Nevada State Legislature – a look ahead at week 8

by Brian Bahouth

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Updated 7:11 a.m. Thursday March 29, 2019.

Carson City – Monday March 25 marks a deadline for bill introductions in accordance with Joint Standing Rule 14. Otherwise, a lot of important bills are on the move during this pivotal week of the session.

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, but nothing is more current than the State Legislature web pages.  Our goal is to inspire participation in the state’s lawmaking process.

Monday March 25, 2019 – Day 50

The committee is set to hear several bills of interest.
SB29 is an act relating to unarmed combat; authorizing the Nevada Athletic Commission to adopt, revise or repeal rules governing the conduct of contests and exhibitions of unarmed combat through certain procedures; revising provisions governing the deposit of money received by the Executive Director of the Commission and the Commission; revising provisions relating to the issuance, renewal, suspension and revocation of licenses and permits issued by the Commission; revising provisions relating to the license fee imposed for holding a live contest or exhibition of unarmed combat; making certain technical corrections.
SB193 is an act making an appropriation for educational programs relating to history, law and civics.
SB205an act relating to governmental administration; requiring the Administrator of the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management to create a pilot program to award grants of money to provide matching funds to certain governmental and nonprofit organizations.
SB269 is an act making an appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of expanding the number of persons served by the statewide information and referral system concerning health, welfare, human and social services provided in this State.
This committee is scheduled to hear a couple of bills Monday morning.
SB248 is an act relating to domestic relations; creating summary procedures for the resolution of certain matters relating to permanent support and maintenance, divorce and child custody; adding certain factors for determining child custody; revising provisions governing the relocation of a parent with his or her child; making certain terms consistent in provisions relating to child custody.
SB277 is an act relating to the support of children; revising provisions governing the calculation of the support of children; revising provisions relating to the modification of support.
This committee is expected to hear several interesting bills.
AB19 is an act relating to orders for protection; revising provisions relating to service of process of certain temporary and extended orders for protection; increasing the duration that certain temporary and extended orders for protection remain effective; increasing the penalty for certain violations of temporary and extended orders for protection against domestic violence; renaming the Repository for Information Concerning Orders for Protection Against Domestic Violence to the Repository for Information Concerning Orders for Protection; requiring the Repository for Information Concerning Orders for Protection to include certain information and other records relating to orders for protection against stalking, aggravated stalking or harassment and orders for protection against domestic violence; authorizing courts to admit character evidence of the past sexual conduct of a petitioner in hearings on petitions for orders for protection against stalking, aggravated stalking or harassment for certain purposes; revising certain provisions relating to evidence; providing penalties.
AB41 is an act relating to victims of crime; requiring additional entities to accept fictitious addresses from certain victims of crime; prohibiting the disclosure of certain identifying information of such victims by the additional entities.
AB60 is an act relating to domestic violence; revising the definition of domestic violence; providing a legislative declaration concerning stalking; increasing certain penalties relating to battery which constitutes domestic violence; imposing an administrative assessment on certain unlawful acts that constitute domestic violence; requiring such administrative assessments to be deposited into the Account for Programs Related to Domestic Violence; revising the definition of stalking; increasing certain penalties related to stalking; revising the duties and quorum requirements of the Committee on Domestic Violence; providing penalties.
This committee is scheduled to hear a couple bills today.
SB255 is an act relating to community colleges; authorizing community colleges in the Nevada System of Higher Education to award a scholarship to certain students who are enrolled in such colleges; establishing certain requirements to be eligible to receive such a scholarship; making an appropriation.
