The second month of Nevada’s 80th Regular Session of the State Legislature began marred by scandal. First, Nevada’s Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned amid federal charges of misappropriating campaign funds to which he later pled guilty. Senator Atkinson resigned publicly on the Senate floor apologizing to his family, friends, and constituents. The very next week, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services, Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle of Washoe County, resigned after complaints of sexual harassment were filed against him.
Although momentum was briefly stalled, the legislators stayed hard at work and the Nevada Senate made state history by electing the first female Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. County officials also worked quickly to appoint well-qualified individuals to fill the vacancies.
As of now, all the legislative policy proposals are published and legislators have just a few more days before the first committee passage deadline to conduct hearings and vet legislation. In addition to the bills outlawing prostitution (yes, it’s legal in most of rural Nevada) and legalizing the sale of raw milk, legislators are considering several impactful legislative measures. Below are a few of the major bills being considered.
ENERGY & TRANSPORTATION