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2017 Preliminary Legislative Report

Please note that this is a preliminary legislative report by the Metro Chamber. Final descriptions of bills and final actions may be updated in the coming weeks. A final report with all final actions will be issued in July. 

Assembly Bill 3: (Oppose)

Makes Various Changes Relating to the Administration of Workers' Compensation Claims

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor (On Behalf of the Department of Business and Industry)

Assembly Bill 3 would have changed provisions relating to the notifications that must be sent to claimants about the insurer’s intent to close a workers’ compensation claim. The bill would have also changed the ability of nurses to be involved with a medical examination as part of the workers’ compensation claim. The Metro Chamber opposed the bill because of the costs that would be associated with the proposed changes to the notification process and the disconnect and barrier that it would create between the patient and a healthcare provider.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.


Assembly Bill 7: (Support)
Revises Provisions Related to Education

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Education (On Behalf of the Department of Education)


Assembly Bill 7 would implement at the state level the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was passed by Congress in 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind. The Metro Chamber has been actively engaged with the Nevada Department of Education through working groups to support ESSA implementation and draft a state plan contained in AB 7.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Final Action: Pending final action by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 12: (Support)
Creates Provisions to License Independent Insurance Adjusters

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor (On Behalf of the Division of Insurance of the Department of Business and Industry)

AB 12 creates provisions to license independent insurance adjusters. This bill would update state law and standardize Nevada with the trend in other states for adjusting insurance claims and allow for the more efficient processing of those claims. It adds authorization to Nevada law and does not undo any of the licensing for current Third Party Administrators. The Metro Chamber testified in support of this bill as it allows for more efficient processing of these claims and brings Nevada in line with other states.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 18: (Support)
Ratifies the Nurse Licensure Compact

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor (On Behalf of the State Board of Nursing)

Assembly Bill 18 would have ratified the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact adopted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The Compact provides for a multi-state licensure privilege for a nurse residing in one Compact state to be able to practice in all other member states of the Compact (26 states in total). The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it would have allowed for seamless licensure of nurses that take a job in another state included in the Compact, including Nevada, which is experiencing a shortage of nurses.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.


Assembly Bill 69: (Support)
Authorizes the Use of an Autonomous Vehicle to Transport Persons or Property in Certain Circumstances

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Transportation (On Behalf of the Office of Economic Development in the Office of the Governor)

Assembly Bill 69 would update Nevada’s law pertaining to autonomous vehicles, while also providing greater clarity for the industry from the testing stage to operation. The bill does not change insurance requirements, which is a minimum requirement of $5 million. The bill also does not change liability law, except for providing protection liability for unauthorized third party modifications. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because the adoption of this transportation policy would provide for greater passenger safety, potentially reducing road congestion, and increasing productivity.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 36, Nays: 6, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:  Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 77: (Support)
Revises Provisions Related to Teachers and Other Educational Personnel

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Education (On Behalf of the Department of Education)

Assembly Bill 77 would make changes to record keeping for schools and school districts, as well as make changes regarding reciprocity for teacher licensure. AB 77 would also make changes to the composition of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as allowing for reciprocity for teachers that have been licensed in other states to teach in Nevada will help reduce the teacher shortage throughout the state. Additionally, adding a member of the business community to the Commission on Professional Standards in Education will bring a unique employer voice to the discussion regarding professional standards in education.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 37, Nays: 5, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 18, Nays: 2, Excused: 1

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 79: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Economic Development

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Government Affairs (On Behalf of the City of North Las Vegas)

Assembly Bill 79 would return to the City of North Las Vegas the authority to be the purveyor of water for the Garnet Valley (Apex). The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it would keep all building, permitting, and billing processes within one entity, allowing these processes to be streamlined through the City of North Las Vegas.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 1, Excused: 1                 

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 81: (Support) (SNF)

Revises Provisions Governing the Acceptance of Gifts and Grants by State Agencies

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Government Affairs (On Behalf of the Department of Administration)

Assembly Bill 81 streamlines the process for review and approval or denial of acceptance of a gift or grant by a state agency and allows a state agency to request “provisional approval” from the Interim Finance Committee (IFC) once a grant application has been summited. Additionally, the bill allows a state agency to carry forward the work program and unexpended balance of a grant previously authorized by the IFC and increases the limit for a state agency to accept a gift or grant that is approved by the Governor and not being used in hiring employee(s). The Las Vegas Metro Chamber supported this bill as it will potentially streamline the grant approval process. Assembly Bill 81 is also a Southern Nevada Forum priority bill.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 94: (Support) (Small Biz)
Repeals the Prospective Expiration of the NV Grow Program

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Neal

During the 2015 legislative session, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development was directed to create a two-year pilot program designed to help grow companies currently conducting business in Nevada by emphasizing information technology as a strategy for economic development and growth. Assembly Bill 94 would extend the program. The Metro Chamber supported AB 94 as economic growth and the diversification of Nevada’s economy are longstanding priorities for the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 39, Nays: 0, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.





Assembly Bill 98:
(Support) (SNF)

Revises Provisions Governing the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management of the Department of Administration

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams and Assemblyman P. Anderson

Assembly Bill 98 modifies the enabling language for the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination, and Management (Nevada Grants Office), to provide flexibility for the Office to employee the number of positions deemed necessary, and within the limits of money appropriated or authorized through the budget process and removes the requirement for the Office to prioritize grants for any certain department. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as Nevada currently ranks last in terms of returning dollars to the State from Washington D.C., excluding Medicaid dollars. If passed AB 98 will help facilitate the process for enabling more dollars to return to Nevada. Assembly Bill 98 is also a priority for the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 38, Nays: 0, Excused: 4                 

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 106: (Support)

