Hawaii Legislation

2017 Legislative Bills

B 1129 SD2 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


CURRENT STATUS:  BILL WAS DEFERRED IN HOUSE HEALTH COMMITTEE ON MARCH 23, 2017.

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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.”


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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