The Arkansas State Legislature is not considering an aid in dying bill at this time.
For the first time in Arkansas history, the state legislature considered a death with dignity bill. The bill did not advance.
- Full text of HB 1536, Compassionate Care End-of-Life Option Act
- Legislative history of HB 1536
- Introduced February 20, 2019
- Sponsor: Representative Dan Douglas (R)
One of the early states to address end-of-life options through legislation, Arkansas’ Act 879, the Arkansas Death with Dignity Act, largely focused on legalizing living wills and a patient’s right to refuse extraordinary measures. But the Act also contained the following language: “every person shall have the right to die with dignity.”
This decades-old foundation could be built on with the right combination of advocates and brave legislators.