2015 Session: Week 3 Update

Week 3 Update
Feb. 22, 2015

We’ve now finished Week 3 of the 2015 Session! Here’s an update on what’s been happening and what to expect in the week to come in the Legislative Building:

Senate Democrats stand up for voting rights: This week, Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Aaron D. Ford, introduced a resolution supporting voting rights. Specifically, the resolution calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to continue to use the tools provided under the Voting Rights Act to fight against discriminatory voting laws and practices. Sen. Ford’s resolution has a bipartisan group of cosponsors because voting rights should not be a partisan issue. 

Construction-Defect Bill passed: Republicans rammed through Assembly Bill 125, a bill that will restrict the rights of homeowners to recover when their homes are defective. Sen. Ruben Kihuen attempted to amend the bill to make it more homeowner friendly, but Republicans unanimously rejected the proposed amendment. 

Rather than craft moderate reforms, AB 125 is an extreme piece of legislation filled with special interest giveaways. Unfortunately, homeowners will now be left with fewer options when shoddy construction causes problems in their homes. Accordingly, the Nevada Senate Democrats have named the Bill the “Homeowners Rejection Act.”

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: WEEK 4

Standing up against domestic violence: This week, Democrats will be fighting hard for Sen. Debbie Smith’s bill to get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Sen. Smith has worked with domestic-violence advocates to come up with a strong bill that will protect survivors of abuse from further harm. Survivors deserve the strongest possible protection under the law, and that’s what Democrats are working to achieve. 

Voter’s Bill of Rights: Senator Patricia Spearman will introduce her Voter’s Bill of Rights tomorrow, which seeks to add voting protections direction into the Nevada Constitution. Senate Democrats are dedicated to protecting all constitutional rights, including the right to vote!

Have you seen our Senator Spotlight? This past week the spotlight was on Senator Mo Denis from District 2! Click here to learn a little more about him!

This next week Senator Mark Manendo will be in the Senator Spotlight! Click here for a preview

 

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