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May 152017

Terminally ill patients in Nevada who want to choose when to end their own lives are one step closer to having that right, after the state Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee voted 3-2, to advance legislation. Senate Bill 261, by Las Vegas Democrat David Parks, would allow people who’ve been given six months or less to live to ask a doctor for a lethal dose of drugs that would end their lives, rather than face a lingering, sometimes painful, death. The bill — which is exempt from legislative deadlines — now goes to the full Senate for consideration. Democrats — if they vote in unison for the bill — have enough votes to pass it without any Republican support.


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