HB1668 Requires the revocation of a physician's license for assisting in a suicide.
Sponsor: Bennett, Jon (15) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 3102L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CRITICAL ISSUES
03/06/2000 - Public Hearing Held (H)
HB1668
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HB 1668 -- Assisted Suicide

Sponsor:  Bennett

This bill requires the Board of Healing Arts to automatically
revoke the license of a physician who is found guilty of or who
has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere for assisting in
a suicide in any jurisdiction of the United States or if there
is convincing evidence that the physician has assisted in a
suicide in any jurisdiction.

The provision does not apply to a physician who participates in
an execution for the Department of Corrections or follows the
directions in a living will or durable power of attorney for
health care decisions.  The bill also establishes a class B
felony of knowingly causing another person to commit or attempt
to commit suicide, but exempts from that definition the
withholding or withdrawing of a life-sustaining procedure.  In
addition, the bill establishes a cause of action for injunctive
relief and allows the prevailing party in that action to be
awarded reasonable attorney's fees and civil damages, including
attorneys' fees, against a person who assists or attempts to
assist another person to commit or attempt suicide.


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