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

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Updated Thursday March 25, at 07:32 – Monday March 22, 2021 marks day 50 of the 120-day, biennial session of the Nevada Legislature. 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 22, 2021 – Day 50 of 120:

8:00 AM – Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear SB209, a bill that requires an employer in private employment to allow any use of paid leave. The bill also requires the Legislative Committee on Health Care to conduct an interim study concerning the long-term implications of SARS-CoV-2 on casino workers and frontline workers.

The committee will also hear SB245, a bill that would revise the definition of “wages” to include amounts due to certain former employees by employers who fail to pay certain wages within the periods required by law. The bill also requires the Labor Commissioner to take certain actions regarding amounts due to certain former employees by employers who fail to pay certain wages within the periods required by law.

1:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear AB200, a bill that would authorize a veterinarian to supervise a veterinary technician via veterinary telemedicine under certain circumstances; revising which acts constitute the practice of veterinary medicine. The bill would also establish certain licensing requirements for the use of veterinary telemedicine.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Education will hear SB182, a bill that would require instruction in physical education to include participation in an activity scientifically shown to be consistent with reducing obesity.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear SB232, a bill that would require vehicles operating on certain highways in this State with one lane for traveling in each direction to display daytime running lamps or lighted lamps and illuminating devices under certain circumstances; revising certain provisions governing the requirements for lamps and other equipment on vehicles and implements of husbandry during certain times and conditions.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hear AB240, a measure that would dissolve the Commission on Mineral Resources, the Division of Minerals of the Commission on Mineral Resources and the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission. The bill would transfer the duties of the Commission on Mineral Resources to the State Environmental Commission; transferring the duties of the Division of Minerals to the Division of Environmental Protection of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The committee will also hear AJR5, a joint resolution intended to be sent to the vice president of United States and advocates for the transfer of federal lands to state and local governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations, which the resolution contends can improve land management outcomes and help conserve state, local and federal resources by streamlining the decision-making process and reducing potential conflict.

The committee will work session AJR3, a joint resolution that would encourage the state and federal governments to work to protect 30 percent of Nevada’s land by 2030. The resolution urges the federal government to help ultimately protect 50 percent of the planet’s land by 2050, as the UN report advises.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 – Day 51 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB339, a bill that would authorize a justice court or municipal court to establish a program of treatment for a defendant who is charged with misdemeanor battery which constitutes domestic violence. The bill would also enact various provisions pertaining to the program of treatment. The measure would eliminate the prohibition on plea bargaining by a prosecuting attorney if a person is charged with battery which constitutes domestic violence.

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittees on Human Services will hear budgets for the Nevada Department of Rehabilitation and Training to include the budget for administration of unemployment insurance.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB223, a bill that would not deny the opportunity for jury service based on the race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age or physical disability of a person or any other factor that discriminates against a cognizable group in this State.

1:30 PM – The Assembly Committee on Education will hear AB195, a measure that would require the board of trustees of a school district to collect certain data relating to pupils who are English learners; establishing certain rights for pupils who are English learners and the parents or legal guardians of pupils who are English learners; requiring the board of trustees of each school district and the Department of Education to submit certain reports; authorizing the Department to adopt certain regulations; requiring the board of trustees of each school district to identify the primary language of each pupil; requiring a pupil who is an English learner to remain in a program for English learners until the pupil passes an appropriate assessment.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Natural Resources will hear SJR3, a joint resolution that would urges Congress to provide funding to reduce the wild horse and burro
populations to appropriate management levels.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hear AJR10, a joint resolution that would propose to amend the ordinance of the Nevada Constitution to remove language authorizing the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as a criminal punishment.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Revenue will hear AB322, a bill that would provide for the licensure and regulation of certain events at which the sale and consumption of cannabis or cannabis products is allowed.

Wednesday March 24, 2021 – Day 52 of 120:

8:00 AM – Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear SB190, a bill that would require the Chief Medical Officer to issue a standing order authorizing a pharmacist to dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives to any patient; authorizing a pharmacist to dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives to any patient; requiring the State Plan for Medicaid and certain health insurance plans to provide certain benefits relating to self-administered hormonal contraceptives.

The committee will also hear SB198, a bill that would further regulate payday loan institutions.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB270, a bill that would revise provisions relating to the accounting of certain fees for the use of the buildings and grounds of the former Stewart Indian School; revising provisions related to the Silver State Industries Endowment Fund and the Endowment Fund for the Historic Preservation of the Nevada State Prison; authorizing the sale or consumption of beer and wine at certain events held within the historic structures, buildings and other property of the Nevada State Prison; making various other changes related to the Nevada State Prison.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB218, a bill that would enhance a renter’s rights.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will work session SB163, a bill that would establish a special license plate for the Diving Nine organizations, formerly known as the Pan-Hellenic Council, a group of nine traditionally Black fraternities and sororities.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will consider several pieces of legislation to include AJR2, a resolution that recognizes that forest health and water quality are inextricably linked.

Thursday March 25, 2021 – Day 53 of 120:

9:00 AM – Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB315, a bill that would mandate employers of police and fire fighters in the state to provide psychological counselling to police and fire fighters.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB212, a bill that would mandate that before a peace officer resorts to using a higher level of force, a peace officer must use de-escalation techniques and alternatives to a higher level of force, including, without limitation, advisements, warnings, verbal persuasion and other tactics consistent with his or her training whenever possible or appropriate.

The committee will also hear SB258, a bill that would require the Director of the Department of Corrections to adopt regulations prescribing certain standards concerning offenders who are transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary and intersex; requiring a program of facility training for correctional staff to include training in cultural competency for interacting with offenders who are transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary and intersex.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will work session 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.

The committee will also hear SB274, a bill that would provide for the licensure of receiving centers for commercially sexually exploited children and the certification of certain other facilities and entities that provide services to such children; imposing certain requirements concerning the operation of a receiving center; prescribing the procedure for the emergency admission or court-ordered admission of a child alleged to be a commercially sexually exploited child to a receiving center or secured child care facility.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Revenue will hear AB322, a bill that would enable cannabis consumption lounges in Nevada.

Friday March 26, 2021 – Day 54 of 120:

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 various budget for the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

8:30 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB350, a bill that would require the Director of the State Department of Agriculture to select a nonprofit organization to establish and maintain an animal abuser registry website.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB187, a bill that would define certain terms relating to the housing of offenders, including the term “solitary confinement”; requiring the Director of the Department of Corrections to adopt certain regulations relating to solitary confinement; requiring the Department of Corrections to submit an annual report concerning the use of solitary confinement to the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice; limiting the number of days that an offender may be placed in disciplinary segregation.