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Current Status

HB2254, Relating to End of Life Decisions, introduced by Representative Powers Hannley, District 9, was filed on January 13, 2021, for consideration during the current session (download HB2254 as filed).

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Our Partner

We are advocating for death with dignity legislation in Arizona in collaboration with Arizona End-of-Life Options, a grassroots coalition organized to “gain passage of a state law making it possible for terminally ill Arizona residents to legally obtain medications that eliminate undue suffering at the end of life.”

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Arizona State Legislature website

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Municipal Resolutions

A number of cities and towns in Arizona have passed resolutions endorsing death with dignity legislation:

History

2020

In the 2020 legislative session, a number of Arizona state legislators introduced companion death with dignity bills (HB 2582/SB 1384, the Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Act) as well as a separate bill, SB 1497, the Arizona Death with Dignity Act. None of the bills met required legislative deadlines.

HB 2582, the Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Act

SB 1384, the Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Act

SB 1497, the Arizona Death with Dignity Act

2019

Death with dignity bills were introduced and referred to legislative committees in the 2019 session. None of the bills advanced.

HB 2408

HB 2512

SB 1193

2018

Representative Powers Hannley sponsored HB 2102, Arizona Death with Dignity Act and later in the session, Representative Gonzales introduced HB 2611, Death with Dignity Act.

In the Senate, Senator Bradley sponsored a companion bill, SB 1222, on January 18, 2018. On January 26, a group of Senators, including primary sponsor Senator Mendez, co-sponsored SB 1414, also called the Death with Dignity Act.

The bills did not advance.

2017

A pair of assisted dying bills were introduced in the Arizona State Legislature in January 2017: SB 1512 and HB 2336, both titled Death with Dignity Act. Neither bill moved out of committee.

In the 2017 session, a SB 1439, Prohibition on Discrimination Against Health Care Entities passed in the Arizona State Legislature and was subsequently signed by the Governor on March 24, 2017. The law prohibits discrimination against medical care providers who opt out of assisted dying legislation.

2016

Arizona State Senator Barbara McGuire (D) introduced SB 1136, Death with Dignity, on January 19, 2016. The bill did not advance.

Pre-2016

The Arizona State legislature considered death with dignity bills several times. In 2003, Representative Linda Lopez (D) introduced an Oregon-modeled aid in dying bill (HB 2454) and a bill allowing terminally ill patients to control their own pain medications, even if they could hasten their death (HB 2564). Rep. Lopez introduced a similar set of bills again in 2006 (HB 2313/2314).

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