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AB2Does not require the hire of a supervisor in certain public works projects that cost less than $100,000Reduces unneccesary costs for small public works projects.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5886/OverviewYESDEADAssembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
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AB3Authorizes the Department of Taxation to issue additional licenses for retail marijuana stores and medical marijuana dispensaries upon the request of a cityAllowing more businesses to enter the marketplace benefits all Nevadans.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5887/TextYESDEADAssembly Committee on Judiciary
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AB4Authorizes cities to create a fire district which has the power to raise taxes.Makes it easier to raise taxes, while reducing public's ability to hold elected officials accountable.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5889/OverviewNOwaiver granted 4/12; no action since FebAssembly Committee on Government Affairs
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AB25Makes various changes to provisions regarding contractorsSlightly reduces the onerous nature of obtaining and maintaining a contractor's license.https://ij.org/report/license-work-2/ltw-state-profiles/ltw2-nevada/YESPassed assembly 40-0 on 4/16; passed assembly 20-0 on 5/20Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
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AB36Revises provisions governing the partial abatement of various taxes imposed on aircraft, components of aircraft and other personal property related to aircraftThis bill updates and expands the eligibility of certain out-of-state aircraft-related businesses, contingent upon a nexus to Nevada, for tax abatements/special treatment. Nevada shouldn't be in the business of picking industry winners and losers. Lower taxes statewide; don't do it for specific, targeted businesses and/or industries. This is rampant cronyism in the name of economic development and deserves to be opposed.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5936/OverviewNODEADAssembly Committee on Taxation
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AB48Revises provisions relating to the requirements to levy taxes to support certain fire districtsMakes the levying of taxes for fire districts discretionary, rather than mandatory as it is under current law.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5948/OverviewYESDEADAssembly Committee on Government Affairs
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AB54Repeals laws governing the sale of light bulbsRepeals a law which mandates the brightness and energy saving ratings of light bulbs.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5954/OverviewYESPassed assembly 40-0 on 4/16; passed by senate 20-0 on 5/20Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
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AB70Revises provisions relating to Nevada's Open Meeting LawSlightly strengthens the open meeting law by increasing penalties for those who violate it. Also increases time period in which complaints can be lodged.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6012/OverviewYESPassed assembly 31-9 on 4/23; passed by senate cmte on 5/15Assembly Committee on Government Affairs
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AB73Relates to homelessness; significantly amended from original version, which provided for additional sources of funding for services and affordable housing for persons who are homeless or indigentInitially this bill proposed an additional tax upon the sale of property in Clark County of 25 cents per $500 in sale value for the purpose of funding homeless services and affordable housing. However, as amended, it now simply calls for the creation of a temporary working group in Clark County to address issues relating to homelessness. The group will attempt to identify potential funding sources for future homeless services.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6016/Overviewno positionPassed assembly 40-1 on 4/23; passed by senate cmte 5/16Assembly Committee on Taxation
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AB74Makes it unlawful for a person to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading or dealing in certain antlers or any head or skull of a big game mammal without first obtaining an antler dealer's licenseNeedlessly creates professional licensing requirements for selling antlers.https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/16/the-7-most-insane-licensing-proposals-ofNODEADAssembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining
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AB75Reforms Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)Creates a new hybrid PERS system, which will reduce costs and growth of debt. Also requires PERS to provide more information to the public.https://www.npri.org/commentary/solution-of-the-week-pers-reform/YESDEADAssembly Committee on Government Affairs
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AB77Revising provisions governing the practice of optometryIncreases scope of practice for optometry assistants; provides for certification of mobile optometry clinics; expands licensing renewal periodhttps://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6020/OverviewYESPassed in cmte 4/12; Waiver granted 4/23Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
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AB99Requires that instruction in the founding principles of American government be specifically included in public schools American civics is unfortunately only an afterthought in many public schools today. This partially explains why younger people are more inclined to question the greatness of American ideas like free speech, due process, etc. --- many are illiterate of our constitutional system of governance. This bill seeks to change that.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6100/OverviewYESDEADAsm. Wheeler