Revises Provisions Governing State Governmental Procurement

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Spiegel

AB 106 requires Nevada’s Administrator of the Purchasing Division of the Department of Administration to establish by regulation a pilot program (three years) to certify vendors that do business with the State that pay their employees equal pay for equal work without regard to gender. The bill also gives a limited five percent bidder’s preference to bidders who are certified vendors under the program. The Metro Chamber supported the bill as it is a voluntarily self-certify process for employers that wish to participate in the program with no additional costs, fees, or burdens on employers and provides incentives if they do participate in the program.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 30, Nays: 11, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 16, Nays: 5, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 108: (Support) (SNF)

Provides for the Periodic Review of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Sponsor: Assemblyman Oscarson

Assembly Bill 108 would require the state to review Medicaid reimbursements rates every four years. The Metro Chamber supported the bill because these types of rate reimbursements need to be reviewed on a periodic basis in order to maintain accuracy for changing healthcare needs. Assembly Bill 108 is also a Southern Nevada Forum priority bill.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 38, Nays: 0, Excused: 4                 

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 110: (Support)
Revises Provisions Governing Education

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Education

Assembly Bill 110 would revise the requirements for students to receive credit for a course of study without attending the classes for the course, if the student demonstrates excelled proficiency to meet the objectives of a course. The bill would also create the Competency-Based Education Task Force to study certain issues relating to personalized learning and competency-based education. The Metro Chamber supported this because competency-based education will provide students the opportunity to advance to higher levels of learning when they proved their comprehension of concepts and skills regardless of time, place or pace.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0                 

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 113: (Support)
Requires an Employer to Make Certain Accommodations for a Nursing Mother

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Spiegel

Assembly Bill 113 would require certain employers to provide a reasonable time and place for an employee who is a nursing mother to express breast milk. The bill would also exempt certain small employers with 50 employees or fewer from this requirement, based on an undue hardship. The Metro Chamber supported this bill after working with the bill sponsor to bring the language in line to mirror the federal provision.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 117: (Support)
Requires Certain Educational Personnel to Take Certain Actions to Ensure Pupils in Grade 11 in Public High Schools Are College and Career Ready

Sponsor: Assemblyman Flores

Assembly Bill 117 would ensure that a counselor, administrator, or other licensed educational personnel offers to meet individually, at least once, with each student who is enrolled in grade 11 at a public high school to review with the student their academic plan. The counselor, administrator, or other licensed educational personnel would be required to use the student's results on a college and career readiness assessment, if available, and the student's academic records to review with the student his or her academic strengths and weaknesses and determine areas the student may need to work on to be prepared for college and career success without the need for remediation. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it would create a pathway to college and career readiness for all students enrolled in a public high school.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 5, Excused: 4                 

Senate Vote: Yeas: 15, Nays: 6, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

Assembly Bill 120: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to School Construction

Sponsor: Assemblyman Daly

Assembly Bill 120 would impose a residential construction tax of $1,600 per unit for certain new construction or development, of which the proceeds would be required to be used to construct, remodel, and make additions to school buildings. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as an industry-specific tax is not the solution to school construction and renovation.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 24, Nays: 18, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 121: (Oppose)
Makes Various Changes Relating to Collective Bargaining Between Local Government Employers and Employee Organizations

Sponsor: Assemblyman Yeager

Assembly Bill 121 would have required a local government employer to continue to pay compensation and monetary benefits as provided in the last collectively bargained agreement to an employee organization, including any agreed-upon promotional, step, or merit increases in compensation or monetary benefits, until a successor agreement becomes effective or the employee organization ceases to be the recognized bargaining agent for the employees involved. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the impact it would have on taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.


Assembly Bill 143: (Support)

Creates a Legislative Committee on Tax Expenditures and Incentives for Economic Development

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams

Assembly Bill 143 would create the Legislative Committee on Tax Expenditures and Incentives for Economic Development. The purposes of the Taskforce would be to identify, review and evaluate the economic development incentives offered by the State. The Taskforce would be allowed to provide comments and recommendations for changes to any of the economic development incentives offered by the State. The Metro Chamber supported AB 143 because it would provide for another layer of transparency and understanding of how the State’s incentives are performing and their effectiveness.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Taxation. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 144: (Support)
Creates the Nevada Advisory Commission on Mentoring

Sponsor: Assemblyman Thompson

Assembly Bill 144 would create the Nevada Advisory Commission on Mentoring for the purpose of supporting and facilitating existing mentorship programs in this State. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as at least one member of the Commission will be appointed is a representative of business and industry. The Metro Chamber and many of its members support mentoring opportunities throughout Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 148: (Support)
Increases the Penalty for Notaries Public and Document Preparation Services that Fraudulently Provide Legal Services or Advice

Sponsor: Assemblyman Flores

Assembly Bill 148 would increase the criminal penalty to a category D felony for any notary public who, for a second time, represents himself or herself as a notary public if the person has not been appointed by the Secretary of State; submits an application for appointment as a notary public that contains a material misrepresentation or omission of fact; or if the person is a notary public, and uses the term “notario,” “notario publico” or “licenciado” on any advertisement if the person is not also an attorney licensed in Nevada. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it will attempt to mitigate notaries’ public fraudulently advertising themselves as attorneys.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 149: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Non-Compete Provisions in Employment Contracts

Sponsor: Assemblyman Carrillo

Assembly Bill 149, which would have made revisions to how non-compete provisions are regulated in Nevada. As proposed, the bill would have codified that a non-competition covenant is void and unenforceable if the non-competition covenant prohibits an employee from competing with or becoming employed by a competitor of his or her employer for a period of more than three months after his or her termination. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the potential impact that it would have on employers in regards to limitations that would it place on the use of non-compete provisions.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill passed the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor but failed to be considered by the Assembly for a floor vote. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.


