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Legislative Tracking for the Week of April 15, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of April 15, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2016-2018,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition

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/

Friday, April 12th, was the important legislative deadline for all bills to successfully pass out of their originating committee.  Bills that failed to pass affirmatively out of committee Friday are now technically “dead.”  You can review all the dead bills here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/80th2019/Reports/MissedFirstHouseCommittee.cfm

 The next deadline is Tuesday, April 23rd, which is first house passage.  Bills that haven’t passed out of their originating house (Assembly or Senate), will be dead, so, next week will mainly be focused on the required three readings of each bill on the floor of their respective houses and then the bill floor votes.

The floor agenda are posted each day on the Calendar of Meetings website, at the top of the page: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

Every legislator participates in the floor votes on bills, so if you are tracking specific bills and want to advocate for passage, you’ll need to send in your opinion on the bill: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

And you’ll need to contact all the legislators in the house that is voting on the bill, you can find members of the Assembly and their contact information here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

You can find members of the Senate and their contact information here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

Please consider these best practices for contacting legislators:

  1. Please be polite. No one likes to be yelled at, explained at, or ordered to do something.
  2. Please place your request in the subject line, such as: Please Vote Yes On AB***
  3. Please include whether you are a constituent (a person who lives in the elected official’s district).  You can find your legislators here: http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/ 
  4. Form letters are not very effective, so please include some personal reasons for your support or opposition to a bill in the body of your message.

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of April 8, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of April 8, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2016-2018,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition

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/

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

AB345: AN ACT relating to elections; authorizing each county and city clerk to establish polling places where any registered voter of the county or city, respectively, may vote in person on the day of certain elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote during the period for early voting and on the day of certain elections and setting forth the requirements for such registration; requiring the Secretary of State to establish a system for voter registration on the Internet website of the Secretary of State and setting forth certain requirements for that system; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide a form to decline voter registration or indicate a political party affiliation after concluding certain transactions with the Department; requiring a county clerk to reject certain applications to register to vote that are automatically transmitted to the county clerk by the Department of Motor Vehicles; revising requirements to publish certain information relating to elections in a newspaper; revising certain provisions relating to a student trainee serving as election board officer; requiring a provisional ballot to include all offices, candidates and measures upon which the person casting the provisional ballot would be entitled to vote if he or she were casting a regular ballot; revising certain deadlines related to absent ballots; authorizing a registered voter to request an absentee ballot for all elections; revising certain other requirements for absent ballots; revising the hours for early voting; authorizing county and city clerks to extend the hours for early voting after the hours have been published; authorizing certain persons who are 17 years of age to vote at a primary city election or primary election under certain circumstances; establishing certain requirements for the database of the Department of Motor Vehicles relating to processing and verifying voter registration information; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 

AJR9: This resolution proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide for the initial appointment by the Governor of the Chief Justice, associate justices and judges, from nominees recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection and for a justice or judge to automatically succeed himself or herself to a new term only if such succession is recommended by a commission on judicial performance after it has reviewed the justice’s or judge’s performance.

4:00 PM

Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 3142 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.

AB345, AJR9

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SB434: AN ACT relating to marijuana; providing for the vacating of certain judgments of conviction and sealing of certain records relating to marijuana; revising provisions relating to prohibited acts concerning the use of marijuana and the operation of a vehicle or vessel; prohibiting the denial of employment because of the presence of marijuana in a screening test taken by a prospective employee; prohibiting an employer from requesting an employee take a screening test to detect the presence of marijuana without probable cause to believe the employee is under the influence of marijuana; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • 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.

SB434

 

AB129: AN ACT relating to emergency response; requiring certain first responders to receive training concerning identifying and interacting with persons with developmental disabilities; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

AB430: AN ACT relating to children; providing for the establishment of a family home visiting system to provide support to new parents; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

See Agenda

Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services

Agenda2

  • 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.

