Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison Officially Announces Legislation to Oppose Boycott Divestment and Sanction Activity


Kirsten Van Ry
Communications Director
LAS VEGAS - December 02, 2016

Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison will oppose efforts of companies to boycott, divest, or sanction Israel, sometimes known as “BDS” activities, by introducing and championing anti-BDS legislation in the upcoming 2017 Nevada Legislative Session. Senate Bill 26 requires anti-BDS provisions to be included within Nevada public purchasing contracts and investments.

"Passing anti-BDS legislation will reinforce Nevada’s strong support for Israel, one of the United States’ strongest allies. Senate Bill 26 will send a clear message. Companies who decide to boycott Israel are free to do so, but Nevada is likewise free to choose the companies in which it will invest and with whom it will do business. These decisions are critical in defining and pursuing Nevada’s own economic interests and public policy," Lieutenant Governor Hutchison said.

The bill calls for the state of Nevada to prohibit public purchasing or investments with companies or entities that boycott, divest, or sanction Israel. The legislation does not restrict an individual or entity's right to abstain from doing business for legitimate business reasons.