Assembly Bill 154: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Prevailing Wages

Sponsor: Assemblyman Brooks

Assembly Bill 154 would decrease the minimum threshold for prevailing wage projects from $250,000 to $100,000. School districts and the Nevada System of Higher Education are required under existing law to pay on their public works (and certain other construction projects) 90 percent of the prevailing wage rates that are otherwise required to be paid by other public bodies. AB 154 would eliminate this exception and therefore would require school districts and the Nevada System of Higher Education to pay the same prevailing wage rates on their public works and other construction projects as other public bodies are required to pay. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as the threshold change from $100,000 to $250,000 was supported by the Metro Chamber during the 2015 legislative session. Additionally, the Metro Chamber supported a bond rollover during the 2015 session for the Clark County School District that would allow more schools to be built in Southern Nevada at the 90 percent prevailing wage rate.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 25, Nays: 15, Excused: 2               

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 155: (Support)
Creates the Task Force on the Economics of the Middle Class in Nevada

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Spiegel

Assembly Bill 155 would create a statewide task force that would focus on the economics of the middle class in Nevada. The task force would establish objectives and quantifiable indicators on if a person can be classified in the middle class. It would look at a variety of issues such as workforce and job development, education, housing, and transportation. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because of the role that employers and employees will have on the economics relating to the work of the task force.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 175: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Prescribes Certain Requirements for Health Benefits for the Purpose of Determining the Minimum Wage Paid to Employees in Private Employment in this State

Sponsor: Assemblyman McCurdy II

Assembly Bill 175, would establish the minimum level of health benefits that an employer must make available to an employee and his or her dependents in order to determine if the employer is authorized to pay the lower minimum wage, currently $7.25, as provided for in the Nevada Constitution. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of concerns about the list of requirements and how it compares to those product plans that are currently available to employers and employees because of the uncertainty that is occurring at the federal level and what healthcare networks may be available and what they may include.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 14, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 178: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Concerning Employment Discrimination

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Jauregui

Assembly Bill 178 would have increased the window to which an employee may have submitted to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, a complaint and bring an action in district court to two years. AB 178 would have authorized the Commission or a district court to award to a person aggrieved by an unlawful employment practice: (1) increased damages; (2) costs and attorney's fees; and (3) punitive damages. Additionally, AB 178 would have required employers to maintain records of wages for a five-year period, as opposed to the two-year period that is currently mandated. The bill would have also required an employer to maintain a record of the other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment of each employee for five years. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as this would have brought unnecessary regulatory burden on to employers, in addition to allowing punitive damages to be awarded.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.


Assembly Bill 183: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing the Collection of a Hospital Bill

Sponsor: Assemblyman Ohrenschall

Assembly Bill 183 would limit the amount that the hospital may collect or attempt to collect from the patient or other responsible party for services. The bill would require a hospital that is providing services to a patient to wait to hear from the patient's insurer or public program before applying a statutory lien for the amount due for the care given to the patient before asserting, perfecting, foreclosing, or otherwise enforcing its statutory lien. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of potential impacts it could have on hospitals, which may result in an increased cost for coverage and reduce access to care.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 17, Nays: 4, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 188: (Support) (SNF)
Revises Provisions Governing the Eligibility Requirements for Grants Awarded Under the Silver State Opportunity Grant Program

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Diaz

Assembly Bill 188 would reduce the number of credit hours that are required to be taken per semester for eligibility for the grant from 15 credit hours to 12 credit hours. The Metro Chamber supported this bill during the 2015 legislative session when the grant fund was first created and continues to support the concept by providing students with greater flexibility in regards to the number of credit hours that are needed to be taken each semester to help accommodate the many students who work while attending school.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 14, Nays: 7, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 206: (Oppose) (SNF)
Revises Provisions Relating to Renewable Energy and the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Sponsor: Assemblyman Brooks

Assembly Bill 206 would raise Nevad's minimum Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40 percent by 2030, currently the state's goal is 25 percent by 2025. Additionally, it would require 704B customers, those who have paid an exit fee to leave the grid and purchase power on the open market, to comply with the standards if they left the grid after 2012. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as changing the RPS would have potential negative effects on businesses and ratepayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 30, Nays: 12, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Governor has until midnight tonight to take any final action on bill.

 

Assembly Bill 211: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Governing Compensation and Wages

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Jauregui

Assembly Bill 211 would increase the maximum amount of administrative penalty that the Labor Commissioner may impose from $5,000 to $10,000 on employers who have violated state law relating to employee wages and compensation. The bill would require the State Labor Commissioner to post the names of businesses on the internet that willfully violated these state laws relating to wage and compensation. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the increase of the administrative penalty by the State Labor Commissioner and the posting of names of the businesses on the internet.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 231: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Economic Development

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams

Assembly Bill 231 will update the tools, mechanisms, and reporting processes for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). The Metro Chamber supported this bill as economic development and diversification is key to growing Nevada’s economy.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor. 


Assembly Bill 267: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing Industrial Insurance

Sponsor: Assemblyman Araujo

Assembly Bill 267 would provide that if an employer, insurer, or third-party administrator denies a claim for compensation for the occupational diseases of lung disease and heart disease for certain firefighters, arson investigators, and police officers and the claimant ultimately prevails, the employer, insurer, or third-party administrator must pay all the claimant's attorney's fees and associated costs. The Metro Chamber opposed the bill because of proposed changes to current law and the associated costs those changes would have on taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:  Yeas: 16, Nays: 5, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.



Assembly Bill 271: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing Collective Bargaining by Local Government Employees

Sponsor: Assemblyman Carrillo

Assembly Bill 271 would impact employee leave as currently bargained under collective bargaining agreements for public employee unions. Additionally, AB 271 would prospectively bring collective bargaining agreements directly to binding fact finding. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as it will increase taxpayer costs.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 26, Nays: 12, Excused: 4

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 277: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing Land Use Planning

Sponsor: Assemblyman Yeager

Assembly Bill 277 would generally restrict the authority of any local government in this State to enact certain changes relating to planning, subdividing, and zoning of certain lands located within any national conservation area or national recreation area within five miles. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would hinder economic development in many areas in Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 30, Nays: 12, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 14, Nays: 7, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.


