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President League of Women Voters of Nevada

LWVN Launches: Advocacy During the Interim

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is launching an Advocacy During the Interim program to engage more Nevadans in the important work that happens between the legislative sessions.  There will be training materials provided for each type of volunteer activity.  

If you’d like to join with us in this effort, please log into our volunteer form to sign up for one or more volunteer opportunities: https://forms.gle/fzGEKZ3A3rDQY3ad6   

The volunteer opportunities include:

  1. Review new laws passed during the 2019 legislative session. We will need many volunteers due to the high number of bills passed and signed.  You will be able to sign up for blocks of 5 bills to:
    1. Summarize each law’s intended outcomes (what it will do)
    2. Indicate which agency or agencies will implement each law (such as Health and Human Services)
    3. Indicate the amount of money, if any, allocated for implementation of each law
    4. Summarize amendments to each law that changed bill language and/or funding
    5. Provide any other information to assist us in understanding & evaluating each law
  2. Track new laws
    1. Track the implementation of a law through public reports and/or meetings
    2. Note any issues with implementation
  3. Review bills that failed to pass in the 2019 legislative session
    1. Summarize the law’s intended outcomes (what would it have done)
    2. Indicate which agency or agencies would have implemented the law
    3. Indicate the amount of money, if any, was allocated for implementation
    4. Provide any other information to assist us in understanding why the bill failed
      1. This could include watching the bill’s recorded legislative hearings
      2. This could include speaking to the bill’s sponsor
    5. Evaluate whether the bill should be resubmitted in 2021:
      1. Does it need to be fixed in anyway?
      2. Does it need a funding source?
  4. Track a standing interim committee
    1. Attend live committee meetings or watch the live-stream of the meeting
    2. Watch recorded committee meetings
    3. Submit an annotated meeting Agenda with notes to clarify committee work or presentations
    4. Provide updates on the committee’s Bill Draft Requests, if any
  5. Track an interim legislative study committee
    1. Attend live committee meetings or watch the live-stream of the meeting
    2. Watch recorded committee meetings
    3. Submit an annotated meeting Agenda with notes to clarify committee work or presentations
    4. Provide updates on the committee’s Bill Draft Requests, if any
  6. Track a standing interim non-legislative committee
    1. Attend live committee meetings or watch the live-stream of the meeting
    2. Watch recorded committee meetings
    3. Submit an annotated meeting Agenda with notes to clarify committee work or presentation
  7. Track a non-legislative organization’s meeting that may influence 2021 legislative bills, such as The Children’s Wellness Coalition
    1. Attend live committee meetings or watch the live-stream of the meeting
    2. Watch recorded committee meetings
    3. Submit an annotated meeting Agenda with notes to clarify committee work or presentations
  8. Track county, city, or state agency’s meetings that will influence 2021 legislative budgets or bills
    1. Attend live committee meetings or watch the live-stream of the meeting
    2. Watch recorded committee meetings
    3. Submit an annotated meeting Agenda with notes to clarify committee work or presentations
  9. Track the state budget through one of these entities:
    1. Attend the Interim Finance meetings or watch over livestream or a recording
      1. Submit annotated meeting Agenda
      2. Submit any notes to clarify meeting presentations or discussions
    2. Attend the Economic Forum meetings or watch over livestream or a recording
      1. Submit annotated meeting Agenda
      2. Submit any notes to clarify meeting presentations or discussions
    3. Attend meetings of the Governor’s budget office or watch over livestream or a recording
      1. Submit annotated meeting Agenda
      2. Submit any notes to clarify meeting presentations or discussions

Right To Vote Restored Automatically Today, July 1, 2019

Please share this news widely!

RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS

The Office of the Attorney General started an initiative to provide information to guide formerly incarcerated persons through the process of restoring their civil rights, as granted by the Nevada Legislature.

In 2019, Nevada lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 431, a new law that gives back the right to vote to Nevadans who were convicted of a crime but are not currently incarcerated. This law is effective July 1, 2019. The Office of the Attorney General started an initiative to communicate, demonstrate, and provide information to guide formerly incarcerated persons through the process of restoring their civil rights, as granted by the Nevada Legislature.

YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE:

***IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY INCARCERATED, YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE IS IMMEDIATELY RESTORED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019.***

If you have been convicted of a crime and are not currently incarcerated, you may vote in Nevada if you are:
  1. a U.S. citizen
  2. will be 18 or older on or by the next election and
  3. have lived in Nevada
    1. a. for at least 30 days in your county and
    2. b. at least 10 days in your electoral district before the next election.

People who are at least 17 and meet the other criteria may preregister to vote.

Read more here:

http://ag.nv.gov/Hot_Topics/Restoration_of_Civil_Rights/?fbclid=IwAR0Qjq6CFZi1swwjWt5rTxmwwkGWtq-qsqzMI-_mdem1QHM1UqfO9h66zq4#VotingRights

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of May 28, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of May 28, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

The 2019 legislative session ends on June 3rd at midnight, so hearings will be scheduled on an as-needed basis.  The two committees with the most work will be Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance.  These two committees decide how much money will be allocated to each budget as well as to bills that have fiscal notes. 

Floor sessions could be long this week as remaining bills receive their final votes.

Watch the Calendar of Meetings page for hearing updates: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of May 20, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of May 20, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

We are now two weeks away from the end of the legislative session, June 3rd.  The next deadlines are May 23rd and 24th.  All budget differences between the two houses must be resolved by May 23rd and May 24th is the deadline for Second House Passage.  Bills that do not receive a vote on the floor of the second legislative house by May 24th will be dead.

You can see which bills have been signed, which bills are sitting on the Governor’s desk, which bills are still alive, and which bills are dead here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Reports

This means that the main meetings this week will be the Senate and Assembly floor sessions.  Agenda for each floor session can be updated during the meetings, so it’s important to log in each morning and then to watch as agenda are posted and updated. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of May 13, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of May 13, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

Monday, May 13, 2109

AB76: AN ACT relating to mental health; authorizing the Commission on Behavioral Health to employ certain persons to assist the regional behavioral health policy boards; revising the counties that comprise certain behavioral health regions; creating the Clark Behavioral Health Region; revising the appointing authority to a regional behavioral health policy board; revising the duties of a regional health policy board; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Call of Chair

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Agenda1

  • Room 2135 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

The meeting will start at the call of the Chair no sooner than 2:30pm.

AB76 (WS)

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SB166: AN ACT relating to employment; requiring certain penalties and fines imposed by the Nevada Equal Rights Commission for certain unlawful discriminatory practices to be deposited in the State General Fund; revising provisions governing the filing of complaints of employment discrimination with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission; revising provisions relating to unlawful employment practices; revising the relief that the Commission may order if it determines that an unlawful employment practice has occurred; revising provisions relating to the time in which a person may seek relief in district court for a claim of unlawful employment practices; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:30 AM

Assembly Committee on Government Affairs

Agenda

  • Room 4100 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB166

 

AB236: Omnibus Criminal Justice Reform Bill

9:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • Room 3138 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4406 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB236 (WS)