Death penalty, ghost guns, many other bills clear first big deadline at Nevada legislature

Death penalty, ghost guns, many other bills clear first big deadline at Nevada legislature

Members of the Assembly Judiciary committee hold a virtual meeting on Friday, April 9. CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Nevada lawmakers rushed to pass dozens of bills out of committee Friday ahead of the first big deadline of the 120-day session. Measures abolishing the death penalty, banning so-called ‘ghost guns,’ and sealing pandemic eviction records highlighted the bills that moved ahead Friday. Legislators are expected to work furiously to consider at least 80 bills throughout the day. Most bills that do not pass out of committee by the end of Friday will die in the legislative process. Bills must then pass out of the Assembly or the Senate by Tuesday, April 20 to have a chance at becoming law. Here’s the latest on some of the bills that passed out of their respective committees before the deadline: DEATH PENALTY A measure to ban the state’s rarely-used death penalty system passed on party lines in the Assembly Judiciary committee Friday morning, marking a significant step forward in the push to end capital punishment. Similar proposals in 2019 and 2017 never went to a committee vote. All Democrats on the committee voted to move the bill forward, setting up the measure for a possible floor vote. Assembly Bill 395 would ban the death penalty moving forward and reduce the sentence of inmates currently on death row to life without the possibility of parole. GHOST GUNS Lawmakers advanced a measure banning so-called ‘ghost’ guns, which are often assembled […]

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