Ellen Spiegel, Assemblywoman AD20 & Candidate for Senate 7

Together, we make a difference!

2017 Was a Successful Session!

Ellen was proud to serve as Assistant Majority Whip and is pictured here with Bill on opening day.

Moving Nevada Forward

Ellen was delighted by the team's achievements, and grateful for all of the encouragement and feedback that so many of you provided. Whether you wrote emails, called, testified, gave your thoughts via social media, or spoke to me at the grocery store - Ellen wants you to know your engagement meant a lot and your efforts energized all of us in Carson City. We all share in the achievements of the 2017 Legislature.

Ellen stands for jobs and works to support economic development.

Some highlights include:

  • Created thousands of construction jobs statewide
  • Increased per pupil spending of up to $1,200 per year for students who need it the most
  • Brought back solar energy by adjusting net metering for those who wish to have solar panels
  • Added funding for the new UNLV medical school, as well as for new buildings at UNLV and CSN
  • Funded a community college scholarship program to make college affordable
  • Provided permanent funding for apprenticeship programs and to improve workforce training

The Breastfeeding Task Force of Nevada recognized Ellen for her efforts to help nursing moms (AB113)

Ellen's Personal Bills

On a personal note, Ellen is thrilled to tell you that eight (8) of her bills were signed into law!  These bills will help Nevadans in key areas and will absolutely move Nevada forward.  


Here's the list of the bills that Ellen introduced, which were signed into law by Governor Sandoval, with what they do and how they will help:


  • AB106 - Establishes a reward/recognition system for state vendors who give equal pay for equal work.  Over time, this will help eliminate the wage gap between men and women.  Since many of our families are financially supported by both men and women, eliminating the wage gap will help across-the-board – and will help put more money into our economy.  (Equal pay has been shown to be a strong economic development tool, and it's also something that is near and dear to Ellen's heart.)


  • AB113 -  Requires employers to give nursing moms breaks and a clean place to pump breast milk.  This not only helps families economically, it's been proven that mother's milk provides babies with their first immunization, and there are enormous health benefits associated with breast feeding. Was  delighted to have been given a plaque (pictured here) for her efforts


  • AB128 -  Allows people to use non-professional process servers.  There are many Nevadans (especially people trying to escape abusive relationships), who are financially constrained and need to use a "do it yourself" process.  Now a neutral friend can help, potentially saving individuals hundreds of dollars.


  • AB229 -  Puts gay marriage and parental rights into Nevada law and makes Nevada  family law gender-neutral.  With this law, both parents can be listed on birth certificates, marriage records can be clear, and other family-related administrative proceedings can be completed without confusion.


  • AB275 - Establishes a statewide framework for integrated student supports  Many students have non-academic reasons for performing poorly in school, and this bill will help students get their needs met.  Ellen often speaks about physical issues, such as the need for eyeglasses and  emotional issues, such as the need for students to have a bully-free learning environment.  During Ellen's testimony, she spoke about children who don't go to school because they do not have access to clean clothes.  This law allows these and other issues to be addressed  on a consistent basis statewide.


  • AB276- Forbids an employer from firing (or disciplining) workers who discuss their own wages with their colleagues.  Part of why women statistically only earn about $0.82 per every dollar that a man earns is that they are unable to discuss their wages and learn that they are being paid unequally.  As Ellen has said, "you cannot fix a problem if you can't even talk about it."  This should also help eliminate the wage gap between men and women (see above for benefits).


  • AB317 - Prohibits companies from using names that sound like governmental entities.  This will help prevent consumer deception and fraud.


  • AB381 -  Limits medical insurance companies' ability to raise consumer prescription drug prices (for individuals and people in small group plans) during the contract year.  This will help people manage their budgets and reduce use of "bait and switch" tactics (in which people make a purchase decision based on one price list and then are locked in, while prices are raised and they have no recourse).

Prior Sessions and Accomplishments

2015

Supported landmark anti-bullying legislation, Hailee's Law, which was signed in May, 2015

Supported landmark anti-bullying legislation, Hailee's Law, which was signed in May, 2015

2013

Speaking at the No More Names Tour to help eradicate gun violence.

Spoke at the No More Names Tour to help eradicate gun violence.

While Not in Office in 2011, Still Made a Difference

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While not in office, fought for women during the redistricting process.

2009 - Represented Assembly District 21

Went to Washington DC to lobby our Federal delegation to support the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Went to Washington DC to lobby our Federal delegation to support the Affordable Care Act.(Obamacare)