Assembly Bill 280: (Support) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Relating to Preferences in Bidding for Certain Contracts for Businesses Based in this State

Sponsor: Assemblyman Frierson

Assembly Bill 280 creates a preference of five percent for a bid or proposal for a state purchasing contract which is submitted by a Nevada-based business. The business must certify that its principal place of business is in this State or a majority of the goods provided for in a state purchasing contract are produced in Nevada. Additionally, AB 280 prohibits the preference for the award of any contract which uses federal money, unless such a preference is authorized by federal law. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as keeping procurement opportunities within the state is longstanding priority for the organization.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 298: (Support) (SNF)
Revises Provisions Relating to Water

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining

Assembly Bill 298 would clarify Nevada water law regarding 3M (Monitoring, Management and Mitigation) plans and their scope throughout the state. This issue was brought forward during the Southern Nevada Forum as a priority for the 2017 legislative session. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as clarification would be beneficial to Southern Nevada, Northern Nevada, and rural Nevada in regards to water law.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 26, Nays: 16, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 300: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing Vocational Rehabilitation

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Cohen

Assembly Bill 300 would have doubled the time limits to apply for a plan for a program of vocational rehabilitation for an injured employee who does not have existing marketable skills. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would have greatly increased costs to employers throughout the Nevada.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 318: (Support) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Relating to State Purchasing

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Tolles

Assembly Bill 318 would have required additional consideration from the State of Nevada when purchasing any materials, supplies or equipment over $50,000, including the connection between the bidder and the State of Nevada. Elements that are authorized to be considered to measure the connection between a bidder and Nevada include: (1) the amount of state or local taxes paid to the State of Nevada or its political subdivisions by the bidder; (2) the number of offices maintained in this State by the bidder; (3) the number of persons employed by or contracted with the bidder in this State; and (4) the number of goods and commodities by the bidder that are produced, manufactured, or supplied in this State. AB 318 would have also required that, when determining whether a proposal is in the best interests of the State, this factor relating to connection to Nevada is required to be given a relative weight that is greater than the relative weight given to at least one other factor that is currently considered. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as keeping procurement opportunities within the state is longstanding priority for the organization.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 344: (Oppose)
Establishes Provisions Relating to the Use of Certain Plastic Bags

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Jauregui

Assembly Bill 344 would have required a retailer to collect a fee of 10 cents per plastic bag from a customer who uses such a bag between July 1, 2017, and December 31, 2021, and required that the money received pursuant to this fee of 10 cents be deposited with the State Treasurer for credit to the Plastic Bag Environmental Cleanup Fund. AB 344 would have imposed a ban, beginning on January 1, 2022, on the distribution by a retailer of plastic bags to a customer, as well as imposed a fine for any violation of the ban and required the money received as a result to be deposited with the State Treasurer for credit to the State General Fund. Additionally, AB 344 would have required the health authority to, at least once every year, inspect retail establishments for the purposes of enforcing the plastic bag ban. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the impact on cost it would have on retailers in Nevada

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.


Assembly Bill 350: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing Relations Between Local Government Employers and Employees

Sponsor: Assemblyman Fumo

Assembly Bill 350 would require a state agency to provide an in-person orientation to a state government employee at the employee's work location and during the employee's regular work hours within 30 days after the employee’s date of hire and require a state government employer to allow an employee organization which has at least 100 members to give a presentation of at least 30 minutes during the orientation. Additionally, AB 350 requires a state agency to allow an employee organization which has at least 100 members to meet with a local government employee outside of regular work hours or during breaks in designated areas on the premises of the state agency employer. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as there would be an increased cost to taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 366: (Support) (SNF)
Creates Four Behavioral Health Regions in This State and a Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board for Each Region

Sponsor: Assemblyman Araujo

Assembly Bill 366 would create four regional behavioral health policy boards in Nevada, including regions for Northern, Southern, Rural, and Washoe. Each board would consist of 12 members, including 11 members appointed by the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services and one member representing the criminal justice system that would be appointed by the Governor. The boards would advise the Public and Behavioral Health Departments and promote improvements to the delivery of behavioral health. The Metro Chamber supported AB366, as behavioral health reform was a priority of the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 373: (Support) (SNF)
Revises Provisions Relating to Certain Boards and Commissions of the Executive Department of the State Government

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Swank

Assembly Bill 373 would have reapportioned the makeup of the Commission on Tourism, State Public Works Board, Nevada Tax Commission, State Board of Education, Board of Directors of the Department of Transportation, and the Board of Wildlife to better represent the population of the state. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as a Southern Nevada Forum priority.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 394: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Governing the Use of Sick Leave by Employees in Certain Private Employment

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Bilbray-Axelrod

Assembly Bill 394 would have required a private employer that provides sick leave benefits to allow an employee to use his or her accrued sick leave for an absence due to an illness, injury, medical appointment, or other authorized medical need of a member of the employee's immediate family. A violation of would have resulted in a misdemeanor and authorizes the Labor Commissioner to impose, in addition to any other remedy or penalty, a penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would have reduced flexibility for employers and employees, increased record-keeping and costs on employers, and created penalties for employers.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 399: (Support) (SNF)
Establishes the Nevada State Infrastructure Bank

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams

Assembly Bill 399 would create the Nevada Transportation Infrastructure Bank (Bank) in the Nevada Department of Transportation, with the purpose of providing loans and other financial assistance to various government agencies and public-private partnerships for the development, construction, improvement, operation, and ownership of transportation facilities. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as transportation and infrastructure is key to economic development in our region. The idea of a transportation infrastructure bank arose from the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 35, Nays: 4, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 403: (Oppose)
Revises Various Provisions Relating to Governmental Administration

Sponsor: Assemblyman Daly

Assembly Bill 403 expands legislative oversight over executive branch functions by allowing an interim legislative committee to nullify regulations after their adoption without notice and provides a four month time frame to give any rationale. The Metro Chamber opposed the bill as it could significantly disrupt heavily regulated industries such as insurance, banking and construction by adding instability into the regulatory process.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor


Assembly Bill 406: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Certain Construction

