NEVADA COALITION FOR WOMEN’S EQUITY

2020 CANDIDATE SURVEY RESPONSES

All Nevada State Assembly and Senate candidates were contacted multiple times seeking their response to NCWE’s survey on issues affecting Nevada’s women and families. If you do not see a candidate’s response, they either elected not to respond or they responded well after the August 3rd extended deadline.

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Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District On average, white women earn about 80.5 cents for every dollar men earn with earning potential for women of color even less, according to census data. If elected as a state legislator, what solutions would you propose to address this inequity?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 There are a number of things that come to mind in answering this question, but the first is empowering women in all areas of the workforce to speak up and find their voice, for too many years we have accepted the status quo that left us behind. But for women to feel safe in speaking up about the inequity they need to have the assurance that the laws and lawmakers support them and that means legislators like myself must sponsor and support legislation that assist in making working environments and compensation packages more equitible. Once the legislation is passed together we MUST ensure that it is followed and be willing to agressively address employers who are not meeting the requirements.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 Studies show that important factors that contribute to the pay gap are: discrimination, occupational segregation and gender specific industry factors. I will support legislation to introduce education and awareness of discrimination based on biases and history to change the culture from bottom up. To address occupational segregation we need proactive policies in place. Like a mentor once said, “no one is an expert at everything.” As a legislator I will be looking to advocates for these issues to identify specific gaps and issues that can be worked on to accomplish pay equity sooner than later.
Connie Munk AD4 Establish anti-discrimination laws that prohibits asking applicants how much they previously made; increase penalties for equal pay violations; a law that forbids different wages for doing the job, with the same skills, education and responsibilities.
Mack Miller AD5 As the chief strategist in my private firm, www.MillersConsult.com we’ve designed a clearly defined pay structure. Companies that have a well-designed pay structure such as paying employees with the same experience or level within the company are less likely to have large discrepancies in what they pay men and women. I would advocate for assessments by comparing the current salary and full compensation packages of the current workforce and evaluate whether men and women in the same levels of companies are paid equitably. www.MackMiller4Nevada.com
Brittney Miller AD5 This is a degrading truth. I will continue to work with stakeholders for equal pay for equal work policies that provide support to working families. But it’s also time to take a legitimate look at all the reasons that our earning potential is less…specifically, let’s address the underpaid female dominated professions. Gender bias and sexism is so ingrained in our society that people accept that certain professions are underpaid compared to their counterparts with the same amount of education and training. Increasing the pay for teachers and social workers will automatically raise the earning potential for millions of women and reduce this gap.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 Be an engaged and vocal supporter of efforts that support existing laws designed to end the pay gap. Build relationship with local activist organizations that are working in the equity and equality space to increase my understanding and learn where I can help advance solutions.
Jason Frierson AD8 I am committed to equal pay for women and have supported past legislation strengthening laws protecting the right to equal pay and making it easier to file a complaint for a violation of these laws. I will continue to advocate for strong laws to not only protect this right but impost serious penalties for violations.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 Equal Pay for equal pay. In addition I have dealt with many women that are being attacked and threatened by the Homeowner Associations they live in!
I will be introducing legislation tp PROTECT these homeowners!
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 I believe in pay equity, I feel that the employer needs to pay you what the job is worth and shouldn’t be allowed to ask how much you are willing to be paid for the position.
Susan Martinez AD12 During the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session, I was proud to vote for Senate Bill 166. Under this new law, individuals who discover that they are being paid unequally compared to their counterparts have the right to report these claims to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission. The bill authorizes the commission to not only investigate these claims, but also impose fines on businesses who knowingly participate in these discriminatory practices. If I am reelected, I will continue to work with my colleagues, stakeholders, and community leaders to ensure that Nevada continues to head in the right direction in terms of addressing the pay inequity in our workforce.
Howard Watts AD15 I’ve read AAUW’s road map for Nevada and support measures like prohibiting using salary history in hiring, disclosing salary range, narrowing defenses for pay disparity, etc. I would love to see members of our female majority legislature sponsor these measures and I’d gladly cosponsor and support them.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 I will work tirelessly on this issue, as a woman of color myself. This is a very multifaceted issue and many different factors impact this. A few solutions are to ensure that people have access to childcare. I would want to work on advancing policies that were recently passed on ensuring equal pay for equal work. This means that we also need to create policies to hold businesses and corporations accountable when they are not engaging in equal pay for equal work. I believe that we should also raise the minimum wage to a living wage. I will work with community groups and leaders on these issues to find other solutions to address inequity at all levels in our community.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 As a state legislator, I believe and fully support the importance of enforcing the existing laws on the books against pay inequity. The Equal Pay Act which supports Nevada Revised Status(NRS) 608.017 guidelines should be followed by all employers, i.e., private, local government which mandates equal pay for equal work for men and women regardless of race. Employers should me required to assess their pay standards annually to ensure that they meet the laws as it pertains to pay equality. The Nevada Association of Employers (NAE) would be a good source to assess if the standards are being met by local government and private employers.
Heather Florian AD18 To hold companies accountable for their hiring. Set up some form that allows people to report a business and make sure a case is opened and followed up with.
Venicia Considine AD18 Nevada passed the ERA, which is the strongest protection for equality, and the US House of Representatives voted to overturn the original time limit earlier this year. I would continue to push the US Senate to pass SJR6. I would also promote and protect transparency laws in salaries and work to raise the minimum wage, as a high percentage of lower paying jobs, including teachers and health care workers, are done by women. I would also work towards more quality childcare options that make it financially possible for women with children to work without their entire paycheck going to child care.
David Orentlicher AD20 We need to ensure equal pay for equal work. Just as we need the Paycheck Fairness Act to close gaps in existing federal law and further address discriminatory practices, so do we need a state Paycheck Fairness Act to close gaps in state law and further address discriminatory practices. With women disproportionately represented in low-income jobs, it also is important to raise the minimum wage to a fair wage. In addition, I will support the strengthening of policies to ensure that women are able to take time to address family needs without being disadvantaged at the workplace, including paid leave for illness, family care or parenting.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 I will always support policy to close the pay equity gaps. I also encourage women to pursue careers in professions that have historically been a man’s profession, such as being a lawyer.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 I am in favor of equal pay for equal Work., and I will support legislation that provides equality for women in the workplace .
Natha Anderson AD30 The first: examine NRS613 to see if there are items which can be strengthened and/or loopholes which need to be closed up. In particular, possibly adding similar language to CA Labor Code 1197.5(b).
The second would be to propose NOT using prior salary history to set compensation. There are currently 21 states which have this language, Nevada is not one of them.
Neither idea concentrates on how to help women of color earn the same as men so I would need some help with how to address this issue.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 Jobs and their pay scale should have nothing to do with gender. I will support equalization for workers.
Jay Calhoun AD35 Legislatively I’d be open to finding ways to encourage business to level the wage field. It is unfair and unAmerican to allow this practice to continue.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 Nevada currently has an equal pay law that prohibits discrimination in wages on the basis of sex for equal work on jobs that require equal skill, effort, and responsibility, performed under similar working conditions. The law applies to all employers in the state, regardless of size, including employment agencies and labor unions. During the 2019 legislative session, SB166 was introduced which revised provisions in which a person could file a complaint among other provisions. I voted yes on the passing of this bill and will continue to support legislation that will prevent employers from pay discrimination and make it easier for women to file complaints.
