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.htmYESN/AState Board of Nursing
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-governmentNON/AAssembly 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-propagandaYESN/AState 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-deathNON/AAsw. 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-paybackNON/AAsw. 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-taxpayerNON/AAsm. Yeager
AB128Removes licensing requirements for UNPAID process serversConvenient, reasonable exemption to onerous licensing requirementsYESN/AAsw. 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/NON/AAsw. 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-wageNON/AAsm. Brooks et. al.
AB155Creates a "middle class" task forceOutside scope of government's authority or capacity. Essentially a publicly funded platform for political posturing.NON/ASen. Parks
AB158Allows fish pedicuresRolls back government regulationhttp://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-legislature-debates-issue-fish-pedicuresYESN/AAsm. Jim Marchant
AB159Prohibits fracking in NevadaUnneeded and unwise government restriction on private business. Deprives Nevada of a potential lucrative source of energy production, could cost Nevada thousands of jobs.http://www.npri.org/docLib/20160615_EnergyGuide.pdf
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NON/AAsm. 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 businessYESN/AAsm. Ira Hansen
AB175Raises minimum wage to $15/$14 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-suggestsNON/AAsm. McCurdy et. al.
AB193Requires smaller government agencies to fluoridate their water supplyImposes large costs on taxpayers and is beyond the appropriate role of government.NON/AAsm. 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.http://www.npri.org/issues/publication/energy-policy-the-make-or-break-for-nevadas-economyNON/AAsm. 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.NON/AAsm. 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 contractsNON/AAsw. Swank
AB240Revises provisions governing regulation of certain motor carriersApplies 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-cartelYESN/AAsm. 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.pdfYESN/AAsm. Ira Hansen
Regulates and taxes nicotine-vapor products
This 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 confirmed vaping is much healthier 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/NON/AAsw. Bustamante Adams
AB271Expands breadth of mandatory subjects in public-employee union negotiations to include leave time for union activitiesMandated 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.http://nevadajournal.com/2012/02/09/governments-paying-union-employees-millions-year-perform-union-work/NON/AAsm. Carrillo
AB290Revises provisions governing adoption of CBAs between local governments and public-employee unionsThis bill requires that local governments report on whether the proposed CBA w/ its public-employee union is "financially sustainable"; if negotiations result in impasse, this bill requires a fact-finder to make a financial sustainability determinationYESYESAsm. Wheeler et. al.
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 petitionYESN/AAsm. McArthur
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.YESN/AAsm. 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.NON/AAsm. Sprinkle et. al.
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 undetectedNONOAsm. Elliot Anderson
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.htmlYESN/AState 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-choiceNON/AState 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-shortageYESN/AClark 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.htmlYESN/AState 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-creationYESN/AOffice 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 projectsYESN/ASen. 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 botoxNON/ASen. 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-shortageYESN/ASenate 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-suggestsNON/ASenate 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 auditN/ANOSenate Cmte. 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.NON/ASen. 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.YESN/ASen. Goicoechea
SB130Increases annual cap on micro-brew beer production from 15,000 barrels to 45,000Encourages small-business competition in beermaking; more free marketYESN/ASen. Settelmeyer
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.YESN/ASen. Farley
SB176Requires certain police officers to wear body-worn camerasWill provide for increased transparency in policing at negligible cost to publicN/AYESSen. 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.NON/ASen. Segerblom
SB193Caps public-employee separation payProhibits lucrative public-employee settlements for "resignation, retirement, or termination" that exceed the Governor's annual salaryYESN/ASen. Settelmeyer
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 productionYESN/ASen. 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-workYESN/ASen. Atkinson et. al.
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-urgentYESN/ASen. Roberson
SB220Establishes reporting requirements for CBAs governing school districts' public-employee unionsIncreases transparency regarding fiscal impacts of collective bargainingYESYESSen. Kieckhefer
SB222Prohibits/invalidates contractual non-compete clauses in most casesIt is not government's role to intervene in bilateral negotiations between willing parties.NON/ASen. Kieckhefer
SB226Requires individual Uber, Lyft, etc. drivers to acquire state business registrationAt $200 per license, this bill would impede low- and middle-income market entrants and is designed to do soNON/ASenate 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 partiesNON/ASen. Segerblom 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.NON/ASen. 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"YESN/ASen. 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-propagandaYESN/ASen. 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 competitionYESN/ASen. 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.NON/ASen. 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.NON/ASen. 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.YESN/ASen. Roberson
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.YESN/ASen. 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.NON/ASen. 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.YESN/ASen. 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-successYESN/ASen. 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.YESN/ASen. Roberson