Sponsor: Assemblyman Daly

Assembly Bill 406 would roll back various changes made to prevailing wage law from the 2015 legislative session, namely, lowering the prevailing wage threshold on public projects from $250,000 to $25,000 and requiring K-12 and Nevada System of Higher Education to require full payment of prevailing wage rates as opposed to the current requirement of 90 percent. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as taxpayer dollars are saved under the current threshold and requirements.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 407: (Support)
Designates the State Land Grant Institutions in this State and Requires a Legislative Audit of Cooperative Extension Programs

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Diaz

Assembly Bill 407 would clarify at the state level that the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno and Desert Research Institute are state land grant institutions. The bill would also require a legislative audit of the Nevada System of Higher Education Cooperative Extension Program. The audit would be for years 2017-2018, with Legislative Auditor being able to audit previous years if deemed necessary. The Metro Chamber supported this because of the importance to provide clarify regarding state land grant designation and accountability standards associated with auditing of program funded by taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 30, Nays: 12, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 15, Nays: 6, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 409: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to the Subject Area of Reading

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Education

Assembly Bill 409 would remove the current requirement for students to be retained in grade 3 for a deficiency in reading. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as ending social promotion is proven to increase graduation rates. The Metro Chamber supported the implementation of requiring students to be proficient in reading to advance from the third grade during the 2015 legislative session.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Education. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 436: (Support) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Governing Small Business Loans

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Monroe-Moreno

Assembly Bill 436 would require eligible local emerging small businesses to be provided information regarding public and private programs to provide financing to small businesses, as well as the criteria for obtaining said financing. Additionally, AB 436 would require the Secretary of State to include on the form for an application for the issuance or renewal of a state business registration an opportunity for the applicant to indicate whether the applicant's business is a minority-owned business or a woman-owned business. If the applicant indicates that the business is a minority-owned business or a woman-owned business, the Secretary of State would be required to provide information concerning how the person may become certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise for certain purposes related to contracting for transportation projects and qualifying for loans to disadvantaged business enterprises. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it would allow more opportunities for small businesses to obtain loans, as well as opportunities to contract with government entities.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused :0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 439: (Support)
Revises Provisions Governing Taxation of the Sale, Storage, Use or Other Consumption of Certain Property by a Licensed Veterinarian

Sponsor: Assemblyman Araujo

Assembly Bill 439 would require the Department of Taxation, in administering the provisions of the Sales and Use Tax Act and the Local School Support Tax Law, to consider a licensed veterinarian to be a consumer and not a retailer of the tangible personal property used, furnished, or dispensed by him or her in providing medical care or treatment to animals as part of the performance of his or her professional services in the practice of veterinary medicine. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as would clarify how the Nevada Department of Taxation views licensed veterinaries and how they are taxed by the goods as part of the services that they provide to their customers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 447: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Victory Schools

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Education

Assembly Bill 447 would reauthorize the Victory Schools Act that was first passed by the 2015 Legislature. The Victory Schools Act provides for the distribution of money to certain underperforming public schools in the poorest zip codes in the state and provides wrap-around and family engagement services. The Metro Chamber supported the initial Victory School Act in 2015 and continues to support the program.

Assembly Vote: Yeas:34, Nays: 8, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 458: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing Industrial Insurance

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor

Assembly Bill 458 revises provisions to worker's compensation with regard to the use of physician or chiropractor services during the claim process for an employee. The bill also clarifies an employee's ability to use an independent medical examination as part of the their claim. The insurer would be required to pay for the independent medical exam, which would be limited to one per year. Additionally, AB 458 increases the amount of medical benefits required to be paid for the claim from $300 to $800 and specifies the maximum amount of a lump sum that a person injured on or after July 1, 1995, and before January 1, 2016, on or after January 1, 2016, and before July 1, 2017, and on or after July 1, 2017, may elect to receive as his or her compensation. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill due to the potential increased costs to employers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 6, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 462: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Carlton

Assembly Bill 462 would have repealed provisions that were passed during the 2015 legislative session. AB 462 would have removed a provision of existing law which requires a claimant to exhaust certain claims under the homeowner’s warranty before commencing a cause of action for constructional defects and authorizes a claimant to recover reasonable attorney’s fees as part of the claimant’s damages in a cause of action for constructional defects. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as the reform made to construction defect laws in 2015 was a longstanding priority for the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Bill 471: (Support)
Creates the Nevada Office of Cyber Defense Coordination

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Judiciary (On Behalf of the Office of the Governor)

Assembly Bill 471 would create the Nevada Office of Cyber Defense Coordination, which would periodically review the information systems of state agencies, identify risks to the security of those systems, and develop strategies, standards, and guidelines for preparing for and mitigating risks to those systems. The Office must also coordinate performance audits and assessments of state agencies and coordinate statewide programs for awareness and training regarding risks to the security of information systems of state agencies. The Office would also establish partnerships with local governments, agencies of the Federal Government, the Nevada System of Higher Education, and private entities that have expertise in cybersecurity or information systems. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as cyber security is vital to maintaining critical infrastructure and safety.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Bill 492: (Support)

Revises Provisions Relating to Transferable Tax Credits to Attract Film and Other Productions to Nevada

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

Assembly Bill 492 would change existing law which requires the Legislature, during each legislative session, to determine the amount of film tax credits allowed for each fiscal year of the upcoming biennium. AB 492 removes the provision requiring the Legislature to set the maximum dollar amount of transferrable tax credits on a biennial basis and instead provides that beginning on July 1, 2017, the total amount of transferable tax credits the Office of Economic Development is allowed to approve for the production of films and certain other productions is $10,000,000 per fiscal year. Finally, this bill specifically provides that any portion of the $10,000,000 per fiscal year for which transferable tax credits have not previously been approved may be carried forward and made available for approval during the next or any future fiscal year. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it will create permanent jobs and continue to grow a new industry in Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 8, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:  Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Assembly Joint Resolution 4: (Oppose)
Conducts an Independent Scientific and Economic Analysis of the Current Management Practices of the Colorado River

