Update: end-of-life study bill fails in N.H. House; 68 “not voting”

The New Hampshire House has killed a bill that would have set up a commission to study end-of-life issues. SB 426 originally called for study of “aid-in-dying.” An amendment removed that language, but did not rule out assisted suicide as a topic to be studied by the proposed commission.

(See earlier posts: a veteran New Hampshire activist calls SB 426 a “Trojan horse” for assisted-suicide advocates; a state rep warns that SB 426 would give a forum to assisted-suicide advocates.)

The House rejected an “ought to pass with amendment” motion, 123-174. The link to the roll call is here. After that motion failed, an inexpedient-to-legislate motion passed on a voice vote.

The votes came late in the day, with House attendance down from the morning session. The roll call on SB 426 shows 32 excused absences (absences reported to the House clerk at the beginning of the session day) and 68 “not voting.”

(Photo of House tally by Jeanine Notter)


4 thoughts on “Update: end-of-life study bill fails in N.H. House; 68 “not voting””

    1. Great point about Rep. Baldasaro’s speech! He made an excellent point as he stood up for vets (which he does at every opportunity): if we try to reduce suicide rates among vets with PTSD but then accept assisted suicide as public policy, we’d be sending a terribly discouraging message to vets. He’s right.

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