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!