The week ahead at the Nevada Legislature – bills and events of interest, week five

Nevada State Capitol, Plaza at Carson Street, Carson City, Carson City, NV, September 17, 1872 - photo: Nevada State Museum/Library of Congress

Updated on Thursday March 4, 2021 at 06:36 – The 120-day, biennial session of the Nevada Legislature got underway on February 1, and Monday March 1 marks Day 29 and a growing slate of legislative activities. Here are a few bills and events we’re tracking this week. Please be advised that schedule changes can occur at any time. This report will be updated every weekday morning and as new information becomes available.

Monday March 1, 2021 – Day 29 of 120:

10:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB127, a bill that would allow police officers and retired officers to keep certain personal information confidential.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Education will hear SB66, a bill that would create the Nevada K-16 Connectivity and Innovation Advisory Committee. The committee will also hear SB118, a measure that would create the Nevada First Scholars Program to provide assistance to low-income students in the state’s system of higher education.

4:00 PM – Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hear a pair of water bills, AB5 and AB6. AB5 would affect the judicial  review  of  an  order  or  decision  of  the  State Engineer. AB6 would revise provisions governing an application for a temporary change relating to water already appropriated.

Tuesday March 2, 2021 – Day 30 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB160, a bill that would  authorize a court to provide credit for time spent in residential confinement before conviction to reduce a sentence of  imprisonment.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB143, a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a statewide plan for the delivery of services to victims of human trafficking and to form a statewide task force.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development will hear SB117, a bill that would mandate the revision of the state economic development plan and order an interim study be conducted that evaluates existing abatements, tax incentives and other incentives for economic development.

1:30 PM The Assembly Committee on Education will hear AB156, a measure that would expand certain higher education fee reductions for the spouses of members of the Nevada National Guard.

1:30 – The Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear AB114, a bill that would expand the exemption for certain manufacturers of electric  passenger cars from the requirement of establishing a franchise with a new vehicle dealer and certain requirements  relating to the operation of such a  franchise.

The committee will also hear AB123, a bill that would enable a special license plate for the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will work session SB93, a bill that would suspend a person’s Medicaid benefits while they are incarcerated.

3:30 – The Senate Committee on Natural Resources will work session SB33, a bill that would revise the ways land can be rehabilitated following a wildfire. The committee will also hear SB125, a bill that would changes the rules regarding falconry.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hear AB166, a bill that would revise donor disclosure rules for political contributions.

Wednesday March 3, 2021 – Day 31 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear several interesting bills. AB157 would authorize a person who is the victim of certain discriminatory conduct relating to an incident involving a peace officer to bring a civil action under certain circumstances.

The committee will also hear AB158, a bill that would revise penalties for people under the age of 21 for illegally attempting to purchase or possess alcohol or cannabis. This bill would prevent the minor from serving up to six months in a county jail.

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources and Transportation will hear several Nevada Department of Corrections budgets to include the Ely State Prison.

8:00 AM – The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear SB122, a bill that would require employees of a cannabis establishment to receive certain health and safety training; requiring a cannabis establishment to suspend or terminate the employment of an employee who fails to complete such training; requiring the Cannabis  Compliance Board to suspend the license of a cannabis establishment that fails to suspend or terminate the employment of such an employee.

8:00 AM – Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittees on K-12/Higher Education/CIP will hear several budgets to include educator effectiveness, assessment and accountability, educator licensure, literacy programs, and safe and respectful learning.

1:00 PM – Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB148, a measure that requires law  enforcement agencies to maintain records of hate crimes and submit such records on a quarterly basis to the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History and the Attorney General.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Government Affairs will hear SB109, a bill that would require governmental agencies to request from certain persons information related to sexual orientation and gender identity; providing, with certain exceptions, that such information is confidential; requiring a governmental agency to annually report certain information related to sexual orientation and gender identity to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear a presentation on autonomous vehicles from Motional, Inc – Sam Wempe, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will work session several bills, to include AB170, a bill that would require certain notices of a right to request a hearing to be provided upon the lawful issuance of a citation or arrest for certain offenses relating to cruelty to animals; providing for a hearing to make certain determinations relating to an impounded animal; authorizing an animal rescue  organization, an animal shelter and certain other persons to sell at auction, humanely destroy or continue to care for certain animals.

Thursday March 4, 2021 – Day 32 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB141, a bill that would increase the length of notice required before certain tenants may be evicted without cause; requiring the automatic sealing of records for evictions relating to defaults in the payment of rent which occurred during the COVID-19 emergency.

8:00 AM – Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Human Services will hear hear budgets for the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. 

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB22, a bill that would enable the state prison system to deduct money from an offender’s accounts and award it to victims.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on economic Development and Revenue will hear SB73, a bill that allows the imposition of certain taxes or the reallocation of certain tax revenue to fund certain natural resources projects and services in the City of Reno based on the recommendations of a committee and voter approval.

The committee will also hear SB25, a bill that revises provisions governing the determination of whether food for human consumption is subject to sales and use taxes.

1:30 PM – The Assembly Committee on Education will hear AB167, a bill that would require certain suicide prevention information be printed on student ID cards. 

1:30 PM – The Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear several bills to include AB150, a bill that would potentially end funding from special license plate sales to a charitable organization, if that charitable organization does not meet the criteria to receive the money.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Revenue will hear AB29, a bill that would redesign the Knowledge Account as the Nevada Innovation Account. The bill would also require the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development to establish a competitive grant program to facilitate research and development of technology and address market gaps in the development of technology in this State.

Friday March 5, 2021 – Day 33 of 120:

8:00 AM – Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB182, a bill that would redefine the crime of “advancing prostitution.”