Nevada State Legislature – a look ahead at week 9

by Brian Bahouth

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Updated 6:22 p.m. April 4, 2019.

Carson City – Time flies, and Thursday marks the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session. Plenty of important legislation on the move this week.

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 April 1, 2019 – Day 57

Funding for the continued development of the Stewart Indian School campus was unclear at the outset of the session, so this should be an important meeting for AB44 and its sponsors.
AB44 is an act relating to state lands; creating the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum; providing provisions governing the Museum Director; requiring the Museum Director to engage in certain duties relating to the Museum; authorizing the Museum Director to establish a store for the sale of gifts and souvenirs; authorizing the Museum Director to establish certain accounts; granting the Executive Director of the Nevada Indian Commission the authority to appoint and supervise the Museum Director; revising provisions governing the Nevada Indian Commission’s Gift Fund.
This joint committee meeting with hear two important gun control bills.
AB153 is an act relating to crimes; making it a crime to negligently store or leave a firearm under certain circumstances; providing a penalty.

AB291 is an act relating to public safety; prohibiting certain acts relating to the modification of a semiautomatic firearm; reducing the concentration of alcohol that may be present in the blood or breath of a person while in possession of a firearm; repealing state preemption of the authority of counties, cities and towns to regulate the transfer, sale, purchase, possession, carrying, ownership, transportation, storage, registration and licensing of firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition; providing penalties.

AB397 is an act relating to misconduct by certain public officials; authorizing the Nevada Equal Rights Commission to recommend impeachment or removal of certain public officials under certain circumstances; providing that an accusation of sexual harassment by the Commission is legally sufficient for removal in certain circumstances.

The committee is scheduled to hear an interesting pair of bills regarding the Millennium Scholarship.
SB414 is an act relating to education; increasing the number of recipients to whom the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship is awarded each year.
SB453 is an act relating to the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program; increasing the grade point average to retain eligibility for a scholarship; making a recipient ineligible for the scholarship if he or she fails to maintain the required grade point average during any two semesters.
Several affordable housing bills up in this committee.
SB367 is an act relating to affordable housing; authorizing a tenant of housing acquired, constructed or rehabilitated with any money from the Account for Low-Income Housing to keep a pet within the tenant’s residence.
SB398 is an act relating to local government; providing that the powers of a board of county commissioners to address matters of local concern include certain powers relating to affordable housing; providing that the powers of the governing body of an incorporated city to address matters of local concern include certain powers relating to affordable housing.
SB490 is an act relating to government contracts; requiring the Nevada Commission on Minority Affairs to conduct a study relating to disparities and unlawful discrimination on the basis of race or gender in the awarding of purchasing and public works contracts by the State or a local government.

AJR3 is a joint resolution that Expresses support for the Nevada Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan and the Nevada Conservation Credit System and urging the United States Bureau of Land Management to require compensatory mitigation to offset anthropogenic disturbances in accordance with the Nevada Conservation Credit System.

Tuesday April 2, 2019 – Day 58

The committee is set to hear AB376, an act relating to law enforcement agencies; requiring local law enforcement agencies to report annually to the Legislature certain statistics relating to transfers of undocumented persons to the custody of federal agencies.
SB375 is an act relating to state business licenses; exempting certain persons and entities who operate home-based businesses from the requirement to obtain a state business license.
The committee is set to hear and work session several bills.
AB238 is an act relating to education; requiring regular monitoring to ensure compliance with certain requirements relating to follow-up after a reported incident of bullying or cyber-bullying; providing for a mental health screening of a reported aggressor and reported victim in an incident of bullying or cyber-bullying; requiring the electronic publication of a report concerning reported incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying.
SB210 is an act relating to energy; requiring the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to adopt regulations establishing a Community Solar Program; enacting provisions governing community solar facilities, organizations that own or operate such facilities and persons who subscribe to such facilities; establishing the requirements for a subscription to a community solar facility.
SB298 is an act relating to renewable energy facilities; requiring the recipients of certain partial tax abatements to create and retain certain records and submit an annual payroll report to the Office of Energy; providing for an on-site inspection or audit of a facility receiving a partial tax abatement to be conducted by the Office; providing that the wage used to determine eligibility for certain partial tax abatements does not include certain fringe benefits.
Looks like SB299 will be work sessioned and likely voted on. SB299 is an act relating to vehicles; revising provisions governing the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program.
The committee is expected to hear SB358, an act relating to renewable energy; declaring the policy of this State concerning renewable energy; revising provisions governing certain reports relating to the portfolio standard; revising provisions relating to the acquisition or construction of renewable energy facilities by certain electric utilities; revising provisions governing certain plans for the construction or expansion of transmission facilities to serve renewable energy zones and to facilitate compliance with the portfolio standard; revising the types of renewable energy that may be used to comply with the portfolio standard; revising the portfolio standard for providers of electric service in this State; revising the manner in which providers of electric service may comply with the portfolio standard; revising the applicability of the portfolio standard; requiring the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to revise any existing portfolio standard applicable to a provider of new electric resources to comply with the portfolio standard established by this act.
SJR7 is a joint resolution expressing support for finding innovative transportation solutions in the Lake Tahoe Basin and for the efforts of the Bi-State Working Group on Transportation.
This committee is expected hear hear and possibly vote on several measures.
SB278 is an act relating to marijuana; authorizing a medical marijuana establishment or an association of medical marijuana establishments to participate in a program of workforce development to recruit, assess and train medical marijuana establishment agents; requiring the Office of Economic Development to ensure that minority-owned business enterprises, woman-owned business enterprises and disadvantaged business enterprises are involved in programs of workforce development in which medical marijuana establishments participate.
Any change that affects lobbying rules in Nevada is worth watching, and AB452 is an act relating to lobbying; authorizing the Legislative Commission to adopt regulations to provide certain exemptions and exceptions from the provisions governing lobbying; revising provisions governing the filing of a supplemental registration statement.
AB466 is an act relating to financial transactions; requiring the State Treasurer to create a pilot program for the establishment of one or more closed-loop payment processing systems to facilitate certain financial transactions relating to marijuana; setting forth certain requirements for a closed-loop payment processing system.
SB454 is an act relating to wildlife; making it unlawful to harass any game mammal or game bird or to engage in certain other activities relating to wildlife using a manned or unmanned aircraft; providing a penalty.
This committee is set to hear a couple interesting collective bargaining bills.
SB111 is an act relating to local governments; revising the percentage of the budgeted ending fund balance of certain local governments that is excluded from collective bargaining negotiations.
SB153 is an act relating to collective bargaining; increasing the amount of time within which the Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board must conduct a hearing relating to certain complaints; removing certain restrictions on payment of compensation or monetary benefits upon expiration of a collective bargaining agreement; revising various provisions relating to negotiations between a school district and an employee organization representing teachers or educational support personnel; repealing certain provisions governing leave for services to an employee organization and governing school administrators.

