CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are wrapping up their biennial legislative session on Monday. The country’s first female-majority Democratic Legislature repealed abortion rules, expanded gun background checks and made it easier to prosecute some sexual assault cases.
Lawmakers have passed more than 400 bills and will whip through dozens more before they adjourn.
Here’s a look at where some key bills stood as of Monday night:
While conservative states this year have been passing more restrictive abortion laws, Nevada moved in the opposite direction. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law a measure that repeals a requirement that a woman be asked about her marital status before an abortion and a requirement that physicians tell a woman about the “emotional implications” of the procedure.
A bill to allow state workers to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions is headed to Sisolak’s desk. The bill, which Sisolak called for in his State of the State address, would cover workers like prison guards, janitors and secretaries. It would not cover teachers and workers would not be permitted to strike.
A bill to raise the age from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes was introduced the day before lawmakers were set to adjourn. The bill, from Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, creates an exception for members of the military. The bill, which would not take effect until 2021, was approved by the Assembly on Sunday and had not received a vote in the Senate as of Monday evening.
SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION
Nevadans may be able to register to vote on Election Day under a bill headed to Sisolak. The measure, from Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, would also permit 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if