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

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

Updated Thursday April 8 at 7:44 AM – Monday April 5, 2021 marks day 64 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 April 5, 2021 – Day 64 of 120:

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear and work session several bills of interest. Committee members will work session SB362, a bill that would enable Clark County to incorporate microtransit services to the region’s public transportation system.

The committee will also hear SB382, a bill that would revise requirements for the establishment of energy efficiency goals for electric utilities by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada; revising provisions governing requirements for an energy efficiency plan submitted by an electric utility; revising provisions governing the recovery by an electric utility of certain amounts related to the implementation of a plan of energy efficiency or conservation.

The committee will also hear SB383, a measure that would revise provisions relating to the classifying, operating, labeling and equipping of electric bicycles.

4:00 PM – Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hear a pair of important water bills. AB354 is a bill that would establish “water banks” in Nevada.

The committee will also hear AB356, a bill that would create the requirements for the Program for the Conservation of Water; creating the Account for Purchasing and Retiring Water Rights; authorizing the State Engineer to purchase and retire certain water rights with money from the Account.

Tuesday April 6, 2021 – Day 65 of 120:

Call of the chair – The Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear AB380, a bill that would declare the policy of Nevada concerning statewide reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions; requiring a gas utility to submit at certain times an Infrastructure, Supply and Alternatives Plan along with many other provisions.

3:30 PM – The Senate Committee on Natural Resources will hear SB370, a bill that would require the Director of the State Department of Agriculture to purchase nutritious foods for the Supplemental Food Program from certain providers of food before purchasing such food from other providers of food; requiring the Director to distribute nutritious food to emergency food service providers or food banks; requiring emergency food service providers and food banks to distribute such food to persons in need; requiring the Director, emergency food service providers and food banks to submit annual written reports to the Council on Food Security.

The committee will also hear SB404, a bill that would authorize the State Sealer of Consumer Equitability to adopt and enforce regulations relating to cannabis weighing and measuring equipment; requiring the State Sealer of Consumer Equitability to ensure cannabis weighing and measuring equipment are suitable for their intended use, properly installed, accurate and maintained by their owner or user; requiring the State Sealer of Consumer Equitability to inspect and test cannabis weighing and measuring equipment; authorizing the State Sealer of Consumer Equitability to establish an annual fee for all cannabis weighing and measuring equipment.

Wednesday April 7, 2021 – Day 66 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB113, a bill that provides no limitation of time within which a criminal prosecution for sex trafficking must be commenced.

1:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor will hear Assembly Joint Resolution 10, a measure that would amend the Nevada Constitution to prospectively increase the required minimum wage paid to employees to $12.00 an hour.

4:00 PM – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will work session and hear several bills. AB399 is a bill that would require a farm owner or operator from confining egg-laying hens in an enclosure which is not a cage-free housing system or is a cage-free housing system that has insufficient usable floor space for each egg-laying hen; requiring a farm owner or operator to obtain a certificate stating that the egg products or shell eggs sold, offered or exposed for sale or transported for sale within this State were produced by an egg-laying hen housed in an enclosure that is not prohibited.

The committee will also hear AB433, a bill that would authorize the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council to establish a fee for the program established by the Council to mitigate damage to sagebrush ecosystems in this State.

Thursday April 8, 2021 – Day 67 of 120:

8:00 AM – The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hear AB296, a measure that would define certain terms for the purposes of the crime of doxxing; establishing the crime of doxxing; authorizing a victim of doxxing to recover damages, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in a civil action; authorizing a court to issue a temporary restraining order or a permanent or temporary injunction under certain circumstances; providing an additional penalty for doxxing motivated by certain actual or perceived characteristics of the victim; providing penalties.

The committee will also hear AB396, a bill that would revise provisions relating to justifiable homicide; revising provisions relating to the use of deadly force to effectuate an arrest.

Call of the chair – The Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure will hear AB446, a bill that would revise provisions governing the exemption of certain older motor vehicles from emission control compliance, in particular, the “Classic Vehicle” plate.

The committee will also hear AB412, a measure that would put forward provisions governing fully autonomous vehicles.

1:00 PM – The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Revenue will hear SB281, a bill that would impose an excise tax on retail sales of consumable hemp products; providing for the administration and enforcement of the excise tax; prohibiting a person from selling or offering to sell a consumable hemp product unless the product satisfies certain requirements established by the State Department of Agriculture; requiring the Department to establish certain requirements relating to the testing and labeling of consumable hemp products.

Friday April 9, 2021 – Day 68 of 120:

Upon adjournment of Assembly Commerce and Labor – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will work session several bills. AB146 would require 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.