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NEVADA 2015 ASSEMBLY BILL 49
Update issued: June 10, 2015

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DATE: June 10, 2015
SUBJECT: Nevada Assembly Bill 49
TO: Nevada naturists and other concerned citizens

This is an Update from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). Despite the efforts of NAC and the organizations that worked with NAC to stop Nevada Assembly Bill 49 from becoming law, Governor Sandoval signed the much-amended measure on June 8, 2015. The signing was reported on June 9 by the Nevada Legislative Information System. AB 49 will become Nevada law on October 1 of this year.

ALARMING EFFECT OF AB 49
Changes to existing Nevada state law brought about by AB 49 will allow law enforcement agents to charge an individual with a felony if he or she "makes any open and indecent or obscene exposure of his or her person" "in the presence of a child under the age of 18 years."

Nevada Revised Statute 201.220, which is an existing Nevada law modified by AB 49, follows the common law definition of exposure, even if it doesn't say so explicitly, and even if no body parts to be hidden are enumerated in the law. In a review of NRS 201.220, the Nevada Supreme Court has said that people are just expected "to know which body parts they exhibit at their peril." In Nevada, simple nudity is routinely charged under NRS 201.220, regardless of intent.

OTHER EFFECTS OF AB 49
Much of the attention paid to AB 49 was because of the portion of the bill that will criminalize so-called "revenge porn."

NAC THANKS YOU FOR WRITING!
In its NAC Action Alert of June 3, 2015, the Naturist Action Committee asked you to write to the General Counsel for Nevada's Governor, requesting a veto of AB 49. A gratifyingly large number of you responded. Many of you shared your letters with us. Although the outcome this time was not as we wished, you have taken the time and effort to make a difference, and that's important. NAC THANKS YOU!

NAC THANKS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
When NAC issued its Action Alert on June 3, several organizations helped by spreading the word. Among those were:
  The Naturist Society
  American Assn for Nude Recreation
  Gay Naturists International
  B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation
  Young Naturists America

NAC singles out for special acknowledgment the Western Region of the American Association for Nude Recreation for its early commitment to split with NAC the cost of a legislative lobbyist.

NAC thanks all who helped!

WHAT WILL NAC DO NOW?
The Governor's signing of AB 49 does not come as a total surprise, but it's a terrible disappointment. Although the effort at this moment resembles a post-mortem more than a counterattack, NAC has already begun making plans for reversing or mitigating the damage caused by the new law. That will not be an easy task.

Meanwhile, NAC has compiled a list of Nevada attorneys who are skilled in defending the charges associated with the new law. We'll continue adding to the list. While it's not likely that the lawyers on the list will work for free, identifying qualified legal counsel is quite valuable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
You can find additional information, including this NAC Update and the NAC Action Alert of June 3, at naturistaction.org/nevada or by visiting the NAC web site www.naturistaction.org and clicking on ALERTS.

PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE STANDING UP FOR NATURISTS!
Even when we suffer a setback, it's important for NAC to ask for your continued support. In fact, when we've been dealt a loss, your support becomes more important than ever.

The Naturist Action Committee is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization. NAC is committed to vigorous activism on behalf of naturists, and NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.

Won't you please send a generous donation to NAC?

   NAC
   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8AM-4PM, Central Time, weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:

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Thank you once again for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,
Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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