2015 Nevada Legislative Session
Throughout the 2015 Legislative session, AAUW Nevada will create alerts for Nevada bills that support or conflict with the AAUW public policy. It is important to be aware of these bills and take the time to let our legislators our position.
To voice your opinion on any bill, go to https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/. Your response will be available to all legislators. It’s quick and easy and, if we all do this, we will be a strong voice for AAUW’s priorities. Additionally, letters to the editor and your senator and assembly person will let our voice be heard.
In support of AAUW’s public policy, please take action AGAINST the following Nevada bills:
1. AB 165 — Tax credits for companies that give money to a foundation for scholarships to be used at private schools. These are public funds that could otherwise go to public schools. This would be in opposition to AAUW’s policy against the use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary education.
For more information about AAUW’s position, go to http://www.aauw.org/2014/01/24/vouchers-and-national-school-choice-week/.
2. SB 169 — Voter ID bill, which would require a government issued photo ID to be presented when voting. Current Nevada statutes protect the integrity of the voting process. This bill would adversely affect the poor and elderly. AAUW supports full access to constitutional voting rights.
For more information AAUW’s position, go to http://www.aauw.org/2012/09/04/voter-id-laws/
3. AB121 – Limit on discipline for exhibiting or simulating firearms AAUW opposes the bill because schools and teachers must be able to keep the classrooms free from violence, fear of violence, as well as free from bullying.
Reasons to oppose AB121:
- Decisions should remain under local control
- Schools are supposed to be safe and nourishing environments
- School administration is in charge of discipline in their schools
- School administration has the right to stop bullying
- What is the point of this bill?
4. AB120 – Pupils entitled to practice religion. AAUW opposes this bill because we strongly support the separation of church and state.
Reasons to oppose AB120:
- Separation of church and state (US Constitution)
- Opposition to religion as a part of formal curriculum
- Frivolous lawsuits
For more information on AAUW’s position on AB121 and AB120 go to http://www.aauw.org/resource/principles-and-priorities/