AB129 (WS) AB430

 

 

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of April 1, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of April 1, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2016-2018,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition

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, April 1, 2019

 AB153: AN ACT relating to crimes; making it a crime to negligently store or leave a firearm under certain circumstances; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

AB291:  AN ACT relating to public safety; prohibiting certain acts relating to the modification of a semiautomatic firearm; reducing the concentration of alcohol that may be present in the blood or breath of a person while in possession of a firearm; repealing state preemption of the authority of counties, cities and towns to regulate the transfer, sale, purchase, possession, carrying, ownership, transportation, storage, registration and licensing of firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition; providing penalties; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 

8:00 AM

Joint Meeting of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Senate Committee on Judiciary

Agenda1

  • 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.
  • Videoconferenced to McMullen Hall, Great Basin College, 1500 College Parkway, Elko, NV

The hearing for A.B. 291 will start at 8 a.m. and will end when the Assembly and Senate go to Floor Session. The hearing for A.B. 153 will start at 6 p.m. when the joint committee will reconvene.

AB153, AB291

 

AB76: AN ACT relating to mental health; requiring the Commission on Behavioral Health to employ a coordinator for each regional behavioral health policy board; revising the counties that comprise certain behavioral health regions; revising the duties of a regional health policy board; making an appropriation; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

See Agenda

Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services

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.

AB76 (WS)

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

 Budget closing for the Secretary of State’s Office: Help America Vote Act

8:00 AM

Joint Meeting of the Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

Agenda

  • Room 4100 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

1050, 1051

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

 AB431: AN ACT relating to convicted persons; revising provisions governing the restoration of the right to vote for convicted persons who have been discharged from probation or parole or released from prison; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 8:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • Room 3138 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.

AB431

 

SB287: AN ACT relating to public records; clarifying the records of a governmental entity that must be made available to the public to inspect, copy or receive a copy thereof; revising provisions relating to the manner of providing copies of public records; revising provisions governing the actions taken by governmental entities in response to requests for public records; revising provisions relating to the relief provided for a requester of a public record who prevails in a legal proceeding; revising provisions governing immunity from liability for public officers and employees who disclose or refuse to disclose certain information; revising provisions governing the fees that governmental entities are authorized to charge for a copy of a public record; providing civil penalties; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 1:00 PM

Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Agenda

  • Room 2149 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB287

 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

 SB326: AN ACT relating to convicted persons; revising provisions governing the restoration of the right to vote for certain persons who have been convicted of certain felonies; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • 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.

SB326

 

 AB137: AN ACT relating to elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote or update voter registration information during the period for early voting and on the day of certain elections and setting forth the requirements for such registration or update; revising certain provisions related to establishing polling places within the boundaries of Indian reservations and Indian colonies; revising certain provisions relating to voting after the time that polls close; requiring a provisional ballot to include all offices, candidates and measures upon which the person casting the provisional ballot would be entitled to vote if he or she were casting a regular ballot; extending the period for early voting in certain counties and cities; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Fiscal Notes: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6204/FiscalNotes

Unfunded Mandate: CONTAINS UNFUNDED MANDATE

4:00 PM

Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 3142 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.

AB137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of March 25, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of March 25, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2016-2018,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition

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, March 25, 2019

SB193: AN ACT making an appropriation for educational programs relating to history, law and civics; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SB269: AN ACT making an appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of expanding the number of persons served by the statewide information and referral system concerning health, welfare, human and social services provided in this State; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Finance

Agenda

  • Room 2134 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB193, SB269

 

AB60: AN ACT relating to domestic violence; revising the definition of domestic violence; providing a legislative declaration concerning stalking; increasing certain penalties relating to battery which constitutes domestic violence; imposing an administrative assessment on certain unlawful acts that constitute domestic violence; requiring such administrative assessments to be deposited into the Account for Programs Related to Domestic Violence; revising the definition of stalking; increasing certain penalties related to stalking; revising the duties and quorum requirements of the Committee on Domestic Violence; providing penalties; and providing other matters properly relating thereto

 8:30 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.

AB60

 

SB255: This bill establishes the Nevada Reconnect Scholarship Program for adults to attend community colleges in this State. This bill creates a free community college program for adults who do not already have an associate or bachelor degree.

SB350: AN ACT relating to higher education; revising provisions governing the awarding of Nevada Promise Scholarships (free community college) 

1:00 PM

Senate Committee on Education

Agenda

  • Room 1214 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB255, SB350

 

SB332: AN ACT relating to education; directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee concerning the provision of a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying, cyber-bullying and sexual harassment; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

4:00 PM

Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda1

  • Room 2144 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB332

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

 SB286: AN ACT relating to offenders; revising provisions relating to the aggregation of sentences; establishing provisions relating to the determination of the minimum aggregate term of imprisonment in certain circumstances for purposes of determining eligibility for parole; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • 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.

