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

Photo: Brian Bahouth/the Sierra Nevada Ally

Updated Friday April 2 at 7:12 AM – Monday March 29, 2021 marks day 57 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 29, 2021 – Day 57 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB40, a bill that will the law regarding the use of cannabis and operation of a motor vehicle. This bill appears to remove a per se blood THC level from being used to judge cannabis intoxication.

The committee will also hear AB402, a bill that would enable a citizen to record the activities of police officers and retain control of that recording.

8:00 AM – Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear SB248, a bill that would change provisions regarding the collection of medical debts.

8:00 AM – The Senate Committee on Finance will hear SB233, a bill that would make  an appropriation for allocation to the Nevada Health Service Corps to obtain  matching federal money for the purpose of encouraging certain medical and dental practitioners to practice in underserved areas.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB220, a bill that would require each law enforcement agency to adopt a written policy establishing standards of conduct  for the  use  of  mobile  devices  by peace  officers employed by  the law enforcement agency.

The committee will also hear AB236, a measure that would revise the qualifications to become the Attorney General to include that the person is a member of the Nevada Bar Association in good standing.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means will hear AB86, a measure that would revise provisions relating to the recovery of expenses incurred by certain  governmental entities in extinguishing a fire or meeting an emergency; authorizing     counties, cities and certain general improvement districts to bring an action to recover certain expenses related to wildfires.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Education will work session 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.

1:00 PM – Senate Committee on Judiciary will 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.

1:30 PM – The Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services will hear AB343, a bill that would require health district officials to conduct a walking audit of each census   tract in an urbanized area within the health district or other area, as applicable, to  determine the degree to which the physical environment of the census tract contributes  to or detracts from public health.

The committee will also hear AB358, a bill that would require the suspension, rather than termination, of eligibility for Medicaid of a person who is incarcerated; authorizing  a person who is incarcerated, in certain circumstances, to apply for enrollment in Medicaid before he or she is released.

3:30 – The Senate Committee on Government Affairs will hear SB227, a bill that would require the State Fire Marshal to adopt certain regulations regarding fireworks; authorizing the State Fire Marshal to take certain actions regarding fireworks; requiring   the regulations and ordinances adopted by certain governmental entities to be at least  as restrictive as the regulations adopted by the State Fire Marshal.

The committee will also hear SB300, a bill that would revise the duties of the Director of   the Office for New Americans; prohibiting, with certain exceptions, a public utility from disclosing certain customer information for any purpose relating to the enforcement of  immigration laws.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear SB279, a bill that would enable the operators of a transportation system to charge higher fees during a time of emergency.

The committee will also hear SB288, a bill that would a transportation system operator to contract with an autonomous vehicle company to provide vehicles for use in the system.

The committee will also hear SB328, a bill that would require certain electric utilities to include in the resource plan submitted to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada a plan for the procurement of energy storage systems as necessary to meet targets for the procurement of such systems; revising provisions requiring the Commission to  establish targets for the  procurement of energy storage systems.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hear and work session several bills of interest. 

AB275 would prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on state land and further restrict its use on other property. Neonicotinoid pesticides are known to harm bees.

AB97 is a bill that would further control the use and disposal of Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which means a class of  fluorinated  organic chemicals that contain at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.

Due to a large number of bills under consideration this week, we will continue to update this report throughout the day.

Tuesday March 30, 2021 – Day 58 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB406, a measure that would provide for the withholding of gambling winnings of an obligor to apply to arrears in child support owed by the obligor. The bill would also require the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services of the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt regulations to provide for such withholding of gambling winnings.

8:00 AM – The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear SB320, a bill that would prohibit a food delivery service platform provider from charging a food dispensing establishment any fees over a certain amount during the period in which the Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19 issued by the Governor remains in effect.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB378, a bill that would provide land use planning assistance in areas of critical environmental concern. The bill would also revise provisions relating to the duties of the State Land Use Planning Agency.

1:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Education will work session AB195, a measure that would require the board of trustees of each school district to identify the primary language of each pupil and also require a pupil who is an English learner to remain in a program for English learners until the pupil passes an appropriate assessment.

The committee will also hear AB254, a bill that would prohibit certain entities from compensating a student athlete for the use of the name, image or likeness of the student athlete. The bill would also provide that a student athlete may be compensated for the use of the name, image or likeness of the student athlete by certain organizations. The measure would also direct the Legislative Committee on Education to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study relating to the use of the name, image or likeness of a student athlete.

