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New Hampshire

CURRENT STATUS: NO ACTIVE LEGISLATION

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Timeline of Death with Dignity in New Hampshire

2020

2020

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

As in several previous legislative sessions, 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

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

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

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

2011

2011

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

2010

2010

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

1990s

1990s

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.

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