CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed a bill on Monday to provide renters additional means to fight evictions outside traditional court hearings once the state’s eviction moratorium is lifted on Sept. 1.
The bill passed through the state Senate on Sunday and Assembly on Monday, with bipartisan support in both chambers from lawmakers concerned about the lasting ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic downturn.
Assemblywoman Selena Torres, D-Las Vegas, said moving eviction proceedings from courts to mediation would prevent problems from compounding for many families faced with the decision to pay rent or put food on the table.
“So many families have lost their economic security due to no fault of their own. For our families living paycheck-to-paycheck, how could you ever predict or prepare for something like a global pandemic?” she asked.
If Gov. Steve Sisolak signs it into law as expected, the bill will allow courts to delay evictions for up…