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:
PUBLIC LANDS & WILDLIFE
AB142 would eliminate the Nevada Department of Wildlife's authority to revoke hunting and trapping licenses based on the point-based demerit system used now. Instead, courts and justices would be required to revoke licenses.
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.
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 occurring at our state's schools. NSHE students and employees across the state have expressed their dismay in editorials and student rallies.
AB120: Religion in schools. According the ACLU of Nevada, this bill is an "unnecessary and unconstitutional attempt to subject students to prayer and proselytizing at school events. It muddies long-established First Amendment law." The bill could subject students to unwanted prayer and attempts at conversion, and potentially lead to a slew of lawsuits.
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.
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.
AB182 would eliminate union business leave, remove seniority from consideration in layoffs, remove supervisors from collective bargaining, and eliminate binding arbitration. This bill would also eliminate evergreen clauses in contracts, which preserve an expired contract if another is not in place.
AB249: Requires local governments to keep an unreasonably high percentage of funds in reserve, making it easier for them to declare financial emergency and cut workers' pay and benefits.
AB280 would allow local government employers to choose between negotiating with an employee organization or simply prescribing their own terms.
AB356 would prohibit labor organizations from "threatening or attempting to coerce a business into complying with a demand." This bill would also allow businesses to sue unions for the actions of their members.
AB436 is yet another attack on workers. This bill would eliminate longevity pay for state employees, amounting to a pay cut for classified employees.
SB241 would prevent school administrators from engaging in collective bargaining with their employers.
AB253 and AB266 are both bills that would require voters to present photo ID at the polls.
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!
SB433 would end early voting on Sundays.
SB436 would require an inactive voter to provide proof of residence or a written affirmation before voting and would anyone planning on registering more than 50 people to vote in a year to register with the Secretary of State.
AB405: Forced Parental Notification. This bill would endanger young women's access to safe abortion services by requiring Nevada physicians to provide written notice to a parent or guardian of a woman under 18 before performing an abortion. This bill would also mandate a 48 hour delay before performing an abortion procedure. AB405 puts young women in danger and restricts their access to timely services.
Support These BIlls:
SJR13*: Allows voters to amend the Nevada constitution to allow same-gender marriage.
SB164: This bill clarifies existing law preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
SB167: Weakened version of the Equal Pay Act. This bill is a positive step, but it should be amended to add some teeth. Employers who willfully discriminate should be penalized more than just restoring the back pay they should have paid anyway and a slap on the wrist.
SB353: Prohibits 'conversion therapy' for minors.
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