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Gov. Sisolak signs criminal justice reform legislation from 32nd Legislative Special Session

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Posted at 11:09 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 01:41:53-04

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — On Friday, Gov. Steve Sisolak issued the following statement after signing Assembly Bill 3, a social justice reform measure that includes changes to law enforcement conduct and Senate Bill 2, which rollbacks certain provisions for police officers under investigation.

Earlier this year, I made a promise to all Nevadans that I would meet with legislators, elected officials, and community leaders throughout the State to discuss social and criminal justice reforms to ensure we could begin moving to a place where everyone would feel safe in their communities. These two pieces of legislation are a step in the right direction, recognizing that the conversations – and the work – must continue.

Nevadans should always feel safe in their own communities and confident that they will not have to fear for their lives from those that are charged with protecting them. We will not squander this opportunity. We will push forward. This moment will not be fleeting and forgotten, it will persist.

My administration will continue to pursue change, we will not go back to the status quo and we will continue to actively listen to those whose voices have been drowned out or forgotten in the past.

Assembly Bill 3 and Senate Bill 2, each passed in the most recent special session, address public safety reforms.

Assembly Bill 3 includes authorizing a person to record law enforcement activity in certain circumstances, the use of physical force by a peace officer, including the requirement of another peace officer to intervene to prevent the use of unjustified physical force in certain circumstances. They must also report the observation of the use of unjustified physical force by another peace officer.

Law enforcement agencies also have to adopt a written policy regarding the drug and alcohol testing of peace officers, and requiring law enforcement agencies to provide a report to the Legislature containing certain information relating to traffic stops, among other reforms.