A doctor-prescribed suicide bill (SB 165) was introduced in Nevada on February 14, 2019.
The bill passed in the House but died in the Senate on April 23, 2019 without a vote.
Text of SB 165
Analysis of SB 165
“Nevada elderly has the highest rate of suicide”
(The Nevada Sagebrush — March 31, 2019)
In a 2018 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Nevada rates of suicide have declined between 1999 to 2016. Although there has been a decline in youth suicide, Nevada has the highest rate of elderly suicide.
“Foes of Nevada right-to-die bill turn out in force for protest”
(Las Vegas Review Journal — April 13, 2017)
Dr. Brian Callister shows the quantity of pills he said a doctor would have to prescribe for a terminally-ill patient to commit suicide. Callister and others spoke at a press conference on April 12, 2017 to oppose Senate Bill 261.
The bill was scheduled for a hearing on April 12 before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services pulled it from the agenda just hours before the meeting was to begin.
[Note: The bill’s sponsors have pulled it on more than one occasion. This has prevented opponents, many of whom had traveled a great distance to testify, from appearing before the committee. The deadline for bills to pass out of committee or die was April 14 but sponsors requested and received an extension to keep the bill in play until June 5.]
“‘Death with dignity’ bill dies in Nevada Legislature”
(Las Vegas Review Journal — April 9, 2015)
State Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, was the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 336…”We’ll try again next time,” Parks said, referring to the next legislative session in 2017.
“Nevada state senator plans to introduce right-to-die bill”
(Reno Gazette — January 20, 2014)
Nevada Sen. David Parks, plans to introduce a bill at the 2015 that would give terminally ill patients the ability to voluntarily end their lives.The bill is expected to be modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.