(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – There’s a public defender in charge of Assembly Judiciary, and he’s preventing proposals by Nevada’s Attorney General to help veterans and victims of rape, domestic violence and human trafficking from even getting hearings.
Attorney General Adam Laxalt has shown himself to be a practical, hard-working problem solver. Instead of offering sweeping ideological bills, his office has submitted 20 bills to increase public safety, enhance ethics in government and help crime victims.
On the Senate side, nine of his 10 proposals have received committee hearings, but in the Assembly, just four have. There’s an obvious culprit. Assembly Judiciary chairman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, has heard only one of the six Attorney General-sponsored bills before his committee.
The five bills Yeager has yet to schedule for a hearing include AB55, which would mandate testing of rape kits; AB56, which would allow a justice court to establish a program to treat veterans; and AB58, which would increase the penalty for those who intentionally violate a restraining order issued for protection against domestic violence.