On Wednesday Governor Sandoval signed into law three crime victim bills that I helped shepherd through the legislature in my role as Assembly Judiciary Chair.
I was proud to work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues on these common sense measures which received overwhelming support in both houses.
I sponsored AB247, which allows certain victims to terminate their apartment lease early without financial penalties.
The purpose of this bill is to make sure that nobody is forced, simply by virtue of being under a lease agreement, to stay in a dangerous living situation. I hope that nobody needs to use this bill, but if somebody does, it may save lives.
AB305 provides that schools display a poster with the number to a toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline. We know based on the data that any given school is likely to have a pupil who is suffering from abuse and or neglect at home. Our hope is that these students and perhaps their friends will in some of those cases be informed by these posters that help is available.
Finally, I want to thank Assemblywomen Irene Bustamante-Adams (D-Las Vegas) and Lisa Krasner (R-Reno) for introducing AB145, which extends the civil statute of limitations for victims of abuse.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard from courageous victims who testified about the abuse that had happened to them many years before, some of them talking about the abuse for the first time in their lives. Perhaps no other bill was supported by such compelling testimony that demonstrated a need for the bill.