2017 Leg Session
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Assembly Bills
AB18Ratifies multi-state Nurse Licensure CompactEases Nevada's licensing requirements for out-of-state nurses whose home states also participate in the NLChttps://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htmYESDEADState Board of Nursing
AB33Abolishes certain boards, commissions and councils relating to agricultural productsThis bill proposes to abolish the Garlic and Onion Growers' Advisory Board, the Alfalfa Seed Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for Organic Agricultural Products. A modest win for smaller government.YESPassed by Assembly, 36-4; Passed by Senate 20-0Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining
AB43Mandates a 3% minimum increase in property taxes every year.Government, at some point, must move to choosing incentives that promote efficiency, rather than endlessly raising taxes to increase, in real terms, the burden on taxpayershttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/tax-hikes-how-about-wiser-spending-state-and-local-governmentNODEADAssembly Cmte. on Taxation
AB71Creates a hybrid PERS benefit tier for new hires only; optional for existing membersDue to a steady increase in PERS debt, new hires must now pay more while receiving fewer benefits than ever before. A hybrid tier provides a world-class retirement benefit while ending the accumulation of debt, which negatively affects recruitment and drains resources from other services.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/public-unions-betray-their-own-members-with-pension-propagandaYESDEADState Controller Knecht
AB103Eliminates the Achievement School DistrictPublic education in Nevada is broken. This bill would repeal 2015 reform against the failing status quo without the program ever having been fully implemented.http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/columns/victor-joecks/bill-repeal-key-school-accountability-law-nevada-destined-deathNODEADAsw. Neal
AB106Requires "equal pay" certificate for business wanting to get a government contract
Imposes another cost of compliance on business. Moreover, it is redundant: It's already illegal to pay men and women differently based on gender. Creates a pathway for political payback.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/columns/victor-joecks/equal-pay-proposal-creates-pathway-political-paybackNONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsw. Ellen Spiegel
AB121Effectively repeals SB241 from 2015 leg session; reimposes "evergreen clauses" in public union CBAsRemoves incentive for public unions to bargain in good faith if current/expired contract has favorable terms. Current/expired contract's terms remain in effect until new CBA is adoptedhttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-proposal-assemblyman-steve-yeager-affront-the-nevada-taxpayerNODEADAsm. Yeager
AB126Abolishes certain committees and commissions, all of which are non-functioning relicsThis bill proposes to abolish 1) the Commission to Review the Compensation of Constitutional Officers, Legislators, Supreme Court Justices, Judges of the Court of Appeals, District Judges and Elected County Officers; (2) the Advisory Committee on Housing; and (3) the Subcommittee on Personal Assistance for Persons with Severe Functional Disabilities of the Nevada Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities, thereby modestly shrinking the size of government.YESPassed by Assembly, 42-0Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services
AB128Removes licensing requirements for UNPAID process serversConvenient, reasonable exemption to onerous licensing requirementsYESPassed by Assembly, 38-0Asw. Spiegel
AB129Revises provisions relating to the practice of optometry and issuance of certain prescriptionsThis bill is intended to insulate the optometry industry from new technologies and competition by prohibiting the use of tele-medicine for eye exams. This is anti-competition and anti-free market.http://nevadanewsandviews.com/tolles-brings-war-on-tele-medicine-to-nevada-legislature/NODEADAsw. Tolles
AB154Requires school districts, including charters, to pay full prevailing wage for construction projects; lowers cost threshold to require prevailing wage on school projects from $250k to $100kA naked transfer of resources from public schools and taxpayers to politcally-connected labor unions.http://www.npri.org/publications/who-really-prevails-under-prevailing-wageNOPassed by Assembly, 25-15Asm. Brooks et. al.
