After The Vegas Voice submitted 2674 petitions to the Nevada legislature and the governor’s office, Governor Lombardo vetoed SB239, also known as the Death with Dignity bill. The governor’s reasoning was that the bill was unnecessary due to expansions and improvements in palliative care services. Nine other states and the District of Columbia have already signed this bill into law.
For the last 3 legislative sessions, Death with Dignity has been presented to the Nevada Legislators. This session many members of the senate and assembly supported the bill as did the signers of our petition. The Vegas Voice recieved only eight comments in opposition of our petition drive.
Having lost several friends and loved ones to long and painful “passing,” I am glad that apparently our governor has not had to experience that as of yet, and I hope he never will, but in my opinion, and I’m sure in the minds of those 2,674 that signed our petition, “WE, THE PEOPLE” should be in control of when we say, “it’s time to go.”
To say that Dan and I and everyone who worked to assist us in this effort are disappointed would be an understatement.