Nevada Legislature

Deadline Day: What Survived and What Died in #NVLeg This Week

Another day, another deadline… Except that this was no ordinary deadline. Due to the constrained schedule of the Nevada Legislature, the vast majority of bills needed to pass their first house Tuesday to live another day. So which bills made it? We got you covered below the fold.

To keep things relatively orderly, let’s break down the most important bills by category.

Climate and Energy:
  • SB 65, Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) integrated resource plan bill, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • SB 145, Senator Pat Spearman’s (D-North Las Vegas) bill to establish clean energy programs for low-income households, passed the Senate 20-1 Monday with only Senator Don Gustavson (R-Reno) voting against.
  • SB 146, Senator Pat Spearman’s distributed resource plan bill that’s meant to complement SB 65, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • SB 150, Senator Pat Spearman’s bill to expand energy efficiency programs to low-income households, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • SB 204, Senator Kelvin Atkinson’s (D-North Las Vegas) energy storage bill, passed the Senate unanimously Monday.
  • SB 407, Senator Pat Spearman’s bill to create a “Clean Energy Fund” to offer financing to Nevada consumers for renewable energy projects, passed the Senate 18-3 Tuesday. Only Senators Don Gustavson, James Settelmeyer (R-Minden), and Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson (R-Henderson) voted against.
  • AB 5, Governor Sandoval’s bill to set up local clean energy improvement districts, passed the Assembly 34-8 Tuesday.
  • AB 223, Assembly Member William McCurdy II’s (D-Las Vegas) bill to expand energy efficiency programs to low-income households, passed the Assembly unanimously Tuesday.
Civil Rights:
  • SB 253, Senator Nicole Cannizzaro’s (D-Las Vegas) “Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act”, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • SB 360, Senator Nicole Cannizzaro’s omnibus guardianship reform bill (following the April Parks elder abuse scandal) passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • SB 397, Senator Pat Spearman’s workplace equality bill, passed the Senate on a 12-9 party-line vote Monday.
  • SB 408, Senator David Parks’ (D-Paradise) bill to limit gender assignment surgeries performed on intersex infants, passed the Senate 11-10 Monday. Senator Patricia Farley (NP-Summerlin South) joined 10 of the Democrats to pass the bill, while Senator Mo Denis (D-Las Vegas) joined all nine Republicans in voting against.
  • SB 433, another of the key guardianship reform bills this legislative session, passed the Senate 20-1 Tuesday. Only Senator Gustavson opposed.
  • AB 384, Assembly Member Tyrone Thompson’s (D-North Las Vegas) “Ban the Box” bill to ensure more rehabilitated ex-offenders can find work, passed the Assembly on a 27-15 party-line vote.
Education:
  • AB 188, Assembly Member Olivia Diaz’s (D-North Las Vegas) bill to revise eligibility for Silver State Opportunity Grants (financial aid for qualified low-income college students), passed the Assembly on a 27-15 party-line vote Tuesday.
  • AB 469, the bipartisan bill to reboot the reorganization of Clark County School District (CCSD) that began with the passage of AB 394 in 2015, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday after the Assembly passed it 40-2 on April 14. The bill now goes to Governor Sandoval’s desk.
  • Several other major education bills were exempted from this week’s deadline, including SB 178 to revise the state’s school funding formula, SB 390 to continue ZOOM Schools in diverse communities in need of English Language Learning (ELL) programs, SB 430 to eliminate the “Super-Charter” Achievement School District, SB 455 to provide $5,000 tax credits to Nevada-based businesses that offer child care, SB 506 to revive the ESA school voucher program, AB 348 to revise the state’s sex education standards, and AB 447 to extend the Victory School program serving low-income communities.
Gun Violence:
  • SB 387, Senator Julia Ratti’s (D-Sparks) bill to revise state law on protection orders and requiring those charged with stalking and/or violent offenses to surrender firearms, passed the Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday following another heated debate on the state’s gun violence prevention laws.
  • SB 124, Senator Pat Spearman’s bill to require surrender of firearms from those convicted of domestic violence charges, was exempted from this week’s deadline and sent to the Senate Finance Committee to work out its fiscal notes.
Health Care:
  • SB 122, Senator Yvanna Cancela’s (D-Las Vegas) bill to establish a family planning grant program, passed the Senate on a 12-9 party-line vote (with Farley joining all the Democrats) Tuesday.
  • AB 249, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson’s (D-Spring Valley) bill to ensure health insurance plans cover contraception, passed the Assembly 40-2 Tuesday with only Assembly Members John Ellison (R-Elko) and Lisa Krasner (R-Reno) opposed.
  • AB 408, Assembly Member Amber Joiner’s (D-Reno) bill to codify key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act in Nevada state law, passed the Assembly on a party-line 27-15 vote.
  • AJR 9, Assembly Member Amber Joiner’s resolution urging Congress not to repeal or weaken the ACA, also passed the Assembly on a party-line 27-15 vote.
Marijuana:
  • SB 236, Senator Tick Segerblom’s (D-Las Vegas) bill to allow local governments to authorize and regulate venues and special events where people can use recreational marijuana, passed the Senate on a 12-9 party-line vote Tuesday.
  • SB 344, Senator Patricia Farley’s and Senator Tick Segerblom’s bill to regulate “gummy bears” and other edible marijuana products, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • SB 375, Senator Tick Segerblom’s bill to establish agreements between the state and Native American tribes on marijuana regulation, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.
  • AB 259, Assembly Member William McCurdy II’s bill to vacate various marijuana convictions reached before voters passed Question 2, passed the Assembly on a 27-15 party-line vote Tuesday.
  • SB 487 and SB 508, the two bills to set up the state’s marijuana tax policies, were exempted from the Tuesday deadline. Expect at least one of these bills to re-emerge towards the end of session, as marijuana money will be key to balancing this biennium’s budget.
Voting Rights:
  • SB 144, Senator Pat Spearman’s bill to allow for same-day voter registration and election day vote centers (where anyone from anywhere in one county can vote), passed the Senate on a 12-9 party-line vote Tuesday.
  • AB 272, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson’s bill to extend early voting and establish election day vote centers, passed the Assembly 31-11 Tuesday. Assembly Members Paul Anderson (R-Las Vegas), Keith Pickard (R-Henderson), Jill Tolles (R-Reno), and Melissa Woodbury (R-Henderson) joined all 27 Democrats to pass the bill.

As we can see above, the Nevada Legislature has been incredibly busy considering major changes to all sorts of policies. From LGBTQ civil rights and reproductive health care to climate change and public lands protection, the State of Nevada may provide significant counterweight to the Trump Administration’s agenda in D.C. But since the Nevada Legislature has just over a month left for its 79th Session, #NVLeg leaders must now rush to get more of these bills to Governor Sandoval’s desk… And convince him to sign them.

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