SB350 is an act relating to higher education; revising provisions governing the awarding of Nevada Promise Scholarships; creating the Nevada Promise Scholarship Program to be administered by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada; authorizing the Board of Regents to waive certain requirements for eligibility for certain students who are granted a leave of absence from the Program; revising the eligibility criteria for a student to receive a Nevada Promise Scholarship; revising provisions governing the disbursement of money from the Nevada Promise Scholarship Account; eliminating provisions requiring a community college to maintain certain records relating to Nevada Promise Scholarships.
This committee is expected to work session and likely vote on several bills.
SB25 is an act relating to public safety; revising provisions relating to the imposition of a surcharge which may be collected and used for the enhancement of the telephone system for reporting an emergency; providing that such a surcharge may also be used for the purpose of paying costs for personnel and training associated with portable event recording devices and vehicular event recording devices.
SB331 is an act relating to highways; designating Interstate Highway No. 11 in Nevada as the Purple Heart Highway; directing the Director of the Department of Transportation to erect suitable markers.
SB336 is an act relating to days of observance; requiring the Governor annually to proclaim Juneteenth Day to be “Buffalo Soldiers Day” in Nevada.
AB348 is an act relating to occupational safety and health; requiring a medical facility to develop and carry out a plan for the prevention of workplace violence and report incidents of workplace violence to the Division of Industrial Relations of the Department of Business and Industry; prohibiting a medical facility from taking certain actions against an employee who seeks the assistance of a public safety agency in response to workplace violence or who reports workplace violence; requiring a medical facility to maintain certain records and provide copies of those records to certain persons upon request; requiring the Division to publish an annual report concerning workplace violence at medical facilities.
AB351 is an act relating to cosmetology; revising provisions governing the registration of shampoo technologists.
This committee is expected to hear several bills.
SB288 is an act relating to trade regulations; prohibiting certain false or misleading practices by or on behalf of treatment providers, facilities and alcohol and drug abuse programs; providing a penalty.
SB290 is an act relating to insurance; requiring a health carrier that issues a network plan to provide for the reimbursement of unanticipated out-of-network care that is provided by an out-of-network provider of health care; authorizing an out-of-network provider of health care to seek the recovery of the deductible, coinsurance or copayment from a covered person for such care; requiring an out-of-network provider of health care who receives reimbursement in the amount specified to accept the reimbursement as payment in full; providing that any provision of a network plan which conflicts with such requirements for reimbursement is void; requiring a health carrier to ensure that each network plan of the health carrier includes certain information.
The committee is set to consider several bills.
AB83 will likely be voted on today – an act relating to wildlife; authorizing an employee of the Department of Wildlife to take any wildlife in the interest of public safety under certain circumstances; providing certain protections to moose under certain circumstances; limiting a certain exemption that allowed a person to kill certain animals if necessary to protect property; revising provisions governing the issuance of a resident license, tag or permit; deleting the requirement that a person purchase a resource enhancement stamp to be eligible to participate in a Dream Tag raffle; authorizing a person to donate money voluntarily to the Wildlife Account in the State General Fund by purchasing a resource enhancement stamp; expanding the circumstances considered unlawful harassment of wildlife; clarifying the exemption from the prohibition against placing or setting a trap, snare or similar device within a certain distance from a public road or highway within this State.
AB163 is an act relating to water; revising certain requirements relating to a plan of water conservation; revising minimum standards for plumbing fixtures in new construction and expansions and renovations in certain structures.
SB33 will likley be voted on – an act relating to the support of children; imposing certain requirements on insurers and self-insurers relating to certain claimants owing past-due child support.
SB115 – will like get a vote today – an act relating to public welfare; requiring the inclusion in the State Plan for Medicaid of coverage for donor breast milk for certain infants.
SB332 is an act relating to education; directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee concerning the provision of a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying, cyber-bullying and sexual harassment. 