Wednesday April 3, 2019 – Day 59

AB431 is an act relating to convicted persons; revising provisions governing the restoration of the right to vote for convicted persons who have been discharged from probation or parole or released from prison.
AB405 is an act relating to student loans; requiring the State Treasurer to develop and carry into effect a program to use proceeds from the issuance of certain bonds to make or finance student loans to certain students enrolled in certain short-duration job training courses of study; authorizing the issuance of private activity bonds to pay the cost of the program; repealing provisions relating to an existing student loan program.
Lawmakers are set hear a few payday loan bills.
AB118 is an act relating to financial services; prohibiting certain persons who provide money to a consumer who is a party to a pending legal action in this State from charging an annual percentage rate greater than 36 percent; prohibiting a person who is licensed to operate certain loan services from making short-term loans with an annual percentage rate greater than 36 percent.
AB305 is an act AN ACT relating to financial services; requiring certain persons who provide money to a consumer who is a party to a pending legal action in this State to register with the Commissioner of Financial Institutions; prohibiting such persons from charging an annual percentage rate greater than 40 percent.
AB360 is an act relating to loans; revising provisions governing the making of certain long-term, high-interest loans; revising provisions for the licensing of persons who make such loans.
AB477 is an act relating to consumer contracts; enacting the Consumer Protection from the Accrual of Predatory Interest After Default Act; prohibiting the use of certain form contracts; limiting prejudgment and postjudgment interest rates and attorney’s fees under certain circumstances; prohibiting choice of law, forum selection and other provisions in certain form contracts.
The committee is set to hear a couple interesting public record bills.
SB287 is an act relating to public records; clarifying the records of a governmental entity that must be made available to the public to inspect, copy or receive a copy thereof; revising provisions relating to the manner of providing copies of public records; revising provisions governing the actions taken by governmental entities in response to requests for public records; revising provisions relating to the relief provided for a requester of a public record who prevails in a legal proceeding; revising provisions governing immunity from liability for public officers and employees who disclose or refuse to disclose certain information; revising provisions governing the fees that governmental entities are authorized to charge for a copy of a public record; providing civil penalties.
SB388 is an act relating to public records; providing for the designation of certain public records and portions of public records as confidential; requiring a governmental entity to grant a request to copy such records under certain circumstances.
A few interesting wildlife bills up in this committee.
AB473 is an act relating to trapping; making it unlawful for a person at any time to set, operate or otherwise use a leghold trap to hunt any wild mammal; increasing the frequency at which a person who takes or causes to be taken any wild mammals by means of a trap, snare or similar device must check the trap, snare or similar device.
AB474 is an act relating to wildlife; authorizing the Department of Wildlife to expend money from the Wildlife Heritage Account; authorizing the Board of Wildlife Commissioners to establish a program which authorizes a person to transfer his or her tag to hunt a big game mammal to a qualified organization for use by certain persons.
AB479 is an act relating to animals; enacting provisions relating to the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of dangerous wild animals.

