force a person with a terminal illness to suffer needlessly. A compassionate society would allow them the choice to spend their last days where and with whomever they choose.”
Wisconsin States Senators Fred Risser (D-Madison), Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), and LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) co-sponsored the House bill and introduced its companion bill, SB 312, on June 23, 2017 (sponsors of the House bill co-sponsored the Senate bill).
The bills failed to pass in 2018.
In March 2015, Senator Risser plus 4 co-sponsors, and Representatives Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) plus 12 co-sponsors, introduced companion Death with Dignity measures, AB 67 and SB 26, in the Senate and Assembly, respectively. The bills were carried over to 2016 and stalled in committee.
The 2015-2016 session was the 8th time a Death with Dignity bill was introduced in the past 20 years. The proposed bill was not heard by either chamber in any of the previous seven attempts:
- 2007-2008 (AB 298 / SB 151).
- 2005-2006 (AB 507 / SB 224)
- 2003-2004 (AB 348 / SB 169)
- 2001-2002 (AB 417 / SB 184)
- 1999-2000 (AB 297 / SB 124)
- 1997-1998 (AB 32 / SB 27)
- 1995-1996 (AB 174)