We are now more than halfway through the 120 day Legislative Session. Friday, April 14 is the deadline for bills to make it out of the first committee in their house of origin. That means we will be having long committee hearings and working late into the night nearly every day next week.
Last Thursday, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture & Mining unanimously passed out of committee my Assembly Bill 385, which would require the State Parks Administrator to provide free entry into our state parks for 5th graders in Nevada. It will now head to the floor for a vote by the entire Assembly. You can read more about it here
On Monday, I will be presenting Assembly Bill 254, which will help improve the guardianship process by making sure that protected persons aren't being forced to live in poverty or being taken advantage of where a trust exists for their benefit. You can read the bill here
Monday was Latino Lobby Day at the Nevada Legislature. Derrick Jones joined me on the Assembly floor after a long bus ride from Las Vegas to Carson City.
On Wednesday, I presented Assembly Bill 440 to the Assembly Health & Human Services Committee. The bill helps to streamline the process for the seriously mentally ill to receive assisted outpatient treatment in the community. You can read the bill here
I wore a pink tie on Thursday in support of my colleague Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregei's bill that would eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, also known as the "pink tax."
You can read the bill here
Here is a photo from the first day of session with Chief Justice Michael Cherry of the Nevada Supreme Court. The first day of session seems like it was a long time ago!
We made it through the first major deadline of the session on Friday, April 14 - we can no longer take action on bills that did not make it out of the first committee, with a few very limited exceptions.
We moved many bills out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Friday, 32 in fact, but perhaps none more important than Assembly Bill 97, which seeks to make sure that sexual assault kits are processed in a timely manner. The bill as presented to the committee did not require a laboratory to test a kit within any certain time frame. I proposed an amendment that the labs test them within 120 days and also proposed providing the necessary financial resources to make that testing timeline a reality. Survivors of sexual assault deserve to have these kits timely tested. Read more here:
We also processed three important bills to reform the guardianship process in Nevada to ensure that vulnerable persons are not taken advantage of when they need guardians. Read more here:
Finally, I presented a bill Wednesday to the education committee that would improve educational opportunities for students in foster care. I was pleased that the committee passed the bill out unanimously on Friday. You can read the bill here:
Yours in service,
PS: I will be hosting another coffee with constituents this coming Saturday, April 22, from 11am to noon in southwest Las Vegas. RSVP to this email for location. I hope to see you there!
Look HOO visited! Thank you to our great civil servants at the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife for visiting the Legislature.
Nice to have Dawnavon join me on the Assembly floor. He will be starting high school next year and he has already completed three marathons and does around 300 hours of community service each year. He is an impressive young man!
Very exciting to have my first bill, AB385 (free state park passes to Nevada 5th graders) voted out of the Assembly unanimously last Thursday!
I enjoyed meeting with educators from Clark County who made the trip up to Carson City to be more involved in the political process. Nice to meet you, Dr. Dockweiler and Ms. Holmes-Sutton!
Always great to have constituents join me on the Assembly floor...thank you James & Eileen!