Shea Backus AD37 While I do not plan on introducing any specific bill addressing pay equity at the present, I am always in support of policy to close the pay equity gaps. This also includes encouraging women to pursue careers in STEM and other professions that typically get viewed as “male” professions. Last session, I proudly supported SJR8 and SB166. On a personal note as a female attorney, I see gender pay disparity. So as a shareholder in a law firm, I make sure that women are compensated equally to their male counterparts.
Deborah Chang AD39 I would fully support Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford’s suit which was filed in January to ensure that the Equal Rights Amendment is added to the U.S. Constitution following Virginia’s ratification of the Amendment. The constitutional amendment would guarantee equal rights for women, including for employment. I would also support efforts to eliminate determining salaries using prior salary data as a basis, which tends to perpetuate the existing trends of unequal pay for women for equal work.
Sena Loyd AD40 First, I would explore the feasibility of legislation to 1) prohibit employers from enforcing pay secrecy, 2) ban employers from asking potential new hires about past earnings, and 3) require employers to report gender wage gap data. These types of legislation have passed in a variety of states including CA, IL, MN, CO, and AK and have been shown to help reduce the inequality. (Hinkley & Coghlan, State Policy Strategies for Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap 2018) I also believe that continuing the work of our past legislators in passing paid sick leave and increase in the minimum wage will continue to help lessen the inequality.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 I would work toward supporting and strengthening legislation around equal pay for equal work. I am in support of the equal pay bill that passed during the 2019 legislative session. I would be interested in pursuing legislation that would prohibit employers from asking potential employees what they are currently earning during the hiring process. Being able to ask these questions is part of the reason for the pay gap since men already make more than women.
Liz Becker SD18 Per NRS 608.017, pay discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited in Nevada. Most states have similar laws on the books and yet this inequity persists. I support a salary history ban for prospective employers. There is work to be done in certain sectors that have historically been male-dominated or, alternatively, female-dominated. I support incentives for making sure that each sector of the economy is working towards diversity and inclusion goals, including an equal ratio of men to women in each sector.

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District Approximately 65 percent of women aged 15-49 use contraception. Unlike other forms of birth control (such as barrier methods, birth control pills, and sterilization), Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) require no user intervention, work over long periods of time, and can be reversed, making them a popular choice for women. How would you increase access to affordable birth control including access to LARCs?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 I have and will continue to be supportive of a womens ability to control her own medical decision. Access to affordable medical care which includes a variety of birth control and birthing options is, I believe is a basic human right. I am always open to looking at ways our State can increase access to affordable medical care.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 As a legislature I would support all legislation that provides access to affordable birth control of all forms.
Connie Munk AD4 We need to protect vital reproductive care including access to affordable birth control, and make sure all Nevadans have access to those preventive health care services.
Education; we need to educate women in child bearing years the effectiveness of LARC’s; how cost effective they can be; prevents unwanted pregnancy 20 times they better that condoms or birth control pills; they are effective for a longer, extended period of time without requiring user action to remember to take a pill daily. Education with women on Medicaid; Medicaid could save money with recipients who are currently on monthly birth control.
Mack Miller AD5 Because this is gender specific, my first act would be to consult with a physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology as well as team members from organizations such as the Nevada Coalition for Women’s Equity in order to further understand the concern and receive advice regarding possible solutions that would be more effective and relative than if I were to use my limited knowledge in the subject matter to address. www.MackMiller4Nevada.com
Brittney Miller AD5 Absolutely. I believe that all women should have access to safe, affordable, effective birth control. And long term family planning enables women to pursue their educational/professional goals. Women need to be in control of when, and if, they choose to have children. Colorado has enacted bold legislation that is proving extremely effective.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 I am not an expert in the area of healthcare and cannot speak with authority on this issue. I look forward to an an opportunity to meet with those in the Nevada Women’s Lobby to learn more.
Jason Frierson AD8 I fully support access to such forms of contraception whether it be policies making it easier to have access or support to make such access more affordable.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 The cost should be covered by medical insurance.
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 I feel that if you have health Insurance, they should cover birth control and have a low out of pocket cost, and give you the choice of pills or LARC’s. we also need to educate women on their choice as well as the effects.
Susan Martinez AD12 During the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session, I voted for Senate Bill 94. Under this bill, the Legislature allocated $6 million in funding for the Nevada Family Planning Grant Program. If I am re-elected, I will continue to work with my colleagues, stakeholders, and community leaders to continue the progress that we’ve made in terms of expanding and protecting a woman’s access to reproductive care in Nevada.
Howard Watts AD15 I’m open to ideas for increasing access to LARCs, including increased family planning grants to educate community members about these options. I support making the full range of reproductive health choices available and affordable to women regardless of income or health coverage provider.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 As a women of color who has had many different experiences with getting access to contraception, I will always support access to affordable birth control, including access to LARCs. Access to contraception, all kinds, is access to healthcare.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 How would I increase access to affordable birth control including access to LARC? It would be advantageous for our state to make and ensure that healthcare for ALL is implemented. We need to make it a mandate that all forms of healthcare are available to all citizens to be able to access not only birth control contraceptives that would include LARCs. The healthcare for women should be no less as important as healthcare for men. There are no restrictions for Viagra there should be no restrictions for all forms of birth control for women. Through healthcare for all we would be able to increase access to affordable birth control.
Heather Florian AD18 Making sure insurance companies continue to cover birth control and making it easily affordable in health clinics for people who can not afford it or reduced cost.
Venicia Considine AD18 A woman’s ability to control her own body and health care decisions is essential for all aspects of her life. I would promote access to evidence-based reproductive health providers in all areas of the state, age appropriate sex education, and for safe and approved contraceptives to be available in pharmacies without prescriptions.
David Orentlicher AD20 Other states have taken steps that I would like to take if we haven’t already. Maryland’s Contraceptive Equity Act ensures coverage of all forms of contraceptives, including over-the-counter (OTC) birth control, at little to no cost and in six-month amounts. Making more contraceptives available OTC and expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice also are important. Utah and DC allow pharmacists to dispense contraceptives without a doctor’s prescription, and I would support reviving SB 361 from last year. With regard to LARCs, Delaware and Colorado use public-private partnerships to ensure funding for LARC purchases, train health care providers, and provide operational support.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 I will support legislation that keep providing funding to family planning and oppose legislation that intends to reduce funding for such services and/or prevent access to LARCs.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 I would Support access to affordable birth control .
Natha Anderson AD30 We do not have enough women’s health clinics to provide the needed services. Many of our clinics which are free are understaffed and overrun with red tape to invest the time needed for the conversations to help people be aware of the options. I think that is the first thing we have to start concentrating on – how to get more clinics available (not easy to do in our current budget crisis).
The second, we have to look at expanding the definition in NRS 442.725 (Family Planning Account). There are a few other areas in NRS where this item could also be added so I needed to do a bit more research.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 The education of our young girls should include knowledge of this type of contraception in sex ed courses. We need to fund PSA commercials or poster campaigns. Knowledge is freedom.
Jay Calhoun AD35 What people do in the privacy of their own homes, women do with their bodies, isn’t a matter government should be involved in. Women have fought for this right and we should respect it.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 Family planning, no matter what choice of method, is an important part of a woman’s health. Nevada currently provides reimbursement for LARCs through Medicaid. I will continue to work with stakeholders and the community to ensure that LARCs and other contraception continue to be available to all women.
Shea Backus AD37 At a challenging time that our state is facing with the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, we have managed to preserve funding for family planning. As part of family planning includes making a broad range of contraceptive methods available. Last session, I supported SB94, which aimed to reduce some barriers allowing for funding of family planning services. I would continue to support such services, as well as oppose policy that would prevent accessibility to LARCs.