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Swank

Assembly Joint Resolution 4 would request the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences conduct an independent scientific and economic analysis of the current management practices of the Colorado River; the impact of these practices on water security, flood protection, and biodiversity recovery; and alternative management options, including draining Lake Powell and decommissioning and destroying the Glen Canyon Dam. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as the removal of Glen Canyon Dam would negatively impact the “Law of the River,” which are a series of compacts, federal laws, court decisions, and decrees, contracts, and regulatory guidelines regarding Colorado River allocation.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 30, Nays: 12, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Assembly Joint Resolution 5: (Support)
Proposes to Amend the Nevada Constitution to Remove the Provisions Relating to the Election and Duties of the Board of Regents

Sponsor: Assemblyman E. Anderson

Currently, under the Nevada Constitution, the Board of Regents is delegated authority to control the state universities by the Legislature. The proposed resolution would remove the Board of Regents from the Nevada Constitution. The Metro Chamber supported AJR5 as oversight of the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education needs to be clearly delineated between the branches of government.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 38, Nays: 4, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 18, Nays: 2, Excused: 1

Final Action: Delivered to the Secretary of State.

 

Assembly Joint Resolution 10: (Support)
Expresses Opposition to the Development of a Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain in the State of Nevada

Sponsor: Assemblyman Brooks

The Metro Chamber testified in support of the resolution, which opposes the development the Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain. The Metro Chamber is also opposed to the transportation and storage of any nuclear waste in Nevada because of the potential negative effect it could have on the safety and health of the residents of Southern Nevada. The risk of potential terrorist threats, environmental impacts, transportation challenges, and the safety of storing nuclear waste material are too great of risk on our region’s economy.

The storing of 77,000 tons of nuclear waste less than 90 miles from Las Vegas is a concern to the business community and residents as it could pose a security threat and hurt the tourism-based economy of Southern Nevada. Any incident with the transport or storage of nuclear waste could have a severe, and lasting negative economic impact on Southern Nevada's economy and the safety of more than 2 million residents within 100 miles of the Yucca Mountain Site and 40 million annual visitors.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 32, Nays: 6, Excused: 4

Senate Vote: Yeas: 19, Nays: 2, Excused: 0

Final Action: Delivered to the Secretary of State.

 

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 8: (Support)
Directs the Legislative Commission to Create an Interim Study Concerning Reports Relating to Public Education

Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections (On Behalf of the Legislative Committee on Education)

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 8 would direct the Legislative Commission to create an interim study committee concerning reports relating to public education, including an analysis of the reporting requirements relating to accountability and an analysis of the possible strategies to modernize and streamline reporting requirements to increase efficiency of data collection, as well as an analysis of the manner in which the information in the reports used by the Department of Education. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as accountability and reporting in education are longstanding Metro Chamber priorities.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 19: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Dual Credit Courses

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Education (On Behalf of the Office of the Governor)

Senate Bill 19 would specify the requirements for students, the State Board of Education, and local school boards, as well as community colleges and universities for enrollment in dual credit courses. The Metro Chamber testified in support of the bill as this will allow for a streamlined process for both students and institutions of higher and K-12 education to enroll in and receive credit for dual enrollment coursework.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 20: (Support) (SNF)
Revises Provisions to Required Teacher Examinations

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Education (On Behalf of the Clark County School District)

Senate Bill 20 would remove the state requirement that teachers seeking to obtain their initial teaching license in Nevada must pass exams that demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Nevada Constitution. This change in the provisions does not impact the exams that teachers must pass to demonstrate subject matter expertise. The Metro Chamber testified in support of this bill because it will help school districts, such as Clark County School District (CCSD), recruit more qualified teachers outside of the state. This change to state law would provide CCSD another tool to attract teachers to teach in Nevada and remove certain administrative barriers that may be hindering national recruiting efforts.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 35, Nays: 6, Excused 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 24: (Oppose)
Authorizes Cities to Enact Ordinances Requiring the Registration of Vacant Properties

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Senate Bill 24 would have authorized the governing body of a city to enact an ordinance requiring the owner of a vacant property located within the city to register the property with the governing body or its designee. SB 24 would have authorized the governing body of a city, in any such ordinance, to: (1) provide for the imposition of a fee for the registration of a vacant property; (2) required annual renewal of the registration; (3) required the owner of a vacant property to provide contact information of a local contact person designated by the owner; (4) provided for the imposition of civil penalties for failure to comply with the provisions of the ordinance; (5) provided for the reduction or waiver of any fee or civil penalty imposed pursuant to the ordinance; (6) required, with limited exception, that any fee or civil penalty imposed pursuant to the ordinance be paid before the issuance of any building permit, business license, or any other permit or license required for activity on or in the vacant property. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as property owners already pay property tax fees to local Assessor’s Offices.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 28: (Support)
Requires an Annual Review of Certain Rates Paid by Medicaid in Nevada

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services (On Behalf of the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum)


Senate Bill 28 would require the state to review Medicaid reimbursements rates annually. The Metro Chamber supported the bill because these types of rate reimbursements need to be reviewed on an annual basis instead of occurring at a multi-year review.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 55: (Support)
Allows Regulatory Bodies to Invalidate an Occupational or Professional License, Certificate, Registration or Permit that is Issued in Error

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy (On Behalf of the Attorney General)


Existing law provides for the regulation of certain occupations, professions, and businesses by a state board, commission, or other entity, typically through the issuance of a license, certificate, registration, or permit to engage in the occupation, profession, or business. Senate Bill 55 authorizes any such regulatory body that has issued an occupational or professional license, certificate, registration, or permit to invalidate the license, certificate, registration, or permit if the regulatory body discovers an error in the issuance of the license, certificate, registration, or permit which is related to the qualification or fitness of the person who holds the license, certificate, registration, or permit. The Metro Chamber supported SB 55, as it will create protections for occupations and professions that are regulated by state boards as well as members of the public.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 66: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Work-Based Learning Programs