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AB103Makes certain changes relating to collective bargainingA seemingly mild yet wholly unnecessary concession to unions regarding the amount of "union leave time" they can bank for collective bargaining negotiations. This would partially undo a 2015 Legislature reform.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6104/OverviewNODEADAsm. Wheeler
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AB108Revises provisions relating to state employmentThis bill would entitle government unions to 1/2 hour of certain newly-hired state workers' time w/i the first 30 days of employment, during work hours, for the purpose of union recruitment. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the activities of government unions, which are inherently partisan organizations. This bill accompanies a senate proposal to authorize collective bargaining for state workers.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6121/OverviewNODEADAsm. Fumo
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AB113Revises provisions governing the taxation of certain deliveries and transfers of firearmsThis bill eliminates the double-taxation phenomenon associated w/ purchasing firearms from out of state via licensed dealershttps://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6128/OverviewYESpassed unanimously by assembly on 4/8; passed by senate cmte on 5/16Aswm. Titus
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AB118Revises provisions relating to certain financial transactions and short-term loansOutlawing the services used by those with financial difficulties does nothing to help their situation, and often makes things worse.This bill seeks to limit the right of businesses and individual citizens to enter into mutually-agreed to contracts by outlawing certain types of payday-lending services, specifically "high" rate, short-term loans.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6156/OverviewNODEADAswm. Swank; Aswm. Cohen
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AB125Revises provisions governing bail in certain criminal casesToo many Nevadans are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford bail, even though they have not yet been convicted of any crime. This modest bail reform is worth supporting for the cause of civil rights.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6169/OverviewYESwaiver granted 4/12; passed first house cmte on 5/16Aswm. Neal; Asm. Flores; Asm. McCurdy
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AB136Makes various changes relating to public constructionThis bill rolls back minor (recent) reforms governing prevailing wage laws. If passed, it will 1) lower the threshold above which prevailing wages for public projects apply, from $250k to 100k, and 2) demand 100% of prevailing wages be paid for school-construction projects, up from 90% currently. Prevailing wages exist b/c politicians are pandering to special-interest labor groups. The flawed survey methodology allows unions to unilaterally dictate wage rates paid on public works projects in Nevada. Consequently, state‐mandated prevailing wages are 45 percent higher than market wages, on average.Who Really Prevails Under Prevailing Wage?NOPassed by assembly 28-12 on 4/29; passed by senate 12-8 on 5/20; Exemption effectiveAsm. Frierson; Aswm. Benitez-Thompson; Aswm. Carlton; Asm. McCurdy; Asm. Daly (24 co-sponsors)
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AB144Proposes to exempt sales of diapers from sales and use taxes and analogous taxes upon approval by the votersIf overburdensome taxes are harming Nevadans (as they are), then lower the sales tax rate, generally, for all purchases. Specifically exempting certain items from the purview of taxes grants certain groups favors, at the expense of others who are forced to subsidize them. This is virtue-signaling at its finest and, even if passed, will offer little benefit to those impacted.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6214/OverviewNODEADAsm. Carrillo; Aswm. Jauregui (5 co-sponsors)
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AB146Creates the Nevada Office of the Inspector GeneralThis measure represents a much-needed check on Nevada's executive branch of government. Oversight plays a crucial role in government accountability and transparency. This new IG office --- as long as it operates independently --- is long-overdue.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6217/OverviewYESDEADAswm. Miller; Asm. Assefa (7 co-sponsors)
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AB147Authorizes a physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse to perform certain servicesSlightly expands scope of practice for registered nurses regarding certain duties.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6221/OverviewYESpassed by both chambers unanimously; delivered to governor's desk on 5/8Aswm. Titus; Carlton; Neal; Krasner; Asm. Kramer (15 co-sponsors)
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AB170Revises provisions relating to health insurance coverageDictating the terms of coverage which insurance companies must offer will only worsen overall care and increase costs in the long-run. This reform is moving in the wrong direction.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6259/OverviewNOpassed by both chambers w/ near-unanimous support (Titus only "nay"); delivered to governor on 5/9Aswm. Spiegel; Carlton
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AB183Prohibiting certain correctional services from being provided by private entitiesThe costs of gov't-run prison systems have exploded in recent years, mostly due to employee compensation & benefits growth (exacerbated by NV's woefully underfunded pension system). Private businesses should not be prohibited from competing in this arena, for the sake of taxpayers. Instead, they should be encouraged to do so.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6286/OverviewNOpassed assembly 29-12 on 4/17; passed by senate cmte 5/17Aswm. Monroe-Moreno; Asm. Assefa; Frierson; Thompson; Flores; Sens. Brooks; Cancela; Harris
