Nevada State Legislature – a look ahead at week 13

by Brian Bahouth

Nevada State Capitol - image - Brian Bahouth/The Sierra Nevada Ally

Updated Friday 5-3-19 at 6:38 a.m.

Carson City – Committees will take up bills again this week in the wake of last week’s first house passage with new hearings, but legislation will move much faster than during the first round with the May 17 second house deadline looming. Money committees will continue to resolve budgets. The end is in sight with 31 days to go.

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 29, 2019 – Day 85

The committee will consider several bills.
SB238 is an act relating to marijuana; authorizing the transfer of a medical marijuana establishment registration certificate and a license to operate a marijuana establishment in certain circumstances; revising provisions relating to inventory control systems; prohibiting the use of a third party by a medical marijuana dispensary or retail marijuana store to sell marijuana and related products; establishing requirements relating to the delivery of marijuana and related products to a consumer; authorizing the Attorney General to perform a study relating to the unlicensed sale of marijuana and related products in this State.
SB254 is an act relating to greenhouse gas emissions; requiring the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to issue an annual report concerning greenhouse gas emissions in this State.
SB283 is an act relating to prescription drugs; revising provisions concerning the administration of coverage of prescription drugs under the State Plan for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; revising provisions governing restrictions imposed on the list of preferred prescription drugs to be used for the Medicaid program; revising the criteria for selecting prescription drugs for inclusion on that list; authorizing the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee to close certain meetings under certain circumstances.
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; requiring a recipient of money collected from the surcharge to repay or return that money under certain circumstances.
SB252 is an act relating to offenders; authorizing the residential confinement or other appropriate supervision of certain older offenders.
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.
SB230 is an act relating to real estate; revising provisions relating to advertisements by real estate licensees; revising educational requirements which must be satisfied by an applicant for licensure as a real estate salesperson, real estate broker or real estate broker-salesperson; revising provisions governing the maintenance of certain licenses by real estate brokers and owner-developers; revising provisions governing certain regulations of the Real Estate Commission relating to the curriculum and subject matter of continuing 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.
SB178 is 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.
SB85 is an act relating to animals; making it unlawful for a person or any agent or employee of a person to knowingly 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 knowingly bringing any live moose or alternative livestock into this State.
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.
AB124 is an act relating to health care; requiring the development and distribution of a document consisting of information for victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault; requiring a hospital or independent center for emergency medical care to provide a copy of the document to each victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault treated by the hospital or independent center for emergency medical care.
Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will convene upon adjournment of Senate Committees Commerce and Labor, Education, and Government Affairs.
AJR2 is a joint resolution that proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages regardless of gender.

Tuesday April 30, 2019 – Day 86

SB7 is an act relating to crimes; revising the circumstances that constitute pandering; providing that a person who solicits a child or another person who the person believes to be a child to engage in prostitution is guilty of facilitating sex trafficking.
SB9 is an act relating to criminal procedure; providing that there is no limitation of time within which a criminal prosecution for a sexual assault arising out of the same facts and circumstances as a murder must be commenced.
SB173 is 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.
AB424 is an act relating to parole; revising provisions relating to the eligibility for parole of a prisoner who was sentenced as an adult for certain offenses that were committed when he or she was less than 18 years of age.
SB103 is an act relating to affordable housing; authorizing certain local governments to reduce or subsidize impact fees, fees for the issuance of building permits and fees imposed for the purpose for which an enterprise fund was created to assist in maintaining or developing a project for affordable housing under certain circumstances.
SB104 is an act relating to housing; requiring the inclusion of certain reports as sources of information for the statewide low-income housing database maintained by the Housing Division of the Department of Business and Industry; requiring owners of certain multifamily residential housing to report certain information quarterly to the Housing Division; requiring certain local governments to cooperate with the Housing Division in providing certain information related to affordable housing.
SB398 is an act relating to local government; requiring a board of county commissioners and the governing body of an incorporated city to use certain money for the development or redevelopment of affordable housing; 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.
SB473 is an act relating to affordable housing; revising certain definitions relating to affordable housing to establish a consistent definition of the term “affordable housing” across various provisions of existing law.
This committee may vote on several pieces of legislation.
AB499 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.
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.
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.
The committee is set to hear the following bills of interest.
SB42 is an act relating to motor vehicle fleets; repealing provisions requiring certain fleets of motor vehicles to use alternative fuels, clean vehicles or vehicles that use alternative fuels.
SB428 is an act relating to parking; making it unlawful to park a vehicle in a parking space designated for electric vehicle charging unless the vehicle is being charged; providing a penalty.
AB333 is an act relating to special license plates; providing for the issuance of “Vegas Strong” special license plates; imposing a fee for the issuance and renewal of such license plates.
SB251 is an act relating to property; directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the development of residential golf courses. Read and hear our report on SB251.
SB164 is an act relating to taxation; clarifying that certain virtual currencies are intangible personal property for the purposes of taxation.
AB1 is an act relating to administrative procedure; revising the requirements governing the provision of notice regarding a hearing on a proposed regulation by the State Environmental Commission or a local air pollution control board.
AJR3 is a joint resolution that expresses support for the Nevada Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan and the Nevada Conservation Credit System and urges the United States Bureau of Land Management to require compensatory mitigation to offset anthropogenic disturbances in accordance with the Nevada Conservation Credit System.
AJR7 is a joint resolution expressing the opposition of the Nevada Legislature to the expansion of the Fallon Range Training Complex as described in the Fallon Range Training Complex Modernization Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
AJR8 is a joint resolution that expresses the opposition of the Nevada Legislature to the elimination of the Nevada State Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 – Day 87

