Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson is requesting a bill that would shield federal workers affected by the government shutdown from foreclosures, evictions, repossessions and credit defaults.
Frierson announced Wednesday that he would seek a bill prohibiting landlords and creditors from taking adverse action against government workers and contractors who are not getting paid. It also gives those workers a right to sue creditors or landlords who violate the law.
“President Trump’s shutdown is punishing Nevada families simply because his administration is choosing to play political games instead of properly governing the country,” Frierson said in a statement. “We simply cannot wait for the President to act. We must move forward with advancing this bill through the legislature so that federal workers can continue to care for their families.”
The government shutdown is now in its 33rd day, and many workers are about to miss their second paycheck this week. It’s spurred by President Donald Trump’s demand for several billion more dollars for a wall on the border with Mexico and his refusal to sign budget bills without the money, and congressional Democrats balking at the request.
The legislative session will not begin for another two weeks. If the bill passes, it would afford workers protections during a shutdown and for 30 days after it ends.
The Nevada System of Higher Education is also taking steps to aid the estimated 3,000 federal workers in Nevada affected by the shutdown. It is allowing people relying on federal pay to defer tuition payments and avoid any late fees.