Las Vegas, NV—Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) Statewide Officers, led by Chair Judith Whitmer, released the following statement on Tuesday morning in support of Democrats’ Nevada Assembly Joint Resolution 10, a bill which would amend the Ordinance of the Nevada Constituion and the Nevada Constitution to remove language authorizing the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as criminal punishment:
“The NV Dems Executive Leadership is proud to support Assembly Joint Resolution 10, to once and for all remove language permitting the use of slavery and involuntary servitude from our state constitution,” the Officers said. “The fact that this racist relic of an uglier and crueler period in our state’s and our nation’s history is still enshrined in our guiding documents is a testament to how much work we still have to do to create a better world.”
“Make no mistake, this resolution is not mere symbolism,” the Officers continued. “This resolution moves us in the right direction to reform our criminal legal system and to ensure everyone, regardless of their race or background, is treated with dignity and respect under the law. This is just one important step forward in our efforts to build a better and more just Nevada for us all, and for our Black communities in particular. We commend our Democratic lawmakers in Carson City for the leadership they have shown in introducing this important joint resolution.”
AJR10 was introduced on Tuesday, March 16th by the following nine Democratic lawmakers: Assemblymembers Jason Frierson, Cameron Miller, Brittney Miller, Daniele Monroe-Moreno, Shondra Summers-Armstrong, Clara Thomas and Howard Watts, and State Senators Dallas Harris and Dina Neal.
The resolution will be heard by the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee this afternoon, Tuesday, March 23rd at 4:00pm. Sign up here in order to testify virtually at the hearing or to submit a verbal public comment.