Deborah Chang AD39 I would propose and/or support legislation to ensure that Nevada’s Medicaid payment structure incorporates all core aspects of high-quality LARC service delivery, including counseling, device, insertion, removal, and follow-up care.
Sena Loyd AD40 I believe that access to affordable birth control is paramount to the health and wellness of all women. By removing the exemption of religious insurers to refuse to provide birth control coverage (or require religious insurers to partner with other insurers) and requiring insurance over related outpatient services it would greatly increase access to more affordable birth control. (Kaiser Family Foundation, Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives 2020)
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 I am in support of expanding money for family planning grants. I am also supportive of the 2019 legislation, which didn’t pass, that would have allowed women to have access to over the counter birth control without a prescription due to a standing order from the chief medical officer. I would like to revisit and expand on this bill to include access to LARCs.
Liz Becker SD18 As a college student, I interned at Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge in Roanoke, VA and one of my duties was selling birth control and scheduling appointments for placement of LARCs such as IUDs. All health insurance plans, including Medicaid, should cover all available forms of contraception, including LARCs. In addition, I support a public option in Nevada to cover those women not covered by Medicaid or private insurance.

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District The COVID-19 pandemic worsened an already dire child care crisis in Nevada. The state is facing a severe shortage of available child care slots, estimated to be the worst in the nation. What will you do to ensure all children can access high quality early learning programs and parents can return to work knowing their children are safe and well?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 COVID-19 has put a spotlight on a number of areas we as a State and Nation need to make great improvements, affordable, quality child care and early childhood education is just one of those areas. The overall economy of our State is another are that has been negatively impacted. Knowing the financial restraints of our State it is important to look at and support legislation that encourage the pool of quality child care providers and explore programs that benefit the employer, employees and their children, seeking non-traditional, creative avenues to provide the resources needed to expand current programs and develop new ones.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 I believe quality early education creates a strong foundation for a better future. I will support legislation in favor of employee sponsored child care options and public preschool options.
Connie Munk AD4 Allocating more state funding to provide PPE, masks, supplies to child care centers to make sure they are safe; state funded incentives to open more facilities such as working on grants to supplement child care centers to increase the number of centers.
Mack Miller AD5 As a member of both the PTA, SOT and being certified by the Dept. of Homeland Security’s FEMA. I’m on the front lines addressing these concerns. Teachers should be trained accordingly. Compensation should be commensurate with training, experience, and include benefits. A low teacher-child ratio allows for teachers to support individual needs. The budget at the Dist. level should be reduced to get more money to each school in order to comply with CDC guidelines under this current pandemic. I have a daughter in the Clark County School District testing at the top of the Nation and speaks fluent mandarin, parents must take time outside of school to further enhance education.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 I am not an expert on access to high quality early learning programs and child care. I look forward to an opportunity to meet with the Nevada Women’s Lobby to learn more about the barriers and work to find solutions.
Jason Frierson AD8 I have and will continue working with community partners as well as local government to explore all avenues to increase support for childcare and early learning programs. We have to recognize the these are formative years for children and we must rely on local, state and federal resources.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 Increase the number of child care facilities as Co-ops and NOT as for profit facilities.
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 we need to promote more in home daycares, help fund the home improvements to bring the property in to compliance and or up to safety codes. there needs to be funding available for educational training for the person to teach age early learning programs.
Susan Martinez AD12 As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nevada has had to make difficult budgetary decisions in order to comply with the constitutional requirement of balancing our budget. Nevertheless, we must continue to find a solution that enables our children to receive high quality education through various programs. That is why I will continue to work with the Governor and well as our federal delegation to ensure that states and local governments receive additional federal funding to reinstate the funding of these critical programs.
Howard Watts AD15 I would support any initiative to expand access to affordable child care and early education, and I look forward to working with others to make this a reality.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 If elected and going into the 2021 legislative session, I will work with community leaders and our state to ensure that we protect access to childcare and that we work together to find ways to ensure it is protected. I know that the state just wrapped up the 31st special session, where major budget cuts took place. As an educator, I know how difficult some parents’ choices are right now as they struggle to afford childcare while they try to get back to work and/or figuring out how to handle childcare and school while at home. Parents are juggling a lot right now in our community and access to childcare would be tremendously life changing for so many families in our state.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 Since the COVID-19 pandemic we in the Nevada are faced with seeing the holds in not only child care but in education. We for too long have relied on the schools to be our babysitters and learning institutions. We as Nevadans must now face the facts that quality child care is a necessity and quality education should be our main priority. By prioritizing both and putting quality as our main objective we can ensure that not only our children are safe but well educated. We need to spend money and have our Federal leadership as well as State leaders invest in the children of Nevada. We need funds to both entities backed by the Federal government to assure that these needs are met.
Heather Florian AD18 Ensure all child care programs can open with safety in mind. It is tough with children. Make sure the people are being tested for work like the casinos are implemented. Proper hand washing. Temperatures taken as well
Venicia Considine AD18 The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the dire need for systemic change in Nevada, which will require new ideas, better funding, improved use of current funding, and long term planning to create a new normal. I had 2 part time jobs when I had my daughter. I remember waiting in lines to get a spot in a quality, affordable child care center. Expanding quality child care options for low-income families is necessary for current families to stay afloat and for the future success of the children for the growth of our state. That includes a foundation for better child care options, higher wages for child care workers, higher median wages overall, affordable housing, and usable public transportation.
David Orentlicher AD20 I support funding for a universal pre-K program and will work to achieve that goal as a legislator.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 I firsthand understand the importance of child care, I was a single mom, working full time and couldn’t imagine child care not being available. With COVID-19, families have an even greater stress, needing to get back to work, while concern about their child’s safety. We need to make sure child care is available and that it is safe for the kids so that their health is not impacted.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 Support affordable child care.
Natha Anderson AD30 AN incredibly important question. The early learning programs need to have more…more people to be educators, more money so it can be offered throughout the state, more attention to the importance of our early education and how early childhood education helps our children be successful. I have three or four ideas however, I think the largest issue is how to help our families experiencing homelessness. We could use the McKinney-Vento Act language (and even apply for some items to help with it). It is a very small item to waive some of the required documentation and still go to their public pre-school if they move out of the attendance zone.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 Raising wages in this field would help expand opportunities. Funding childcare through employers may be an option. Childcare is a benefit that helps all in our communities.
Jay Calhoun AD35 Currently the most pressing issue for children is K-12 learning. One of my mandates is to hold the CCSD accountable for our children’s educational future. In addition, early learning is dependent on future jobs. Nevada ranks at the bottom in wages, jobs to support higher wages, etc… We should strive to attract higher paying jobs, and technical training.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 Each day is a new day when discussing the pandemic. Nevada COVID cases continue to increase and schools will go to an all online format this fall. For families with elementary age students, this will be challenging as parents have to work. Many daycare centers aren’t able to take as many children either in an effort to protect the kids. I will support legislation that provides families with resources to provide a safe environment for their their children whether in a childcare center or school.
Shea Backus AD37 While I recognize the stress of families undergoing a need for child care upon returning to work, I also am concerned about the safety of children and families when children are in child care. Thus, not only does child care have to be available but it also has to be safe in light of the spread of COVID-19. Child care assists with providing equity to those in our community, especially at a time like this. As an alternate to the Interim Finance Committee, I have proudly approved various federal grants that are going to child care providers that have been impacted by COVID-19, as well as grants extending benefits to those that require financial assistance for child care.
