HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bill that would allow Hawaii doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients is headed to a full Senate vote.
House Bill 2739 sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and is now set to go before the full body.
If the Senate approves it, the measure will go to the governor's desk for his signature.
The bill allows a physician to prescribe life-ending medication to a mentally-capable patient with less than six months to live.
Supporters say the bill has some of the strongest safeguards in the nation, but critics say they want more to improve enforcement and prevent abuse.
Medical aid-in-dying bills have been debated at the state Legislature for more than two decades. And during this legislative session, as in years past, big crowds have turned out to make sure their voices were heard.
So far, six states have legalized medical aid-in-dying.
But other states have pushed back against the similar measures. In 2017, 27 states considered aid-in-dying bills and none passed, CNN has reported.