AB155Creates a "middle class" task forceOutside scope of government's authority or capacity. Essentially a publicly funded platform for political posturing.NONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverSen. Parks
AB158Allows fish pedicuresRolls back government regulationhttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-legislature-debates-issue-fish-pedicuresYESDEADAsm. Jim Marchant
AB159Prohibits fracking in NevadaUnneeded and unwise government restriction on private business. Deprives Nevada of a lucrative and relatively clean source of energy production, could cost Nevada thousands of jobs.http://www.npri.org/docLib/20160615_EnergyGuide.pdf
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NONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. Justin Watkins
AB172Lessens annual fee for state business registration of certain businessesCurrent law requires $500 annual fee for "domestic or foreign corporations," while others pay $200 annual fee. This bill standardizes the fee to $200 for ALL Nevada businessYESDEADAsm. Ira Hansen
AB175Mandates that employers must provide certain health insurance for minimum-wage workers (formally, the $15 minimum-wage bill)This bill was amended to become something entirely different than as introduced. As it's now written, the bill would require that employers offer their minimum-wage workers a certain type of health plan/benefits equal to those offered by ACA "bronze" plans. Employer mandates raise administrative and personnel costs and are anti-free market.NONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. McCurdy et. al.
AB193Requires smaller government agencies to fluoridate their water supplyImposes large costs on taxpayers and is beyond the appropriate role of government.NODEADAsm. Joyner, Asm. Sprinkle
AB206Expands renewable energy portfolio requirementsNevada’s existing renewable power mandate promotes expensive energy sources that raise prices, kill jobs and reduce Nevada living standards. This bill ups the renewable target to 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2040.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/energy-policy-the-make-or-break-for-nevadas-economyNONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. Brooks et. al.
AB212Prohibits the use of pupil achievement data to evaluate employees of a school district.Taxpayers fund public education on the premise that students will receive quality education from quality educators. Evaluations that include student achievement data are required to ensure tax dollars are being used responsibly to reward strong educators, while removing or retraining the ineffective.NODEADAsm. Fumo, Asm. Brooks
AB222Revises regulations pertaining to payday lendingCaps APRs for payday loans at 36%, among other new, anti-free market regulations. Government should have no role in regulating a taxpayer's right to engage in bilateral financial contractsNODEADAsw. Swank
AB240Revises provisions governing regulation of certain motor carriers, limousinesApplies a series of commonsense regulations that encourage market competition; eliminates stated policy goals aimed at "fostering sound economic conditions in the motor carrier industry" and "discouraging practices which tend to increase or create detrimental competition in motor transportation"http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/commentary-proposed-law-would-dismantle-nevada-s-limo-cartelYESDEADAsm. Tolles et. al.
AB263Repeals Commerce TaxEliminates poorly constructed gross receipts tax, which “pyramids” up the supply chain, being assessed at every level of production. The tax also imposes high compliance costs on all firms, even those ultimately not subject to it. Thus the Tax Foundation calls it “distortive and destructive.” Page 18: http://www.npri.org/docLib/20170130_Solutions2017.pdfYESDEADAsm. Ira Hansen
AB269Regulates and levies tax on nicotine-vapor productsThis is simply a new way to tax Nevadans. At 5 cents per fluid milliliter, this tax is inherently regressive, disproportionately affecting low-income residents. Also, numerous studies (including publicly-funded ones) have indicated vaping is far less damaging than traditional cigarettes. Public policy should advocate for vapor products instead of stigmatizing them through coercive taxation.http://time.com/money/4005030/vaping-healthier-cigarettes-expensive/NONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsw. Bustamante Adams
AB270Changes rules governing net-metering solar ratesWould force utility companies to purchase the excess power produced by rooftop solar panels at a higher rate than currently set by the PUC. Net-metering rates act as a subsidy for the rooftop solar industry, at the expense of non-solar ratepayers, by forcing utilities to forego purchasing cheaper forms of energy. By setting the rate at a higher level, this bill will likely result in higher electricity bills for the vast majority of Nevadans.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/subsidies-are-harming-not-helping-the-solar-industryNONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. Watkins
AB271Expands breadth of mandatory subjects in public-employee union negotiations to include leave time for union activities; makes determinations of third-party fact-finder binding if parties reach impasseMandated bargaining over union leave time is a bid to get more taxpayer funding of union activities. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize already privileged unions. Further, making third-party determinations binding is likely to benefit public-employee unions more so than taxpayers given the imbalance of union leverage.http://nevadajournal.com/2012/02/09/governments-paying-union-employees-millions-year-perform-union-work/NOPassed by Assembly, 26-12Asm. Carrillo
AB290Undoes minor CB reforms from 2015Amended at last minute to gut entirety of original bill. Current version simply forces taxpayers to pay for union work.NONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. Wheeler et. al.
