Nevada State Legislature – a look ahead at week 4

by Brian Bahouth

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Updated at 8:49 p.m. February 28, 2019:

Carson City – A slew of interesting bills and presentations are ahead this week.  A bill to establish the Stewart Indian School museum is on the move Monday.  Also on Monday, lawmakers will consider raising the maximum age of a “runaway or homeless youth” from 18 to 24.  A physician assisted suicide bill will be heard Monday afternoon. A “renewable natural gas” bill will be heard on Tuesday.  A bill regarding mining regulations will be heard Thursday.  A measure that would affect the exportation of water from the state’s rural areas will be heard Thursday as well.  On Friday lawmakers will consider cavity searches by law enforcement and more.

Please note, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all meetings and activities at the Nevada State Legislature but a fluid and subjective look ahead at the legislation, presentations and activities of interest to the Nevada Capital News editorial staff.  And be aware, bills are heard and presentations are given at the discretion of committee leadership and are subject to change at any time. We will make updates to this list as we become aware of the need for them.  The latest revision time will be listed at the beginning of the report.

Monday February 25, 2019

9:00 – Assembly Committee on Government Affairs

The committee is scheduled to hear a bill that would establish Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum, AB44.

The Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will convene upon adjournment or recess of Assembly Floor Session, but no sooner than 1:30 p.m.

The committee is scheduled to hear AB124, a measure meant to ensure that requires a hospital or independent center for emergency medical care to adopt a written plan to ensure the performance of certain tasks when treating a female victim of sexual assault.

The committee is also scheduled to hear AB133, a measure that would redefine the term “runaway or homeless youth.”  Existing law defines the term “runaway or homeless youth” to mean a person who is under 18 years of age and is living in certain situations outside of a permanent home. (NRS 6244.424) Section 2 of this bill redefines the term “runaway or homeless youth” to mean a person living in such situations who is under 24 years of age.

3:00 – Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee is set to hear a bill that would enable a doctor to prescribe drugs that would end a terminally ill patient’s life, SB165.

Tuesday February 25, 2019

1:30 – Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

The committee is scheduled to hear an, “overview of utilities.”  Presenters include:

Doug Cannon, President and Chief Executive Officer, NV Energy
Debra Gallo, Director of Regulatory Projects, Southwest Gas Corporation
Scott Leedom, Director of Public Affairs, Southwest Gas Corporation
Richard ‘Hank’ James, Executive Director, Nevada Rural Electric Association
Michael Hengel, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Valley Electric Association, Inc.

The committee will also hear from the state’s a major airports:

Overview of McCarran International Airport
Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation for Clark County

Overview of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Marily Mora, President and Chief Executive Officer

Overview of Minden-Tahoe Airport
Christopher Johnson, Airport Manage

1:30 – Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

Overview of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

Garrett Weir, Chief Attorney
Hayley Williamson, Senior Attorney

Overview of the Office of Energy David Bobzien, Director
Jennifer Taylor, Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Relations

The committee is scheduled to hear a couple bills regarding the manufacture and sale of tobacco products in Nevada.

SB62 is an act relating to tobacco products; revising the information that manufacturers of tobacco products are required to indicate in certain certifications submitted to the Department of Taxation and the Attorney General; requiring styles of cigarettes to be included in the directory of cigarette brand families maintained by the Department; revising provisions governing notice of additions to or removals from that directory; providing penalties; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SB81 is an act relating to tobacco products; revising provisions governing the licensing of persons engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of tobacco products; requiring wholesale dealers of other tobacco products to keep on hand at all times a certain inventory of other tobacco products; establishing procedures to claim a refund for any amount, penalty or interest erroneously paid in connection with taxes on tobacco products; revising provisions governing the possession, transfer and sale of cigarettes; revising provisions governing revenue stamps; requiring manufacturers and retail dealers of cigarettes to maintain certain information on file with the Department of Taxation; revising requirements for wholesale dealers of cigarettes and distributors to report certain information to the Department; revising civil penalties imposed for certain violations of law governing tobacco products; revising requirements for wholesale dealers and retail dealers of other tobacco products to retain certain records; revising provisions governing changes to the directory of cigarette manufacturers and brand families maintained by the Department

4:00 – Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

The committee is set to hear AB186, an act relating to elections; enacting the Agreement Among the States to Elect the president by national popular vote.

