A prominent Democratic incumbent with no shortage of campaign money is seeking re-election against a challenger running her first Assembly race.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager, 41, was first elected to represent Assembly District 9 in 2016. Since then, he has served as chair of the Judiciary Committee and is currently speaker pro tempore of the Assembly. He is a partner at Battle Born Injury Lawyers.
He is facing a challenge from Republican Barbara Altman, an 80-year-old retired jewelry designer who has raised no money, spent no money, and has virtually no campaign presence online.
If re-elected, Yeager said he wants to continue working on criminal justice reform. Nevada took positive steps over the past two regular sessions, he said, but there is still work to do.
He supports the implementation of a pre-plea diversion program for low-level offenders.
Yeager also supports reforming the civil asset forfeiture process, something he said generally has bipartisan support nationally.
“I think there’s just not enough due process in there,” he said.
Yeager has submitted a bill draft request for a work-in-progress piece of legislation that would seal criminal records for low-level marijuana offenders who were previously pardoned. He said the process now is time-consuming and can be costly. He suggested automatic sealing of records as a possible fix.
Evictions an issue
Yeager said he does not personally have any pandemic-related bills for the next session, but said the public health crisis has put evictions in the spotlight. He suggested lawmakers could address that process in the next session to give tenants more protections.
“We have one of the fastest eviction processes in the country and it can really be done with very little judicial oversight,” he said.
He said he wants to try to restore cuts made to health care. But if Nevada faces budget