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CURRENT STATUS: Pending Bills

We’re Building Momentum in New Hampshire

In 2023, New Hampshire lawmakers introduced the End of Life Options Act (HB1283). If passed, this would allow residents of New Hampshire to access medical aid in dying.

SIGN OUR PETITION to say that it’s time to pass HB1283, and expand the right to Death with Dignity to those who live in New Hampshire.

Death with Dignity laws have been proven effective at improving healthcare quality at the end of life, regardless of whether or not an individual chooses to hasten their death.

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Timeline of Death with Dignity in New Hampshire

2024

2024

Public Hearing Scheduled

  • A public hearing is scheduled for HB1283 on March 6 in the House Judiciary Committee.
  • On February 21, HB1283 receives an executive hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Amendments are introduced.
  • HB1283 receives an executive session in the House Judiciary Committee on February 15. The bill does not receive a vote and amendments will be introduced in the next meeting.
  • According to a University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll conducted in October 2023, 71% of Granite Staters support medical aid in dying.
  • On February, 7 2024 HB1283 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Judiciary Committee.
  • In January, New Hampshire lawmakers introduce the End of Life Options Act (HB1283). The bill has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee.

2020

2020

Bill Stalls in Committee

New Hampshire lawmakers introduce The New Hampshire Death with Dignity Act, HB1659. After a successful hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, the bill is referred to study by a vote of 10 – 8 to “pursue further legislation.”

2019

2019

Non-Concurrence By the House Stalls Study Bill

Legislators in the General Court of New Hampshire introduce a bill, HB291, establishing a committee to study end-of-life options. The bill is heard in the House Judiciary Committee, who pass an amended version with a vote of 12 to 8. Shortly afterward, a House vote passes the amended version, 214 to 140, handing the bill off to the Senate. Further amendments are added and passed, but the bill stalls after non-concurrence by the House. Legislative proposals to establish a committee to study end-of-life options date back to 2015.

2018

2018

Study Bill Voted Down

A bill to commission a study of end of life options, SB490, is introduced and does not advance following a Senate Health and Human Services Committee vote of 12 to 10 against the bill.

2016

2016

Study Bill Stalled in Committee

A Death with Dignity study bill, SB426, passes both Senate and the House Judiciary Committees, but does not advance beyond committee level.

2015

2015

Governor Vetoes Bill to Study End of Life Options

The legislature approves and Governor Hassan vetoes HB151, a bill to establish a committee to study aid in dying.

2014

2014

Bill Fails to Advance

HB1325, a Death with Dignity bill, is introduced but does not advance.

2011

2011

 HB513 Makes it to House, Voted Down

HB513, a physician assisted-dying bill, is voted down in the House, 234 to 99.

2010

2010

Bill Does Not Advance

HB304, a medical aid-in-dying bill, does not advance.

1990s

1990s

Attempts to Pass Death with Dignity

Three attempts to pass physician-assisted dying legislation in New Hampshire take place in the 1990’s as Oregon voters passed the nation’s first Death with Dignity law: 1999: SB44-FN, 1998: HB1433-FN, and 1995: HB339.