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AB190Revises provisions relating to certain construction (amended significantly from original version)Originally this bill mostly contemplated expanding prevailing-wage requirements for public school construction. However, those proposals were also incorporated into AB136, which easily passed the assembly, and is likely to pass the senate. Now, AB190 mostly contemplates what types of "bonda fide fringe benefits" can be offered in exchange for reduced wages for public-works projects, and reforms and strengthens penalties against contractors who are found to have violated prevailing-wage mandates. Prevailing wages are nothing but gov't handouts to special-interest labor groups and should be opposed in all circumstances.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/ExhibitDocument/OpenExhibitDocument?exhibitId=38341&fileDownloadName=0320ab190_HonD_NPRI_OppositionTestimony.pdfNOPassed by assembly 29-12 on 4/23; passed by senate 12-8 on 5/20Asm. Daly; McCurdy; Carrillo; Fumo; Flores; Sens. Parks; Cancela; Ohrenschall
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AB200Revises provisions relating to the use of cellular devices while driving"Ramping up enforcement of distracted driving laws and larger fines for offenders might be effective deterrents. But any such strategies must be implemented within the constitutional constraints that have protected American citizens for nearly 250 years. AB200, as it is currently written, fails that test."https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6307/OverviewNODEADAswm. Gorelow
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AB203Revises provisions relating to bail in certain criminal casesAn apparent alternative to AB125, this bill seeks to reduce the number of people who wait in jail, pre-trial, because they cannot afford to post bail as current law requires. This is an important criminal-justice reform and deserves to be supported. A person's wealth shouldn't dictate whether they are incarcerated or not as they await trial.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6318/OverviewYESDEADAsm. Flores; Fumo (8 co-sponsors)
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AB218Funds ESAsIntroducing competition and accountability is the single most effective way to increase the quality of education provided to Nevada children.https://www.npri.org/commentary/education-savings-accounts/YESDEADAsm. Hafen; Kramer; Leavitt; Ellison; Aswm. Hansen (3 co-sponsors)
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AB221Revises provisions relating to gaming employeesThis bill would allow people who are 18 (and 16 in certain circumstances) to work as "gaming employees," whereas current law requires them to be at least 21. This is common sense . . . If people want to work, let them work. Indeed, society should encourage younger people to enter the workforce, to acquire much-needed skills and experience at a young age which will benefit them for the rest of their professional and personal lives.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6384/OverviewYESpassed assembly unanimously on 4/16; passed by senate unanimously on 5/1Assembly Committee on Judiciary
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AB225Revises provisions relating to health insuranceSimilar to AB170: Dictating the terms of coverage which insurance companies must offer will only worsen overall care and increase costs in the long-run. This reform is moving in the wrong direction.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6391/OverviewNODEADAssembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
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AB241Revises the commerce tax as it applies to certain motor vehicle dealersBetter legislation would repeal the Commerce Tax altogether, but this bill proposes modest relief for auto dealers who have been disproportionately burdened by the state's gross-receipts tax, and deserves to be supported.https://www.npri.org/studies/gross-receipts-tax-commerce-tax/YESDEADAsm. Wheeler; Ellison; Kramer (3 co-sponsors)
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AB256Reduces number of bills that can be requested by legislatorsThere are far too many bills for lawmakers, let alone the public, to digest and understand. Limiting the number of bills that can be drafted would force lawmakers to focus on substantive, thoughtful proposals, while giving the public enough time to be fully informed of all the legislation ostensibly being proposed on their behalf. Reducing the number of bill draft requests would also save taxpayer money.Nevada should put a limit on bill draft requestsYESNo action to date; Exempt Aswm. Titus
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AB277Requires school districts to establish, through negotiations with an employee organization, a program to increase the salaries of teachers and other employeesThis bill aims to increase teacher unions' power and leverage during the collective bargaining process, which already favors them disproportionately and inflicts major financial harm upon school districts. If educators are serious about raising teacher pay, they should 1) reform PERS (whose perpetual underfunding limits potential pay raises for teachers) and 2) abandon teacher unions altogether. Instead, implement a functioning incentive-based compensation system which reflects the quality of individual teachers and the success of their pupils.https://www.npri.org/studies/the-200000-a-year-classroom-teacher/NONo action to date; ExemptAsm. Fumo; Assefa; Aswm. Bilbray-Axelrod, Jauregui (9 co-sponsors)
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AB289Revises provisions relating to the subject area of reading (first reprint)Slightly amended from its original version but same in substance: Reverses "Read by 3" legislation from 2015. This bill reflects the public-education establishment's desire for no accountability whatsoever, for either its teachers or students. If a student cannot read by the third grade, schools do no favors by advancing them into fourth grade.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6517/OverviewNOpassed cmte on 4/11; exempted on 4/22Asm. Thompson; Carrillo; Aswm. Peters; Spiegel; Sen. Denis (8 co-sponsors)
