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The Washington Death with Dignity Act went into effect on March 5, 2009. In 2022, the Washington State Legislature considered an amendment (HB1141) that would have: allowed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses or Physician Assistants to act as the attending or consulting medical provider for individuals accessing the law; reduced the waiting period from 15 days to 72 hours and allowed the attending to provider to waive the period altogether in certain circumstances; and allow electronic prescription and home delivery of aid in dying medication. 

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Timeline of Death with Dignity in Washington

2022

2022

HB1141 is not advanced in the 2022 legislative session.

2021

2021

Lawmakers introduce an amendment, Increasing Access to the Death with Dignity Act, HB1141, on January 12. The bill successfully navigates House committee and floor votes before stalling.

2009

2009

Washington Death with Dignity Act goes into effect.

2008

2008

Washington voters approve Death With Dignity Act, 58 to 42 percent.