AB294Applies local hotel room taxes to short-term rentals through hosting platforms like AirbnbLawmakers have discovered a new way to tax Nevadans on use of their own property! No new taxes.NOPassed by Assembly, 29-13Asw. Bustamante Adams
AB321Imposes quarterly reporting requirements for users of certain hosting platforms like AirbnbThis bill speaks directly to the monopolistic interests of the hotel/casino lobby in Nevada. Demanding quarterly reporting will restrict market entrants and remove a reliable, supplemental source of income for Nevada families.NOPassed by Assembly, 31-11Asw. Swank
AB350Allows public-employee unions to pitch new employees on perks of union membership during work hoursThis bill permits an existing public-employee union to pitch new employees on the "perks" of unionization for 30 minutes, at taxpayer expense, during new-employee orientation. Essentially, it demands that taxpayers fund a union rep from leveraging even more power against taxpayers going forward. This is aptly dubbed the "union indoctrination bill."NOPassed by Assembly, 27-15Asm. Fumo
AB353Revises provisions governing professional licensingSeeks to ease professional licensing burden by implementing policy which states: "occupational regulations shall be construed and applied to increase economic opportunities, promote competition and encourage innovation"; also provides path for convicted criminals to be eligible for certain occupational licenses via petitionYESDEADAsm. McArthur
AB360Proposes state-sponsored analysis involving NDOT, GOED to determine feasibility and benefits of high-speed rail project b/w Las Vegas, Reno (recently amended); authorizes NDOT to solicit private industry to assist in construction of transportation projectsThe amended version of this bill is much improved from its original text. For example, the $30 million appropriation for a "feasiblity study" has been removed, so as to make NDOT and GOED empowered to conduct their own analyses using existing funding. The amended bill also allows for NDOT to seek additional private funding for such projects. However, practically speaking, this is still similar to the kind of "economic development" for which GOED has become notorious. (Think Tesla, Faraday, etc.) Thus, even as amended, this bill still allows tremendous room for cronyism. NoDEADAsm. Marchant
AB367Revises provisions governing licensure of certain medical workers; ratifies the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate CompactThis bill eases licensing requirements for emergency medical service personnel. By ratifying this Compact, licensed emergency personnel in other participating states (currently 8) are exempt from licensing requirements in Nevada, and vice-versa, as soon as 10 states ratify.YESDEADAsm. Oscarson
AB375Revises provisions governing the authority of local gov't to recommend certain taxesThis bill permits local flood districts to establish "flood control project needs committees," which will recommend higher taxes to fund flood-related expenses. Taxes eligible for consideration include add'l gross-receipts taxes, among others. Briefly, this is an attempt for add'l tax revenues on the heels of the 2015 Commerce Tax.http://nevadanewsandviews.com/how-sly-nevada-legislators-are-trying-to-sneak-around-the-gibbons-tax-restraint-law/NOPassed by Assembly, 39-3Asm. Sprinkle et. al.
AB404Creates the Nevada Office of the Inspector General.An independent entity
tasked with conducting regular performance reviews, audits and investigations related to waste, fraud and abuse will make Nevada governments more efficient, transparent and accountable.