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AB309Makes various changes relating to education; proposed amendment would increase local sales taxesUntil recently this bill was somewhat uncontentious. However, a recently-adopted amendment, aimed at providing schools w/ more local revenue streams, would authorize counties to impose an add'l .25% sales tax via countywide vote or 2/3 commission support. Given this latest amendment, this bill deserves to be defeated. Giving schools even more revenues without substantive, systemic changes to the system (namely, providing for more choice, and limiting the hegemony of teacher unions) will do little to improve student performance.https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/assembly-amendment-would-authorize-local-sales-tax-hike-funding-flexibility-to-help-school-districts-afford-teacher-raisesNOpassed by assembly 28-12 on 5/28; exemptAsm. Frierson
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AB319Revises provisions governing professional licensing (first reprint)Provides for a process through which license applicants can petition for a determination of whether their criminal history will disqualify them from obtaining a license. This represents an overdue criminal-justice reform, as Nevada shoud make it as easy as possible for all qualified people --- former criminals included --- to find work.https://www.npri.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Occupational-Licensing-FINAL.pdfYESpassed by assembly 39-0 on 5/28; heard in senate cmte on 5/29; exemption effective 4/22Asm. Yeager; Roberts; Aswm. Tolles; Sens. Kieckhefer; Denis; Seevers Gansert (3 co-sponsors)
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AB325Revises provisions relating to bailSimilar to AB125: Too many Nevadans are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford bail, even though they have not yet been convicted of any crime. This modest bail reform is worth supporting for the cause of civil rights.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6589/OverviewYESWaiver granted 4/12Asm. Fumo; Flores; McCurdy; Carrillo; Aswm. Neal(3 co-sponsors)
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AB328Revises provisions relating to physician assistantsExpands scope of practices for physicians' assistants, and exempts them from certain licensure requirementshttps://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6611/OverviewYESDEADAswm. Gorelow
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AB351Revises provisions relating to shampoo technologistsSlightly decreases the onerous licensure and recertification burden for shampoo technologistshttps://www.npri.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Occupational-Licensing-FINAL.pdfYESDEADAsm. Yeager; Aswm. Krasner (3 co-sponsors)
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AB355Establishing provisions governing the retention of certain workersThis bill dictates how grocery stores must operate, in terms of hiring decisions, whenever a store's ownership changes. This is massive overregulation --- gov't may as well run the stores itself. Whomever a firm wishes to hire is a strictly business decision, and should not be the government's to make.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6659/OverviewNOPassed by assembly 28-12 on 4/23 (DEAD)Aswm. Martinez
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AB357Revises provisions governing occupational licensingA more comprehensive approach to remedying the enourmous professional-licensure burdens across many industries. This bill provides for expedited review in certain cases and lessening of req's in other ways. It deserves to be supported.https://www.npri.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Occupational-Licensing-FINAL.pdfYESDEADAsm. Roberts
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AB368Imposes additional surcharges on the rental of a room in a hotel in Washoe County.Another proposed tax hike in a county (Washoe) which has hiked taxes routinely in recent years. When is it ever enough? Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. If improving Reno's downtown corridor is the goal here, then make the business environment more friendly by lowering taxes, regulations, etc. Don't raise taxes and put an add'l burden on the backs of local taxpayers.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6695/OverviewNODEADAsm. Yeager
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AB371Temporarily requires the reporting of certain information relating to requests for public records by certain governmental entities (amended from original version)As amended, this bill now requires, temporarily, local governments to collect and share w/ the LCB information relating to public records requests. Prior version was better (limiting exemptions to the NPRA by statute only) but this information could be helpful to gather and analyze. Ideally, the reporting period would be extended to a full year, instead of only 120 days, to lessen the possibility that governments will underplay the severity and frequency of NPRA violations by conforming to the law, as written, for this relatively short time frame.https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-bill-vital-to-promoting-government-transparency-1656367/YESpassed by assembly 31-9 on 4/23; heard by senate cmte 5/8, no action takenAsm. Daly
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AB379Revises provisions relating to local governments; prohibits a board of county commissioners or the governing body of an incorporated city from exercising any power or right granted to this State by federal law or regulation without express statutory authorityThis bill demands that local gov't authority be limited by statute. It's always a good thing when gov't authority has explicit limits placed upon it.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6716/OverviewYESDEADAsm. Daly