SB286 

 

AB282: AN ACT relating to cities; requiring cities to be divided into wards; setting forth certain requirements for dividing a city into wards; requiring a member of the governing body of a city to be elected only by the registered voters of the ward that he or she seeks to represent; requiring a vacancy on the governing body of a city to be filled at a special election under certain circumstances; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 AB329: This bill requires the Legislative Counsel to create a system for monitoring the progress of an agency in adopting any permanent regulation that the agency is required to adopt pursuant to a legislative measure enacted by the Legislature.

4:00 PM

Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 3142 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.

AB282, AB329

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

SB319: AN ACT relating to education; defining “school counselor,” “school psychologist” and “school social worker” for certain purposes; establishing the duties of a school counselor, psychologist and social worker; requiring certain school counselors, psychologists and social workers to receive an additional 5 percent of the base salary each year; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

1:00 PM

Senate Committee on Education

Agenda

  • Room 2134 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB319

 

AB252: AN ACT relating to mental health; revising the scope of community-based living arrangement services; imposing certain requirements relating to the operation of a provider of community-based living arrangement services.

1:30 PM

Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services

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.

AB252

 

SB344: AN ACT relating to Medicaid; requiring the State Plan for Medicaid to pay certain minimum reimbursement rates for family planning services provided by a clinic that specializes in providing family planning services; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

4:00 PM

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Agenda

  • 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.

SB344

 

SJR5: Proposing to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide for limited annual regular legislative sessions and for legislative compensation and expenses to be paid in a manner fixed and determined by law. 

4:00 PM

Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 2144 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SJR5

 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

AB356: AN ACT relating to criminal procedure; establishing provisions relating to the filing of a petition for a hearing to establish the factual innocence of a person based on newly discovered evidence; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • Room 3138 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.

AB356

 

AB259: This bill eliminates the possibility that a candidate can be elected to office in a closed primary.

4:00 PM

Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 3142 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.

AB259

 

Friday, March 29, 2019

AB281: This bill prohibits a state or local law enforcement agency, school police unit or campus police department from detaining a person on the basis of a hold request relating to immigration enforcement, except where there is an independent finding of probable cause.

8:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • Room 3138 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.

AB281

 

Department of Corrections Budgets

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources and Transportation and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Transportation

Agenda

  • Room 2134 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

3706, 3708, 3710, 3711, 3763

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of March 18, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of March 18, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2016-2018,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition

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, March 18, 2019

SB2: AN ACT relating to the criminal justice system; creating the Subcommittee on Specialty Courts of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice

SB7: AN ACT relating to crimes; providing that a person who knowingly solicits a child who is less than 14 years of age for prostitution is guilty of sex trafficking; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SB8: AN ACT relating to sex offenders; revising provisions governing sex offenders who are under a program of lifetime supervision; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SB9: AN ACT relating to criminal procedure; revising provisions governing the time for commencing a criminal prosecution for crimes associated with murder, sexual assault and sex trafficking; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • 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.

SB2, SB7, SB8, SB9

 

AB142: AN ACT relating to criminal procedure; eliminating the statute of limitations for the prosecution of sexual assault if the identity of the person accused of committing the crime is established by DNA evidence; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 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.

AB142

 

SB90: Making various changes relating to the health of children.

 SB234: Makes various changes relating to collection of data concerning providers of health care.

Call of Chair

Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor

Agenda

  • 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.

SB90 (WS) , SB234 (WS)

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 AB192: Establishes a procedure when certain offenses are decriminalized.

 AB227: AN ACT relating to crimes; revising provisions governing sexual assault; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

 8:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda1

  • Room 3138 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.

AB192, AB227

 

Public and Behavioral Health Budgets

8:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Human Services

Agenda

  • Room 3137 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

3161, 3162, 3168, 3645, 3648

 

SB97: AN ACT relating to crimes; prohibiting the use in a criminal case of certain defenses based on the sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of the victim; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SB265: AN ACT relating to records of mental health; providing for coordination between the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History and the courts relating to the transmission of certain records of mental health; requiring the Central Repository to prepare an annual report relating to such records; and providing other matters properly relating thereto 

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • 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.