Deborah Chang AD39 Ensuring that all children have access to quality daycare is an investment in the community and the future success of our state. Studies show that public money spent on childcare and preschool programs have a strong financial return on investment. The education that children receive in their earliest years is linked to lifelong successes. Moreover, parents who are unable to obtain affordable childcare cannot obtain jobs or advance in their careers, which can trap them in a cycle of poverty. As a legislator, I would advocate to increase the states investment in childcare resources and for childcare reimbursement rates received by providers to be at 100% of current market rates.
Sena Loyd AD40 I believe that we need to work together as a community to find solutions to child care in Nevada. I promise to continually think outside of the box with community partners to come up with new solutions. In Carson City, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada is working directly with the Carson City School District to navigate the current situation and are prepared to implement innovative solutions. We need to continue to support and fund these organizations to ensure they have the support they need.
Brittney Miller AD5 There just isn’t a great answer for this. Children need high quality early learning centers, but that can’t come before their physical safety. The complexities and necessity of this issue does require support from the federal government.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 I support universal pre-K for three and four year old children. Universal pre-k would reduce the financial burden families with young children are faced with while at the same time preparing children for kindergarten.
Liz Becker SD18 As a former preschool teacher and mother of an 8 year old who will most likely be home with me this Fall completing 3rd grade through virtual learning, I have personal experience with this issue. Most parents are not in my position – that of someone who can choose to stay home. Whether we call a job “essential” or not does not affect the reality that an income is essential for parents. As a state, we must find funding and qualified staff to expand our childcare capacity statewide. I intend to follow recommendations from experts in this field and support solutions that are presented.

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District Nevada elected officials have historically prioritized the safety and wellbeing of survivors of domestic violence. What will you do to continue to prioritize safety and ensure that survivors have the resources that they need?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 As stated Nevada has historically prioritized survivors and their safety. I will contiune to have an open door and heart to hear from our survivors and examine proposed legislation that supports their needs.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 I have advocated for DV victims and child abuse victims for over 15 years. As a survivor myself, I am a passionate proponent for better DV laws that reflect in victim protection and progress.
Connie Munk AD4 In the 2019 Session we passed 37 bills that effect domestic and sexual violence. We need to continue to advocate for laws that affect domestic/sexual violence programs; My AB 124 advocated for sexual assault victims. Currently, I have a BDR to expand NRS 200.366, defining sexual assault as more than just “penetration.” which is all that statute quotes. Continue funding additional training for service programs and providers.
Mack Miller AD5 SB361 was passed in Nevada’s’ 2017 session. This ACT relating to domestic violence extends protections for DV victims and their families. I would continue to support the provisions of that ACT and oppose actions to limit its benefits or diminish its capabilities.
Brittney Miller AD5 I will continue to work with stakeholders and support legislation ensures safety for all survivors.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 I believe it is important to support the safety and well being of survivors of domestic violence. I look forward to an opportunity to meet with the Nevada Women’s Lobby to learn what resources are currently available, and discuss where the resources need to be increased.
Jason Frierson AD8 I’m proud of the work I’ve done in prioritizing support for survivors of domestic violence, including survivors of human trafficking. I believe above all, we must include survivors of domestic violence in the development of policies that are intended to provide that protection. We cannot assume we know all the answers.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 Make sure those that cause domestic violence against others are kept away from them through a special unit in the sheriffs department with consequences if they come anywhere near the victims
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 Due to the Corona Virus first and foremost we will need to make sure that there is enough money in our budget to make sure our State is running, and will have to make tough decisions to continue all the programs after funding education.
Susan Martinez AD12 During the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session, I was proud to vote for Assembly Bill 176 as well as Senate Bill 368. With the passage of these bills, the Sexual Assaults Survivors’ Bill of Rights and Sexual Assault Victims’ DNA Bill of Rights were created. Although we still have more work ahead of us, I believe it is important and critical to not only hear from survivors about their experiences, but also include them in the conversation during the legislative process. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and I look forward to continue working to ensure that we are able to protect, preserve, and strengthen the safety and security of survivors.
Howard Watts AD15 I support policies to protect and improve safety for survivors, including adjustments to deal with the recent Supreme Court ruling on jury trials for battery domestic violence charges, and want to make sure our domestic violence supports are adequately resourced, given the recent decline in marriage license and other revenue.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I will always prioritize the safety and wellbeing of survivors of DV. I will continue to support legislation to ensure that survivors are supported and protected. I believe that we as a state need to invest more resources into communities when it comes to making sure our survivors have resources they need. For example, the Las Vegas valley only has two shelters solely focused on domestic violence. Most shelters also exclude male survivors due to the over majority of survivors being women. I want to work to invest more resources for survivors of all genders, specifically, I want to work on how to provide resources to our transgender survivors.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 The wellbeing of domestic violence survivors continues to be an important issue for not only state leadership but to all Nevadans. To ensure and prioritize the safety of those survivors of domestic violence we will need to keep educating the public. We need to provide resources that will protect the safety of those that are victims of domestic violence. Those resources can come under Victim of Crimes compensation with payment taking from those that commit the crime of domestic violence. These compensations will go to making those victims whole again. I am a supporter of providing resources to ensure victims are made whole again.
Heather Florian AD18 This is so important. Continue to improve and implement bills that protect the survivors.
Venicia Considine AD18 I will continue to prioritize the safety, well being, and mental health of survivors of domestic violence by ensuring laws, like taking guns away from abusers and providing access to protection orders, are strengthened, promoting trauma-informed training for Judges, and making sure resources from crisis centers to legal services to safe housing are funded as much as possible during the difficult time and budgeting for appropriate funding in the future.
David Orentlicher AD20 It is essential to build on SB 143 (2019) to limit access of abusers to firearms, including making sure that firearms are taken from individuals prohibited from possessing them. It also is essential to ensure that women have access to the resources they need to safely leave abusive situations, including housing, counseling services, and legal services. Promoting women’s financial independence also is critical, through increases in the minimum wage, affordable health care, and paid sick and family leave.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 The issue of domestic violence has always been close to my heart at I am a survivor. I also have volunteered and worked for SafeNest Domestic Violence Shelter. Domestic violence is a huge issue in Nevada and it has become an even greater issue because of the pandemic. I will always support legislation that provides resources to survivors. Additionally, I will always support legislation that wants to provide extra funding for such resources as well.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 I have brought several bills that support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, both in the 2017 and 2019 Nevada Legislative sessions. I will continue to prioritize safety and resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence to make sure that survivors have the resources that they need.
Natha Anderson AD30 Keep the budget resources in tact for these important items. As we see the harmful cuts being proposed to health and human resources during special session – this will come up again during the session. One (or many) important resources offered for survivors of domenstic violance is very limited time for mental health counselors. Our mental health counselors at the state level are already overworked, I just don’t see how they can handle. If there are ways to expand how long survivors are able to meet with their counselors this would be incredibly helpful and must be discussed at the policy as well as the legislative level.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 I would support red flag laws and continue to improve on them. Funding for safe housing for women and children should be increased.
Jay Calhoun AD35 I will continue the prioritization started by former Lt. Gov. Adam Laxalt who worked on getting Rape testing kits processed. Other priorities will be on Prostitution and Human trafficking. If government should do something well, it should be to serve the people who elected us.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 During the 2019 legislative session, several bills were introduced and passed related to domestic violence including extending protection orders. I am proud to have voted yes on all of these bills which are now into law. I will continue to work with stakeholders on improving domestic violence legislation and support other’s work on strengthening current laws. I am also currently in discussions to introduce legislation that would prioritize domestic violence survivors on affordable housing lists.
