SB223 Needs Assembly Support & Companion Bill

Local Legislation

SB223: Restricts Local Agencies from Certain Actions Relating to Immigration Enforcement

Senate Bill 223 was introduced on Monday. If passed, state and local agencies – including school police – would be restricted from using resources, personnel, and databases to aid most immigration enforcement activities. We’re proud of our Nevada Democratic leaders who sponsored this important legislation. Tweet your thanks to the sponsors below:

Click here to read more about the bill in the Las Vegas Sun.  According to the article, Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson said there are no plans yet to introduce a similar assembly bill. Let’s encourage him to not just have a plan, but a bill!

TAKE ACTION: Call and tweet your elected officials, including Democratic Assembly Leader Jason Frierson and Assembly Democratic Leaders, and let them know we support an Assembly companion bill to SB223!

Speaker Jason Frierson at 775-684-8537 & @JasonFrierson
Majority Leader Teresa Benetiz-Tompson at 775-684-8845 & @assemblywoman27
Assemblywoman Amber Joiner at 775-684-8559 & @joiner4Nevada
Assemblyman Skip Daly at 775-684-8563 & @AssmSkipDaly
Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle at 775-684-8841 & @MikeSpinkle30

Bill Text

SB 223 – Introduced Monday, February 27, 2017: This bill prohibits a state or local law enforcement agency, school police unit or campus police department from: (1) using its resources to conduct certain activities for the purposes of immigration enforcement, including, without limitation, detaining a person for, or transferring custody of a person to, federal immigration authorities and responding to certain other requests by, and providing assistance to, those authorities except under certain circumstances; (2) making a database, or information therein, of the agency, unit or department available to any person for the purpose of immigration enforcement; and (3) with certain exceptions, employing a peace officer who performs the functions of an immigration officer or placing a peace officer under the supervision of a federal agency. This bill does not prevent a state or local law enforcement agency, school police unit or campus police department from responding to a request from federal immigration authorities for information about a person’s criminal history.

Primary Sponsor(s): Senator Yvanna Cancela, Senator Tick Segerblom, Senator Aaron Ford, Senator Julia Ratti, Senator Moises Denis

Click here for more local legislation concerning immigrants and refugees.

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