Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, issued a statement about the proposed Nevada Religious Freedom Act (SB272; AB277), that was sent to Judiciary committees in both houses of the legislature, saying he did not feel this type of legislation was necessary. The statement came after the firestorm in Indiana and somewhat Arkansas, following the passage of “religious freedom” legislation in those states.
Even the sponsor of the Nevada legislation is backing down, freshman assemblyperson Evern Nelson (R-Clark Co), vice-chairman of the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary, said the felt in light of what happened in Indiana we didn’t need that to happen in Nevada.
The bill had been expected to be heard in the Judiciary committee during the next week as all bills have to be out of the first committee by April 10 to remain under consideration for the 2015 legislative session. Basically the bill, which is the same in the Senate, as in the Assembly, will die in committee.
In Nevada, The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau, American Civil Liberties Union-Nevada, Caesar Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, Pinnacle Entertainment and the Progressive Leader Alliance of Nevada all opposed the “Religious Freedom” bill.
Those who oppose the legislation are still being asked to make their opinions on the bills (SB272 and AB277). Comments on bills can be made through the Nevada legislature website.