Nevada State Legislature: a look ahead at week 5

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Updated 7:20 a.m. Mar 8, 2019 …

Carson City – Week 5 marks the quarter way point in the 2019 session. Up this week, a prohibition on implanting a microchip in another person and a license plate to support environmental conservation at Lake Tahoe.  A bill would mandate an interim study of wildfires. A joint resolution to urge Congress to oppose the expansion of the United States Air Force into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge will be heard. Human trafficking legislation will be considered, and a ticket scalping measure will also be heard.  On Friday an pay equity bill is up in Senate Government Affairs and more.  Check back for daily updates.

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 March 4, 2019 – Day 29

9:00 – Assembly Committee on Judiciary

The committee will hear AB201 -An act relating to traffic laws; providing that a person who facilitates or drives a vehicle in certain trick driving displays is guilty of a gross misdemeanor; defining trick driving display; providing a penalty.

The committee will also hear, AB226 – An act relating to crimes; prohibiting any person from requiring another person to undergo implantation of a microchip or other permanent identification marker; providing a penalty.

1:00 – Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Several bills are up regarding emergency management services.

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 expected to hear:

AB47 – An act relating to mental health; establishing a pilot program to respond to persons suffering from mental health crises in certain counties; making an appropriation.

AB85 – An act relating to mental health; requiring the adoption of regulations governing the involuntary administration of medication to persons with mental illness and the medical examination of a person alleged to be a person in a mental health crisis; authorizing the adoption of regulations concerning the plan for the discharge of a person admitted to a mental health facility or hospital; revising certain terminology and standardizing certain time periods relating to admission to mental health facilities; revising the authority of certain accredited agents to make certain certifications and transport persons with mental illness; revising the procedure for proceedings for the involuntary court-ordered admission of a person to a mental health facility or a program of community-based or outpatient services; authorizing the disclosure to a provider of health care of certain information related to a person who seeks mental health services

4:00 – Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining

The committee is expected to hear the following measures:

AB93 – An act relating to license plates; authorizing the Administrator of the Division of State Lands of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to provide grants to nonprofit organizations from the Account for License Plates for the Support of the Preservation and Restoration of the Natural Environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

AB95 – An act relating to water; requiring the State Engineer to continue to allow withdrawals of groundwater from domestic wells under certain circumstances in groundwater basins where withdrawals have been restricted to conform to priority rights.

4:00 – Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee is scheduled to hear the following bills:

SB222 – An act relating to persons with disabilities; requiring the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a program to provide hearing aids at no charge to certain children who reside in low-income households; requiring the use of the current surcharge imposed on access lines of customers of a telephone company to cover the cost of such hearing aids.

SB228 – An act relating to marijuana; authorizing the medical use of marijuana or industrial hemp by certain licensed professionals or persons who provide wellness services on a patient or client; prohibiting disciplinary action against such professionals for administering or recommending the use of marijuana or industrial hemp; prohibiting certain medical professionals from refusing to prescribe certain controlled substances for the treatment of pain solely because the patient uses marijuana; creating the Cannabis Control Commission; prohibiting the Department of Taxation from issuing certain licenses related to marijuana without the approval of the Commission.

6:00 – Joint Meeting of the Senate Committee on Education and Assembly Committee on Education

The committee is expected to the hear the following bills:

SN57 – An act relating to school property; making a blueprint or diagram of the layout of a public school confidential; authorizing or requiring the disclosure of a blueprint or diagram of the layout of a public or private school in certain circumstances.

Tuesday March 5, 2019 – Day 30

8:00 – Assembly Committee on Judiciary

The committee is expected to hear the following bills:

AB139An act relating to domestic relations; requiring a person to be at least 18 years of age to marry.

AB140 – An act relating to child welfare; prohibiting discrimination against persons who are deaf, legally blind or otherwise physically disabled in certain proceedings relating to children; authorizing the Nevada Equal Rights Commission to investigate and resolve certain complaints alleging such discrimination.

