Hawaii Legislation

2018 Legislative Bills

HB2218 RELATING TO VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING

Establishes the right of certain terminally ill adults to request and access the process of voluntary assisted dying through self-administration or physician administration of a voluntary assisted dying substance. Effective 7/1/2019.

Introduced by:  EVANS, CREAGAN, DECOITE, ITO, KEOHOKALOLE, LOWEN, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, NAKAMURA, OHNO, SAIKI, SOUKI, TAKUMI, THIELEN, Morikawa, San Buenaventura

SB 2727 Related to Health

Establishes a medical aid in dying act that establishes a regulatory process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease may obtain a prescription for medication to be self-administered to end the patient’s life.

Introduced by: RUDERMAN, INOUYE, K. RHOADS, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Nishihara

HB2736 Relating to Health

Establishes a regulatory process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than three months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription. Sunsets on June 30, 2023.

Introduced by: Mizuno

HB 2739 Relating to Health

Establishes a regulatory process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription.

Introduced by: BELATTI, HASHEM, LOWEN, LUKE, MORIKAWA, NISHIMOTO, SAIKI, TAKAYAMA, TODD

SB 1129 SD2 Relating to Health (2017 Carry Over)

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


CURRENT STATUS:  BILL WAS RE-REFERRED TO HOUSE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE ON 01/17/18.

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Please attribute the following statement to Joy Yadao, RN, spokesperson for Hawaii’s Partnership for Appropriate and Compassionate Care (HPACC)

“We are very pleased with the House Health Committee’s decision to defer the bill on assisted suicide today. Throughout the session, many in the community showed their opposition through testimonies and petitions, and we appreciate legislators such as Rep. Della Au Belatti and others on the Health Committee for taking into consideration the community’s concerns and testimonies from medical experts in their decision-making.

“Hawaii is not the only state that has resisted powerful outside forces attempting to influence local legislation. Other communities have also successfully defeated assisted suicide bills in states where Compassion and Choices has mounted well-orchestrated and well-financed efforts to control local policies.

“Although the House Health Committee’s decision to defer this bill is an important milestone, we know the session is not yet over and there is much more work that needs to continue. Testimonies in favor of assisted suicide presented during the legislative committee hearings showed there is a lack of understanding about the role and value of hospice and palliative care. We believe everyone in Hawaii has a right to a quality end-of-life experience. In the coming months, we will shift our efforts to community education to ensure more patients and families demand appropriate and truly compassionate care without having to resort to such drastic measures as lethal drugs to manage their pain.”


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