The passage of assisted suicide in Washington is not yet causing a major revamping of the political field. Hawaii’s assisted suicide legislation looks like it isn’t going to make it this year. From the story:
The Hawaii Legislature will not take up a proposal to allow assisted suicides in the state. House Judiciary chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu said Wednesday he will not hear a bill that would allow terminally ill adults to get a lethal dose of medication to end their lives. Karamatsu says advocates of the measure haven’t pushed strongly for the bill to be heard this year. He says he’s open to considering it in the future.
The apparent lack of energy by advocates is a surprise. Perhaps, they had counted the votes and realized it wasn’t in the cards. In any event, Rep. Karamatsu deserves congratulations and thanks.