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/ExhibitDocument/OpenExhibitDocument?exhibitId=29949&fileDownloadName=0405ab404a_milb.pdfYESNo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsw. Miller, Asm. McCurdy and Asw. Benitez-Thompson
AB405Establishes certain protections for and ensures the rights of a person who uses renewable energy in this StateThis bill both reinstates prior net-metering standards (which act as subsidies for renewable energy at the expense of all other Nevadans) and also establishes a "Renewable Energy Bill of Rights." This bill is hyper-regulation at its worst and promises to further promote corporate cronyism.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/subsidies-are-harming-not-helping-the-solar-industryNONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. Brooks
AB406Revises provisions related to construction of public projects and payment of prevailing wagesLowers threshold at which prevailing wages must be paid for public projects from $250k to $25k, which covers nearly every conceivable construction project. Prevailing wages increase taxpayer burden substantially and are inherently anti-free market.http://www.npri.org/publications/who-really-prevails-under-prevailing-wageNONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsm. Daly et. al.
AB429Ratifies the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact; ratifies the Psychology Interjurisdictional CompactThis bill eases licensing requirements for emergency medical service personnel and certain psychologists to practice in- and out-of-state under common agreement with participating states.YESPassed by Assembly, 41-1Assembly Cmte. on Health and Human Services
AB432Delays the implementation of the Achievement School DistrictParents and their children in failing schools have already waited years for substantive reform. Now, this bill wants them to wait longer. Enough delays! Lawmakers might be willing to delay reform, but parents and students don't have as much time to waste.NODEADAsm. Thompson
AB462Repeals the 2015 construction defect litigation reformsCDL laws are written by trial lawyers to increase their ability to collect larger fees, while driving home prices higher and encouraging fraudulent lawsuits.http://www.npri.org/docLib/20170130_Solutions2017.pdfNODEADAsw. Maggie Carlton
AB468Consolidates regulation and licensure of mortgage bankers and mortgage brokers under single category of "mortgage loan originators"Simplifies regulatory structure and clarifies licensing processes. A modest step in the right direction against onerous licensing rules for certain financial professionals.YESNo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAsw. Jauregui
AB492Changes rules governing GOED transferable tax credits for movie-production companiesCurrent law states that the legislature shall determine the maximum appropriation (in terms of transferable tax credits) for movie-production firms. This bill proposes to strip the legislature of that authority and instead mandate a $10million annual cap on such transferable tax credits. This program doesn't sunset, meaning GOED will have $10 million to give away via tax credits every year into the future for movie-production firms. (Note: Transferable tax credits are an even better deal for companies than abatements, as credits basically function as cash.)NONo Assembly vote yet due to exemption/waiverAssembly Committee on Ways and Means
Assembly Joint Resolutions
AJR6Amends state Constitution to abolish offices of State Controller, State Treasurer; consolidates those functions within Governor's officeWould lead to centralizing of executive power; major issue here is that accounting functions are separated in large entities as an internal control against fraud, error or theft. If one office gets control of all these functions, in addition to internal audit, someone can issue checks to themselves and alter the accounting records to cover their tracks so theft could go on completely undetected.NODEADAsm. Elliot Anderson
Assembly Concurrent Resolutions
ACR6Directs the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study concerning increases in salary and benefits of state employeesNevada local government workers' wages have risen to near national high levels thanks to a mandate that forces local governments to collectively bargain, in secret, with their labor unions. Because this onerous burden is not imposed at the state level, state workers have not expeienced a similarly meteoric rise in their pay and benefits. Consequently, some state workers move to local government in pursuit of higher pay. Instead of seeking to catch up with local government pay, which will raise the taxpayer burden significantly and permanently, lawmakers must instead remove the powers of compulsion enjoyed by local government union leaders.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/solution-of-the-week-collective-bargainingNON/AAsm. Ellison, Asm. Oscarson
Senate Bills
SB4Allows 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.htmlYESDEADState Controller Knecht
SB17Revises regulations pertaining to payday lendingProhibits lenders from issuing loans when prior loans have not yet been fully paid off. Government should have no role in regulating a taxpayer's right to engage in bilateral financial contractshttp://www.npri.org/issues/publication/payday-loan-regulations-designed-to-wipe-out-industry-limit-consumer-choiceNODEADState Treasurer Schwartz
SB20Eases licensing requirements on teachersThe long-existing licensing requirement that all new teachers must demonstrate knowledge of Nevada and US constitutional provisions operates to needlessly bar qualified out-of-state teachers.http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/teacher-shortageYESPassed by Senate, 21-0Clark Co. School District
