FILE - Nevada State Capitol

The Nevada State Capitol in Carson City, Nevada.  

Senate passes bill to let felons vote 

The legislature approved a bill that would automatically allow ex-felons to vote upon their release from prison. 

Assembly Bill 431 passed the Senate Wednesday with a 13-8 vote. It was approved last month by the Assembly, 32-9-1. 

ThinkProgress says the measure means 77,000 people would automatically be allowed to vote in the state once they leave prison.

Lawmakers approve private prison ban

The Nevada Senate passed a bill this week banning private prisons in the state.

Assembly Bill 183 passed in the Senate on a 12-8-1 vote. The legislation passed the Assembly on a 29-12-1 vote.

The legislation requires that correctional services be controlled by state or local government entities.

Nevada could be the 15th state for national popular vote

The Nevada Senate passed proposed legislation that pledges the state’s six electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. 

The Senate passed Assembly Bill 186 in a 12-9-1, party-line vote. The legislation passed in the Assembly last month in a 23-17 vote. 

The legislation means Nevada would join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would take effect when enough states join to secure 270 out of 538 of electoral votes nationwide.

If the governor signs the bill, Nevada would be the 15th state to join the compact.

Democrats reverse GOP’s prevailing wage reforms

The Democratic-controlled legislature gave its final approval to a bill that reverses the GOP’s 2015 changes to prevailing wage laws. 

Assembly Bill 136 lowers the threshold for requiring prevailing wage on public work projects from $250,000 to $100,000. It also requires prevailing wages be paid in full for public school construction projects.

The bill was passed by the Senate Monday with a 12-8-1 vote. It passed last month in the Assembly with a 28-12-2 vote.

“Prevailing wages exist because politicians are pandering to special-interest labor groups,” a Nevada Policy Research Institute analysis says. “The flawed survey methodology allows unions to unilaterally dictate wage rates paid on public works projects in Nevada. Consequently, state‐mandated prevailing wages are 45 percent higher than market wages, on average.” 

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.