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AB382Sets wages for state public safety employees by surveying local govt pay. Determining whether compensation is at an appropriate level should be informed by whether an agency is able to adequately attract and retain staff. Setting pay based on the average of other govt agencies mathematically guarantees an unsustainable increase in public pay.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6729/OverviewNOPassed by assembly cmte on 4/12; exemptAswm. Monroe-Moreno
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AB388Revises provisions governing property taxes imposed on certain heavy equipmentTargeted tax break for owners of certain heavy machinery. Better policy would comprehensively lower property tax rates across the state, instead of increasing exemptions, but this tax break nonetheless is worth supporting.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6745/OverviewYESDEADAsm. Leavitt
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AB391Revises provisions governing the salaries of certain state employeesRaises state govt workers pay based on pay of local govt workers. State workers are already among the highest compensated in the nation.https://www.npri.org/studies/the-political-push-for-state-worker-collective-bargaining/NONo action to date; ExemptAsm. Ellison
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AB394Requires employers that use certain self-service devices to pay a feeThis amounts to a tax on robots, aka automated kiosks. Any business who utilizes such kiosks in lieu of human employees will have to pay into the state's unemployment fund. Simply another revenue-generator for government. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6754/OverviewNODEADAswm. Martinez
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AB399Creates a state-run retirement plan for the private sector.Creates a government agency to run a retirement plan for private-sector employees. Requires private employers to automatically enroll all eligible employees, with the option to manually opt-out. Charges administrative fee to cover costs of managing plan. In addition to destroying the jobs of the private-sector Nevadans who work in this industry, the government has the worst track record possible for managing retirement plans, and there is no basis for Nevada to add to that legacy of failure. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6764/OverviewNOPassed by cmte on 4/11; no action yet in senate; exemptAswm. Spiegel (8 co-sponsors)
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AB415Would adjust PERS contribution once every 6 years, rather than once every 2 years. Contribution rates should be based on actual experience, delaying adjustments prevents that from happening. Proposal has no basis in sound public pension management and, instead, reflects a political desire to avoid the attention that comes from having to adjust rates to match actual experience.https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-proposal-could-create-pers-death-spiral-1635325/NONo action to date; Exemption 3/31Assembly Committee on Ways and Means
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AB420Revises provisions governing the criminal forfeiture of propertyA long-overdue proposal to curtail the excesses of the profoundly unjust law-enforcement practice known as "civil asset forfeiture." This bill abolishes the current civil statutory scheme and replaces it with a criminal scheme. Most importantly, it includes two critical reforms: 1) Conviction requirement in all forfeiture cases, and 2) Redirecting forfeited proceeds towards the state education fund, instead of law enforcement.https://www.npri.org/docLib/20170726_CompleteForfeitureReport.pdfYESPassed by assembly 34-6 on 5/28; exemption effective 4/22Assembly Committee on Judiciary
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AB421Revises provisions relating to construction; revising the definition of “constructional defect"Reverses recent GOP-led 2015 reforms regarding constructional defects. Will decrease the supply of available housing and new developments, which will exacerbate Nevada's current housing crunch.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6799/OverviewNOPassed assembly 27-13 on 4/23; passed by senate 20-0 on 5/24Assembly Committee on Judiciary
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AB443Removes the prospective expiration of the "More Cops" Clark County Sales and Use Tax Act of 2005The More Cops tax was originally sold as a temporary program. Then, in 2016, an add'l More Cops tax was levied. Now, lawmakers propose to make the taxes permanent beyond 2025. This bill offers a reminder that gov't rarely allows any taxes to actually sunset, as planned. http://nevadajournal.com/2016/09/08/what-happened-metros-more-cops-promises/NOPassed assembly 33-8 on 4/23; passed senate 20-0 on 5/24Assembly Committee on Taxation
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AB446Revises the Nevada New Markets Jobs Act.Cronyism, advocated for by sophisticated lobbyists who are known to have misrepresented the experiences of other states. Tax breaks should be given to all Nevadans equally, not a select few politically-connected insiders, who benefit at the expense of ordinary citizens.Tax-credit scheme passed by Nevada lawmakers has history of soaking taxpayersNOPassed cmte on 4/11; exemptAssembly Committee on Taxation
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AB447Imposes a tax on the retail sale of certain digital productsLawmakers have apparently identified a type of transaction that isn't currently taxed. This simply represents another cash-grab for gov't, at taxpayer expense.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6860/OverviewNOExemption effective; yet to pass first house cmteAssembly Committee on Taxation
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AB456Raises the state minimum wage incrementally over the next 5 yearsBanning employment below a certain price level is not an effective way to help those seeking better paying jobs.https://www.npri.org/video-the-problem-with-the-minimum-wage/NOWaiver granted 4/12; first cmte vote scheduled for 5/22Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