SB328 – is an act relating to crimes; prohibiting certain communications that are obscene, threatening or annoying.
AB139 is an act relating to domestic relations; requiring a person to be at least 18 years of age to marry.
SB225 is 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.
AB174 is an act relating to homelessness; establishing the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing; prescribing the membership and duties of the Council.
AB478 is an act relating to law enforcement; revising provisions governing the standards for programs of continuing education for peace officers.
SB311 is an act relating to credit; prohibiting discrimination against a person who seeks to obtain credit.
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.
SB387 is an act relating to anatomical gifts; providing for the certification of nontransplant anatomical donation organizations; requiring the collection of certain information relating to the procurement of human bodies and parts.
SB140 is an act relating to groundwater; requiring the State Engineer to reserve a certain percentage of the remaining groundwater available for use in certain basins; prohibiting the use of such groundwater; authorizing the use of such groundwater in certain circumstances.
SJR3 is a joint resolution urging Congress to oppose the expansion of the United States Air Force into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

Thursday May 2, 2019 – day 88

SB182 is an act relating to law enforcement; conferring the powers of a peace officer on certain law enforcement personnel relating to Indian tribes under certain circumstances.
SB461 is an act relating to taxation; imposing a surcharge on lodging within the Tahoe Township in Douglas County; authorizing the Tahoe-Douglas Visitor’s Authority to take certain actions respecting the establishment and operation of recreational facilities; authorizing the Authority to issue certain municipal securities.
AB316 is an act relating to public nuisances; making it a public nuisance for a person to engage in certain activities relating to highways, roads, state lands or other public lands or lands dedicated to public use; providing a penalty.
SB342 is an act relating to animals; revising provisions relating to an animal impounded by a county, city or other local government under certain circumstances; providing for a hearing to determine whether a person is the owner of an animal and whether the person is fit and able to provide adequate care and shelter for that animal; requiring and authorizing a court to issue certain orders after such a hearing.
AB54 is an act relating to energy efficiency; revising provisions relating to the energy efficiency of certain lights sold in this State; repealing obsolete provisions relating to the reduction of grid-based energy purchases for state-owned buildings.
AB231 is an act relating to air pollution; providing an exception to the requirement for emissions testing for certain transfers of used motor vehicles.
SB276 is an act relating to prescription drugs; directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the costs of prescription drugs in this State.
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 and the board of county commissioners of the county in which the facility receiving a partial tax abatement is located; providing that the wage used to determine eligibility for certain partial tax abatements does not include certain fringe benefits.
SB448 is an act relating to taxation; providing for the issuance of transferable tax credits to a project for the acquisition, development, construction, improvement, expansion, reconstruction or rehabilitation of low-income housing.
AB93 is 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 is 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.
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.
AJR2 is a joint resolution that urges Congress to reject any expansion in the use of land or exercise of jurisdiction by the United States Air Force in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

Friday May 3, 2019 – day 89

This committee is set to work session several bills and may well vote on them to include AB16, an act increasing the time for law enforcement officers to execute and return search warrants to obtain DNA samples.
The committee is also set to hear a few bills.
AB120 is an act relating to crimes; revising provisions relating to the crime of sex trafficking.
AB142 is an act eliminating the statute of limitations for the prosecution of sexual assault if the identity of the person accused of committing the crime is established by DNA evidence.
SB150 is an act requiring, with limited exception, the governing body of a county or city to develop and maintain a water resource plan; authorizing grants of money to certain governing bodies for the development and maintenance of water resource plans.
SB367 is an act 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.
SB345 is an act relating to estate distilleries; authorizing brew pubs and certain wineries to transfer certain malt beverages and wine in bulk to an estate distillery; authorizing an estate distillery to receive malt beverages and wine in bulk for the purpose of distillation and blending; revising when certain spirits that are received or transferred in bulk are subject to taxation.
Senate Committee on Education will convene 20 minutes after the adjournment of the
Senate Floor Session.
This committee is scheduled to hear and work session several bills. the are exprected to hear:
AB114 is an act requiring the reporting of certain information concerning courses and training related to suicide among pupils; requiring the reporting of certain information relating to suicide, attempted suicide and suicidal ideation by pupils.
AB261 is an act requiring the reporting of certain information concerning training for certain educational personnel in personal safety of children.
AB461 is an act 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.
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 certain unlawful employment practices by the Commission is legally sufficient for removal in certain circumstances.
Senate Committee on Finance will convene 20 minutes after the adjournment of Senate Committee on Education, Senate Committee on Government Affairs and Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
SB191 is an act requiring each public school in a school district, including a charter school, to establish and maintain a school library that meets certain standards; requiring the State Board of Education to adopt regulations prescribing the minimum standards for a school library; prescribing requirements and exceptions for employing a teacher librarian.
SB293 is an act requiring the appointment of a coordinator of services for commercially sexually exploited children; requiring the coordinator to develop a plan to establish the infrastructure to provide treatment, housing and services to such children and perform certain other duties relating to the provision of housing and services for such children; requiring a juvenile court and certain other entities in the juvenile justice system to transfer a commercially sexually exploited child to the child welfare system in certain circumstances.
SB313 is an act requiring the Department of Education to establish an Internet repository of certain resources; 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 Computer Education and Technology; 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.