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In early 2018, four bills to allow medical aid in dying were introduced in the Arizona legislature. On January 8, Rep. Powers Hannley introduced House Bill 2102, Arizona Death with Dignity Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Alston, Blanc, Bolding, Butler, Cardenas, Clark, Engel, Fernandez, Friese, Gabaldón, Rios, Saldate, and Salman. On February 7, Rep. Gonzales introduced House Bill 2611, also called Arizona Death with Dignity Act, with co-sponsors Galbadon, Hernandez, Martines, Powers Hannley and Saldate.

Companion bills were put forward in the Senate. On January 18 Senator Bradley introduced Senate Bill 1222, with co-sponsors Cajero Bedford, Dalessandro, Mendez, Meza, Otondo, Peshlakai, and Quezada. On January 26, Senator Mendez introduced Senate Bill 1414, with co-sponsors Dalessandro, Quezada, Andrade, Blanc, Fernandez, Gabaldon, Gonzales, Navarrete and Salman.  

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History

SB 1136, a bill that would authorize medical aid in dying, was introduced in January 2016 by Arizona State Senator Barbara McGuire (D-Kearny), but it did not move out of committee.

Two bills that would authorize medical aid in dying were introduced in January 2017 between the House (HB 2336) and Senate (SB1519). Compassion & Choices volunteers have sent hundreds of letters urging their legislators to support the bill, visited their elected officials, held numerous organizing events and told their stories.

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/ February 19, 2016

Terminal Ariz. Woman Calls for Medical Aid in Dying Laws in New Video

Terry Goldberg Recorded Video Only Days Before her Death To honor the first anniversary of Terry Goldberg’s death, Compassion & Choices is posting a video Terry recorded in which she and her family urge state lawmakers nationwide to authorize medical aid in dying as an option for terminally ill adults. Terry suffered from multiple system […]

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/ December 18, 2015

Tucson Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting Aid in Dying

(Tucson, AZ – December 15, 2015) Tuesday, the Tucson City Council, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, approved a memorial resolution supporting aid in dying by a unanimous 7 – 0 vote. Medical aid in dying is already and authorized end-of-life option in 5 state including, most recently, California.  The memorial resolution will be presented to the […]

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/ January 8, 2014

Arizona Group Ignites Rapid-Response Team

It was a wake-up call for Compassion & Choices Arizona. In January 2013, State Senator Linda Lopez introduced strong right-to-know legislation that would require doctors and nurse practitioners to explain end-of-life and palliative care options to their terminally ill patients. Her bill never made it out of committee. But even if it had, according to Denny […]

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