Nevada State Legislature – a look ahead at week 15

by Brian Bahouth

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Updated at 8:02 a.m. on Friday May 17.

Carson City – Friday May 17 marks an important deadline, committee passage second house. As of Monday May 13, there are 21 days remaining in the 80th session of the Nevada State Legislature. Money committees will continue to reconcile budgets. A busy week ahead …

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 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 May 13, 2019 – Day 99

AB166 is an act establishing the crime of advancing prostitution; revising the penalties for the crime of living from the earnings of a prostitute; providing penalties.
SB243 is an act relating to public construction; revising the procedure for determining the prevailing rate of wages.
Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will convene upon adjournment of Senate Committees Commerce and Labor, Education, and Government Affairs SECOND REVISED AGENDA.
SB274 is an act revising provisions governing the disclosure of information relating to complaints filed with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission within the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation; revising provisions governing the protections against reprisal or retaliatory action provided for a state or local governmental officer or employee who discloses certain governmental action.
AJR1 is a joint resolution that expresses objection to the transfer of radioactive plutonium to this State.
AJR4 is a joint resolution that urges the President and the Congress of the United States to pass acts to combat illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs.
ACR4 is a concurrent resolution that directs the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study concerning wildfires. 

ACR6 is a concurrent resolution that directs the Legislative Commission to create an interim committee to study the working conditions at licensed brothels.

Work session:
SB179 is an act relating to abortions; revising provisions relating to informed consent to an abortion; repealing criminal penalties on certain actions relating to the termination of a pregnancy; repealing the prohibition on the excusal of a person on certain grounds from testifying as a witness in a prosecution relating to the termination of a pregnancy.
Hearing:
SB262 is an act relating to prescription drugs; making various changes to provide for tracking and reporting of information concerning the pricing of prescription drugs for treating asthma; requiring certain insurers to provide certain notice concerning those drugs to insureds; providing for an administrative penalty for failure to provide certain information concerning those drugs to the Department of Health and Human Services.
SB270 is an act relating to public welfare; requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to establish and administer the Nevada Housing Crisis Response System; requiring the Nevada Housing Crisis Response System to provide certain services to persons who are transient, at imminent risk of homelessness or homeless; authorizing the Director of the Department to solicit and accept money to carry out the Nevada Housing Crisis Response System; requiring the Department to submit an annual report to the Legislature concerning activities and services to prevent homelessness in this State.
SB430 is an act expanding the definition of “chronic or debilitating medical condition” for certain purposes related to the medical use of marijuana.
SB538 is an act creating the Office for New Americans in the Office of the Governor; establishing the duties of the Office; requiring state agencies and political subdivisions to provide certain assistance to the Office; requiring each regulatory body to create an online resource for immigrants that provides information about obtaining a license or similar authorization to practice certain occupations or professions.
Work session:
AB114 is an act relating to education; 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.
AB219 is an act revising provisions governing the reporting of certain information concerning the achievement of pupils who are English learners pursuant to the statewide system of accountability for public schools; requiring the principals of certain public schools that demonstrate low achievement for pupils who are English learners to develop a corrective action plan; authorizing a pupil who is an English learner to enroll in a public high school outside the zone of attendance in which the pupil resides under certain circumstances; requiring the adoption of a plan to ensure that a policy of instruction to teach English to pupils who are English learners achieves certain objectives; revising eligible teaching programs for which the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program awards scholarships.
AB261 is an act requiring the reporting of certain information concerning training for certain educational personnel in personal safety of children.
AB304 is an act requiring a request for a variance from maximum pupil-teacher ratios in elementary schools to include a plan to reduce class sizes; requiring the State Board of Education to adopt maximum ratios of pupils to certain school employees; requiring the board of trustees of a school district to annually publish certain information concerning class size.
AB490 is an act 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.
Work session:
SB56 is an act revising provisions related to the protection of flora; revising certain definitions related to the protection of trees and flora and to forest practice and reforestation; revising provisions relating to a written plan for a prescribed fire; revising the information required to be included in an application for a logging permit; revising provisions regarding logging operations; authorizing the suspension or revocation of a logging permit for operating ground-based equipment on saturated soil; revising the requirements for the performance bond which must accompany an application for a timberland conversion certificate; eliminating the requirement that the State Forester Firewarden cause a decennial report to be created regarding certain renewable natural resources in the State; eliminating the authority of the State Forester Firewarden to reduce the required amount for certain performance bonds; making various other changes relating to forestry; providing a penalty.
Hearing:
SB236 is an act establishing requirements relating to sinking or boring certain wells for water already appropriated; providing a penalty.
SB250 is an act relating to water; establishing certain requirements relating to the dedication of certain rights to appropriate water.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 – Day 100

