Two voter ID measures, with one amended in its entirety to encompass a proposal from the 2013 session that would have created electronic poll books with voter photos, moved out of the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on Thursday without a recommendation. Both Assembly Bill 253 by Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, R-Henderson, and Assembly Bill 266 by Assemblywoman Jill Dickman, R-Sparks, will be re-referred to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee because of the fiscal notes attached to the measures.
Both measures as originally written would have required voters to show a photo identification to cast a ballot. Dickman’s measure remains unchanged and has a $300,000 fiscal note because of a requirement for the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide free voter ID cards to those who need one.
But Stewart amended his bill to mirror a proposal from former Secretary of State Ross Miller in the 2013 session to set up the electronic poll books with photos provided by the DMV. That measure, Senate Bill 63, did not pass. It had a fiscal note of $2.5 million just in Clark County alone.
The re-referral keeps both bills alive but the funding requirements could potentially doom the measures. The bills, along with hundreds of others, must pass out of the committee of origin or be referred to a money committee by April 10 or they will die.