Updated at 07:48 on February 21, 2019.
Reno – The 2019 Legislative Session is in full-swing, and during week 3 we’ll see numerous, important bills, budget considerations and presentations in committees and around the legislative campus. A perennial measure to implement an automated system of traffic enforcement at select intersections will be heard this week. Lawmakers will hear a measure regarding collective bargaining, the New Nevada Education Funding Plan, Medicaid coverage for donor breast milk, cannabis drug screening for employment, sexual assault screening, a Working Families rally and lobbying day on Monday and much more.
Please note, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all meetings and activities at the Nevada State Legislature but a fluid and subjective look ahead at the legislation, presentations and activities of interest to the Nevada Capital News editorial staff. And be aware, bills are heard and presentations are given at the discretion of committee leadership and are subject to change at any time. We will make updates to this list as we become aware of the need for them. The latest revision time will be listed at the beginning of the report.
Monday February 18, 2019
09:00 – The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs is scheduled to hear AB103, a bill regarding collective bargaining between public employees and local municipal employers. The language of this bill is a little confusing, so looking forward to hearing Assemblyman Wheeler present the bill for a clearer picture. Worth watching.
10:30 – The group Time to Care Nevada will hold an event in front of the Legislature. Working Families Travel to Carson City to Demand Earned Paid Sick Days Nevada families will visit their legislators to give them “get well soon” cards and share their testimonials.
1:30 – The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will consider SB39, a measure that would make Nevada law consistent with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a measure relating to appraisers working in Nevada. Seems like a bit of house-keeping but interesting housekeeping in that the bill would impose many new restrictions on the actions of appraisers, a heretofore unregulated occupation in Nevada. This bill is intended to ensure appraisals are conducted independently and free from inappropriate influence and coercion pursuant to the appraisal independence standards established under 15 U.S.C. § 1639e.
1:30 – The Senate Committee on Education is scheduled to hear SB99, an act relating to education; creating the Task Force on the Creation of a Career Pathway for Teachers to study certain issues relating to the profession of teaching; requiring the Task Force to make recommendations to the Commission on Professional Standards in Education to implement its findings.
Tuesday February 19, 2019
8:00 – The Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittees on K-12/Higher Education/CIP will consider the New Nevada Education Funding Plan and the Distributive School Account.
Factoid from the Nevada Department of Education: The Distributive School Account provides direct state financial aid to school districts and charter schools for K-12 public education in Nevada. The funding formula, identified by NRS 387.121 as the “Nevada Plan,” provides school districts a guaranteed dollar amount of basic state support per student. School districts and charter schools receive either monthly or quarterly apportionments from the DSA on the basis of student enrollment. Each school district is guaranteed a specific amount per student, which is developed through a formula that considers the demographic, economic, and wealth characteristics of the district.
1:30 – The Assembly Committee on Education is scheduled to hear AB123, a measure that would change the requirements of immunization exemptions for pupils who attend public or charter schools. The discussion of public immunizations usually makes for entertaining testimony and likely will offer rare insight into the many philosophical and religious belief systems that exist in our communities.
1:30 – The Senate Committee on Growth and infrastructure will hear a seemingly perennial bill that would authorize the installation and use of an automated traffic enforcement system by a governmental entity under certain circumstances, SB43. Somehow, this bill is kin to a bill that would institute a state lottery. One appears and dies almost every session, but the debate makes for a worthwhile hearing.
4:00 – A Joint Meeting of the Assembly Committee on Taxation and Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development will hear an overview presentation on property taxes in Nevada from Jeff Mitchell, Deputy Director, Department of Taxation. Not sexy but important.
4:00 – The Senate Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled to consider regulations regarding the management of the state forests for fire suppression and forest health, SB56. This is an important public safety and environmental issue.
Wednesday February 20, 2019
Thursday February 21, 2019