Tuesday March 26, 2019 – Day 51

Several bills to be heard.
AB349 is an act relating to crimes; prohibiting sexual conduct between a law enforcement officer and a person whom the law enforcement officer has detained or arrested; providing a penalty.
AB393 is an act relating to governmental administration; prohibiting the foreclosure of real property or a lien against a unit in a common-interest community owned by a federal worker, state worker or household member of such a worker during a government shutdown in certain circumstances; providing certain protections to a tenant who is a federal worker, state worker or household member of such a worker during a government shutdown; prohibiting a person from repossessing the vehicle of a federal worker, state worker or household member of such a worker during a government shutdown; authorizing the provision of assistance in paying for natural gas and electricity to a federal worker, state worker or household member of such a worker during a government shutdown.
The committee is expected to hear AB174, an act relating to homelessness; establishing the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing; prescribing the membership and duties of the Council.
AB 237 could be voted on, an act relating to education; providing for the reimbursement of certain out-of-pocket expenses of certain educational personnel; renaming the Teachers’ School Supplies Reimbursement Account as the School Supplies Reimbursement Account for Certain Educational Personnel; authorizing the Department of Education to award grants to certain nonprofit organizations; requiring the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of a charter school to establish certain requirements for the submission of a request for reimbursement from the Account; making an appropriation.
AB378 is an act relating to mental health; requiring the model plan for the management of a crisis, emergency or suicide involving a school to include a plan for transporting a pupil with a mental illness to a mental health facility or hospital; clarifying that consent from any parent or legal guardian of a person is not necessary for the emergency admission of that person.
The committee is set to consider several bills.  AB288 is an act relating to motor vehicles; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to license certain persons as authorized third parties to provide registration, titling and other services; setting forth the fees and other requirements for licensure as an authorized third party; setting forth the services an authorized third party may perform; setting forth the fees an authorized third party may collect for providing such services; requiring the Department to provide employees who are fluent in certain languages at offices of the Department in certain circumstances; requiring the Department to use consistent terms relating to motor vehicles on certain forms provided by the Department; revising provisions related to towing certain vehicles from a residential complex.
SB114 is an act relating to vehicles; imposing a surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to administer the imposition and collection of the surcharge.
SB181 is an act relating to special license plates; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to design, prepare and issue special license plates for certain motor vehicles that are electric powered; providing a fee for the initial issuance and renewal of such plates; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to reinstitute the issuance of special license plates commemorating the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission into the Union.
SB352 is an act relating to motor vehicle registration; authorizing concurrent registration of two or more vehicles owned by a person in certain circumstances.
SB402 is an act relating to educational programs; providing for the issuance of a special license plate indicating support for educational programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; imposing a fee for the issuance and renewal of such special license plates; revising provisions related to the promotion and recognition of educational programs in this State that teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics; making appropriations to the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology to fund certain programs and activities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 No bills are scheduled to be heard or voted on as of this writing, but an interesting discussion is planned.
Discussion of the creation of an Affordable Housing Tax Credit Program
AB282 is an act relating to cities; requiring cities to be divided into wards; setting forth certain requirements for dividing a city into wards; requiring a member of the governing body of a city to be elected only by the registered voters of the ward that he or she seeks to represent; requiring a vacancy on the governing body of a city to be filled at a special election under certain circumstances.
AJR4 is a joint resolution urging the President and the Congress of the United States to pass acts to combat illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs.
AB3 is an act relating to marijuana; authorizing the Department of Taxation to issue additional medical marijuana establishment registration certificates for medical marijuana dispensaries located in an incorporated city upon the request of the governing body of the incorporated city; authorizing the Department of Taxation to issue additional licenses to operate a retail marijuana store located in an incorporated city upon the request of the governing body of the incorporated city.
SB55 is an act relating to firearms; revising provisions governing the carrying of a loaded rifle or shotgun in or on a vehicle which is standing or being driven on or along a public highway or other way open to the public.

Wednesday March 27, 2019 – Day 52

SB342 is an act relating to animals; revising provisions relating to an animal impounded by a county, agency or facility under certain circumstances; providing for a hearing to determine whether a person is the owner of an animal and whether the person is able to provide adequate care and shelter for that animal; requiring and authorizing a court to issue certain orders after such a hearing.
SB383 is an act relating to sexual conduct; establishing a rebuttable presumption in civil actions concerning unwelcome or nonconsensual sexual conduct between a law enforcement officer and a person in his or her custody; revising provisions relating to sexual conduct between a law enforcement officer and a person in his or her custody.
SB161 is an act relating to financial businesses; requiring the Attorney General to establish and administer the Regulatory Experimentation Program for Product Innovation; setting forth the requirements for the operation of the Program; providing for a temporary exemption from certain statutory and regulatory requirements related to financial products and services for a participant in the Program under certain circumstances; requiring the Attorney General to submit to the Legislature an annual report on the Program.
SB267 is an act relating to education; requiring the identification of social and environmental factors that affect the educational experience of pupils at each public school; requiring the consideration of those factors in certain circumstances; requiring the development of a plan for each school to mitigate the effect of those factors.
SB313 is an act relating to education; authorizing a person who receives an endorsement to teach in a field of specialization relating to computer literacy and computer science to request a reimbursement; creating the Account for Training in Computer Literacy; requiring a regional training program to provide training on methods to teach computer literacy or computer science; authorizing the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada to apply for a grant of money from the Account to establish curriculum and standards for the training of teachers in computer literacy and computer science; making an appropriation.
SB314 is an act relating to education; requiring certain boards of trustees of a school district to include in a program of career and technical education the area of business and marketing education; establishing a State Seal of Financial Literacy; requiring the Department of Education to establish a Financial Literacy Month; establishing provisions relating to obtaining an endorsement to teach courses relating to financial literacy; making an appropriation.
SB320 is an act relating to education; providing for the identification of pupils for placement in more rigorous courses in certain core academic subjects.
AB233 is an act relating to water; revising provisions governing certain assessments on water users.
AB265 is an act relating to water; requiring the Desert Research Institute to conduct a study concerning water treatment and recycling.
SB284 is an act relating to medical conditions; creating the Advisory Task Force on HIV Exposure Criminalization; setting forth the duties of the Task Force.
SJR5 is a joint resolution proposing to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide for limited annual regular legislative sessions and for legislative compensation and expenses to be paid in a manner fixed and determined by law.

