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

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Updated Thursday March 18, 2021 at 6:49 AM – Monday March 15, 2021 marks day 43 of the 120-day, biennial session of the Nevada Legislature and the deadline for legislators’ bill introductions. 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 15, 2021 – Day 43 of 120:

10:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB 184, a bill that would create the Office of Small Business Advocacy within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

10:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB241, a bill that could grant parole to an inmate in a state prison earlier than normal under an infectious disease state of emergency.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB166, a measure that would revise provisions relating to crimes motivated by certain characteristics of the victim to include, race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear SB170, a bill that would revise the registration requirements for off-highway vehicles; requiring certain children to wear a helmet when operating, using or riding an off-highway vehicle; revising the membership of the Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles; eliminating exceptions from the registration requirements for certain off-highway vehicles.

The committee will also hear SB191, a bill that would impose a surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to administer the imposition and collection of the surcharge.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hear a pair of important bills regarding the swamp cedars of Spring Valley, trees and a place sacred to the Western Shoshone. AJR4 would urge the U.S. Congress to designate certain land containing swamp cedars in Spring Valley as a National Heritage Area.

The committee will also hear AB171, a bill that would prohibit cutting down the swamp cedars in Spring Valley without a permit from the state.

Tuesday March 16, 2021 – Day 44 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB58, a bill that would authorize the Attorney General to file a civil action to eliminate certain patterns or practices that deprive persons of certain rights, privileges or immunities; requiring a law enforcement agency to provide notice to the Attorney General if a peace officer uses physical force that results in substantial bodily harm to or the death of another person.

9:00 AM – Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB211, a measure that would require, with certain exceptions, the Nevada Department of Wildlife to submit comments on the potential impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat of a proposed subdivision of land.

1:00 PM – Senate Committee of Judiciary will hear SB108, a bill that would require any person employed in the criminal justice system in this State to complete periodic training relating to implicit bias and cultural competency; requiring the Attorney General to adopt regulations concerning such training.

1:30 PM – Assembly Committee on Education will hear AB169, a bill that would require certain institutions of higher education to have a policy for refunds that requires the institution to refund a student all the money the student has paid if the institution impairs the ability of the student to complete a training program agreed upon in an enrollment agreement.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hear ACR3, a concurrent resolution that would Require the Legislative Commission to appoint an interim committee to conduct a study concerning environmental justice.

Wednesday March 17, 2021 – Day 45 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear an important gun control bill, AB286, a measure that would prohibit a person from possessing a firearm on a covered premises under certain circumstances; prohibiting a person from engaging in certain acts relating to unfinished frames or receivers under certain circumstances; prohibiting a person from engaging in certain acts relating to firearms which are not imprinted with a serial number under certain circumstances; revising provisions relating to the confiscation and disposal of dangerous weapons.

8:00 AM – Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on K-12/Higher Education/CIP will hear numerous Nevada System of Higher Education budgets.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB218, a bill that would authorize a sheriff or constable to campaign for reelection to office wearing the physical accouterments of the office.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on education will hear SB173, a bill that would authorize the board of trustees of a school district and the State Public Charter School Authority to submit to the Superintendent of Public Instruction plans to address loss of learning that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; requiring the submission to certain entities of certain reports relating to such plans to address loss of learning.

1:30 PM – The Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear AB124, a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex by taking certain actions relating to the employment opportunities of an employee; prohibiting an employer from seeking or taking certain other actions relating to the wage rate history of a prospective employee; requiring an employer to disclose the minimum wage rate, wage scale or salary range for a position of employment under certain circumstances.

The committee will also hear AB190, a measure that would require private employers that provide employees with sick leave to allow an employee to use such leave to assist a member of the employee’s immediate family with certain medical needs.

The committee will also hear AB222, a bill that would make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to take certain actions against an employee who reports, requests the correction of or refuses to engage in certain conduct; establishing procedures for certain civil actions concerning unlawful employment practices; revising provisions governing periods of limitation in certain civil actions concerning unlawful employment practices.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear AB197, a bill relating to homelessness; revising requirements concerning the provision of health care to a minor without the consent of his or her parents or legal guardian in certain circumstances.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hear AB146, bill relating to water; requiring the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to establish a program regulating water pollution resulting from diffuse sources; establishing requirements for applicants for certain permits relating to water pollution to post a bond or other surety; revising requirements for regulations adopted by the State Environmental Commission relating to water pollution.

The committee will also hear AB103, a bill that would revise provisions relating to obtaining a permit to excavate a site on private lands that is known to be a prehistoric Indian burial site.

Thursday March 18, 2021 – Day 46 of 120:

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB253, a bill that would revise provisions relating to when a subcommittee or working group of a public body is subject to the Open Meeting Law; setting forth certain requirements for meetings of public bodies that use remote technology systems; revising the notice requirements for a meeting of a public body.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will work session and hear several bills to include SB148, a bill that would require 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; imposing certain duties on the Attorney General relating to the submission of such records; revising provisions concerning the guidelines required to be adopted by the Director of the Department of Public Safety regarding the reporting of hate crimes.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development will work session AB117, a measure that would require the State Plan for Economic Development be updated at least once every 3 years; requiring each regional development authority to present certain information to the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development at least every 2 years; directing the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning existing abatements, tax exemptions and other incentives for economic development in this State.

3:30 PM  – The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will work session and hear several bills to include, SB168, a bill that would prohibit the Cannabis Compliance Board or a local government from imposing certain restrictions relating to the packaging of cannabis and cannabis products; authorizing a cannabis sales facility to engage in curbside pickup under certain circumstances; authorizing a cannabis establishment to satisfy certain requirements relating to the labeling of a cannabis product through certain alternative means; providing that the placement of certain signs inside a cannabis establishment does not constitute advertising by a cannabis establishment for certain purposes; requiring the Board to adopt regulations allowing for certain records of a cannabis establishment to be created and maintained in an electronic format.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Natural resources will work session SB63, a bill relating to hemp; requiring the submission of an application for registration as a grower, handler or producer to the State Department of Agriculture on or before July 1 of any year; setting forth certain requirements for the sampling and testing of hemp; revising the circumstances under which the Department is authorized to refuse to issue or renew, suspend or revoke a registration as a grower, handler or producer.

Friday March 19, 2021 – Day 47 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB243, a bill that would create the Nevada Police Reform Advisory Task Force and prescribing its membership and duties; revising certain provisions relating to the sentences of offenders who are less than 21 years of age; requiring each prosecutorial office to establish a system of race-blind charging to be used when determining whether criminal charges should be filed against a person; requiring each district attorney to establish a system of race-blind charging to be used when determining whether a petition alleging delinquency of a child should be filed.

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Transportation will hear several Nevada Department of Corrections budgets, to include, prison medical care, prison industry, and the Inmate Welfare Account.