SB336 is an act requiring the Governor annually to proclaim July 28 to be “Buffalo Soldiers Day” in Nevada.
AB411 is an act establishing civil penalties for certain traffic and related violations.
AB465 is an act requiring electric utilities to offer an expanded 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 adopt regulations establishing standards for the program; requiring the Commission to approve a plan for an expanded solar access program if certain requirements are met.
Work session:
SB81 is an act relating to tobacco products; revising provisions governing the licensing of persons engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of tobacco products; requiring wholesale dealers of other tobacco products to keep on hand at all times a certain inventory of other tobacco products; establishing procedures to claim a refund for any amount, penalty or interest erroneously paid in connection with taxes on tobacco products; revising provisions governing the possession, transfer and sale of cigarettes and the reports filed by wholesale dealers of cigarettes; revising provisions governing revenue stamps; requiring manufacturers and retail dealers of cigarettes to maintain certain information on file with the Department of Taxation; revising requirements for wholesale dealers of cigarettes and distributors to report certain information to the Department; revising civil penalties imposed for certain violations of law governing tobacco products; revising provisions governing the imposition and payment of the tax on other tobacco products; revising requirements for wholesale dealers and retail dealers of other tobacco products to retain certain records; revising provisions governing changes to the directory of cigarette manufacturers and brand families maintained by the Department.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 – Day 101

Work session:
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.
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.

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.

Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will convene upon adjournment of senate Committees Commerce and Labor, Education, and Government Affairs.

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.

AJR2 is a joint resolution that Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages regardless of gender.

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.

This committee will hear and work session several pieces of legislation.

Work session:

SB33 is an act relating to the support of children; imposing certain requirements on insurers relating to certain claimants owing past-due child support.

SB262 is an act relating to prescription drugs; making various changes to provide for tracking and reporting of information concerning the pricing of prescription drugs for treating asthma; requiring certain insurers to provide certain notice concerning those drugs to insureds; providing for an administrative penalty for failure to provide certain information concerning those drugs to the Department of Health and Human Services.

SB270 is an act requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to establish and administer the Nevada Housing Crisis Response System; requiring the Nevada Housing Crisis Response System to provide certain services to persons who are transient, at imminent risk of homelessness or homeless; authorizing the Director of the Department to solicit and accept money to carry out the Nevada Housing Crisis Response System; requiring the Department to submit an annual report to the Legislature concerning activities and services to prevent homelessness in this State.

Hearing:

SB315 is an act creating the Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Department of Health and Human Services; requiring information concerning the importance of annual physical examinations for children to be provided in certain programs, activities, notifications and courses; providing for the issuance of special license plates to increase awareness of childhood cancer; exempting the special license plates from certain provisions otherwise applicable to special license plates; requiring certain licensing boards to encourage continuing education in the diagnosis of rare diseases and disseminate information concerning childhood cancers.

SB390 is an act relating to livestock; authorizing the State Quarantine Officer to adopt regulations providing a process for the operator of a farm or other facility that raises poultry to obtain a permit to slaughter and sell the poultry under certain circumstances; authorizing the State Quarantine Officer to adopt regulations providing a process for a person to obtain a license to operate a custom processing establishment or mobile processing unit in this State.

