GOP wasting no time passing bad bills in Carson City
Reduce workers’ wages? Check.
Guns everywhere? Check.
Religion in the classroom? Check.
Photo ID to vote? Check.
This is just a short list of the bills Republicans are attempting to ram through the state legislature. But we can stop the madness if enough of us speak up loudly and clearly.
Please consider joining one of our active Citizen Lobbying Teams. These are made up of concerned voters who are speaking up on behalf of themselves, their families, and their communities. The schedule of Team meetings is below.
At the very least, we ask you to contact your Assembly member and your Senator to voice your opposition or support for certain bills. These are some of the most troublesome bills, as well as some we must support. We've also provided convenient links to sites where you can see who your legislators are and make direct email contact with them.
The time to act is NOW! Share your opinion on bills with your legislators here! It's easy; just click this link and choose the bill you want to comment on! Let our lawmakers know how you feel.
Oppose These Bills:
AB408: The "Bundy bill" would threaten our access to public lands. This bill would allow Red Rock, Great Basin National Park and other public areas to be given to corporations for "beneficial use." This bill would devestate wildlife habitat and negatively affect the state's economy. There is no constitutional basis for Nevada taking ownership and management of public land, and other states that have tried have failed. Let's not allow our public lands to be sold to the highest bidder.
AB2: This bill would allow firearm owners to carry their weapons in their cars on K-12 school grounds, NSHE campuses, and child-care facilities, which is currently illegal. Guns on school grounds will increase, not decrease, the likelihood of violence. Further, UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia notes that this bill would create the added danger of these weapons falling into the wrong hands in case of a burglary.
AB109: Another bill to overburden employee unions. This bill requires employee organizations to prepare an annual report, which can be audited by the Legislature, even though these organizations are private and receive voluntary contributions. This bill does not make the same requirements of any other private businesses or organizations.
AB120: Religion in schools. According the ACLU of Nevada, this bill is an "unnecsary and unconstitutional attempt to subject students to prayer and proselytizing at school events. It muddues long-established First Amendement law." The bill could subject students to unwanted prayer and attempts at conversion, and potentially lead to a slew of lawsuits.
AB121: The "Pop Tart Bill." This bill would forbid schools from disciplining students who simulate a firearm or other dangerous weapon on school grounds.
AB148: Campus carry. This bill would allow concealed weapons on Nevada's college campuses. Just like AB2, this bill would only increase the likelihood of violence occuring at our state's schools. NSHE students and employees across the state have expressed their dismay in editorials and student rallies.
AB165: Private school voucher program. This bill would give tax credits to businesses that contribute to a private school voucher program. Vouchers for private schools take public money away from our public schools.
AB190: This bill would drastically alter Nevada's retirement system, raising the contribution rates for current police and fire employess from 40.5% to 56.5%, seriously hurting our valued public employees.
SB119: Prevailing wage. This bi-partisan school construction bill was sent off the rails by the Republican addition of a provision that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school construction. This bill is an assault on Nevada's working families. It will lower the wages of all Nevadans and make it easier for construction companies to hire out-of-state wokers for taxpayer-funded school construction projects.
SB153: This bill will strip benefits from our police officers and firefighters as soon as they retire. These benefits were promised by statute over 40 years ago. Our public safety employees deserve better!
SB169: Voter ID. This bill would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot in the state of Nevada. According to Tod Story of the ACLU of Nevada, "voter ID laws are a discriminatory solution in search of a nonexistent problem. Nevada's election performance is rated fifth in the county, so this bill is unnecessary, costly and discriminatory." Voting is the right of every American, and we need to be expanding access to more Nevadans, not limiting it!
SB175: This bill would allow domestic abusers, stalkers, and people accused of violent crimes to carry concealed weapons in our communities. This bill could lead to more deadly shootings and further restrict the ability of local governments to keep communities safe.
SJR1: This resolution would ask Congress to transfer the vast majority of Nevada's public lands into state and private control. These lands are currently managed by the Bureau of Land Managment and the US Forest Service, and contain many high quality recreation areas and crucial wildlife habitat. The US government loses up to $100 million a year managing Nevada's public lands, which is a cost our state simply could not bear. This resolution would take public lands out of the public's hands, likely resulting in the massive sale of our lands to private hands, cutting off access and allowing development in protected areas.
Support These BIlls:
SB164: This bill will prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
SB190: Equal Pay for Equal Work.
SJR8: Increases the minimum wage, via a constitutional amendment.
SJR9: This joint resolution expresses the support of the Nevada Legislature for Attorney General Eric Holder's commitment to ensure continued protection of voting rights in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder.
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