Disability and Guardianship Project

AB 128

Assembly Bill 128 was introduced in the Nevada Legislature to create a simplified medical power of attorney form that can only be used by adults with intellectual disabilities.  That means people with IQs of 70 or lower.

We were concerned that the bill would take existing rights away from people with intellectual disabilities without adequate safeguards.  We were also concerned that people may sign this form without understanding it.

The bill was amended and passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 9, 2015.

Update:  After leaving committee and before a vote on the floor of the Assembly, the bill was amended again.  The new amendments addressed our major objections.  The amended version was passed by the Assembly on April 21, 2015.  In its current form, the bill is part supported decision making and part power of attorney.  It appears to be a reasonable piece of legislation.

Links to Documents

AB 128 Bill Text

Legal Analysis

Clinical Analysis

Response to Testimony

Liability Issues for Doctors,
Notaries, and Witnesses

Analysis of Amended Bill

Financial Impact on Government

Letter to Legislative Leaders
March 18, 2015

Seminar for Advocates
August 7, 2015 -- Los Angeles

What's New

Thomas F. Coleman
Executive Director