SB48Authorizes state political divisions (e.g., counties) to negotiate OR refuse to negotiate with recognized public-employee unionsRequiring local governments to negotiate exclusively with public-employee unions dramatically increases taxpayer costs while giving union bosses privileged entree to government, ahead of all other citizens. This bill would check unions use of their monopoly status for extortive purposes.http://elkodaily.com/news/opinion/commentary/commentary-voters-should-have-a-say-in-local-government/article_dbc3764a-b71d-5315-8e34-ac04e61a4c70.htmlYESDEADState Controller Knecht
SB69Eases professional licensing requirementsAuthorizes the governor, by executive order, to speed up license review processes during emergency times; permits out-of-state, licensed professionals to bypass licensing requirements in various cases; imposes term limits for members of regulatory bodieshttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-occupational-licensing-regulations-stifle-job-creationYESNo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverOffice of the Governor
SB87Increases minimum threshold at which prevailing wages must be paid for certain publicly-funded construction projectsCurrent law requires prevailing wages to be paid on any project valued above $100k which utilizes public redevelopment funds/incentives. This bill would raise the minimum threshold to $250k, making it on-par with all other publicly-funded projectsYESDEADSen. Goicoechea
SB101Revises provisions governing use of botoxNeedlessly prohibits medical assistants and licensed dental hygienists from administering botox; only physicians and licensed dentists would be permitted to administer botoxNOPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Hardy
SB104Eases licensing requirements on teachersAllows qualified, out-of-state teachers to bypass Nevada's onerous licensing requirements for teachershttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/teacher-shortageYESDEADSenate Cmte. on Education
SB106Raises the minimium wage to $12 over the next several years. Minimum-wage laws reduce employment opportunities for less-skilled workers and damage their ability to learn trades. Such laws are not an effective means of reducing poverty but artificially stimulate the rise of labor-saving automation. They also have longer-term negative effects on general wages and earnings, constituting a political intervention in the market that increases joblessness.
http://www.npri.org/blog/detail/higher-minimum-wages-hurt-hispanic-workers-most-2016-data-suggestsNONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSenate Cmte. on Commerce, Labor & Energy
SB111Revises provisions governing executive branch internal auditsAnti-transparency measure; guts Exec Branch Audit Committee; places Governor solely in charge of internal auditNOPassed by Senate, 21-0Senate Committee on Government Affairs
SB126Authorizes issuance of revenue bonds for purpose of lending to minority- and women-owned businessesThis bill empowers state gov't to pick winners and losers through public investment, backed by taxpayer revenues. It is laden with potential for cronyism and is inherently anti-free market.NONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSen. Ford
SB128Removes requirement that new county fire protection districts must be funded by levying a local property taxCurrent law requires levying of property tax; this bill would make it optional (e.g., if funds are available to administer the new district, no property taxes must be levied). It's correcting bad language, essentially, in current law.YESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Goicoechea
SB130Increases annual cap on micro-brew beer production from 15,000 barrels to 45,000Encourages small-business competition in beermaking; more free marketYESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Settelmeyer
SB149Revises the proscribed authorities of regional transportation commissions to promote/develop high-capacity transit projectsThis bill seeks to advance the construction of high-capacity transit projects (e.g., light rail train system) by granting local transit commissions with greater authority, generally. This new authority includes the ability to recommend an increase of the gross-receipts tax for the funding of such projects. If such a tax is recommended, the County Commission would then determine whether to submit it as a voter initiative for final approval. The bill does not specify any limits on tax-increase recommendations.http://nevadanewsandviews.com/how-sly-nevada-legislators-are-trying-to-sneak-around-the-gibbons-tax-restraint-law/NOPassed by Senate, 20-1Sen. Manendo
SB157Limits OT to only when hours exceed 40 in a single weekSimplifies existing law, no longer forces employers to pay OT wages to employees who work less than 40 hours a week.YESDEADSen. Farley
SB160Improves public notice process for proposed regulationsRequires an agency to post the proposed regulation to the internet 3 working days before hearing, ensuring public has access to the actual, potentially amended, version of regulation in advance of hearing.YESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Gansert
SB173Revises provisions governing prevailing wages for ASD charter projects/constructionExisting law exempts achievement charter schools from being forced to pay 90% of prevailing wages on construction projects. This bill proposes to eliminate that exemption, mandating higher construction costs for certain schools on the taxpayer's dime. Prevailing wages substantially increase public costs.http://www.npri.org/publications/who-really-prevails-under-prevailing-wageNOPassed by Senate, 12-8Sen. Cancela
SB176Requires certain police officers to wear body-worn camerasWill provide for increased transparency in policing at negligible cost to publicYESPassed by Senate, 20-1Sen. Ford et. al.
