Bill gives hope to Hillside Cemetery families

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Advocates for a historic cemetery near the University of Nevada, Reno received some encouraging news from Nevada lawmakers April 14, 2017.

Assembly Health and Human Services committee members passed a bill that will give families whose relatives are buried in the Hillside Cemetery more say in what happens to plots.

Some families that initially purchased the plots actually own the land where loved ones are buried. That was according to the laws at the time.

Since then, Sierra Memorial Gardens, which owns the land around the cemetery, announced it was going to exhume and relocate remains.
Those plans have been put on hold.

If signed by the governor, under AB 203, the exhumation plans may be undertaken on a case-by-case or plot-by-plot basis.

"I've fallen in love with all 1300 people that are buried in this cemetery. They were incredible people. They deserve our respect, they deserve our love. They deserve our devotion. The families deserve our support. These are our pioneer families," says Fran Tryon with Hillside Cemetery Preservation Foundation.

AB 203 will now be voted on by Nevada’s Assembly. If passed, the bill goes to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.