Shea Backus AD37 With families have been impacted with loss of employment and not getting out of their homes as frequently, I am concerned about the impact that COVID-19 has had on domestic violence, as well as child abuse and neglect. After the 80th Session, we were faced with a court ruling impacting how domestic violence cases are being addressed in municipal courts. To ensure that we are not simply allowing offenders be free from addressing issues of domestic violence, I am in support of legislation to correct this wrong, as well as supporting specialty courts for domestic violence.
Deborah Chang AD39 I would support the Account for Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence, funded through justice court and marriage license fees, etc., to provide grants to nonprofit agencies to provide services to survivors of domestic violence. I would also support survivors to participate in the fictitious address program, receive restitution payments, and to take full advantage of other types of assistance available to crime victims in Nevada. I also fully support the prohibition of a person who has been convicted in this or any other state of domestic violence from owning or having in their possession or under their custody or control any firearm, and violations to be punishable as a felony.
Sena Loyd AD40 With the current COVID 19 global health crisis it is ever more important to ensure that we are reaching out and assisting survivors of domestic violence. I believe that pushing for and supporting national and state legislation to address survivors’ needs in this time is also paramount. Collaboration with state and local entities supporting survivors is necessary to accomplish this.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 There have been multiple policies passed in the previous two sessions to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence. I support these efforts, and would be interested in learning what additional policies we can put in place as a state to ensure that DV victims are safe and have access to the resources they need.
Liz Becker SD18 I was pleased to see bills passed in 2017 and 2019 that supported survivors of domestic violence. As the Nevada Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, I advocated strongly for AB291, specifically the Red Flag Law piece. We have work to do to make sure local public safety officers are enforcing this law, as well as others that mandate domestic abusers relinquish their firearms, so that we can protect domestic violence victims, including children living in unsafe situations. Our domestic violence homicide rate is one of the highest in the nation and in 2019 more than 37,600 people were reported as victims. I will never stop advocating on this issue!

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District Recent years have shined a light on the prevalence of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment within our communities. What policies would you support that create protections for victim-survivors of these crimes to help ensure that they feel safe in their homes, workplaces, schools, and places of worship?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 Sexual assault and harassment is unacceptable anywhere in our community. I have not thought of any specific policies to address this issue, however I am open to discussing proposed legislation to creat stronger protections for victim-survivors.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 Gender violence in any form is not acceptable. I believe policies addressing these issues should be multipronged involving education, enforcement, regulation and encouragement. As a legislator I will work closely with advocates to develop need based policies.
Connie Munk AD4 Survivors has resources through the Attorney’s General office. Continue policies that protect victims, such as we passed in 2019. My AB 124 gives victims resources to help ensure they have counseling, continue to provide additional training to providers,
and that victim survivors have resources they can access.
Mack Miller AD5 I would review current legislation in the NRS’s regarding protective orders and even consider extending legislation regarding those orders as well as supporting harsher penalties for those legitimately found guilty of committing the crime.
Brittney Miller AD5 I have not been presented with any potential legislation yet, so I can’t speak on any proposed policies yet. I will say that I disagree with the policies that have been accepted and handed down from the federal government that actually reduced these protections for students in their education settings.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 It is important that victim-survivors of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment feel safe. However, I cannot advocate for new laws or policies without first reviewing them.
Jason Frierson AD8 I was proud to adopt policies within the legislature to create a safe work environment for everyone and allow for effective ways to report misconduct and harassment. Those policies need to be constantly revisited to remain relevant and effective. I believe we need to continue listening to victim-survivors to and ensure that their perspectives are taken into consideration when developing stronger policies.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 Tougher enforcement and harsher penalties.
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 we need to make sure the victims are safe in their home by making sure there is some sort of alarms or video surveillance available at a reasonable cost , and that suspect(s) are held accountable and should pay for the cost of counseling’s, and tougher penalties for each violation.
Susan Martinez AD12 I believe there should be a legislative intervention as well as a moral change in contemporary culture. The #MeToo movement has been instrumental in changing the conversation from dismissing the claims of a survivor to allowing them to tell their story. This is a movement that I believe in and is something that is necessary to hold people accountable.

In terms of a legislative intervention, I believe employers should provide mandatory interactive training and education on sexual harassment prevention. This is something that I plan on continuing to have conversations with constituents, stakeholders, and survivors in terms of the best legislative approach moving forward.

Howard Watts AD15 I support strong policies to discourage sexual harassment and misconduct, and ensure that people feel more comfortable coming forward and feeling that just outcomes are likely.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I have personal experience in what it means to feel “safe.” First, I want to talk to victims and survivors and ask them what they need to feel safe. I know in my own experience, healing the relationship with law enforcement would be one of the first things I would want, given that law enforcement often times makes victims/survivors feel as if their violence was their fault. I also believe that we need to address some of the clerical issues when it comes to protection orders. For example, the length of time and business hours it takes to process and approve TPOs. I believe policies need to include victims/survivors.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 My concern about sexual assault, misconduct and harassment in all phases of our society is troubling. In order transient community especially as many of the crime of sexual assault go unreported. This is due to how societies viewpoint about this crime. I support Victim of Crime advocacy, also the NRS179D Sex Offender Registration. I am a supporter of educating the public which would include our homes, workplaces, schools, and places of worship by providing knowledge through Public Safety Announcements (PSAs) it will bring to the forefront that sexual assault happens and its a crime.
Heather Florian AD18 Support stronger bills that protect the victims. I know NV has some in place but there is room for improvement. Everyone deserves to fell safe.
Venicia Considine AD18 Listen to victims. Education is the key to changing our community. Age appropriate education on equality, consent, respect, and stalking should be part of school curriculum. I would work to make protection order violations harsher in order to end the reputation that they are not worthwhile. I would work with the Board of Regents and Attorney General’s office to fight the Title IX policy changes.
David Orentlicher AD20 We need to do more to prevent sexual misconduct and also to ensure that redress is available for victims. On prevention, I like policies requiring employers generally, and specifically in the hospitality industry, to provide sexual harassment training to employees, and we should consider requiring panic buttons for at risk hotel and casino employees. On redress, we should improve access to justice, such as by increasing the financial remedies for misconduct (which can help deter misconduct as well) and prohibiting employers from requiring workers to waive rights to litigate misconduct claims. It’s also important to have free, confidential counseling for survivors to promote their recovery.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 I would like to have discussions about any and all policies related to this issue. I’m grateful for the #MeToo movement because it showed what has been happening to women for so long and it opened the door for discussions about sexual misconduct and harassment. These discussions need to continue to happen so it can be addressed.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 I will support all policies that create protections for victim survivors to ensure that they feel safe in their homes, work places ,schools, and places of worship.
Natha Anderson AD30 I appreciate the expanded areas of protection (in particular places of worship). Victim-survivors MUST feel safe without having to file a Protective Order. At the school level with the current national administration, some of the protections which are part of Title IX are in the process of being removed so the first item would be put these protections into NRS.
To expand/research further, CA AB 171 (2019) concentrates on the workplace only and has some items which could be a strong starting off point for discussion around creating a law for this item.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 Sexual Harassment courses must be taught at all places of employment. Maybe increase the training to twice a year. Posters to help those who need to file a complaint should be readily available on work sites. I support keeping workplaces safe from sex harassment.