SB181Increases excise taxes on tobacco, liquor productsThis bill proposes to dramatically increase excise taxes levied on tobacco and liquor products to fund substance-abuse treatment programs. For illustration, a gallon-sized bottle of vodka will cost $1.80 more if this bill passes. This tax is regressive and will harm low-income earners disproportionately.NONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSen. Segerblom
SB193Caps public-employee separation payProhibits lucrative public-employee settlements for "resignation, retirement, or termination" that exceed the Governor's annual salaryhttp://www.ktnv.com/news/contact-13/contact-13-taxpayers-charged-for-unused-sick-timeYESDEADSen. Settelmeyer
SB196Mandates that private employers provide paid sick leaveThis is as anti-free market as it gets. Not only does this bill demand that employers offer paid sick leave, but it describes the way in which it must be offered. This will interfere with normal business operations and raise administrative compliance costs. It also strips away the right of an employee to contract with his or her employer on his or her own terms.NOPassed by Senate, 12-9Sen. Ford et. al.
SB199Provides for operation of "estate distilleries"Would allow for craft distilleries whose products are made with 75% state agricultural products to become "estate distilleries," permitting them much higher levels of productionYESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Settelmeyer
SB206Eases licensing requirements for instructors at barber schoolsEstablishes term limits for members of State Barbers' Health and Sanitation Board; lessens required experience from 5 years to 3 years for barber-instructorshttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-barriers-honest-workYESPassed by Senate, 21-0`
SB217Changes composition of PERS board, requires 3 members to have experience in "design and management of retirement plans"The current Board is one of only four pension boards nationwide that are comprised entirely of plan members. This approach generates inferior performance because it ensures no one on the Board will have actuarial or pension funding expertise. While Nevada’s public employees do have a vital stake in the well-being of NVPERS, the present Board composition ignores the other major stakeholders in the NVPERS system: taxpayers. Because it is taxpayers who must ensure that promised benefits are paid in the event of a shortfall — either through reduced services, higher taxes or both — they should be equally represented on the Board. Seats should be added for private citizens with financial experience as well as elected officials with statewide financial responsibilities, such as the State Controller and State Treasurer. http://www.npri.org/docLib/20160726_Footprints.pdf and http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/need-pension-reform-becoming-more-urgentYESDEADSen. Roberson
SB220Establishes reporting requirements for CBAs governing school districts' public-employee unionsIncreases transparency regarding fiscal impacts of collective bargainingYESDEADSen. Kieckhefer
SB222Prohibits/invalidates contractual non-compete clauses in most casesIt is not government's role to intervene in bilateral negotiations between willing parties.NODEADSen. Kieckhefer
SB226Requires individual Uber, Lyft, etc. drivers to acquire state business registrationForces Uber drives to pay $200 annually in state licensing fees, pricing out low-income workers while providing no public benefit.NOPassed by Senate, 17-4Senate Cmte. on Commerce, Labor & Energy
SB232Applies a plethora of arbitrary regulations to the employment of domestic workers; enacts Domestic Workers' Bill of RightsClassic government overreach; not government's role to interfere with one's right to negotiate bilateral contracts between willing partiesNOPassed by Senate, 12-9Sen. Segerblom et. al.
