VA HB1649 | 2020 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Introduced on January 16 2020 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2020-02-07 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Pending: House Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]

Summary

Health care; decision making; end of life; penalties. Health care; decision making; end of life; penalties. Allows an adult diagnosed with a terminal condition to request and an attending health care provider to prescribe a self-administered controlled substance for the purpose of ending the patient's life in a humane and dignified manner. The bill requires that a patient's request for a self-administered controlled substance to end his life must be given orally on two occasions and in writing, signed by the patient and one witness, and that the patient be given an express opportunity to rescind his request at any time. The bill makes it a Class 2 felony (i) to willfully and deliberately alter, forge, conceal, or destroy a patient's request, or rescission of request, for a self-administered controlled substance to end his life with the intent and effect of causing the patient's death; (ii) to coerce, intimidate, or exert undue influence on a patient to request a self-administered controlled substance for the purpose of ending his life or to destroy the patient's rescission of such request with the intent and effect of causing the patient's death; or (iii) to coerce, intimidate, or exert undue influence on a patient to forgo a self-administered controlled substance for the purpose of ending the patient's life. The bill also grants immunity from civil or criminal liability and professional disciplinary action to any person who complies with the provisions of the bill and allows health care providers to refuse to participate in the provision of a self-administered

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Title

Health care; decision making, end of life, penalties.

Sponsors


History

DateChamberAction
2020-02-07HouseContinued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
2020-01-16HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-01-16HousePresented and ordered printed 20104784D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
5412999(n/a)See Bill Text
5412999.9(n/a)See Bill Text
801622.1(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments

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