Marsy's Law, which would put a Victim's Bill of Rights into our constitution, will be Question 1 on this year's ballot.

Changing the Nevada Constitution is a lengthy process, requiring the legislature to pass the item twice before the voters make the final decision. That is the case with Marsy's Law, which would put a Victim's Bill of Rights into our constitution.  Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Marsy's Law in 2015 and 2017, and it will be Question 1 on this year's ballot.

"Victims deserve to know what their rights are and know that the legislature can't take those away while they're not looking," Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno said. "So that's why this needs to be in the constitution."

The potential law would give victims the right to information about available services, the right to be protected from the defendant, and the right to be notified of public court proceedings and to speak and be heard. It would also provide notifications of prison and jail releases of their assailants.

"We want consistency in knowing that whether there's money or not, this has to be prioritized," Assem. Teresa Benitez-Thompson, D-Reno said. "These protections for victims have to be prioritized."

Elisha Mundell is a survivor of domestic abuse, after her ex-girlfriend tried to kill her nearly four years ago.

"She cut my throat multiple times, and she drug me to the tub and stabbed me all over my upper body," Mundell said.

Mundell says she is still recovering, both physically and emotionally.  Her attacker got the maximum sentence of eight to 20 years in prison, meaning she will likely get out, eventually.

"I know I'll see her again some day in the streets," Mundell said. "That's inevitable. We live in a small city. I just would like to be as prepared as possible."

Mundell says Question 1 will go along way to make that happen, if approved, and that it will give her a sense of comfort and safety that she does not currently have.

"With the passing of Marsy's Law, I will be much better-notified and I will feel more comfortable knowing when she's coming out and not just guessing," Mundell said.

Katie Haynes is another survivor of domestic violence, who supported the measure during the legislative process. She says she spent three days in the hospital after her ex-boyfriend beat her.

"He had given me black eyes, beat me in front of my daughter and threw me down a flight of stairs," Haynes said.

Haynes said she felt safe while he was in jail, but that all changed when he was released.

"We came home one night, and walking home, he threw me to the ground and tried strangling me.," Haynes said. "My daughter tried to help me and he put his hands on my daughter that night."

Her attacker is behind bars again, but she says she deserves the right to know when he is in court or when he will be released again.  She says she feels scared and unsafe because of the uncertainty.

"Sometimes I feel like I need to move away from the state to be safe and that's not a good feeling," Haynes said.

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks supports Question 1, saying he has seen how the justice system can be lopsided.

"It's so weighted in favor of the accused, which it needs to be, but that causes victims to often times be overlooked." Hicks said.

"There's a lot of talk about the rights that criminals have," Kieckhefer said. "This is the other side of that coin to make sure that the victims who they perpetrate their crimes upon have equal standing."

Very few lawmakers opposed the bill during the legislative process.  Some were concerned about budgetary issues and broad language, but most say the law is long overdue.

"They need those protections, they need those rights, they need the knowledge and they need to have the ability to speak and have their voices heard each step along the way," Benitez-Thompson said.

Kieckhefer said nobody decides to become a victim, and that Question 1 affects every Nevadan.

"When they vote 'Yes', they're voting to protect their own rights going forward, whether they knew they were going to be a victim or not," Kieckhefer said.

Marsy's Law is named after Marsalee Nicholas. She was murdered by here ex-boyfriend in 1983. He was released a week later, pending his court proceedings when he confronted the victim's family. They did not even know he was out of jail. California, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ohio all have adopted similar victim's rights laws.