Jay Calhoun AD35 Recent legislation passed in 2019 took away these very protections. As a Legislator I will work to overturn legislation which takes away rights of Survivors. It is important to ensure these citizens feel confident that Justice is on their side and not the perpetrator.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 The Sexual Assault Bill of Rights was passed during the 2019 legislative session, which passed unanimously in both houses. I am proud to have voted yes on this very important legislation. In addition, I was also the co-sponsor on AB124 which required hospitals to provide information to victims of sexual abuse. I will continue to support policies that support victims of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment by supporting legislation that strengthens current laws and provides resources to those who experience these crimes.
Shea Backus AD37 I am open to discuss any and all policies related to this issue. I am thankful for the #MeToo movement as it has opened the door for discussions about sexual misconduct and harassment. These discussions need to continue to happen so it is not overlooked and is being addressed.
Deborah Chang AD39 The Nevada State Legislature made some important advances in the areas of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment (see https://www.ncedsv.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-Legislative-Session-Summary-Section-Breakdown.pdf). I would support efforts to make it easier for survivors to report these types of violations for investigation by businesses, schools and places of workshop and for extending statutes of limitation when these violations should be criminally prosecuted.
Sena Loyd AD40 Similar to above I feel that pushing for and supporting national and state legislation to address survivors’ needs while also attempting to implement legislation to ensure their safety is of utmost importance. Additionally, collaboration with state and local entities supporting survivors is necessary to accomplish this.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 I am supportive of the legislatures’ efforts in 2019 to create a sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights, as well as to address Non Disclosure agreements that so often protect abusers in these situations. I would be interested in learning more about what further steps could be taken to address these very serious issues.
Liz Becker SD18 In my last answer, I mentioned my work with Moms Demand Action. Another important point that I learned through my work there is that the majority of mass shootings are perpetrated by someone with a previous domestic violence charge. I believe we must work to proactively enforce laws already on the books, like AB291, that require the removal of weapons from domestic abusers. I also strongly support mental health assistance for families suffering from domestic violence, specifically support for domestic abusers themselves. In these last 4 months, we have seen an increase in incidents due to the extreme stress of the times. Mental health assistance is key to creating safety.

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District Currently, Nevada employers with 50 or more employees must provide 40 hours per year in paid time off. Many of our most vulnerable low-wage earners work in establishments with less than 50 employees. Would you support legislation to eliminate the number of employees required for paid time off? Why or why not?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 I have been both an employee of a small business and was once a small business owner therefore I understand both sides of the issue. I cannot say that I could simply support eliminating the number required for paid time off, but I do welcome the conversation to explore options that allow the employee to have much needed paid time off structured in a way that does not have a negative impact on the operation of the organization. Having options for all business ownwers of both small and micro organization can be accomplished and neccessary for the health of all invovled
Radhika Kunnel AD2 As someone that understands the struggles of both small business owners and employees, I am empathetic to both sides. I believe it is important to develop a legislation that supports every one involved. I will involve all stakeholders to develop a policy that is beneficial to all parties. Such policies may have to be industry specific.
Connie Munk AD4 40% of Nevadans are employed by small businesses; many have less than 5 employees. AB 312 made no exception for part-time employees. I support paid time off. Not knowing what the exact wording would be on a bill, I would need to look at it first. Being a small business owner myself in the past; I had 18 employees, and offered paid sick leave as a benefit.
Mack Miller AD5 Small business is the main engine behind our economy. Currently because of the pandemic small businesses are already suffering badly and more so than larger companies. At this time I would not consider any more regulation which would place addition hardships on what few small businesses will survive this pandemic. Once our States economic status is revived I would consider placing this issue back on the table and hearing the pros and cons prior to making a final decision. www.MackMiller4Nevada.com
Brittney Miller AD5 I would be happy to read any proposals. Moreover, I believe we need to look and redefine what we consider a small business. There is a major difference between a sole proprietor or family owned business with just immediate family or a few other workers. Often, the owner isn’t even drawing a paycheck. Their circumstances are quite different from any others with 50 employees.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 I cannot agree to support legislation without review. I welcome an opportunity to meet with members of the Nevada Women’s Lobby, residents of AD6 and members of the business community to learn more from each perspective and work toward and equitable solution.
Jason Frierson AD8 I don’t find it appropriate to answer questions about specific bills in the course of an endorsement interview or questionnaire, particularly in the absence of reviewing specific language. I support the notion of all employers providing paid time off.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 Employers currently under the new regulations are barely holding on Any new requirements that cost them additional fees should NOT be instituted.
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 I support time off for al employees, but with the Pandemic we need to make sure that our small businesses will be able to stay open.
Susan Martinez AD12 I voted for Senate Bill 312, which required Nevada employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave to their workers. In terms of a specific piece of legislation, I will continue to work with my colleagues including legislative leadership, stakeholders, and community leaders on ways we to improve our paid sick leave policies in the next legislative session.
Howard Watts AD15 I would certainly support legislation to lower the threshold so more employers must provide sick leave. The pandemic crisis has highlighted the critical importance of reasonable sick leave policies for every employee. I understand that for very small operations this may be a challenge, but I believe that we should expand upon the foundation we built in 2019.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 I would support this legislation. Truthfully, I believe in Medicare for all and paid time off for all workers, however, I know as a community we are fighting every day to get to this point. I believe regardless of the type of work you do, the number of employees a company has, or how many hours a week a person works, everyone should have paid time off. People and families get sick, they need time to rest. Regardless of being sick, people should have paid time off to take rest, take a mental health day, or just take time to refocus. I would work on this legislation and support it.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 Thank you for that question of, my support of legislation to eliminate the number of employees required for paid time off. I would have to study and assess information that would give me an educated assessment of the pro’s and con’s for supporting and/or eliminating the current paid time off mandate. Thank you for the question and I look forward to reaching out to Nevada Women’s Lobby for your input on this important issue.
Heather Florian AD18 Absolutely. Some companies have found ways to get around the 50 people limit by separating payroll or changing names. Time off is needed for everyone. It causes less stress and more productivity.
Venicia Considine AD18 I support legislation that helps low-wage earners obtain vacation time. I look forward to learning how to make this feasible, which will improve the lives of the people in our community.
David Orentlicher AD20 You shouldn’t have to work for an employer with 50 employees to receive paid leave. Paid leave protects workers from having to choose between caring for their families and keeping their jobs. As a result, paid leave increases labor force participation, especially for women, promoting economic growth and helping close the gender pay gap. It also improves financial security for many disadvantaged groups, especially minority women, and it allows parents to give their children a stronger start in life. Paid leave improves worker productivity by boosting morale and making it easier for businesses to retain skilled employees. It promotes public health since sick workers can afford to stay home.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 Although I would need to read a bill in its entirety, I support paid time off. With the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expanding paid FMLA for paid sick leave for family needs associated with COVID-19, I think that smaller businesses may be open to discuss the importance of paid time off. I would like to speak to individuals who have been impacted by such policies as well.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 IWhile I do support the concept, of time off for employees, I would need to see the specific language in a BDR before committing to a yes or no vote on a particular piece of legislation.
Natha Anderson AD30 Strongly support. There are too many loopholes with the current cap of 50. Paid leave, which sadly includes paid sick leave, is a way to show the employees are valued by the employer. With our current health crisis people will show up to work when they should not because of experiencing housing issues or suffering from food poverty or numerous other items attached to how to pay bills.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 Sick leave should be a right of every employee regardless of business size. I support expanding sick leave to all.
Jay Calhoun AD35 The vast majority of businesses nationally have less than 50 employees. It would be impossible for a small business owner to offer this benefit without having to cut a benefit somewhere else, possibly firing an employee. In the end the only businesses remaining would be large corporations who can afford such benefits.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 Yes, I would support legislation to eliminate the employee cap. If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that people get sick and they need to have the ability to take time off without risking a loss of pay rather than come to work and potentially make other people sick. Besides getting sick or taking care of someone in their family who is sick, people need time off from work to decompress. Studies have shown that employees that take time off from work are also happier and more productive. 40 hours of earned paid time off isn’t asking much.
