Nevada State Legislature
NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada is dedicated to having champions for reproductive freedom at every level of government. At every level of government, from city council, to state legislature, to Congress, decisions are made that impact your ability to access reproductive freedom. As a state chapter, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada is primarily focused on impacting state level policy.
The Nevada legislature bicameral body, consisting of the lower house Nevada Assembly, with 42 members, and the upper house Nevada Senate, with 21 members. Sessions of the Legislature are biennial, occurring during odd number years. Legislative session lasts 120 days.
In the 2017 legislative session, NARAL members led the way to pass legislation that protected affordable birth control. This was the first time in 18 years that Nevada implemented a law to expand access to reproductive freedom. NARAL members also helped pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation that protects pregnant women on the job.
2017 Nevada Legislative Session
The Nevada State legislature is often referred to as a “citizen legislature” and NARAL members made sure that was true for the 2017 session. NARAL members from Southern Nevada took monthly “Feminist Road Trips” to Carson City to advocate for affordable and accessible birth control. Members from Northern Nevada regularly met with their representatives in the Capitol.
NARAL members hard work paid off. Thanks to their efforts, we successfully passed the first legislation in more than 18 years protecting and expanding access to affordable birth control, including allowing folks to get 12 months of pills at once and codifying no co pays for contraception into state law. (AB249/SB233). NARAL members also successfully advocated for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation that ensures worker protections for pregnant women on the job.