Friday marks the do-or-die moment for hundreds of legislative proposals — bills must pass out of their first committee unless they have a special exemption.
Lawmakers began Friday by holding marathon committee meetings throughout the day on Friday, working to process backlogged bills or cut last-minute deals on controversial legislation.
Lawmakers haven’t crammed all pending bills into Friday meetings. Since Monday, lawmakers have already voted out 155 bills from committees, including major election changes, criminal justice modifications, adding additional marijuana licenses and even increasing fees on marriage licenses.
But those measures and likely hundreds already passed face another daunting deadline — the first House passage deadline on April 20, just eleven days away.
Here’s a look at major policies that passed out of legislative committees on Thursday. The Nevada Independent will update this story as additional bills are passed out of committee on Friday.
Abolishing the death penalty
With little comment, members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 9-6 on party lines to advance a bill abolishing the death penalty. All Republicans on the committee opposed the bill.
Friday’s vote pushes the death penalty abolition cause further than it made it in 2017, when it got a hearing in the same committee but never received a vote. The issue did not come up for any public hearing in 2019.
AB395 would turn all existing death sentences into sentences of life in prison without parole. Another death penalty abolition bill in the Senate is more modest, abolishing capital punishment for crimes committed after the law takes effect.
Nevada is one of 24 states that still has the death penalty, although nobody has been executed in Nevada since 2006. The