Attorney General Laxalt Pushes Bill to Protect Nevada’s Communities From Sex Offenders
February 2, 2017
Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that his office will be presenting Assembly Bill (AB) 59 in the upcoming legislative session, a bill that if passed, would amend the current State statute to expand conditions that may be imposed upon sex offenders subject to lifetime supervision. In light of the July, 2016 McNeill v. State Nevada Supreme Court decision where the Court held that the State Board of Parole Commissioners does not have the authority to impose certain conditions on sex offenders, and after consulting with district attorney’s offices across the State, AG Laxalt’s office drafted AB 59, a bill intended to expand the authority and ability of the Division of Parole and Probation to help keep our communities safe by strictly supervising sex offenders and enumerating offenses that prosecutors can use to charge violators.
“Dangerous offenders threaten our communities every day,” said Laxalt “and this bill was drafted with the safety of all Nevadans in mind. If passed into law, AB 59 would not only allow for more supervision of sex offenders, but would specify offenses that prosecutors could use to charge sex offenders who violate the law.”
AB 59 would establish additional conditions for sex offenders under a program of lifetime supervision that are similar to those placed on sex offenders released on parole, probation or a suspended sentence. Among others, the bill would allow the Division of Parole and Probation to require sex offenders under a program of lifetime supervision to: submit to a search and seizure, which can include the sex offender’s residence, vehicle or any property under their control without a warrant to determine whether the sex offender has violated any condition of their supervision; only accept employment, including volunteer positions, that have been approved by a parole and probation officer who can keep track of the location of the sex offender’s employment at all times; abide by any curfew imposed by the parole and probation officer; participate in and complete a program of professional counseling; and submit to periodic controlled substance tests.
For more information on AB 59 or to read the bill in its entirety, click here.