2015 Session: Week 2 Update

Week 2 Update
Feb 15, 2015

At the end of Week 2 of the 2015 Session, Democrats continue to work for the best interests of everyday Nevadans.

This week, Senators Atkinson, Spearman, and Manendo lead the fight against Senate Bill 123 (SB123) in the Commerce, Labor, and Energy Committee. SB 123 would weaken consumer protections in payday lending by giving lenders new ways to go after people who are already caught in the payday loan debt spiral. SB 123 is particularly threatening to Nevada veterans. One in five Nevada veterans have taken a payday loan and many continue to struggle to pay them off. 

Our senators are also keeping up the fight to protect homeowners. Working with our Democratic colleagues in the Assembly, we spoke out against Assembly Bill 125, a bill that would make it more difficult for homeowners to recover if their houses are not built properly. Democrats believe we shouldn’t punish homeowners when builders make mistakes. 

Senate Democrats are also working proactively to pass legislation that will make it easier to middle class families to get a fair shot at success in this state. As Democrats, we know that our agenda must put middle and working class people first. Our senators will be rolling out new legislation and ideas over the next few weeks that will help us grow our middle class and make a better future for Nevada’s children. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: WEEK 3

Senate Bill 119 is expected to be taken up on the Senate floor on Monday for a full vote. SB 119 is a Republican bill that removes prevailing wage requirements from school construction projects. The Nevada Senate Democrats believe we can put school first without putting middle class workers last and we stand in opposition to this harmful measure. 

 

Here are a few ways you can help make a difference.