Nevada State Senators David Parks (D-Las Vegas), Ben Kieckhefer (R-Washoe), Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas), Patricia Farley (I-Las Vegas), Yvanna Cancela (D-Las Vegas), and 4 co-sponsors, and Nevada State Assembly Members Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas), Chris Brooks (D-Las Vegas), Maggie Carlton (D-Las Vegas), Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod (D-Las Vegas), Lesley Cohen (D-Henderson) and additional 2 co-sponsors introduced SB 261, an assisted dying bill, on March 13, 2017.
The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Committee where it was heard on May 10, 2017. A Committee work session for the bill took place on May 15, with the bill passing 3 to 2. On May 23, the full Senate passed the bill 11 to 10.
Organizations that have expressed support for assisted dying legislation include (state chapters of)
- National Association of Social Workers
- Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Both the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy and the Nevada State Medical Association maintain a neutral position on the bill.
Meanwhile, a poll we commissioned shows 72 percent of Nevadans support the legislation. Learn more →
In the 2015 session the Nevada legislature considered SB 336, Patient Self-Determination Act, introduced by Senators Parks (D-Las Vegas), Kieckhefer (R-Washoe), and 5 co-sponsors on March 16, 2015. The proposed bill failed to make a committee deadline after the Health Committee chair refused to schedule a hearing for it.
Senator Parks later stated he was motivated to pass a Death with Dignity law in Nevada from personal conversations and interactions he had had with people who cared for family with terminal illnesses.