SB258Revises provisions governing common-interest communities; lessens potential for abusive HOAsThis bill implements modest safeguards for homeowners against overarching HOAs, including providing the opportunity for HOA violations to be cured before fines are imposed. Note: Asm. Watkins has proposed an amendment to this bill which would undo an egregious 2015 law that benefits developers at the expense of individual property-owners. Our ranking applies to both versions, and is even stronger if the bill includes Watkins amendment.YESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Gustavson et. al.
SB265Revises regulations pertaining to the pharmaceutical industryApplies price controls to certain medication; requires that pharma sales representatives be licensed and submit lengthy annual reports of their activities. This bill will likely produce the opposite of its desired effects by suppressing the market and increasing compliance costs.NONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSen. Cancela et. al.
SB292Revises provisions governing the licensure of physiciansEases licensing requirements for out-of-state physicians by providing a temporary exemption (up to 30 days) for certain purposes "relating to athletic competition or training"YESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Hardy
SB297Creates a hybrid PERS benefit tier for new hires only; optional for existing membersDue to a steady increase in PERS debt, new hires must now pay more while receiving fewer benefits than ever before. A hybrid tier provides a world-class retirement benefit while ending the accumulation of debt, which negatively affects recruitment and drains resources from other services.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/public-unions-betray-their-own-members-with-pension-propagandaYESDEADSen. Roberson
SB309Revises provisions governing regulation of certain motor carriersApplies a series of commonsense regulations that encourage market competition; "fair and impartial regulation" becomes stated policy goal, a complete 180 from current policy which resists competitionYESDEADSen. Gustavson et. al.
SB316Levies add'l 2% gross-receipts tax on transient lodging in Clark Co. to be used only for CCSD capital projectsSome lawmakers are hungry for more revenues, even after the 2015 session produced the largest tax increase in Nevada history, the Commerce Tax. Endlessly throwing money at a failing status quo is not going to fix public education.NODEADSen. Segerblom
SB317Revises provisions governing state purchasing contract bids; gives preferential treatment to certain companiesThis bill proposes preferential treatment in the bid-review process in the amount of 5% to "Nevada-based businesses." By definition, this will raise the taxpayer burden of such projects by ~5%; it is inherently anti-free market.NONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSen. Cannizzaro et.al.
SB330Revises regulations pertaining to professional licensing; enacts the Right to Earn a Living ActThis bill proposes comprehensive reform against Nevada's onerous (and often arbitrary) professional licensing requirements. Such regs are mostly used as anti-competition devices, not as tools to foster public and/or occupational safety.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/we-shouldnt-have-to-ask-permission-to-workYESDEADSen. Roberson
SB336Imposes a tax on wholesale sales of renewable energySimply, this bill creates another revenue stream for gov't. Nevada should focus on curbing waste and inefficiencies when revenues are inadequate, not create new ways to tax. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.NODEADSen. Hardy
SB354Revises provisions governing professional licensingThis bill eases Nevada's professional licensing requirements by permitting certain out-of-state professionals to apply for and receive licensing "by endorsement" in a simplified and streamlined process.YESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Kieckhefer
SB356Revises provisions governing local gov't collective bargainingSimilar to AB121, this bill grants public-employee unions add'l leverage in the collective bargaining process by permitting the terms of a CBA to extend beond the expiration of that CBA. This bill also creates a new supervisor/administrator bargaining unit, wholly separate from existing public-employee unions.NOPassed by Senate, 12-9Sen. Atkinson et. al.
SB358Revises provisions relating to civil asset forfeitureIn 2015, lawmakers failed at true reform in asset forfeiture, ultimately passing a watered-down, reporting-requirements bill. This bill promises real reform by 1) requiring a conviction before forfeiture proceedings can take place, and 2) funneling any forfeited proceeds to schools - not law enforcement - thereby removing the existing, perverse incentive.YESDEADSen. Gustavson et. al.