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AB458Caps total donations under the Opportunity Scholarship Program to $6,655,000Existing law includes an annual 10 percent increase in the maximum donations to the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This bill eliminates that annual 10 percent increase and thus would deny low-income children the ability to find a school that better fits their needs.Lawmakers must allow Nevada businesses to continue helping low-income studentsNOApproved by assembly 28-12; passed by senate on 5/23Assembly Committee on Education
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AB460Revises provisions relating to the statewide performance evaluation system; decreasing the percentage of an evaluation of certain educational personnel that is based on certain data relating to pupilsA lack of accountability for how teachers perform in the classroom is one of the major deficiencies with the traditional K-12 monopoly. This bill seeks to make student performance count even less when evaluating a teacher, from 40% to only 10%. Would be a major victory for teacher unions; not so much for actual student learning.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6881/OverviewNODEADAssembly Committee on Education
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AB462Prohibits the opening of a charter school for a prescribed period (first reprint)Initially this bill proposed a temporary moratorium on new charter schools. Charter schools offer Nevada students an alternative educational experience versus the traditional K-12 monopoly. Efforts to support and create more charters should be embraced, not prohibited. Fortunately, that provision was eliminated from the bill. NPRI now takes no position.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6885/Overviewno positionPassed assembly 37-4; passed by senate cmte on 5/8Assembly Committee on Education
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AB465; requiring electric utilities to offer an affordable solar access program to certain customersSubsidizing the cost of solar energy for low-income residents will significantly increase taxpayer costs, while producing negligible results for our environment. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6889/OverviewNOPassed assembly 39-2 on 4/23; passed by senate cmte on 5/16Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
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AB476Revises provisions concerning affordable housing; creating the Advisory Committee on HousingReetablishes the Advisory Committee on Housing, which was abolished in 2017. Instead of targeted gov't programs intended to increase the supply of affordable housing, lawmakers should prioritize making Nevada more development-friendly through lower taxes and regulations, generally, to increase the supply of available housing (which will lower rents over time).https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6905/OverviewNOpassed by committee on 4/9; exemptAsm. Kramer; Aswm. Peters, Benitez-Thompson
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AB535Revises provisions relating to cigarettes and other tobacco products; increasing the annual license fee for a license to engage in business as a wholesale dealer of cigarettes; This bill proposes to increase licensing fees associated w/ cigarette wholesalers, manufacturers, and retailers. Another anti-business mandate during a session which will see the minimum wage increase and paid sick-leave become compulsory. Death by a thousand cuts for business.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/7060/OverviewNOIntroduced on 5/20; passed by assembly cmte 5/23Assembly Committee on Ways and Means
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AB538Revises provisions governing certain taxes; extends increased Modified Business Tax rateThis bill would maintain the MBT's current rate, instead of reducing it slightly, as the law currently requires (as triggered by major revenue growth in recent years). This extension will produce ~ $100m in add'l revenues over the biennium, yet a recent LCB opinion indicates it will not require a 2/3 vote, in seeming contradiction to the plain text of the state constitution. https://www.npri.org/commentary/when-bureaucrats-decide-a-tax-increase-isnt-actually-an-increase/NOIntroduced on 5/21; passed by assembly cmte on 5/23Assembly Committee on Ways and Means
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AB544Revises provisions governing the age at which certain tobacco and vapor products may be purchased; raises legal buying age from 18 to 21A citizen can be forced to enlist in the military, but can't buy cigarettes at age 18? Nanny state gone awry. Well beyond the purview of gov't.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/7088/OverviewNOIntroduced 6/2Asm. Wheeler; Kramer; Hambrick (1 co-sponsor)
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Senate Bills
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SB11Revises the requirements to qualify for and maintain an exemption from certain regulations concerning building codesAllows the cities in Clark Co to be exempt from certain State Fire Marshal building code regulations if specific criteria are met. (Clark Co is already exempt.)https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5867/OverviewYESDEADSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB26Excludes certain money from collective bargaining negotiations and from consideration in determining the ability of a school district to pay compensation and monetary benefitsA step in the right direction to limit the financial harm inflicted on school districts during the collective bargaining/arbitration process. Exempting 8.3% of ending fund balance will help to level the playing field, but likely doesn't go far enough. Increasing the exemption to 25% (as the article to the right proposes) would do more to rein-in collective bargaining's excesses.https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-columns/victor-joecks/3-ways-to-fix-collective-bargaining/YESDEADSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB42Repeals provisions requiring certain fleets of motor vehicles to use alternative fuels, clean vehicles or vehicles that use alternative fuelsThis would repeal the onerous and burdensome requirements regarding clean and/or alternative fuel requirements governing gov't vehicle fleets. Such mandates are expensive for taxpayers and offer minimal benefits while impacting agency budgets significantly. It'd be good to see these statutes/mandates eliminated.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5961/OverviewYESpassed unanimously through senate on 3/8; by by assembly cmte 5/16Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
