Gov. Sandoval signs bill increasing penalties for crimes against cops

Gov. Brian Sandoval signs a bill that strengthens laws for crimes committed against peace officers and first responders like firefighters.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed six bills Wednesday as the deadline approaches for him to take action.

One bill strengthens penalties for those who commit crimes against law enforcement and against first responders like firefighters, adding a potential sentence of one to 20 years. Sandoval signed SB541 near the Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial in Carson City and he was joined by local law enforcement officials for the signing.

Sandoval also signed a bill to construct a memorial to Nevada firefighters at the Capitol Complex in Carson City. Firefighters also joined the governor for the signing.

Another bill Sandoval signed establishes a sentencing commission to “reduce recidivism and promote education, vocational training, and rehabilitation for criminal offenders,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

Sandoval has signed 588 bills this session.