Nevada State Legislature – a look ahead at week 12

by Brian Bahouth

Marker in front of the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City, NV - image - Brian Bahouth/The Sierra Nevada Ally

Updated 06:49 on Thursday April 25

Carson City – Almost every committee meeting is cancelled Monday April 22 and Tuesday April 23 because Tuesday marks an important deadline of first house passage, so Monday and Tuesday’s floor session agendas for the Senate and Assembly were long. Some bills passed, some did not, some were granted deadline exemptions, but see below for what’s up in committees for the rest of this week.

As always, 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 22, 2019 – Day 78

Today at 2:00 p.m., Governor Sisolak will sign SB358, a measure that would raise Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030.

Most committee meetings are cancelled today, though agendas for the Assembly and Senate floor sessions are full as lawmakers work to meet the first house passage on Tuesday.

In the Senate floor session today we’ll be watching the debate and vote associated with SB327, a measure that would enable a form of “superpad” development across the state.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 – Day 79

Most committee meetings are cancelled today.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 – Day 80

The committee is expected to hear a couple bills.
SB97 is an act relating to crimes; prohibiting the use in a criminal case of certain defenses based on the sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of the victim.
AB98 is an act relating to the Tahoe-Douglas Visitor’s Authority; clarifying the uses of the convention center for which the Authority is required to use certain tax proceeds to plan, construct and operate.
SB161 is an act relating to financial businesses; requiring the Director of the Department of Business and Industry 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 Director to submit to the Legislature an annual report on the Program; revising provisions relating to persons who make loans exclusively via the Internet.
AB490 is an act relating to education; requiring public schools to collect and report on data on the discipline of pupils; requiring the Department of Education to develop and provide guidance and training to school districts regarding the collection, reporting and analyzing of such data; requiring the Superintendent of Public Instruction to report to the State Board of Education on trends in the data on the discipline of pupils; requiring the State Board to include an analysis of data on the discipline of pupils in its annual report of the state of public education.
Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will convene upon adjournment or recess of Assembly Floor Session, but no sooner than 12:30 p.m.
SB284 is an act relating to medical conditions; creating the Advisory Task Force on HIV Exposure Modernization; setting forth the duties of the Task Force.
SB364 is an act relating to the protection of vulnerable persons; prohibiting a medical facility, facility for the dependent and certain other facilities from engaging in certain discriminatory actions; requiring such facilities to take certain measures to protect the privacy of persons receiving care from the facilities; requiring administrators and employees of such facilities to receive certain training.
AB90 is an act relating to employment; requiring private employers that provide employees with sick leave to allow an employee to use such leave to help a member of the employee’s immediate family with certain medical needs; providing a penalty.
SCR5 is a concurrent resolution that expresses support for the role of science in the Lake Tahoe Basin and recognizes the role of the Tahoe Bi-State Executive Committee and the Tahoe Science Advisory Council in guiding environmental preservation, protection, restoration and enhancement efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin. 
AB169 is an act relating to maternal health; establishing the Maternal Mortality Review Committee; requiring the Committee to review each incident of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in this State.
AB186 is an act relating to elections; enacting the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.
AJR2 is a joint resolution that proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages regardless of gender. 

Thursday April 25, 2019 – Day 81

AB16 is an act relating to criminal procedure; increasing the time for law enforcement officers to execute and return search warrants to obtain DNA samples.
SB154 is an act relating to natural gas; requiring the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to adopt regulations authorizing a public utility which purchases natural gas for resale to engage in renewable natural gas activities and to recover the reasonable and prudent costs of such activities; requiring such a public utility to attempt to incorporate renewable natural gas into its gas supply portfolio.
AB52 is an act relating to the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; creating the Division of Natural Heritage within the Department; transferring the duties of the Nevada Natural Heritage Program to the Division.

Friday April 26, 2019 – Day 82

AB102 is an act relating to crimes; enhancing the criminal penalty for certain crimes committed against certain family members of first responders; removing the crime of voluntary manslaughter from the crimes for which an enhanced criminal penalty may be imposed when committed against a first responder.
AB226 is an act relating to crimes; prohibiting any person from requiring or authorizing another person to undergo implantation of a microchip or other permanent identification marker under certain circumstances.
SB336 is an act relating to days of observance; requiring the Governor annually to proclaim July 28 to be “Buffalo Soldiers Day” in Nevada.
SB477 is an act relating to child welfare; revising provisions governing the release of a child in a child welfare proceeding to a parent or guardian.