We are a few weeks into legislative session now, which means bills are beginning to move through committees. As the Legislative Affairs Director for the Nevada Republican Party, I have been working closely with both the Republican Assembly and Senate caucuses to monitor legislation and identify important opportunities to get Nevada Republicans engaged in the legislative process.
As the session goes along, I will be updating you frequently on pending legislation and upcoming hearings and floor sessions.
This week I wanted to highlight a few bills and alert you to a critical hearing coming up next week.
S.B. 123: Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-726) – AN ACT relating to elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote on the day of certain elections at certain polling places; setting forth requirements for such registration; authorizing county and city clerks to extend the period for early voting; making various other changes relating to elections; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
S.B. 123 is a dangerous bill that would extend the early voting period and allow people to register to vote on Election Day. Same-day voter registration would open the floodgates to fraud and would throw the integrity of our elections into question.
S.B. 179: Revises provisions relating to abortions. (BDR 40-567) – AN ACT relating to abortions; revising provisions relating to informed consent to an abortion; repealing criminal penalties on certain actions relating to the termination of a pregnancy or concealing birth; repealing the prohibition on the excusal of a person on certain grounds from testifying as a witness in a prosecution relating to the termination of a pregnancy; repealing parental notification requirements for abortions performed upon pregnant minors; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
S.B. 179 would, among other things, eliminate parental notification for abortions performed on minors.
A.B. 186: Makes various changes related to elections. (BDR 24-678) – AN ACT relating to elections; enacting the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
A.B. 186 would change the way we elect the President, moving away from the Electoral College and replacing it with a national popular vote. Doing so would cause irreparable damage to smaller states like Nevada, making it nothing more than a fly-over state and a place to raise money while candidates focused on getting votes in larger states such as California and New York. A hearing for A.B. 186, which would do away with the Electoral College and replace it with a national popular vote, is scheduled for this Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
Those that wish to testify in Carson City can do so in room 3142 in the Legislative Building.
Southern Nevadans can testify via videoconference in room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer Building (555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101).
Thanks for all you do,
Josh SkaggsLegislative Affairs Director, Nevada Republican Party