With signing of ‘Craigslist bill,’ Nevada to require safe-trade zones

24 May 2017

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs the “Craigslist bill” establishing safe-trade zones. Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, the sponsor, is in white.

With approval of a “Craigslist bill,” the state of Nevada has become the first in the United States to require communities to establish safe-trade zones at a police or sheriff’s office for people to conduct transactions that originated online.

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the law on Wednesday. It was sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, a Las Vegas Democrat, and approved unanimously by the state Senate before going to Sandoval for his signature.

“Thank you for your company’s Safe Trade [program],” Jauregui told us in an email. “It was very useful in my research for my bill and during my presentation to the Legislature.”

In a meeting with a legislative committee considering the bill, Jauregui told of being ripped off in 2013, when she bought concert tickets online for $400 only to find out that they were fake.

“I firmly believe that if someone is going to commit a crime in a transaction, they are less likely to do it in a police station parking lot,” Jauregui told members of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Eureka and Lander counties, and the city of North Las Vegas, have all established safe-trade zones already. Under the new law, other counties in Nevada will have until September to set them up.

The bill absolves agencies and counties of legal responsibility if incidents happen in the safe-trade zones, and it does not require any specific surveillance or security measures for the sites.

 

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