Thursday March 28, 2019 – Day 53

AB267 is an act relating to actions concerning persons; providing for the compensation of certain persons who were wrongfully convicted.

SB328 is an act relating to crimes; prohibiting certain communications that are obscene, threatening or annoying.
AB358 is an act relating to health care; creating the Tomorrow’s Doctors Program; authorizing the Nevada Office of Rural Health within the University of Nevada School of Medicine to enter into education loan repayment assistance contracts with certain practitioners; making appropriations.
AB316 is an act relating to public safety; enacting the Nevada 24/7 Sobriety and Drug Monitoring Program Act; establishing a statewide sobriety and drug monitoring program; requiring the Department of Public Safety to adopt regulations to implement the program; requiring such regulations to establish certain fees.
AB363 is an act relating to motor vehicles; revising provisions requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide a duplicate driver’s license or duplicate identification card to a homeless person free of charge in certain circumstances; revising provisions requiring the State Registrar to provide certain certificates to a homeless person free of charge in certain circumstances.
AB468 is an act relating to special license plates; providing for the limited issuance of special license plates that commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States; exempting the special license plates from certain provisions otherwise applicable to special license plates; imposing a fee for the issuance and renewal of such license plates; imposing a deadline on the issuance of such license plates.
SB297 is an act relating to public safety; revising provisions relating to driving or operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or a prohibited substance; establishing provisions governing the residential confinement of certain offenders.
SB346 is an act relating to marijuana; revising provisions relating to prohibited acts concerning the use of marijuana and the operation of a vehicle or vessel; requiring the Nevada Commission on Minority Affairs to conduct a study relating to disparities and unlawful discrimination in the licensure of marijuana establishments and medical marijuana establishments; directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study relating to marijuana and the levels of intoxication established by the laws of this State.
ACR6 is a joint resolution that would direct the Legislative Commission to create an interim committee to study the working conditions at licensed brothels.

Friday March 29, 2019 – Day 54

AB281an act relating to criminal procedure; restricting certain state and local law enforcement agencies from performing certain actions relating to immigration enforcement.
AB307an act relating to criminal gangs; creating the Nevada Database of Gangs; establishing provisions regarding the contents, use and operation of the Nevada Database of Gangs; requiring the Director of the Department of Public Safety to adopt regulations relating to the Nevada Database of Gangs.
SB326an act relating to economic development; requiring the State Treasurer to develop and carry out a program to provide loans to persons who operate or wish to operate grocery stores located in underserved communities; making an appropriation.
SB338an act relating to fireworks; requiring the State Fire Marshal to adopt certain regulations regarding fireworks; requiring the regulations and ordinances adopted by certain governmental entities to be at least as restrictive as the regulations adopted by the State Fire Marshal; requiring a person to reimburse the State Fire Marshal under certain circumstances for the improper storage or use of fireworks.
Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will convene 20 minutes upon adjournment of Assembly Floor Session.
AB254is an act relating to public health; requiring the Chief Medical Officer to establish and maintain a system for reporting certain information on sickle cell anemia; authorizing administrative penalties for failure to report certain information; revising requirements concerning screening infants for sickle cell anemia and sickle cell trait; requiring a health insurer to include coverage for certain prescription drugs and services for the treatment of sickle cell anemia in its policies; requiring a health maintenance organization or managed care organization to take certain actions with respect to certain insured diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.