Shea Backus AD37 While I will always want to review a drafted bill before agreeing to support it, I am in favor of paid time off. With the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expanding FMLA for paid sick leave for family needs associated with COVID-19, I think that smaller businesses recognized the importance of paid time off. I would be open to having that conversation with all those that are impacted by such policies as well. As a business owner with less than 50 employees, our office provides considerable paid time off to our employees, in addition to all state and federal holidays being paid.
Deborah Chang AD39 I would support legislation to eliminate the number of employees required for paid time off because all employees (especially low-wage earners) deserve to have at least one week of paid time off (including sick leave) per year. The absence of paid time off for vulnerable low-wage workers can put the community at risk, especially during times of a global pandemic.
Sena Loyd AD40 Yes. All employees should have access to paid leave. Current laws are not keeping up with a 21st century economy. Paid leave ensures that employees are not having to choose between caring for their family or keeping their job, improves financial security, and supports economic growth. (Joint Economic Committee United States Congress, The Economic Benefits of Paid Leave: Fact Sheet)
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 I support expanding paid sick policy, but we need to be smart in how we go about it to make sure we do not adversely hurt small businesses and cause loss of jobs. I would be interested in looking at the Commerce Tax structure as a means for determining paid time off policies based on size and revenue of business.
Liz Becker SD18 Yes. Paid leave is a worker right. Not offering paid leave encourages folks to come to work sick and send children to school sick. We should take our cue on paid leave from other countries who provide more and report better mental health population wide.

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District The average short term loan interest rate in Nevada is 652%. In 2019 the legislature established a payday loan database and codified the Military Lending Act, which caps interest rates at 36% to protect service members, into state law. If elected, how would you ensure that all Nevadans are protected from predatory lending?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 While short term lending is not the favorite business of most in our community, it does serve as a vital business for others, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that those that chose to and are force to for economic reasons to use these banking options are protected and treated fairly. Predatory lending in any form is unacceptable.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 Yes.
Connie Munk AD4 Yes, and Yes. This not only includes short term payday loans, but should also include predatory mortgage lenders that put people in certain types of loans that can cause them to lose their homes.
Mack Miller AD5 I would support extending existing legislation to non-military Nevadans as well.
Brittney Miller AD5 I was supportive of the past initiatives surrounding this issue. I do believe we need to work to protect Nevadans from predatory lending, and educate people on the risks. However, we need to understand that many people utilize such resources because of need. This means we also need to diversify our economy and ensure that people are able to obtain jobs that provide a living wage. We can also work with our local banks and financial institutions to enhance community reinvestment programs that support working Nevadans by extending low interest lines of credit.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 I will do whatever is within my power to support current legislation to protect consumers from predatory lending. I would welcome an opportunity to meet with members of the Nevada Women’s Lobby to learn more and find out where I can help.
Jason Frierson AD8 I supported legislation in 2017 to lower Nevada’s interest rate on short term loans from one of the worst states in the country to closer to a national average and was disappointed that it was not ultimately passed. Some believed it did not go far enough but had it passed, that would have been 3 years of added protection that to this day does not exist. I look forward to confirmation from the database that there are vulnerable Nevadans caught in a cycle and also look forward to legislation addressing those loopholes.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 As a victim of HIGH rate interest loans I understand this concern! I borrowed $90,000.00 and had to pay over $27,000.00 in interest back over a 4 year period . This was legal! Interest MUST be capped to stop this outrageous behavior. The money borrowed was used to pay my legal fees in a case I won.
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 we will need to review the data to determine new policy.
Susan Martinez AD12 I was proud to support those two measures during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session. Predatory lending disproportionately targets low income neighborhoods and negatively impacts a person’s ability to repay that loan. If I am re-elected, I will continue to work with my colleagues, stakeholders, and community leaders on addressing the issues associated with predatory lending in our communities.
Howard Watts AD15 I look forward to seeing data to determine how often potential violations of existing law are occurring. This may help inform further policy action. Allowing loans with such high interest rates to go on for significant amounts of time is extremely troubling.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 If elected, I want to work with community members on this issue. When I was in college, I remember attending a few events with PLAN during shark week – actions around bringing awareness to how destructive and predatory loan companies truly are. I want to continue to work with organizations like PLAN and Make It Work that have been on the ground and doing the work around this issue. If elected, I want to continue to lower interest rates and hold predatory loan companies accountable.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 Thank you for the question of, if elected how would I ensure that all Nevadans are protected from predatory lending. Again, I must defer as you know I was not an elected legislator in 2019 and I would need to read and educate myself on why this very issue was not address or was address during the passing of the Military Lending Act. Again, I would ask for the Nevada Coalition to give me input into the passing of this Act and what in their view is needed for fair lending practices.
Heather Florian AD18 Make sure these are enforced. So many online companies are getting to NV and people are ending up getting loan after loan to survive. I was one of them and had to file BK. People need to know this is not a solution.
Venicia Considine AD18 I would strengthen Nevada’s consumer protections laws. I would like to see the Military Lending Act protections expanded to everyone in Nevada. I would fight new forms of predatory lending from obtaining a foot hold in Nevada. I would like to see the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go back to it’s purpose, but Nevada must protect our communities against businesses intent on putting desperate and vulnerable people on debt treadmills in the guise of assistance and using the court as a free collection agency.
David Orentlicher AD20 Other states have done more to protect their residents from predatory payday lending, and we should as well. For example, Ohio makes sure that borrowers have a sufficient time frame to repay their loans, the annual interest rate is capped at 28 percent, and other fees also are capped. In addition, borrowers are protected from long-term indebtedness by provisions limiting total interest and fees to 60 percent of the loan principal and requiring equal payments that reliably reduce the principal over time. I would want to study the issue more before settling on specifics, but it’s clear that we can draw a better balance among the different interests at stake.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 I will support legislation that decreases predatory lending. Short term loans creates a vicious cycle that affects the most vulnerable people.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 I would support legislation that ensures protections from predatory lending.
Natha Anderson AD30 It was such a great bill to get passed! I think the first is to double check the policies. Too often a law is passed but then there are “policies” adopted which circumvent the intent of the law. My first thought is possibly request/require appropriate dept to do an audit or even check in (similar to what happens with enforcement of the mask wearing at restaurants) to ensure this is accurate.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 I support laws to regulate predatory lending practices. These businesses have been given a pass to create hardship for our citizens who do not have access to regular banking systems. We need to create a fair system for all. Reducing the number of business licenses for this type of business would help as well.
Jay Calhoun AD35 Yes. Absolutely. Usury isn’t just illegal it is immoral. In the old days it was called “Loan Sharking”. It wasn’t good then and isn’t good now.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 During the 2019 legislative session I voted in support of AB118. When I am re-elected I will continue to support legislation that protects consumers from exorbitant interest rates and/or fees that make it difficult if not impossible for someone to pay back the loan.
Shea Backus AD37 While I will always want to review a drafted bill before agreeing to support it, I am in favor of policies to decrease predatory lending. I recognize the vicious cycle that it creates to those in the most vulnerable situations. I am worried what may transpire with individuals’ finances in light of unavoidable delays in getting families unemployment and PUA benefits. It will be interesting to see if the database decreased the short-term loans that paid off other short-term loans. I am always open to discussing proposed policies that could protect individuals from predatory lending.