1:30 – Assembly Committee on Education

The committee will hear a bill regarding discipline of public school students.

AB168 – An act relating to education; requiring a school to provide a plan of action based on restorative justice before suspending or expelling a pupil; prohibiting certain pupils from being suspended or expelled in certain circumstances.

4:00 – Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

ACR4 – Directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning wildfires.

4:00 – Senate Committee on Natural Resources

SB85 – An act relating to animals; making it unlawful for a person or any agent or employee of a person to bring into or knowingly possess in this State the carcass or any part of the carcass of any elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, alternative livestock or certain other animals; prohibiting a person or the person’s agent or employee from bringing any live moose or alternative livestock into this State; providing exceptions.

SJR3 – Urging Congress to oppose the expansion of the United States Air Force into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

Wednesday March 6, 2019 – Day 31

8:00 – Assembly Committee on Judiciary

The committee is expected to hear the following bills:

AB157An act relating to human trafficking; requiring certain law enforcement officials to take certain actions upon initially encountering a possible victim of human trafficking; requiring the owner or operator of certain establishments and facilities to post an informational sign relating to the National Human Trafficking Hotline; requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a statewide plan for delivery of services to victims of human trafficking; requiring the Department of Education and the State Board of Education to develop and distribute certain informational materials relating to the human trafficking of children; providing a penalty.

AB158 – An act  relating to criminal procedure; authorizing a court to take certain actions when determining the sentence of a person convicted as an adult for an offense committed when the person was less than 18 years of age if the person was a victim of sex trafficking or sexual assault and committed the offense against the abuser.

The committee is set to hear SB80, an act relating to the welfare of pupils; renaming the Safe-to-Tell Program within the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment within the Department of Education as the SafeVoice Nevada Program; requiring the establishment of the Handle with Care Program; requiring law enforcement officers and agencies to report to the Handle with Care Program certain information about a child who may attend a public school and has been exposed to a traumatic event.
Also on the agenda, SB147, an act relating to education; requiring certain actions to be taken to assist homeless pupils, unaccompanied pupils and pupils in foster care to receive full or partial credit for coursework in certain circumstances; revising provisions relating to the development of an academic plan for such pupils.
The committee is set to hear

4:00 – Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining

The committee is expected to hear the following measures:

AB165An act relating to civil liability; revising provisions relating to civil liability for causing the injury or death of certain pets.

AJR2 – Urging Congress to oppose the expansion of the United States Air Force into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

4:00 – Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

SB123 – An act relating to elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote on the day of certain elections at certain polling places; setting forth requirements for such registration; authorizing county and city clerks to extend the period for early voting; making various other changes relating to elections.

Thursday March 7, 2019 – Day 32

8:00 – Assembly Committee on Judiciary

The committee is expected to hear the following bills:

AB152AN ACT relating to historic preservation; revising and increasing the penalties for crimes related to certain actions which tend to injure or destroy historic or prehistoric sites or the trafficking of cultural property obtained from state land without a permit.

AB183 – An act relating to corrections; prohibiting certain correctional services from being provided by a private entity.

4:00 – Senate Committee on Natural Resources

The committee is expected to hear the following joint resolution:

SJR1 – Urging Congress to require the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service to include cheatgrass in certain forage estimates.

Friday March 8, 2019 – Day 33

12:30 – Senate Committee on Government Affairs

The committee will hear an interesting pay-equity bill.

SB166 – An act relating to employment; requiring certain penalties and fines imposed by the Nevada Equal Rights Commission for certain unlawful discriminatory practices to be deposited in the State General Fund; requiring civil penalties imposed by the Nevada Equal Rights Commission for certain unlawful employment practices to be deposited in the Nevada Equal Rights Commission Gift Fund and used for certain purposes; revising provisions governing the filing of complaints of employment discrimination with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission; revising provisions relating to unlawful employment practices; revising the relief that the Commission may order if it determines that an unlawful employment practice has occurred; revising provisions relating to the time in which a person may seek relief in district court for a claim of unlawful employment practices.