CARSON CITY — In the most productive week thus far of the Legislature’s 2021 session, hundreds of pieces of legislation moved through committees ahead of a Friday deadline for action, including major bills on election and criminal justice reform, gun rights, and marijuana laws.
Committees met into the early evening Friday in a sprint ahead of the deadline for bills to make it through their initial committee referral. Those that don’t are considered dead for the rest of the session.
As of late Friday afternoon, nearly 120 bills had moved out of committee on the last day for initial passage, with the number of bills passing out of all committees topping 300 for the week.
The Assembly Judiciary committee on its own approved 20 bills on Friday, moving them to the floor of that chamber for further consideration
Friday marked the end for many other proposals, including bills that would strengthen Nevada’s public records laws, authorize safe drug injection sites and one that would have led to additional fees on tickets for Raiders and Vegas Golden Knights games.
Committee approval of the proposed death penalty ban, Assembly Bill 395, is a milestone that previous attempts in 2017 and 2019 failed to reach.
Here’s a look at some of the other bills that lived and died after the deadline in the Legislature:
Bills that passed
■ Assembly Bill 116, making lesser minor traffic offenses such as speeding civil infractions instead of misdemeanors.
■ Assembly Bill 126, making Nevada the first station in the nation to hold its presidential primary, subject to additional outside approvals.
■ Assembly Bill 186, banning police agencies from setting