The committee will also hear AB255, a bill that change the way school district board of trustees are chosen. All trustees are currently elected. This bill would make some of the trustees placed by appointment.

The committee will also hear AB257, a measure that would require the Office of Energy within the Office of the Governor to award a grant to the board of trustees of a school district, the sponsor of a charter school or a business to assess and improve certain ventilation and filtration systems of a school to the extent that money is available; establishing requirements for such assessments and improvements; requiring a certified technician to complete an assessment report; requiring the board of trustees of a school district, the sponsor of a charter school or a business to prepare a report; providing that a generally accepted industry standard prevails over any requirement of this bill that conflicts with the industry standard.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB164, a bill that would provide that victims of human trafficking are immune from civil and criminal liability for the commission of certain offenses, in particular prostitution. The bill would also require the release from custody of or dismissal of charges against a person who is determined to be a victim of human trafficking in certain circumstances; requiring that victims of human trafficking be referred to certain local resources, programs and services; requiring that certain state agencies be notified of certain victims of human trafficking; revising provisions governing the requirement for persons who are arrested for certain crimes to submit to a test to detect exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development will hear SB284, a bill that would revise the procedure for applying for and issuing transferable tax credits for affordable housing; requiring the recapture of transferable tax credits under certain circumstances; revising provisions limiting the amount of transferable tax credits for affordable housing that may be issued; eliminating the prospective expiration of the program of transferable tax credits for affordable housing.

Wednesday March 31, 2021 – Day 59 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB395, a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Nevada.

8:00 AM – The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear SB260, a bill that would prohibit a data broker from making any sale of certain information collected about a consumer in this State if so directed by the consumer. The bill would also revise provisions relating to the sale of certain information collected about a consumer in this state.

9:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs will hear AB336, a measure that would require the Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission to adopt regulations establishing standards for an annual behavioral healthcare assessment for peace officers.

The committee will also hear AB357, a bill that would create the Consumer Protection Legal Fund in the Office of the Attorney General and prescribing the use of money in the Fund.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Education will hear SB230, a bill that would provide for the reporting of information relating to distance education and the effects of distance education on the mental health of pupils and teachers; requiring the board of trustees of each school district to ensure that all school employees receive certain training relating to trauma.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear SB236, a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to establish early warning systems to identify peace officers who display bias indicators or other problematic behavior; authorizing the Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission to adopt regulations relating to such early warning systems.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources  will hear and work session several bills of interest. The committee will work session AB6, a bill that would revise provisions governing an application for a temporary change relating to water already appropriated.

The committee will also work session AJR2, a joint resolution that would officially recognize that forest health and water quality are inextricably linked.

The committee will also hear AB209, a measure that would prohibit a person from removing or disabling the claws of a cat by performing certain procedures except if necessary to address the physical medical condition of the cat; prohibiting the removal or disabling of the claws of acat for cosmetic, aesthetic or convenience reasons; requiring licensed veterinarians to submit certain statements regarding removing or disabling the claws of a cat.

The committee will also hear AB299, a bill that would provide for the issuance of a salvage permit to certain persons for the salvage and possession of certain animals hit and killed by a motor vehicle; imposing certain requirements on a holder of a salvage permit; authorizing a peace officer to make certain inspections; prohibiting a person from selling, bartering or exchanging the carcass of such an animal; providing that a peace officer, agency employing a peace officer and the Department of Wildlife are not liable with respect to any use made of the carcass of such an animal; prohibiting the salvaging and taking possession of such animals from the reservation lands of any Indian tribe in this State.

Thursday April 1, 2021 – Day 60 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will work session AB59, a bill that would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products; revising the punishment for certain prohibited acts relating to the sale of tobacco products; revising certain definitions relating to tobacco products for the purposes of the regulation and taxation of tobacco products.

1:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Education will hear AB231, a measure that would establish the Account for Instruction on the Holocaust and Other Genocides in the State General Fund; authorizing the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools to establish standards of content and performance for instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides; imposing certain additional duties on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust; requiring the State Board of Education to appoint a subcommittee to conduct an interim study on providing curriculum on the Holocaust and other genocides.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Natural Resources will hear SB344, a bill that would enact provisions relating to the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of dangerous wild animals.

Friday April 2, 2021 – Day 61 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB341, a bill that would provid for the licensure and regulation by the Cannabis Compliance Board of cannabis consumption lounges; setting forth certain requirements for the licensure of cannabis consumption lounges; setting forth certain requirements for the operation of retail cannabis consumption lounges and independent cannabis consumption lounges.