Legislative Update 2/22/2019

AB10: Revises provisions governing the duties of the Director of the Department of Corrections when an offender is released from prison. Sponsor: Committee on Judiciary.
AN ACT relating to corrections; requiring the Director of the Department of Corrections to clearly indicate whether or not the full legal name and age of the offender has been verified upon the issuance of a photo identification card to an offender who is to be released; revising the documents which may be furnished to the Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of the full legal name and age of an applicant for a driver’s license or identification card; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

AB123: Revises provisions governing the requirements concerning immunizations of pupils for purposes of enrollment in school.  Sponsor: Munk.
AN ACT relating to education; requiring certain information regarding exemptions from immunization requirements for pupils to be submitted to certain public health agencies; requiring an annual statement regarding medical exemptions to be submitted to the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of a school; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto

AB136: Makes various changes relating to public construction. Sponsors:  FriersonBenitez-Thompson, Carlton, McCurdy, Daly.  
AN ACT relating to public construction; revising the manner in which the prevailing wage is determined; lowering the estimated thresholds at or above which prevailing wage requirements apply to certain public construction projects; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Analysis: Reforms prevailing wage laws, and undoes recent minor reforms made in 2015. This would drastically increase costs for school construction projects, resulting in less available funding for other educational priorities.

AB137: Makes various changes relating to elections. Sponsor: Watts.
AN ACT relating to elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote or update voter registration information during the period for early voting and on the day of certain elections and setting forth the requirements for such registration or update; revising certain provisions related to establishing polling places within the boundaries of Indian reservations and Indian colonies; revising certain provisions relating to voting after the time that polls close; requiring a provisional ballot to include all offices, candidates and measures upon which the person casting the provisional ballot would be entitled to vote if he or she were casting a regular ballot; extending the period for early voting in certain counties and cities; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

AB187: Revises provisions governing the safety of children. Sponsor: Spiegel.
AN ACT relating to public safety; requiring a parent or guardian to ensure that a child wears a safety helmet when operating, using or riding, or when the child is a passenger on or is being pulled by someone operating, using or riding a bicycle or certain other recreational devices; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SB43: Authorizes the installation and use of an automated traffic enforcement system under certain circumstances. Sponsor: Committee on Growth and Infrastructure.
AN ACT relating to traffic laws; authorizing the installation and use of an automated traffic enforcement system by a governmental entity under certain circumstances; setting forth the requirements for the installation and use of an automated traffic enforcement system; requiring a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the location of an automated traffic enforcement system to review certain evidence detected by the automated traffic enforcement system; requiring the registered owner of a vehicle to pay an administrative fine for certain violations detected by an automated traffic enforcement system; authorizing the registered owner of a vehicle to appeal a citation received for those violations; providing for the use of any money received from an administrative fine incurred for those violations; requiring the Department of Transportation to adopt certain regulations; prohibiting an insurer from increasing rates for motor vehicle insurance under certain circumstances; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Analysis: Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that traffic cameras do nothing to improve public safety – even increasing the risk of auto accidents in certain circumstances. This is why a number of states are considering banning traffic cameras. This bill, which would make traffic cameras legal in Nevada, is moving in precisely the wrong direction, prioritizing government revenues over the safety and wellbeing of Nevada drivers.

SB103: Revises provisions relating to development and maintenance of affordable housing. Sponsor: Committee on Government Affairs
AN ACT relating to affordable housing; authorizing certain local governments to reduce or subsidize impact fees, fees for the issuance of building permits and fees imposed for the purpose for which an enterprise fund was created; requiring that a local government make certain determinations and hold a public hearing before reducing or subsidizing fees imposed for the purpose for which an enterprise fund was created; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Analysis: Affordable housing and possible rent-control policies. This bill introduces a “conceptual amendment” to existing legislation that would impose rent control which would only further exacerbate Nevada’s affordable housing woes.
History: Heard in Senate on February 11; Assembly on February 19.

SB123: Revises provisions relating to elections. Sponsor: Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections.
AN ACT relating to elections; authorizing an elector to register to vote on the day of certain elections at certain polling places; setting forth requirements for such registration; authorizing county and city clerks to extend the period for early voting; making various other changes relating to elections; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Background: This bill allows people to register to vote on election day, for all elections including primaries. To register to vote they must appear at one or more sites designated by the county or city clerk to register to vote, complete an application, and provide proof of identity and residence. The voter may vote only at the polling place where he/she registered to vote. Nevada’s law currently allows people to register to vote by mail by the fourth Tuesday before the election (that’s one week), by appearing in person at the office of the county or city clerk by the third Tuesday preceding an election (that’s two weeks). Now we have automatic voter registration at the DMV, and you can register to vote online. Are people so irresponsible that they find it impossible to register to vote in advance?

SB135: Provides for collective bargaining by state employees. Sponsor: Committee on Government Affairs.
AN ACT relating to state employees; authorizing collective bargaining for certain state employees; renaming, revising the membership of and expanding the duties of the Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board; providing for bargaining units of state employees and their representatives; establishing procedures for collective bargaining and for making and amending collective bargaining agreements; prohibiting certain unfair labor practices; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Analysis: Extends collective bargaining to state workers. Reasonable estimates put the cost of this at $500 million annually, even though state workers are already paid well above market levels.

SB179: Revises provisions relating to abortions. Sponsor: Swank.
AN ACT relating to abortions; revising provisions relating to informed consent to an abortion; repealing criminal penalties on certain actions relating to the termination of a pregnancy or concealing birth; repealing the prohibition on the excusal of a person on certain grounds from testifying as a witness in a prosecution relating to the termination of a pregnancy; repealing parental notification requirements for abortions performed upon pregnant minors; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

You may contact your legislator and state your opinion on any bill of interest or concern to through this link: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/