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Education (On Behalf of the Department of Education)


SB 66 would remove the limitation on the amount of credit a student may obtain for completing an internship and would authorize the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of a charter school to apply for a grant from the Department of Education to develop and implement work-based learning programs in the fields, trades, or occupations prescribed by the State Board of Education. The Metro Chamber testified in support of this bill as it will allow students to gain workforce experience in potential career fields.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 34, Nays: 4, Excused: 4

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor

 

Senate Bill 67: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Fire Safety Requirements for Multi-Story Buildings Occupied by People

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs (On Behalf of the City of Las Vegas)


Senate Bill 67 would have made changes to fire code for mid-rise buildings to allow the code of the county to be at least as stringent as the most recently published edition of the International Fire Code and the International Building Code published by the International Code Council. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it would have allowed for new mid-rise economic development opportunities in Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 72: (Support)
Revises Provisions Governing the Merit Award Program

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections (On Behalf of the Department of Administration)


Senate Bill 72 would revise the criteria for eligibility regarding the state’s Merit Award Program, which is designed to incentivize state employees to propose suggestions or ideas that would reduce or eliminate state expenditures or improve the operation of the state. The Metro Chamber is testified in support of the bill since it the program would improve efficiencies within the state, which benefits Nevada’s taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor

 

Senate Bill 78: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Local Government Financial Administration

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs (On Behalf of the City of North Las Vegas)


Senate Bill 78 would authorize a local government to make transfers from an enterprise fund on and after July 1, 2021, if: (1) on or before July 1, 2018, the Committee on Local Government Finance has approved a plan adopted by the governing body of the local government to eliminate such transfers, which includes, without limitation, a plan to reduce the amount of such transfers by at least 3.3 percent each fiscal year during the term of the plan; and (2) the local government reduces the amount of the transfers in accordance with the plan. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as this would give the City of North Las Vegas another pathway to comply with the mandated elimination of enterprise fund transfers and protect regional municipal bond ratings.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 81: (Support)
Converts State-Chartered Savings and Loan Associations to Savings Banks

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Commerce Labor and Energy (On Behalf of the Division of Financial Institutions of the Department of Business and Industry)


Senate Bill 81 provides for the conversion of state-chartered savings and loan associations to savings banks. The legislation would modernize and clarify Nevada banking laws by providing for the creation, operation, and oversight of state-chartered savings banks. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it will make financial institutions in Nevada competitive with out-of-state financial institutions, attract capital, create jobs, and expand access to credit and banking services for Nevada businesses.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 95: (Support)
Requires an Analysis of the Adequacy of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates for Personal Care Services

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services (On Behalf of the Subcommittee to Conduct a Study of Postacute Care)


Senate Bill 95 would require the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy of the Department of Health and Human Services to study the adequacy of Medicaid reimbursement rates for personal care services. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as a review of Medicaid reimbursement rates was a topic brought forth to the Legislature by the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 96: (Support)
Requires a Comparative Analysis of the Rates of Reimbursement Paid by Medicaid for Certain Services

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services (On Behalf of the Subcommittee to Conduct a Study of Postacute Care)


Senate Bill 96 would require the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy of the department of Health and Human Services to conduct a comparative analysis of Medicaid reimbursement rates. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as a review of Medicaid reimbursement rates was a topic brought forth to the Legislature by the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 106: (Oppose) (Small Biz)

Requires Certain Increases in the Minimum Wage Paid to Employees in Private Employment in this State

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy

Senate Bill 106 would increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $11 an hour (if an employer offers health care) and $8.25 to $12 an hour (if an employer does not offer health care). The rates would increase by $0.75 each year until it reaches the above thresholds. The Metro Chamber opposed the legislation as proposed because of a variety of concerns including the increased costs to employers, the potential negative impact on job creation, as well as job losses.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

 

Senate Bill 118: (Support)
Creates the Interim Nevada Task Force on Financial Security

Sponsor: Senator Ford

Senate Bill 118 would create the Nevada Task Force on Financial Security. The Task Force would consist of seven voting members and conduct a comprehensive examination during the 2017-2018 legislative interim of the financial security of individuals and families in Nevada, including their opportunities to build assets and reduce debt. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as financial security for Southern Nevadans creates a stronger, thriving economy.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 39, Nays: 2, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 119: (Support)

Provides Immunity from Civil Liability to Certain Volunteers Who Serve on an Organizational Team Established by the Principal of a Public School as Part of the Reorganization of the School District

Sponsor: Senator Ford

Senate Bill 119 would provide immunity from civil liability to a volunteer member of a school organizational team established by the principal of a public school as part of the reorganization of a school district for any damages caused by certain acts or omissions of the volunteer member of the school organizational team, another volunteer member or the school organizational team itself.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Education. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

 

Senate Bill 126: (Support) (Small Biz)
Establishes a Program to Provide Loans to Certain Small Businesses Owned by Minorities and Women

Sponsor: Senator Ford

Senate Bill 126 would create a two-year pilot program to provide loans to Nevada’s small, minority, and woman-owned businesses in the state through the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because of the positive impact it would likely have on economic development, and job and business growth by small, minority, and woman-owned businesses in Nevada.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 36, Nays: 3, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

 

Senate Bill 149: (Support) (SNF)

Revises Provisions Governing Regional Transportation Commissions

Sponsor: Senator Manendo and Senator Hammond

Senate Bill 149 would enable the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to broaden the scope of transportation projects that could be undertaken by the RTC, such as the ability to construct and operate high capacity transit systems; fund, research and develop projects relating to autonomous vehicles; and add additional tools to implement innovative technologies. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as transportation infrastructure innovation and investment are a longstanding priority. AB 149 was also a Southern Nevada Forum priority bill.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 37, Nays: 4, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 155: (Support)

Makes an Appropriation for Educational Leadership Training Programs

Sponsor: Senator Farley

Senate Bill 155 would make an appropriation for the implementation and operation of educational leadership training programs for educators in Clark County. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as educational leadership training is critical for continued success.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 37, Nays: 5, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused :0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

