Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A Nevada Democrat was forced to resign their seat in the Legislature in disgrace.
Nope, this isn’t Groundhog Day. You aren’t experiencing déjà vu.
Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle announced he decided to leave the Legislature because of “growing sexual harassment claims” made against him.
Details of the claims made against Assemblyman Sprinkle have been kept quiet. As the AP and the Reno Gazette-Journal reported, the Nevada Republican Party has demanded Speaker Jason Frierson release them.
Nevadans deserve answers.
With the 2019 legislative session barely a month old, how many more Nevada Democrats’ resignations should Nevadans anticipate before sine die in June?
We shall see.
A group of Republican Senators and Assemblypersons penned a fantastic op-ed that gets to the heart of the problem with the gun control measure the Democrats rammed through the Legislature last month.
Here’s a passage from their piece:
So, we are forced to ask ourselves, what is the real result of this legislation? Who actually feels the effects of this? It won’t be the victims of gun violence – it will be the legal gun-owner, the mothers and fathers who seek a firearm to protect themselves and their families, and the rural communities that have long embraced a culture of sportsmanship. Nevada could have done better, and SB 143 could have been written with all Nevada families in mind, rather than passing a measure bought and paid for by a New York City billionaire. Nevada deserves better. Victims, survivors and their families deserve better.
Read the entire op-ed here. —
On Your Radar… S.B. 261: Revises provisions relating to firearms. (BDR 15-21): AN ACT relating to public safety; prohibiting certain acts relating to the modification of a semi-automatic firearm; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
This bill would ban bump stocks, which gained notoriety after being used in the 1 October shooting in Las Vegas. There is no hearing scheduled for this bill yet.
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. This bill will make it easier to obtain an abortion. It is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow, Monday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 2149 of the Legislative Building in Carson City. If you’d like to testify in Southern Nevada, you can do so via videoconference in room 4412 in the Grant Sawyer Building.
S.J.R. 5: Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise provisions relating to the State Legislature. (BDR C-58): Proposing to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide for limited annual regular legislative sessions and for legislative compensation and expenses to be paid in a manner fixed and determined by law. This amendment to the constitution would shorten legislative sessions in odd years; add 60 days of a legislative session in even years; and double compensation for legislators. Considering how many terrible policies Democrats are pushing this legislative session, do we really want them to have 60 more days of session next year?
S.B. 238: Revises provisions relating to marijuana. (BDR 32-133: AN ACT relating to marijuana; requiring a member of the Nevada Tax Commission to have certain experience relating to legalized marijuana; creating the Responsible Use of Marijuana Public Education Committee within the Department of Taxation; establishing the powers and duties of the Committee; requiring the establishment of a statewide hotline to report suspected unlicensed sales of marijuana; authorizing the transfer of a medical marijuana establishment registration certificate and a license to operate a marijuana establishment in certain circumstances; revising provisions relating to inventory control systems; prohibiting the use of a third party by a medical marijuana dispensary or retail marijuana store to sell marijuana and related products; establishing requirements relating to the delivery of marijuana and related products to a consumer; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
This bill attempts to crackdown on the marijuana black market and ensure all purchases are being made in brick-and-mortar dispensaries. It would also require the Tax Department to list all licensed marijuana stores and delivery companies on its website.
There is a hearing for S.B. 238 on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. in room 2134 of the Legislative Building in Carson City. If you’d like to testify in Southern Nevada, you can do so via videoconference in room 4412E in the Grant Sawyer Building.
And I know a couple of you are actually interested in the National Popular Vote legislation, which would make Nevada nothing more than a flyover state for presidential candidates by allocating our electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. It has passed out of committee in the Assembly. I will be sure to let you know if it actually comes up for a hearing in the Senate as that will be our next opportunity to make our voices heard.
If there are any other urgent matters before my next update, I will be sure to let you know.
In the meantime, please forward this email to your fellow Nevada Republicans. It is crucial we keep people updated on what is going on in Carson City if we are going to ensure Republican voices are heard during the legislative session.
Thanks for all you do,
Josh SkaggsLegislative Affairs Director, Nevada Republican Party