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Nevada

Current Status

There is no legislative activity around death with dignity in Nevada in 2018. Senator Parks (see below) will introduce a bill again in 2019.

A page from the Fall 2018 issue of our Dignity Report newsletter

Endorsements

Organizations that have expressed support for assisted dying legislation include (state chapters of)

  • AARP
  • ACLU of Nevada
  • Libertarian Party of Nevada
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

Organizations that maintain a neutral position on the bill include

  • Nevada Psychiatric Association
  • Nevada State Board of Pharmacy
  • Nevada State Medical Association

Polls

Meanwhile, a poll we commissioned shows 72 percent of Nevadans support the legislation. Learn more →

History

2017

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 Assemblymembers 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, and the bill moved to the Assembly.

The Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services heard the bill on May 29. The Committee did not vote on the bill. Having missed the legislative deadline, the bill did not pass.

2015

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.

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