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Galbraith and Hartwell Amdt - Establishes Immunity for Doctors Prescribing or People Present to Lethal Dosage - Key Vote

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Amendment - Amendment Adopted (Senate) (16-15) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Immunity for Doctors Prescribing or People Present to Lethal Dosage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a substitute amendment to SB 77 that establishes immunity for doctors prescribing, and for individuals present at, the self-administration of a lethal dosage.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits physicians who prescribe a lethal dosage of a double effect medication to an individual with a terminal condition from being subject to criminal liability, civil liability, or professional disciplinary action if the physician warns the individual about the effects of the medication and the individual self-administers the medication and dies as a result (Sec 1).
  • Defines “double effect medication” as a medication prescribed to relieve pain that also has the effect of hastening or increasing the risk of death (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “terminal condition” as an incurable and irreversible disease that would, within reasonable medical judgment, result in death within 6 months (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits individuals who are present when an individual with a terminal condition ingests a lethal dose of medication prescribed by a physician and dies as a result from being subject to criminal or civil liability (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Board of Medical Practice to adopt a rule that lists the drugs that may be used for the purposes of this bill (Sec. 1).
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NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT, WHICH REPLACES THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE LEGISLATION WITH A NEW TEXT. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Amendment - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Establishes Immunity for Doctors Prescribing or People Present to Lethal Dosage

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