Committee on Rules

October 20, 1999 (5:00 p.m.)

Amendments Submitted to H.R. 2260,
Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999

(in alphabetical order)

Blumenauer #1 - Exempts States from the provisions in the bill (Title I, Sec. 101) if those States have had more than one State-wide citizen initiative or referendum pass in support of legalizing physician-assisted suicide and requires the Attorney General to respect State laws which authorize or permit assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Rothman/Johnson (CT)/Hooley #9 Amendment in the nature of a substitute - Enhances professional education in palliative care and reduces excessive regulatory scrutiny in order to mitigate the suffering, pain, and desperation many sick and dying people face at the end of their life in order to carry out the clear opposition of the Congress to physician-assisted suicide.

Scott #2 - Strikes Section 101 of the bill.

Scott #3 - Prohibits the creation of any new criminal liability under the bill.

Watt #7 - Clarifies that provisions in the bill are to be enforced in a manner consistent with applicable state and federal laws.

Watt/Scott #8 - Ensures that individuals sentenced for cocaine-related violations under the Controlled Substances Act, including medical practitioners who are sentenced for intentionally dispensing, distributing or administering cocaine - a commonly accepted substance used in medical practice - for purposes of causing death or assisting another person in causing death, are sentenced equally regardless of the form of cocaine involved.

Wu #4 - Ensures that no action pursuant to the provisions in the bill could undermine medical decisions made by health care practitioners.

Wu #5 - Ensures that the DEA and HHS jointly publish regulations to give guidance to physicians on what constitutes "intentionally dispensing, distributing, or administering a controlled substance for the purpose of causing death or assisting another person in causing death."

Wu #6 - Ensures that the DEA and HHS jointly publish regulations to give guidance to physicians on what constitutes "prescribing prescriptions for pain relief only."

* Summaries derived from information submitted by the amendment sponsors.