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SB43Authorizes the installation and use of an automated traffic enforcement system under certain circumstancesBig Brother, where art thou? This is a proposal not to increase public safety but to increase county revenues. Plus, these trafficking cameras are notoriously unreliable, which is precisely why many cities have gotten rid of them.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5962/OverviewNODEADSenate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
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SB48Authorizes certain local governments to increase diesel taxes under certain circumstancesSuch authorizations from NV leg are required for local gov'ts to increase taxes, per Dillon's Rule. This move is wholly unncessary. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5967/OverviewNOPassed by senate 17-4 on 4/23; passed by assembly cmte 5/14Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development
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SB58Revises provisions relating to relations between local governments and certain public employeesEliminates mandatory collective bargaining b/w local-government employers and employee unions, except for police associations. Gives local governments the option of refusing to negotiate, prescribe employment terms instead. Also makes it so CBAs expire at the end of the term stated in the agreement.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5977/OverviewYESDEADSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB61Authorizes the imposition of a tax on diesel fuel by certain incorporated cities in this StateWholly unnecessary. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5992/OverviewNODEADSenate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development
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SB70Allows for designation of state agencies as charter agenciesEstablishes a system which incentivizes efficiency in agency spending.https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/iowa-charter-agencies-streamlining-state-government-5634.htmlYESDEADSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB83Increases size of PERS Board from 7 to 11, to allow for represenations of taxpayers and government employers, as opposed to the current system of 100% PERS members.The Nevada PERS Board is comprised entirely of PERS members — a governance approach rejected by 95% of public pension plans nationwide. Allowing taxpayer represenatives a seat on the board would ensure all stakeholders are adequately represented. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6026/OverviewYESDEADSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB100Revises provisions relating to the licensure and employment of veterans, military personnel and their spouses in the public schools of this StateWould require the Commission on Professional Standards in Education to adopt regulations which relax and expedite the teacher licensure and application process for spouses of active-duty military members. This is an appropriate reform, especially given Nevada's teacher shortage.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6088/OverviewYESpassed unanimously through senate on 4/9; passed by assembly unanimously on 5/20Senate Committee on Education
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SB109Requires cameras to be installed in certain classrooms within a public school which are used for special educationA desperately-needed reform to combat abuses inside special-ed classrooms against students. Education unions in past years have resisted this reform for frivolous, self-serving reasons. (Read Nevada Policy's investigative journalism on this topic at the link to the right.)https://www.npri.org/commentary/abuse-of-ccsd-special-needs-students-met-with-secrecy-and-indifference-parents-allege/YESPassed cmte 4/10; exemptSen. Hammond
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SB111Revises provisions governing collective bargaining by local government employersThis bill proposes to reduce the amount of ending fund balance that cannot be considered during collective bargaining negotiations and/or arbitration from 25% to 16.67%, granting unions huge, add'l leverage. Local-government employees already make far more than private workers in Nevada due to exceptionally-lucrative CBAs. Visit TransparentNevada.com to view gov't salaries/benefits packages.https://www.npri.org/commentary/nevadas-government-pay-gap-highest-in-the-nation-new-data-shows/NOPassed by senate 12-7 on 5/30; exemptSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB114Revises provisions relating to vehicles; imposing a surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicleWhile it's true that those in the renewable energy bizz are given huge political and tax advantages, the proper response isn't to increase taxes on renewables, but to decrease existing taxes on motor fuel. This is a brand new tax and should be opposed.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6113/OverviewNODEADSen. Settelmeyer
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SB125Revises provisions relating to landscape architectureMany states do not regulate the landscape-architecture profession at all. While this bill would allow credit/debit cards to be utilized for payment of licensing & application fees (a good albeit mild reform), it also increases various application and renewal fees owed for the privilege of obtaining a professional license. This industry should not be licensed at all, and this bill deserves to be opposed.https://ij.org/report/license-work-2/ltw-state-profiles/ltw2-nevada/NOPassed unanimously by senate; passed by assembly cmte 5/15Sen. Hardy
