CARSON CITY – The Nevada Legislature is a third of the way through the 2021 session, with new bills emerging on gun control and voting rights and lawmakers preparing for the hard deadline on introducing remaining bills that arrives on Monday.
Outside of the week’s legislative activity came news Thursday that Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, D-Las Vegas, underwent surgery for prostate cancer. He is scheduled to return to the speaker’s chair Monday.
A day before his procedure, Frierson and Assembly majority leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson. D-Reno, introduced Assembly Bill 321, which would make universal mail-in-voting permanent in the state. The proposal comes amid a number of Republican-sponsored voting bills that would tighten requirements for voting and counting ballots. The voting bills await hearings.
Introduced Monday, a bill that would tighten restrictions on sale and possession of untraceable “ghost guns” got a quick committee hearing Wednesday. Assembly Bill 286 would also criminalize violations for weapons knowingly carried on private property where owners have banned them.
Ahead of Monday’s deadline for bill introductions, the legislative output this year remains about one-quarter behind the pace through the same period last session. In 2019, lawmakers added some 150 bills on deadline day and some similar level of activity is expected on Monday
Here’s what’s on the calendar for the upcoming Week 8 of the 2021 session as of midday Friday:
The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 209, which would allow employees to use paid leave for any purpose, including medical appointments, and commission an interim study on the long-term health implications of the coronavirus on casino workers and frontline