Bill List for the 2013 Legislature
Support: Revises provisions relating to the eligibility to vote of certain persons.
Oppose: Existing law provides that anyone who harbors, conceals, or aids an offender after the commission of a crime is an accessory to the crime. Exemptions to being a criminal accessory are given to the offender’s husband or wife, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child and grandchild. This bill removes every person besides the husband or wife from that exemption.
Oppose: The bill is an unnecessary and unconstitutional attempt to subject students to prayer and proselytizing at school events. It muddies long-established First Amendment law while claiming to clarify a student’s right to freely exercise their religion, including praying, expressing religious viewpoints, and distributing religious literature.
Support: Makes various changes to criminal law. Rather than strip searching all arrestees, this bill requires strip and body cavity searches to be based on reasonable suspicion for juveniles and most non-violent misdemeanor adult arrestees.
Support: Revises provisions governing the death penalty. If the jury in a death penalty case cannot reach a unanimous decision regarding the penalty, this bill would require the judge to enter a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, rather than death. This bill also tailors the list of aggravating circumstances which make a first degree homicide eligible for the death penalty.
Support: Requires that all school districts offer a comprehensive, age-appropriate and medically accurate sexuality education curriculum. Parents may opt their children out of this coursework without penalty.
Oppose: Makes various changes relating to elections.
Oppose: Makes various changes relating to public defenders. Proposes increasing the sales tax to fund public defense in Nevada to a constitutionally acceptable level.
Support: Establishes provisions governing document preparation services.
Support: Requires prosecutors to file a count of being a habitual criminal, habitual felon or habitually fraudulent felon within 30 days of the defendant’s arraignment, which is their first appearance in court. Currently, prosecutors can file such a count after the defendant is convicted, but before they are sentenced.
Oppose: Governor Sandoval's budget proposes spending $830,000 to build a new death chamber at Ely State Prison. The current execution facility at Nevada State Prison in Carson City is out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and was decommissioned in 2012.
Support: Juvenile Life Without Parole is a sentence that guarantees that a juvenile offender will die in prison. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences our children to life in prison, and Nevada still has and uses this sentence. At a young age, children are able to learn from their mistakes and be rehabilitated if we give them that opportunity. Children are different than adults and their lives should not be thrown away.
Support: Restricts the use of solitary confinement on persons in confinement. Sets statewide standards and limits on the use of solitary confinement (Administrative Segregation or Ad Seg) in prison.
Support: Revises provisions governing criminal penalties. Reduces the time, from 7 years to 2 years, that a person convicted of a gross misdemeanor must wait before petitioning the court to have his or her record sealed.
Oppose: Nevada is already a “Stand Your Ground” state, eliminating the duty to retreat in self-defense or in defense of your home, your property, or another person. SB 175 would expand Nevada’s “Stand Your Ground” — or, more accurately, “Kill at Will” — law to include any “vehicle which is self-propelled.”
Oppose: Enacts the Nevada Preservation of Religious Freedom Act to prohibit governmental entities from substantially burdening the exercise of religion. Although the bill claims to protect the free exercise of religion, it could actually allow individuals to ignore our laws and discriminate based on their religious beliefs. Legislators have exempted the bill from applying to our civil rights laws, which protect Nevadans from discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing.
Support: Authorizes the Attorney General to establish a program to assist law enforcement personnel and prosecuting attorneys in complying with certain requirements of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Oppose: Revises provisions relating to genetic marker analysis. Requires DNA to be collected from any person arrested for a felony, whether or not the individual is charged or convicted or if DNA is necessary to investigate the crime.
Oppose: Revises provisions governing voluntary sexual conduct between a prisoner and another person.
Support: Nevada law currently criminalizes sexual activity for same-sex partners between the ages of 16 to 18, while permitting the sexual activity for opposite-sex partners of the same age. This bill would repeal Nevada’s so-called “infamous crime against nature” statues and equalize the age of consent for both opposite- and same-sex sexual partners.
Support: Over a decade ago, Nevada citizens voted to amend the constitution to include that “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized.” This resolution begins the process to repeal that constitutional amendment, paving the way for marriage equality in Nevada.