Deborah Chang AD39 Predatory lending, whether the by big banks and mortgage companies of the past, or payday loan companies and auto loan companies today harm consumers and threaten the health of our economy. If elected, I would seek to cap interest rates for all Nevada citizens and to prohibit many forms of predatory lending within the state.
Sena Loyd AD40 I would support legislation that capped short term interest rates for all Nevadans.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 I believe the legislation from 2019 that created an existing loan database payday lenders are now required to use was a step in the right direction. We need to make sure that the state has the ability to adequately track the bad actors and patterns of bad behavior in the payday lending industry. Once we have more information on this from the database that was created, I believe that will give us the ability to more effectively weed out those in the industry who would seek to take advantage of vulnerable communities.
Liz Becker SD18 I would support AB118 as introduced in 2019. Our whole community is affected by predatory lending as it impedes the progress of our neighbors who are trying to make ends meet. The protections afforded to service members should be available to all Nevadans.

Candidate Name Assembly District or Senate District What would your priorities be if budget cuts are necessitated by the impacts of COVID-19 on the state?
Daniele Monroe-Moreno AD1 During our recent special session budget cuts were necessary as a direct result of COVID-19. My priority are the same no matter what season our State is in and that is the families of Nevada, ensuring that they have a quality education, afforable health with options, access to behavorial health, supporting our aging communities, equity in our law enforcement & judicial system, supporting our small businesses, attracting & encourage new business industries, ensuring a clean environment for the next generation and creating a balanced budget for our State that builds a strong rainy day fund for future unexpected needs.
Radhika Kunnel AD2 Healthcare, education and diversifying business.
Connie Munk AD4 Mental health, protecting health care for all Nevadans, lower the cost of prescription drugs; expand access to protect women’s health.
Mack Miller AD5 Please visit https://www.mackmiller4nevada.com/issues for more details, however;

1.) I REFUSE to raise taxes or consider ANY new taxes.
2.) An Audit of the States Education funding scheme.
3.) Education
4.) Safety and Jobs
not necessarily in that order.

Brittney Miller AD5 The ultimate priority is for the state to continue operating at the fullest capacity possible. Education and healthcare are top priorities.
Shondra Summers-Armstrong AD6 I do not believe it is appropriate for me to comment on this issue. I would need more information before I could make a determination in cooperation with other members of the assembly
Jason Frierson AD8 We made clear our priorities during the most recent special sessions were to make informed and measured decisions rather than a flat cut. We also made clear that we wanted to prioritize access to health care and public education. Lastly, we were committed to making sure the burden did not fell greatest on hard working families. That will continue to be my approach.
JONATHAN FRIEDRICH AD10 Cut salaries of ALL State and County employees for a short period of time. Freeze ALL construction projects for a short time.
Assemblywoman Bea Duran AD11 There is already cuts that had to be made because the Covid-19 and these aren’t easy to determine what gets cut , every person in Nevada is a priority and to make cuts to any program is devastating, we will need to determine the shortfall and make cuts accordingly.
Susan Martinez AD12 The Legislature has had to make incredibly difficult budgetary decisions on budget cuts to various programs in order to balance the budget as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. My main priority has been working with our federal delegation as well as the Governor to ensure that Nevada receives federal funding through the next federal COVID-19 package that includes funding for both states and local governments.
Howard Watts AD15 Our top responsibilities are education are health care, and I think those should be our top priorities to preserve. In addition, I think we need to look at investments through a lens of equity to minimize harm on historically marginalized communities.
Cecelia Gonzalez AD16 My priorities would be education, reforming the criminal justice system, and ensuring people have access to healthcare during this pandemic. My number one priority is ensure that every Nevadan student has access to the resources that they need, even more so as we navigating going forward in regards to distance learning in the fall. I want to make sure other people in Nevada do not struggle like I did to find access to healthcare. And finally, in the conversation of budget cuts, I firmly believe that criminal justice reform will allow us to spend less money on prisons and more money in our community, like education and mental health services.
Clara “Claire” Thomas AD17 What would be my priorities be if budget cuts are necessary by the impact of COVID-19 in our state? I am a strong supporter of healthcare, then educations of our children. The reason for these two being top priority, they are our lynchpin to the future. COVID-19 will eventually have a cure and we need to be ready for the future, healthcare is needed to have a population and investing in a new way of educating our child is a must, as they are our future. The economy is a third concern for me, with the economy we will need to think of ways to diversify our state, bringing technology to Nevada is a good thing.
Heather Florian AD18 Protecting education and our medical budgets.
Venicia Considine AD18 Education, healthcare, and affordable housing.
David Orentlicher AD20 Public health, income and housing support, education, and Medicaid and other health services.
Elaine H Marzola AD21 My priority would be the health and welfare of individuals and education.
Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner AD26 As a NV State Assemblywoman, I am a representative of the people and I am committed to representing and looking out for the people in our state. I am in favor of fairness , equality and justice for all citizens under law. I am an advocate for women, children, victims, minorities, and anyone who feels they do not have a voice.
Natha Anderson AD30 This is the toughest – Pre-K-12 funding is about 40% of the budget; health & human services is around 36% (both are underfunded). We need to protect these two items from further cuts.
We must close some tax loopholes offered to companies coming to our state/staying in our state and taking our natural resources.
The larger issue we must do something about income. We cannot continue to depend on tourist (with the gaming, hotel) industry to pay our bills. We have to restructure our property taxes to be more realistic. There are numerous other taxes which should be talked about and adjusted.
Thank you for this opportunity. Looking forward to further discussion.
Paula Povilaitis AD32 As our special session meets I hope that the cuts are spread broadly through the budget and our state workers do not receive the brunt of the cuts. Healthcare items should remain in tack as we are still fighting the Corona Virus.
Jay Calhoun AD35 Education, Healthcare and broadening our economy.
Michelle Gorelow AD35 Budget cuts were necessary and unfortunately had to be made. Our goal was to mitigate some of the painful cuts in education, healthcare, mental health, senior services and workers. These cuts will be painful, and I didn’t take this vote lightly. Although the CARES money did help in some areas, due to its many restrictions, it wasn’t able to fix all of the budget shortfalls. We need assistance from the federal government for Nevada’s families to make it though this and hope the HEROS Act can be passes quickly.
Shea Backus AD37 Since we just finished the 31st Special Session wherein we had to cut 1.2B from our 4.6B budget, you start to see where your priorities are. I realized that someone’s health is my highest priority. From something simple to making sure someone has access to dental care to avoid future health issues should be funded if additional resources exist above funding Medicaid. After that, my priority was to keep as many dollars following each student in K-12. I am happy to say that additional monies went back into Medicaid, as well as mental health, and that the Distributive School Account was not reduced. Additional funds through CARES Act were also allocated to the most vulnerable students.
Deborah Chang AD39 I would seek to eliminate tax breaks, rebates, and deferments for large profitable corporations (e.g., Tesla, Amazon, etc.). I would also seek to get a payback from the owners of the Raiders for the $750 million in public funds that was give to them for a new stadium.
Sena Loyd AD40 Education and Workforce Development, Health and Human Services, Economic Development
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins SD15 My top priority would be protecting funding for public education and health and human services.
Liz Becker SD18 Health and human services, K-12 education, and climate change mitigation. I understand that cuts must be made somewhere with a $1.2 billion budget deficit, but we must preserve services for our most vulnerable neighbors. I supported AB4 in this special session, which would have raised more than $100 million without raising taxes on mining, just by reducing the deductions (read: loopholes) they take out of the 5% max tax rate.