Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson is disputing claims the Clark County District Attorney’s office, where he works as a deputy district attorney, pressured him to kill legislation.
“There were pieces of legislation my day job didn’t care for and still doesn’t care for, but that doesn’t impact how I do my job as an elected official,” Frierson said Tuesday night in an interview after a public forum. “In no terms was I pressured to do anything based on my day job. It’s an interesting query, but it’s not accurate when it comes to me.”
In a recent story, the Current looked at numerous criminal justice bills, such as legislation to abolish the death penalty, that died during the session. Some lawmakers and attorneys argued Frierson along with Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, who works as a prosecutor for the Clark County District Attorney’s office, killed those bills to appease their boss.
Frierson, who didn’t respond to the Current’s request for comment for that story, said Tuesday the policies that survived reflected what constituents wanted.
“I take my charge of being elected by 66-plus-thousand voters in my district seriously,” he said. “My job is to reflect what’s in their best interest and not somebody outside of the session.”