We now have less than a month left in the 81st Legislative Session and as predicted, it has been the most partisan session in recent history. Democrats have touted that they work across the aisle but I have yet to see any bi-partisanship unless it’s about fried chicken or doughnuts.
This week two events took place on the capitol grounds, the National Day of Prayer and the Law Enforcement Memorial Tribute. Both of these events were wonderful and were widely attended by constituents from all over the Silver State. However, the Law Enforcement Memorial Tribute did have one memorable no-show. Governor Sisolak was scheduled to be the keynote speaker but decided not to attend and pay respect to the law enforcement of this state who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty.
In other news, last Monday, several Republican Senators began having their case heard in the Nevada Supreme Court regarding unconstitutional tax increases that took place during the 2019 Legislative Session. To refresh your memory SB 542 and SB 551 violated Nevada Constitution when Democrats rushed them through the legislative process and passed them both with simple majorities. A two-thirds majority is always required for any form of tax increases. Democrats in the legislature started a scary precedent.
Governor Sisolak’s long awaited Innovation Zone bill was introduced to the Legislature this week. Republicans received a small victory in the way of this becoming a study regarding Innovation Zones. Although still bad, a study gives us more time to combat this process when the Democrats ultimately try to pass this into law. If you would like to read more about study you can do that here
As we are coming to the end of the 81st Legislative Session bills are going to be moving very quickly. I wanted to inform you all of some upcoming deadlines for bills:
● May 14th – 2nd Committee Passage Deadline
● May 21st – 2nd House Passage Deadline
● May 26th – All Budget & Exempt Bills Deadline
Finally, some good news in the Legislature. AB 19, a bad education bill that looked to forever change homeschool curriculum without ever receiving input from homeschoolers has been amended to take out the entire section mandating homeschool curriculum. We could not have achieved this without the help of you all, and thank you as well to Power2Parent for spearheading this issue!
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