Assisted suicide bill set to come before Nevada lawmakers

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The debate over physician-assisted suicide is expected to return to the Nevada Legislature almost two years after the measure failed to become law.

Lawmakers are scheduled to hear a bill (SB165) on Monday that would allow terminal patients to kill themselves with medication prescribed by a doctor - something supporters argue will let the patients die with dignity and no longer suffer in agonizing pain.

Bill sponsor Sen. Pat Spearman and 16 other Nevada lawmakers have signed on in support of the bill. The Death with Dignity National Center reports that Nevada would be the seventh state to pass the legislation. California, Oregon and Washington are among the states that have such statutes.

Under the legislation, the medication would only be provided to adults who are diagnosed to be within six-months of death.

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