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SB126Repeals provision requiring school administrators to apply for reappointment to his or her administrative position every 5 yearsArguably the single biggest failing of the government education establishment is its total opposition to any form of accountability, no matter how mild. SB126 repeals a mild reform passed by Governor Sandoval targeted at school administrators.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6135/OverviewNOvoted through senate 15-6 on 4/9; passed by assembly cmte on 5/9Sen. Denis
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SB127Increases the number of Clark County commissioners from 7 to 9.There is no need for expanding the number of commissioners, which carries an estimated cost of $4 million over the next biennium.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6136/OverviewNOapproved unanimously by senate on 3/25; passed by assembly cmte on 5/16Sen. Parks
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SB128Revises provisions governing the administration of occupational licensing boardsThis bill would authorize professinal licensing boards to accept payment for fees, other licensing costs via credit/debit card or electronic transfer. Under the current system, only cash and checks are accepted for payment. This is a very mild improvement to the current system, and more significant professional-licensing reform measures are appropriate and long-overdue, including an elimination of these boards' more arbitary and capricious requirements. Nonetheless, this bill is worth supporting.https://ij.org/report/license-work-2/ltw-state-profiles/ltw2-nevada/YESPassed by senate 20-1 on 4/23; failed 5/17 deadline (DEAD)Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor
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SB135Provides for collective bargaining by state employeesThis bill would increase state spending by roughly $500 million annually by increasing the size and compensation of state government workers. State workers already earn 29 percent more in compensation than their similarly-skilled and educated private-sector counterpart. Raising taxes on those earning less to further this pay gap is neither fair nor sustainable. https://www.npri.org/studies/the-political-push-for-state-worker-collective-bargaining/NOPassed by senate 13-8 on 6/1; exemptSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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SB138Authorizes certain local governments to increase diesel taxes under certain circumstancesThis bill would allow smaller counties to impose their own taxes on diesel fuel. Nevadans are already overtaxed. This bill should be opposed.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6166/OverviewNODEADSen. Goicoechea; Asm. Ellison
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SB141Revises provisions relating to the Nevada Equal Rights CommissionThis bill seeks to increase state spending so the Nevada Equal Rights Commission can expand its mandatory trainings about sexual harassment at employers across the state. This program is beyond government's purview, and shouldn't be awarded tax dollars for its operations.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6172/OverviewNODEADSens. Seevers Gansert; Hardy; Pickard
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SB152Eliminates the requirement for certain businesses to file a commerce tax returnEliminates the requirement that businesses who gross less than $3.5 million in revenues, and clearly owe nothing in commerce taxes, must file a commerce-tax return annually. Mandatory filing of commerce-tax returns imposes great costs on small businesses in Nevada. This is a simple and commonsense reform which should be supported.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6195/OverviewYESDEADSen. Seevers Gansert
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SB153Revises provisions relating to collective bargainingAmong other reforms to collective-bargaining laws, this bill proposes to implement so-called "evergreen clauses," which allow local gov't employees to get pay raises even when the governing CBA has expired, and a new one has not yet been agreed to. This will provide add'l, huge leverage for employee unions during the CB process, and will likely lead to more decisions via arbitration. A bad bill for taxpayers and another gift to special-interest labor groups.https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6198/OverviewNOPassed by senate 12-7 on 5/30; exemptSen. Atkinson
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SB156Exempts certain persons who perform certain dental services on equines and livestock from provisions governing veterinary medicineSlight lessening of licensing barrier, expansion of scope of practice regarding dental services for certain livestock.https://ij.org/report/license-work-2/ltw-state-profiles/ltw2-nevada/YESpassed by senate on 3/18 (20-1); heard in assembly cmte 4/17Sen. Hansen
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SB163Revises provisions relating to technology used by certain business entitiesWill allow for the proliferation of blockchain business systems in Nevada. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6234/OverviewYESPassed by senate unanimously; passed by assembly cmte 5/16Sen. Kieckhefer
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SB164Recognizes certain virtual currencies as a form of intangible personal property for purposes of taxationThis bill clarifies that "virtual currency," e.g., Bitcoin, is intangible personal property, and is exempt from property taxation under existing laws https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6235/OverviewYESPassed by senate unanimously; passed by assembly cmte on 5/16Sen. Kieckhefer
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