SB53 is an act relating to mining; revising provisions governing the review of certain mining regulations by the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission.
SJR1 is a joint resolution that urges Congress to require the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service to include cheatgrass in certain forage estimates.
SJR4 is a joint resolution that expresses the support of the Nevada Legislature for certain federal legislation relating to the conservation of wildlife in this State. 
This committee is scheduled to work session and hear several bills.
Hearing:
AB151 is an act requiring certain persons to report the commercial sexual exploitation of a child to an agency which provides child welfare services; requiring all persons to report the commercial sexual exploitation of a child to a law enforcement agency in certain circumstances; authorizing a fee for certain costs relating to information maintained by an agency which provides child welfare services; requiring an agency which provides child welfare services to adopt certain rules, policies or regulations; providing penalties.
AB298 is an act relating to child welfare; requiring each agency which provides child welfare services to adopt a plan for the recruitment and retention of foster homes.
Work session:
AB340 is an act authorizing certain health care professionals to issue an order for an opioid antagonist to a public or private school; authorizing public and private schools to obtain and maintain opioid antagonists under certain conditions; providing immunity to certain persons for acts or omissions relating to the acquisition, possession or administration of opioid antagonists in certain circumstances.
AB254 is an act requiring the Chief Medical Officer to establish and maintain a system for reporting certain information on sickle cell disease and its variants; authorizing administrative penalties for failure to report certain information; revising requirements concerning screening infants for sickle cell disease and its variants and sickle cell trait; requiring Medicaid to cover certain supplements recommended by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; requiring a health insurer to include coverage for certain prescription drugs and services for the treatment of sickle cell disease and its variants in its policies; authorizing a prescription of certain controlled substances for the treatment of acute pain caused by sickle cell disease and its variants for a longer period than otherwise allowed; requiring a health maintenance organization or managed care organization to take certain actions with respect to certain insureds diagnosed with sickle cell disease and its variants.

Thursday May 16, 2019 – Day 102

This committee is scheduled to work session numerous bills and votes one these measures are expected.
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.
SB243 is an act relating to public construction; revising the procedure for determining the prevailing rate of wages.

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.

This committee is scheduled to work session numerous bills and votes one these measures are expected.
AB125 is an act relating to criminal procedure; revising provisions governing factors to be considered by the court in deciding whether to release a person without bail; prohibiting a court from relying solely on a bail schedule in setting the amount of bail after a personal appearance by a defendant.
SB131 is an act establishing additional requirements related to the resale of tickets to an athletic contest or live entertainment event; revising provisions governing the recovery which a plaintiff may be awarded in a civil action for a violation of certain requirements related to the resale of tickets to an athletic contest or live entertainment event; providing penalties.
This committee is scheduled to work session a couple bills and votes one these measures are expected.
AB465 is an act relating to energy; requiring electric utilities to offer an expanded 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 adopt regulations establishing standards for the program; requiring the Commission to approve a plan for an expanded solar access program if certain requirements are met.
This committee is scheduled to work session a couple bills and votes one these measures are expected.
AB73 is an act relating to homeless persons; providing for the creation of a temporary working group in Clark County to address issues relating to homelessness; requiring the working group to prepare and submit a report of its recommendations to address issues relating to homelessness.
AB242 is an act relating to economic development; creating the Nevada Air Service Development Commission; creating the Nevada Air Service Development Fund; providing for the management of the Fund; setting forth the duties of the Commission; requiring the Commission to develop a program to provide grants of money from the Fund to certain air carriers; establishing criteria for awarding grants of money from the Fund to certain air carriers.
AB400 is an act relating to tax abatements; prohibiting the Office of Economic Development from approving certain abatements of the taxes imposed for the support of local schools; prohibiting the Office from approving certain partial abatements of taxes if the applicant has previously received the partial abatement of taxes.
This committee is scheduled to work session numerous bills and votes one these measures are expected.
AB444 is an act relating to legislative affairs; creating the Legislative Committee on Tax Expenditures and Incentives for Economic Development; setting forth the composition and administration of the Committee; prescribing the powers and duties of the Committee.
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.
SB129 is an act relating to ethics in government; making various changes relating to the provisions governing ethics in government; providing penalties.
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.
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.
SB450 is an act relating to elections; revising the provisions relating to the verification of signatures on a petition for recall of a public officer; establishing a limit on contributions to the campaign of a candidate in a recall election; requiring the disposal of unspent contributions to a candidate at a recall election; revising provisions relating to a request to remove a signature from a petition to recall a public officer; amending the deadline for filing a legal challenge to the sufficiency of a petition to recall a public officer; imposing civil and criminal penalties for violations of provisions governing recall elections; making various other changes relating to petitions for the recall of a public officer.
SJR3 is a joint resolution that proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide certain rights to voters.
This committee is scheduled to work session numerous bills and votes one these measures are expected.
SB164 is an act  relating to taxation; clarifying that certain virtual currencies are intangible personal property for the purposes of taxation.
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.
SB410 is an act relating to taxation; eliminating the authority of the Office of Economic Development to issue transferable tax credits for certain projects that will make a capital investment in this State of at least $1 billion and satisfy certain other criteria.
SB448 is an act 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.
Senate Committee on Finance will convene upon adjournment of the Senate Committees on Revenue and Economic Development, Growth and Infrastructure and Natural Resources.
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.
SB59 is an act relating to state lands; revising provisions relating to the accounting of certain fees for the use of the Stewart Indian School land.
SB251 is an act making a supplemental appropriation to the Nevada Highway Patrol for an unanticipated shortfall in dignitary protection services for visiting dignitaries.
SB522 is an act making a supplemental appropriation to the Nevada Highway Patrol for an unanticipated shortfall in gasoline costs.
AB30 is an act relating to water; authorizing the State Engineer to require certain applicants to submit a monitoring, management and mitigation plan; authorizing the State Engineer, under certain circumstances, to consider such a plan before approving or denying an application for a permit.
AB62 is an act relating to water; authorizing, under certain circumstances, the State Engineer to grant an additional extension of time for the completion of work for the diversion of water to projects that include the municipal or quasi-municipal use of water; revising the time period for which the State Engineer may grant an extension for the completion of work for the diversion of water; authorizing, under certain circumstances, the State Engineer to suspend the limitation of time for the completion of work set forth in a permit or an extension previously granted.

