Annie and Kevin talk about developments in the 2021 session of the Nevada Legislature.
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Annie and Heidi talk about Democrat vote to strip her of ability to vote on bills or speak from the floor for refusing to produce a “vaccine passport” in order to appear in the Assembly Chamber without a mask…
(Bill Dentzer & Steve Sebelius | Las Vegas Review-Journal) – When we last updated you on the saga of Assemblywoman Annie Black, R-Mesquite, she was in legislative limbo, having been stripped of her right to vote and speak on the Assembly floor because of her refusal to either wear a mask or disclose whether she’d received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Assembly voted along party lines to punish her for allegedly violating a standing rule requiring masks, a rule later relaxed for those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Although Black was initially threatened with being banned from voting and speaking on the floor except to apologize for breaking the rule, she was ultimately allowed to vote virtually, similar to her Assembly colleague Jill Dickman, R-Sparks, who also declined to reveal her vaccination status. Black’s disembodied voice responded “no” to most of the roll call votes taken in the chamber.
Black has vowed she would not apologize, and said that she was in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
(Colton Lochhead | Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Nevada’s cannabis consumption lounge legislation cleared a major hurdle Thursday, a move that comes a little over a month before a moratorium on social use venues is set to expire.
Assembly Bill 341 passed out of the Assembly on a 29-12 vote, with Republicans Tom Roberts, R-Las Vegas, Andy Matthews, R-Las Vegas, Annie Black, R-Mesquite, and Jill Dickman, R-Sparks, voting with Democrats to push the bill over the required two-thirds threshold.
(Bert Johnson / CapRadio) – Nevada’s Legislature updated its rules on May 19 to allow fully vaccinated people to enter the building without masks in accordance with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The next day Democrats, who hold a majority in the Assembly, voted to censure Assemblywoman Annie Black (R–Mesquite) for refusing to wear a mask in the chamber or confirm whether she had been vaccinated. As a result, Black was not allowed to vote or speak on the Assembly floor for four days.
“We were informed that there were persons who had not confirmed they were vaccinated, they were not wearing masks and so we complied with our rules,” Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D–Las Vegas) told reporters. …
Black claimed neither Democrats nor legislative staff gave her the chance to defend herself before the vote.
“They never confirmed if I was or was not vaccinated and then took action to strip my ability to do my job for the people that I represent,” she told CapRadio. “So I don’t know what I would apologize for. Not that I would.” …
While Black’s ability to vote and speak during floor sessions has been restored, albeit virtually, she continued to strike a defiant tone in a blog post about the reversal.
“It’s not about health. It’s about control,” she wrote to supporters, while insisting she had not disclosed to her colleagues whether or not she’d been vaccinated.
(Wendell Husebo | Breitbart News) – A Nevada State lawmaker was denied access to the House chamber Wednesday because she did not have a vaccine passport…
It started Tuesday, the Las-Vegas Review-Journal reported, “when Black took to the Assembly floor, ripped off her mask and said face coverings are no longer necessary, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Black is apparently in “timeout” due to the incident, “stripping her of her privileges to vote and speak on the floor because she refused to wear a face mask.”
Annie joined Alan to discuss Democrats’ vote stripping her of ability to vote on bills or speak from the floor unless she put on a mask or provided a “vaccine passport.”
(USA Today) – Long-simmering disputes over coronavirus restrictions in the Legislature boiled over Thursday when the Democratic majority voted to punish Republican lawmakers for refusing to comply with rules in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Under rules announced Wednesday, people in the state Capitol can roam the building without face coverings as long as they have been vaccinated. Republican Assemblywomen Annie Black and Jill Dickman went mask-free on the Assembly floor Thursday but refused to make known whether they had received COVID-19 shots.
Dickman was escorted out of the Assembly floor after staff told her that she would have to prove she had been vaccinated. She refused.
In a party-line vote, the Assembly elected to strip Black of her right to vote on measures and address the chamber until she apologized for violating legislative rules. She remained on the Assembly floor.
“This is WAY out of control!” Black tweeted after the incident.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson said the Assembly rules allowed people to forgo masks but required they wear them if they have not been vaccinated.
“We were informed that there were persons who had not confirmed they were vaccinated and would not wear masks, so they didn’t comply with our rules,” he said.
(Steve Sebelius | Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Call it the Legislature’s version of a blackout.
As in lawmakers giving Mesquite Republican Assemblywoman Annie Black a timeout, stripping her of her privileges to vote and speak on the floor because she refused to wear a face mask.
And now, Black and majority Democrats are in a standoff that could last until the end of the session on May 31.
It all started Tuesday, when Black took to the Assembly floor, ripped off her mask and said face coverings are no longer necessary, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.