Thursday April 4, 2019 – Day 60

SB326 is an act relating to convicted persons; revising provisions governing the restoration of the right to vote for certain persons who have been convicted of certain felonies.
AB461 is an act relating to education; creating the position of the Liaison for Post-Secondary Education for Homeless Pupils; establishing the duties of the Liaison; authorizing the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada to grant certain waivers of fees for certain pupils.
AB486 is an act relating to outdoor recreation; creating the Division of Outdoor Recreation within the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; providing that the Administrator for Business Development for Outdoor Recreation of the Division and the Administrator for Preservation of Natural Resources for Outdoor Recreation of the Division are the executive heads of the Division; creating the Advisory Board on Outdoor Recreation which shall advise the Administrators of the Division on any matter concerning outdoor recreation in this State; providing that certain provisions relating to outdoor recreation are to be carried out by the Division and the Administrators of the Division.
AB337 is an act relating to railroads; specifying crew requirements for certain railroads transporting freight in this State; requiring vehicles to stop at railroad grade crossings for on-track equipment.
AB465 is an act relating to energy; requiring electric utilities to offer an affordable solar access program to certain customers and to submit a plan to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for such a program; requiring the Commission to approve a plan for an affordable solar access program if certain requirements are met; authorizing the Commission to adopt regulations.
AB476 is an act relating to affordable housing; creating the Advisory Committee on Housing; prescribing the membership, powers and duties of the Advisory Committee; creating the Special Committee on Private Activity Bonds; prescribing the membership, powers and duties of the Committee.
SB168 is an act relating to energy; revising provisions governing energy conservation and energy efficiency standards for residences with an on-site renewable energy system.
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.
SB420 is an act relating to renewable energy; excluding from regulation as a public utility a person who operates or facilitates the operation of one or more systems that use renewable energy to generate electricity which serves as a source of electricity for not more than 18 persons or premises that are not connected to the transmission or distribution grid of the electric utility; revising provisions relating to the interconnection of such systems to an electric utility.
SB345 is an act relating to estate distilleries; authorizing an estate distillery to receive certain spirits in bulk for the purpose of rectification; revising when certain spirits that are received, imported or transferred in bulk are subject to taxation.
AB137 is an act relating to elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote or update voter registration information during the period for early voting and on the day of certain elections and setting forth the requirements for such registration or update; revising certain provisions related to establishing polling places within the boundaries of Indian reservations and Indian colonies; revising certain provisions relating to voting after the time that polls close; requiring a provisional ballot to include all offices, candidates and measures upon which the person casting the provisional ballot would be entitled to vote if he or she were casting a regular ballot; extending the period for early voting in certain counties and cities.
AB449 is an act relating to child welfare; directing the Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice to conduct an interim study concerning juvenile detention in this State.
AJR6 is a joint resolution urging Congress to prevent the United States Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census.
SB250 is an act relating to water; limiting the use of certain rights to appropriate water which have been dedicated to certain public entities.
SB389 is an act relating to apiaries; prohibiting a person from owning or possessing an apiary within certain areas of this State.
SB135 is an act relating to state employees; authorizing collective bargaining for certain state employees; renaming, revising the membership of and expanding the duties of the Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board; providing for bargaining units of state employees and their representatives; establishing procedures for collective bargaining and for making and amending collective bargaining agreements; prohibiting certain unfair labor practices.
SB459 is an act relating to state employees; authorizing collective bargaining for certain state employees; renaming and expanding the duties of the Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board; providing for the recognition of employee organizations; providing for the establishment of bargaining units and the designation of bargaining agents; establishing procedures for collective bargaining and for making collective bargaining agreements; prohibiting certain unfair labor practices. 

Friday April 5, 2019 – Day 61

A lot of bills will be voted out of committees today. For details, check the listed meetings for today, as we have not work session bills here.

AB176 is an act relating to crimes; enacting the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights; defining certain terms relating to victims of sexual assault; authorizing the Attorney General to commence a civil action to enforce the Bill of Rights; creating the Advisory Committee on the Rights of Survivors of Sexual Assault; prescribing the membership and duties of the Advisory Committee; requiring certain information to be provided to a victim of sexual assault; revising certain provisions relating to sexual assault forensic analysis kits; making an appropriation.
Senate Committee on Education will convene 20 minutes after the adjournment of the Senate Floor Session.
SB469 is an act relating to education; revising the number of local school precincts in a large school district that a school associate superintendent is authorized to oversee; revising provisions relating to the allocation of money by such a large school district to local school precincts to carry out the responsibilities transferred to the precincts.
SB361 is an act relating to health care; authorizing a pharmacist to prescribe or order and dispense contraceptive supplies to a patient; requiring the State Plan for Medicaid and certain health insurance plans to provide certain benefits relating to contraceptive supplies.
SB251 is an act relating to property; establishing certain requirements for the conversion of land used as a residential golf course to another use; establishing requirements for the maintenance of certain residential golf courses; subjecting a residential golf course to a restrictive covenant enforceable by certain owners of land surrounding the residential golf course; authorizing such owners of land to bring an action to recover a diminution in value of the land as a result of the conversion of a residential golf course.
SB483 is an act relating to mental health; requiring the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention to include the provision of free suicide prevention training for family members of persons who are at risk of suicide.