Friday May 17, 2019 – Day 103

Today is an important deadline in the 2019 legislative session, committee passage, second house.

This committee will likely vote on the following measures.
Work session:
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; providing penalties.
SB218 is an act relating to domestic violence; revising provisions relating to temporary and extended orders for protection against domestic violence; revising provisions relating to the crime of battery which constitutes domestic violence.

SB328 is an act relating to crimes; prohibiting certain communications that are obscene, threatening or annoying.

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.

SB480 is an act relating to courts; revising provisions relating to the number of justices of the peace in each township.

Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will convene upon adjournment or recess of Assembly Floor Session, but no sooner than 12:45. p.m.

SB315 is an act creating the Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Department of Health and Human Services; requiring information concerning the importance of annual physical examinations for children to be provided in certain programs, activities, notifications and courses; providing for the issuance of special license plates to increase awareness of childhood cancer; exempting the special license plates from certain provisions otherwise applicable to special license plates; requiring certain licensing boards to encourage continuing education in the diagnosis of rare diseases and disseminate information concerning childhood cancers.

AS390 is an act authorizing the State Quarantine Officer to adopt regulations providing a process for the operator of a farm or other facility that raises poultry to obtain a permit to slaughter and sell the poultry under certain circumstances; authorizing the State Quarantine Officer to adopt regulations providing a process for a person to obtain a license to operate a custom processing establishment or mobile processing unit in this State.

SB430 is an act Expanding the definition of “chronic or debilitating medical condition” for certain purposes related to the medical use of marijuana.

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.

Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will convene 20 minutes after adjournment of the Joint Senate Finance.

AB348 is an act relating to occupational safety and health; requiring certain medical facilities 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 such a medical facility from taking certain actions against an employee or other provider of care who seeks the assistance of a public safety agency in response to workplace violence or who reports workplace violence; requiring such 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 such medical facilities.
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Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining will convene upon adjournment of Assembly Ways and Means.

AB30 is an act relating to water; authorizing the State Engineer to require certain applicants to submit a monitoring, management and mitigation plan; authorizing the State Engineer, under certain circumstances, to consider such a plan before approving or denying an application for a permit.