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2021 Senate Bill 5185: Concerning capacity to provide informed consent for health care decisions
Introduced by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (Seattle) (D) on January 13, 2021
Referred to the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee on January 13, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 28, 2021
Establishes a presumption that a person has the capacity to make health care decisions, if they are of age and not subject to a guardianship.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 29, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 16, 2021
Removes the capacity of a minor to provide informed consent for abortion services and provides that informed consent for abortion services for a minor may be provided by a person authorized to provide informed consent on behalf of a minor under RCW 7.70.065..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 16, 2021
Received in the House on February 18, 2021
Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 18, 2021
Referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on February 19, 2021
Amendment offered in the House on March 19, 2021
The striking amendment removes the presumption that an adult subject to a guardianship that includes health care decision making under the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act does not have the capacity to make a health care decision.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 5, 2021
The striking amendment removes the presumption that an adult subject to a guardianship that includes health care decision making under the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act does not have the capacity to make a health care decision.
Received in the Senate on April 21, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 12, 2021

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