SB359Revises provisions relating to education savings accounts ("ESAs")This bill establishes the Office of Educational Choice, within the Department of Education, which will be funded via the normal appropriations process and will be responsible for funding and administering Education Savings Accounts. The bill preserves the universal nature of ESAs as passed in 2015, while ensuring compliance with the 2016 Nevada Supreme Court ruling. Passage of this bill would mark a key victory for educational choice, but will require more adequate funding going forward to increase the public’s access to and maximize the program’s potential.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/parents-and-students-explain-why-esas-are-crucial-for-academic-successYESDEADSen. Hammond et. al.
SB380Enacts provisions prohibiting gifts from lobbyists for certain local legislative bodiesThis is commonsense legislation which recognizes the potential for influence peddling in legislative matters at the local level.YESDEADSen. Roberson
SB384Makes PERS payout data confidential.Would make secret taxpayer-funded PERS benefits, denying public right to access information 34 other states make available. Further, raises ethical questions given some of those supporting this bill receive $100,000+ PERS pensions, that they are now voting to make secret.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/pers-secrecy-bill-based-entirely-on-known-falsehoodNOPassed by Senate, 11-10Sen. Ratti
SB398Prevents local governments from taxing BitcoinProtects innovative, free-market solutions from being burdened by government taxation.YESPassed by Senate, 21-0Sen. Kieckhefer
SB425Revises provisions governing the partial abatement of taxes levied on certain propertyThis bill seeks to restructure the existing abatements of certain property taxes in an effort to increase property-tax revenues, generally. While it is not a traditional tax increase, this bill's purpose is to generate more revenues through elimination of existing abatements.NONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSenate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development
SB430Eliminates the Achievement School DistrictPublic education in Nevada is broken. This bill would repeal 2015 reform against the failing status quo without the program ever having been fully implemented.http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/columns/victor-joecks/bill-repeal-key-school-accountability-law-nevada-destined-deathNONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSenate Committee on Education
SB439Revises provisions governing the authority of local gov't to levy certain taxesCurrently, only Clark and Washoe counties have the authority to levy taxes on diesel fuel. This bill would authorize all other counties to levy similar taxes on diesel fuel, providing a new means of burdening taxpayers. Such taxes are also regressive in nature.NODEADSenate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development
SB464Authorizes the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to require bidders, contractors or subcontractors to enter into agreements with labor organizations concerning employees who perform work on the renovation or expansion of the Las Vegas Convention CenterPer the stadium and convention center expansion, this bill authorizes the LVCVA to depart from its prohibitions on requiring certain contractual elements from bidding contractors. For example, the LVCVA will be permitted to demand that all contractors use union labor, whereas current LVCVA policies encourage free-markets in awarding contracts.This bill stems from a need for conformity from SB1 of the 2016 special session.NOPassed by Senate, 11-10Senate Committee on Government Affairs
SB469Revises provisions relating to collective bargaining between local govt and public-employee unionsThis bill alters the way in which fiscal emergencies are defined for the purpose of favoring union interests at taxpayer expense. Additionally, the bill authorizes third-party arbitors, during times of impasse, to consider larger pools of available public money when evaluating what local govts can afford as it pertains to CBA negotiations.NOPassed by Senate, 12-9Senate Committee on Government Affairs
SB479Applies more regulation, new registration requiremments to Uber, Lyft driversThis bill mandates all Uber/Lyft-type drivers to apply for state business registrations as a prequisite for work. The costs and efforts of doing so will filter-out low-wage earners from the pool. This bill is a prime example of legislating against market efficiency.NODEADSenate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy
SB486Provides for collective bargaining by state employeesThe argument for labor unions in the private sector — namely, that an owner can profit by paying their workers less — does not apply to government, which has no owners. In practice, government unions have forced compensation up to excessive levels, resulting in higher taxes and fewer services. States with mandatory collective bargaining powers spend $600 to $750 more per capita than states that do not. https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/news-columns/victor-joecks/collective-bargaining-proposal-would-squeeze-education-funding/NONo Senate vote yet due to exemption/waiverSenate Committee on Government Affairs
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