SB97, SB265

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Status of Women Conference 2019: Women and the Criminal Justice System

Each year the College of Southern Nevada celebrates International Women’s Day with a Status of Women Conference.  This year the conference was on Saturday, March 9, 2019, with the theme: Women and the Criminal Justice System. 

This theme derived from the work of Nevada’s Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice.  Over the course of the 2018 interim session, the ACAJ heard Nevada-specific data the Crime and Justice Institute gathered and presented as well as from supporters of reforms based on the Justice Reinvestment program.

You can view the Commission’s recorded hearings through the legislative website here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2017/Committee/1404/Meetings

The Commission produced twenty-five recommendations for criminal justice reform now contained in Assembly Bill 236, which received its initial legislative hearing on March 8, 2019.  You can watch the recording of the hearing through the legislative website here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6419/Meetings

Based on ACAJ’s work, the CSN Women’s Alliance invited community leaders who are working to keep women out of our prisons to participate in the Status of Women Conference 2019.

Our presenters included:

 

Samuel Packard from the Crime and Justice Institute

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Lenore Jean-Baptiste from the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

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Dr. Emily Salisbury, UNLV Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

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Bita Yeager, Hearing Master for the 8th Judicial District Mental Health Specialty Court

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Jon Ponder, CEO of Hope for Prisoners

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Ayesha Kidd, CSN Associate Vice President of Human Resources and instructor for the CSN women’s prison education program

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Sherida Divine, Director of the CSN prison education program

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We streamed the conference live through our Facebook page and have the recording available here: https://www.facebook.com/CSNWomensAlliance/videos/302831990647629/

Mr. Pickard reviewed data showing a steady and alarming increase in incarceration rates among women in Nevada.  The Crime and Justice Institute data also reveals that sixty-percent of these criminal justice involved women are incarcerated for non-violent offenses and tend to suffer from pre-existing trauma and mental health illnesses.

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Miss. Jean-Baptiste offered data and perspective on the alarming number of homeless children and the trauma young women and girls suffer when they lack food, shelter, and a safe home environment.  She showed us how these girls and young women can easily end up in a detention center due to these circumstances.

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Dr. Salisbury described how applying criminal justice practices designed for men to women necessarily creates injustice for justice-involved women.  Her research shows that putting women who have already been traumatized by domestic and sexual violence in prison, compounds their trauma in ways that detrimentally impacts the women and their families for years and years.

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Hearing Master Bita Yeager helped us understand that mental illness is a physical illness that alters brain functions.  Mental health court is one of the specialty courts designed to divert offenders to treatment to address inappropriate behaviors related to their illness.  Unfortunately, because of funding limitations, our mental health court system can only accept a fraction of the people who could benefit from the program.

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Mr. Jon Ponder outlined the Hope for Prisoners program that provides structured support for formerly incarcerated Nevadans who are transitioning back into the community.  Hope for Prisoners assists these Nevadans with treatment plans, housing, and job training.

https://hopeforprisoners.org/

And Ms. Kidd and Ms. Devine reviewed the College of Southern Nevada prison education program that provides incarcerated women with opportunities to obtain marketable job skills before their release.

Channel 13 covered Hope for Prisoners and the CSN prison education program in this story: https://www.ktnv.com/raisingthebar/hope-for-prisoners-helping-nevada-inmates-with education?fbclid=IwAR311SWBd2RRrDZmLSGhmsM7TFSNaeHoukCha7WR8RevBGx1SMgGlqwBIrE

We ended the conference dedicated to addressing the issue of keeping Nevada’s women out of our criminal justice system, whether we are looking at initial points of contact or reducing recidivism.

If you are interested in supporting AB236 or any other related criminal justice reform legislation, the process is outlined in the League of Women Voters of Nevada Advocacy Guide.

https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to attend future Women’s Alliance events, please like our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CSNWomensAlliance/

PowerPoint presentations from the event are embedded above and you can watch the US Commission on Civil Rights hearing on Women in Prison from February 22nd here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6dSmETKU5FgKWETKOUBpw