Wednesday February 27

The Nevada System of Higher Education budget will be considered in a series of funding bills.
The committee is scheduled to hear a pair of bills regarding blockchain technology from Senator Kiekhefer.
SB162 is an act relating to electronic transactions; including a public blockchain as a type of electronic record for the purposes of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act; providing that a person who uses a public blockchain to secure information does not relinquish any right of ownership related to that information; requiring a governmental agency to accept a certified copy of a record in electronic form under certain circumstances; authorizing the Secretary of State to adopt regulations specifying attributes required for a certified copy of a record in electronic form;prohibiting a local government from taxing or imposing restrictions upon the use of a public blockchain.
SB163 is AN ACT relating to business entities; revising the definition of “electronic transmission” as it relates to certain communications of certain business entities to include the use of a blockchain or public blockchain;authorizing certain business entities to store certain records on a blockchain or public blockchain; revising provisions authorizing the Secretary of State to adopt regulations to define certain terms to allow certain business entities to carry out their powers and duties using the most recent technology available to include the use of blockchains or public blockchains.
The committee is set to hear AB161, a measure that restricts an association from prohibiting a unit’s owner from keeping at least one pet within his or her residence,subject to the association’s reasonable rules relating to the ownership of pets in the common-interest community.  If an association adopts a rule restricting the number of pets kept by a unit’s owner, this bill requires the rule to apply prospectively,prohibiting the association from restricting a unit’s owner from continuing to keep a pet that otherwise complied with the previous rules of the association.
The committee is expected to hear SB225, an act relating to veterans; requiring the Director of the Department of Veterans Services to submit to the Interim Finance Committee an annual report detailing expenditures made from the Account to Assist Veterans Who Have Suffered Sexual Trauma; authorizing veterans who experienced an act of sexual assault to obtain compensation from the Fund for the Compensation of Victims of Crime.
The Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will convene upon adjournment or recess of Assembly Floor Session, but no sooner than 1:30 p.m.
This committee is scheduled to hear AB66. This bill requires the Division to establish a center to provide crisis stabilization services in each county whose population is 100,000 or more (currently Clark and Washoe Counties). This bill also authorizes the Division to enter into a contract with a provider of behavioral health services to provide crisis stabilization services at the center. This bill defines “crisis stabilization services” to mean behavioral health services designed to: (1) de-escalate or stabilize a behavioral crisis or reduce the concerning or disruptive behavior associated with acute symptoms of mental illness or the abuse of alcohol or drugs; and (2) avoid admission of a recipient of services to an inpatient mental health facility or hospital.
This committee is expected to hear SB17,  AN ACT relating to the support of children; revising the procedure for the suspension of certain licenses and permits issued by the Department of Wildlife to a person who has failed to comply with certain subpoenas or warrants or who is in arrears in the payment of support for one or more children; removing provisions exempting certain recreational licenses, certificates and permits from suspension for noncompliance with a subpoena or warrant or nonpayment of support for one or more children.
The committee is scheduled to hear a pair of bills regarding the state engineer’s ability to pump water from rural Nevada locations to urban areas, AB30 and AB51.

Thursday February 28, 2019

The committee is scheduled to hear AB91, a measure relating to guardianships; establishing provisions concerning the sterilization of protected persons.
The committee will also hear SB173, an act relating to criminal procedure; revising provisions relating to vacating a judgment of conviction and sealing certain records of a victim of sex trafficking or involuntary servitude; revising provisions relating to the filing of a petition for the sealing of records of criminal history.
The committee is set to hear SB155, an act relating to crimes; establishing provisions regarding the possession and use of fictitious personal identifying information; providing penalties.

The committees will hear a presentation on Infrastructure Technology

Tina Quigley, General Manager, RTC of Southern Nevada
Noam Maital, CEO, Waycare
Abe Ghabra, Managing Director, Las Vegas Customer Technology Center, Aptiv
Lee Gibson, Executive Director, RTC of Washoe County
Carlos Cardillo, Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR)
Bennett Indart, Vice President, NTT Data Services
Wendy Stolyarov, Government Affairs Director, Filament
Chuck Joseph, P.E., Senior Project Manager, INNOVA
Tanner Hartranft, P.E., Diversified Consulting Services
Chris Reilly, Workforce Development and Education Lead, Tesla
The committee is scheduled to hear SB53, an act relating to mining; revising provisions governing the review of certain mining regulations by the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission.
The committee will also hear SB140, an act relating to water; requiring the State Engineer to reserve a certain percentage of the remaining water available for appropriation in certain basins; prohibiting the appropriation of such water; authorizing the use of such water in certain circumstances.
The committee is scheduled to hear AB113, a bill that would prevent sales tax from being charged on firearm purchases made out of state.  Under existing law, a person who buys a gun outside Nevada needs to have the firearm sent to a federally licensed dealer in Nevada for a background check prior to firearm transfer.  This bill prevents the gun dealer from charging sales tax to transfer the weapon to a Nevada resident.

Friday March 1, 2019

The committee is expected to hear AB189, an act relating to criminal procedure; prohibiting a law enforcement officer conducting a search of a person from performing a body cavity search unless the search warrant contains specific authorization to perform a body cavity search.
The committee is also scheduled to hear AB200, an act relating to motor vehicles; authorizing a peace officer at the scene of a traffic crash to use technology to determine if a driver was using a handheld wireless communications device at the time of the crash; requiring the suspension of the driver’s license of a driver who refuses a request by a peace officer to use such technology; providing penalties; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
The committee is set to hear SB46, an act relating to gaming; requiring the Nevada Gaming Commission to provide by regulation for the operation and registration of tout services and persons associated therewith; requiring the Commission to adopt regulations interpreting certain terms in the public policy of this State pertaining to gaming; revising the definition of “gross revenue”; prohibiting a person from performing an act that requires registration without being registered; providing for the registration, rather than licensure, of service providers; authorizing the Attorney General or district attorney of any county to apply for a court order to intercept communications during an investigation involving certain offenses relating to gaming; providing a penalty.
The committee is also expected to work session SB74, an act regarding evictions.  Existing law authorizes an appeal of an order entered by a court in an action for summary eviction of a tenant for default in payment of rent.(NRS 40.385) Section of this bill: (1) clarifies that either party may appeal an order entered by the court in such an action for summary eviction; (2) provides that such an appeal is made by filing a notice of appeal within 5 judicial days after the date of the entry of the order; and (3) makes such an appeal available in actions involving mobile home parks.
Senate Committee on Education will convene 20 minutes after the adjournment of Floor. If
no Floor, the Committee will convene after the adjournment of Senate Committee on
Finance and Senate Committee on Judiciary.
The committee is scheduled to hear SB109, an act relating to education; requiring public schools to install cameras in certain classrooms within a school which are used for special education; limiting the length of time such a recording may be retained; specifying the circumstances under which such a recording may be released.
This committee is expected to hear SB178, an act relating to public health; creating the Council on Food Security within the Department of Health and Human Services; prescribing the membership and duties of the Council; creating the Food for People, Not Landfills Program; authorizing the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt regulations to carry out the Program.