- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada’s top-ranking Assembly Republican is joining Democratic lawmakers in urging a strong defense against voter discrimination.

Assembly Speaker John Hambrick is the lone Republican among 15 sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution 9, which calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to challenge jurisdictions that take advantage of looser election laws.

The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down portions of the Voting Rights Act that require higher scrutiny over election laws in states with a history of discrimination. Some have raised concerns that states would exploit the decision to introduce unfair policies.

Hambrick said Thursday that he supports voter rights and acknowledged the country’s “sad history” on the issue.

But he said he’s not opposed to the concept of requiring identification at the polls, which has been floated in the Legislature.

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