Hawaii Legislation

2017 Legislative Bills

SB 1129 SD1 Relating to Health

Establishes a death with dignity act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.

Introduced by: K. RHOADS, Inouye, Kidani, Ruderman
STATUS:  Bill passed the Senate CPH Committee on February 15, 2017.  The votes in CPH were as follows: 6 Aye(s): Senator(s) Baker, Nishihara, S. Chang, Ihara, Kidani, Ruderman; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Espero.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING BY THE SENATE JDL COMMITTEE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2017CLICK FOR HEARING NOTICE.

HB 150 Relating to End of Life Options

Establishes a person’s ability to choose the End of Life Option when afflicted with a terminal illness; provides safeguards for the affected person; and repeals penalties for participating in the End of Life Option Act.

(Introduced by:  TAKAYAMA (Introduced by request of another party)

HB 201 Relating to Aid in Dying

Allows a terminally ill adult with the capacity to make an informed healthcare decision to request a prescription for aid in dying medication from their attending physician to facilitate a peaceful death. Ensures that physicians who assist patients in obtaining aid in dying medication are not subject to civil or criminal liability.

(Introduced by: SOUKI, KEOHOKALOLE, LUKE, MCKELVEY, NISHIMOTO, SAIKI)

SB 357 Relating to Aid in Dying

Authorizes a terminally ill adult with the capacity to make an informed health care decision to request a prescription for aid in dying medication from their attending physician to facilitate a peaceful death. Establishes that an attending physician determines a terminally ill adult’s capacity to make an informed health care decision. Establishes that medical aid in dying does not constitute euthanasia, suicide, homicide, elder abuse or neglect, or cause a person to be considered a danger to self. Protects physicians who assist patients in obtaining aid in dying medication from civil or criminal liability. Makes it a felony to coerce an individual to request medication for the purpose of ending his or her life or to conceal a rescission of such request.

Introduced by: INOUYE, IHARA, K. RHOADS, RUDERMAN, WAKAI, Galuteria, Taniguchi

HB 550 Relating to Death with Dignity

Authorizes terminally ill adults seeking to end their life to request lethal doses of medication from medical and osteopathic physicians.

Introduced by: ITO, SAY

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