The state Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that nothing in state law prohibits physician-assisted suicide.
Since then, lawmakers have failed to pass bills. Those bills sought to either explicitly ban or legalize the act, leaving the practice in a gray area legally.
However, a House bill to be heard Tuesday aims to change that. Under the measure, doctors who prescribe life-ending medication could be charged with homicide. Doctor’s would also be unable to use the patient’s request for assistance as a defense.