Nevada lawmakers this week closed out a historic and wide-ranging special session that took up contentious policy issues like election reforms and COVID-19 liability protections for businesses.
The Nevada Legislature on Wednesday passed an amended bill to give businesses protection from lawsuits over the coronavirus, after an amendment exempted school districts.
The Assembly Tuesday approved bills to speed up and extend unemployment benefits and tweak a 2019 law on police officer rights as the Legislature moved within one final bill of adjourning its second special session of the year.
Republicans who object to a change in election law made by the legislative special session have threatened to sue, but Democrats maintain they are trying to ensure safe voting.
The state Senate on Sunday introduced a bill to speed processing of unemployment claims in Nevada.
The state Senate approved a controversial election bill that will see elections conducted during a state of emergency mostly by mail, over the objections of all the chamber’s Republicans.
Businesses in Clark and Washoe counties that faithfully comply with COVID-19 guidelines would be immune from legal liability from employees who get sick under a bill that moved ahead early Tuesday in the Senate.
Two police reform bills, one each in the Senate and Assembly, moved forward Saturday in spite of public reaction that ranged from only tepid support to blistering opposition, mostly from progressive interests who wanted lawmakers to do more.
Nevada lawmakers hit the ground running Friday with the opening of the Legislature’s second special session of the summer, moving quickly on measures to change mining taxes and provide for pandemic-driven mail-in voting in November.
The Nevada Legislature is meeting in special session in Carson City to consider a host of policy proposals, including police reform, business liability and help for unemployed Nevadans.
The special session of the Nevada Legislature, scheduled to begin Thursday, has been delayed.
The Nevada Legislature’s second special session of the summer will start Friday, with lawmakers expected to tackle a litany of issues from reforms on policing and elections to ways to protect workers amid a global pandemic.
Gov. Steve Sisolak said on Sunday he won’t immediately call a second special session, to allow him to focus on the fight against the coronavirus and the Legislature to prepare to address issues.