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AJR2: Public testimony March 22 for Senate committee

The dome of the Nevada Capitol Building in Carson City

The Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hear public testimony on Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 2 that would change the state’s constitution definition of marriage on Wednesday, March 22 in Room 2144 of the Nevada Legislative building at 3:30pm.

AJR2 would change section 21 of Article 1, which currently contains enjoined (non enforceable due to judicial action), to requiring the recognition of all marriages regardless of genders and that marriage licenses be issued to all couples. The bill passed out the Assembly on a vote of 27-14 and is now going through the process of public comment and hearing on the Senate side. Presently the enjoined language states that marriage is between one man and one woman and only that would be in effect in this state.

The committee consists of five Senators: Nicole Cannizzaroc (Chairman, D-Clark); Tick Segerbloom (vice-chairman, D-Clark); Kelvin Atkinson (D-Clark); James Settlemeyer (R-Douglas, Storey, Lyon and Churchill) and Heidi Gansert (R-Washoe).

The meeting will be streamed via the Nevada Legislature website. You can view the proceedings by going to the website and clicking on meetings in the upper right hand corner. Locate the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections (3:30pm March 22) and click on view.

The public can also register their opinion in AJR2 online via the Nevada Legislature website. Click on Share Your Opinion on the right hand side of the website. In the pull down menu find AJR2 and then comment. As of 11:30 pm Monday March 20 the website showed 257 comments had been made 198 in favor of the bill 59 opposed.

Should the bill pass the Senate it would be referred to the 2019 legislature where it would again go through the same process as it has this session. If approved again a vote of the people would take place in 2020.

This is an on-going story.

 

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