 

Senate Bill 160: (Support)

Revises Provisions Relating to Administrative Regulations

Sponsor: Senator Gansert

Senate Bill 160 requires an agency to provide at least 3 working days' notice of its intended action before holding a second or subsequent hearing on a regulation. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as it would require state agencies to notice the public of intended actions and allow for more transparency and uniformity.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 196: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Requires an Employer in Private Employment to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees Under Certain Circumstances

Sponsor: Senator Ford

Senate Bill 196 would require private employers to provide employees paid sick leave that must be earned at a rate of not less than one hour per 30 hours worked. The accrued sick leave may be used by an employee beginning on the 90th calendar day of employment. Under the proposed bill language, the employer may: (1) limit the use of the paid sick leave to 24 hours per year; (2) limit the accrual of paid sick leave to a maximum of 48 hours per year; and (3) set a minimum increment that an employee may use the accrued sick leave at any one time, not to exceed two hours. The bill does provide an exception for employers who provide at least an equivalent amount of sick leave or paid time off that may be used for the same purposes and under the same conditions as required by the language in the bill. Lastly, SB 196 provides that the Labor Commissioner has the authority to enforce this policy and makes any violation a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would greatly increase costs for employers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 25, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 203: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Domestic Corporations

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Senate Bill 203 would clarify corporate law with respect to the duties and liability of directors and officers and clearly indicates that Nevada law should be applied to Nevada corporations. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it would provide additional clarity with regard to domestic corporations.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

 

Senate Bill 207: (Support)
Creates the Legislative Committee on Transportation

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Transportation

Senate Bill 207 would establish a Legislative Transportation Interim Committee that would study transportation issues when the Legislature is not in session. The committee would review, evaluate, and comment upon matters related to transportation policy in Nevada, such as the condition of transportation infrastructure and the need for sustainable revenue sources to maintain and improve transportation infrastructure in the state. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as transportation infrastructure issues affect businesses throughout the State.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Transportation. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 241: (Support)
Provides for the Establishment of the State Seal of STEM and the State Seal of STEAM Program

Sponsor: Senator Woodhouse

Senate Bill 241 would establish a State Seal of STEM/STEAM Program, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, to recognize high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics and have the seal affixed to his or her diploma. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as STEM/STEAM education has been a longstanding priority for the Chamber.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 246: (Support)

Revises Provisions Relating to Public Works

Sponsor: Senator Manendo

Senate Bill 246 continues to allow public bodies to construct public works under certain circumstances through a method by which a construction manager at risk (CMAR) and provide preconstruction services on the public work and, in some cases, construction services on the public work within a guaranteed maximum price, a fixed price or a fixed price plus reimbursement for certain costs, through June 30, 2021. Additionally, SB 246 makes various technical changes to the CMAR process, including, declaring that this method of construction is not intended to be used by the State or a political subdivision to limit competition, discourage competitive bidding or engage in or allow bid-shopping. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as the CMAR process provides an additional construction option for public works.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 16, Nays: 26, Excused: 0

Assembly Vote Reconsidered: Yeas: 35, Nays: 5, Excused: 0, Absent: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused :0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 249: (Support)
Requires Instruction in Financial Literacy and Economics in Public Schools

Sponsor: Senator Woodhouse

Senate Bill 249 would require instruction in financial literacy for students enrolled in grades 3-12 and be age-appropriate, include certain topics, and be provided within a course of study for which the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools has established as the relevant standards of content and performance. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as financial literacy is important for students before and after entering the workforce.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused :0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 253: (Neutral) (Small Biz)
Establishes the Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act to Provide Protections
to Female Employees and Applicants for Employment who are Affected by a Condition of the Employee or Applicant Relating to Pregnancy, Childbirth or a Related Medical Condition

Sponsor: Senator Cannizzaro

Senate Bill 253 would create the Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act, which would provide protections to employees in Nevada like the protections of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees, as well as state and local governments. The bill would make it an unlawful employment practice for employers to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants for employment for any condition of the employee or applicant relating to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the business of the employer. The Metro Chamber removed its original opposition from the bill because amendments that were accepted that would reduce the impact and burden for employers that that were identified in the original bill.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 34, Nays: 7, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 264: (Oppose)
Revises Various Provisions Relating to Business Entities

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Senate Bill 264 would have revised provisions relating to certain records required to be kept by a private corporation, nonprofit corporation, and limited-liability company, respectively, and provided that if such records were not made available for inspection within this State after a demand by certain persons, such a person may serve a demand upon the registered agent of the private corporation, nonprofit corporation or limited-liability company, as applicable, that the records be sent to the person or the agent or attorney thereof. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

 

Senate Bill 310: (Support)
Revises Provisions Governing the Credit-Hour Requirement for Eligibility Under the Silver State Opportunity Grant Program

Sponsor: Senator Kieckhefer

Senate Bill 310 would make technical changes to the Silver State Opportunity Grant Program that was instituted during the 2015 Legislative Session. SB 310 would allow an exception to the 15-credit minimum enrollment requirement a semester, if the student is in the final semester of their program of study. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it allows for flexibility for those students in their final semester of study and may require less than 15 credit hours to graduate.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 316: (Oppose)
Authorizing an Additional Tax on the Gross Receipts from the Rental of Transient Lodging in Certain Counties

Sponsor: Senator Segerblom

Senate Bill 316 would have authorized the board of county commissioners of a county whose population is 700,000 or more (currently Clark County) to impose an additional tax on the gross receipts from the rental of transient lodging throughout the county in the amount of two percent for deposit into the county school district’s fund for capital projects. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 356: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Collective Bargaining

Sponsor: Senator Atkinson

Senate Bill 356 would make various changes to public sector collective bargaining, including authorizing collective bargaining agreements entered into between local government employers and employee organizations to remain in effect beyond the term of office of any member or officer of the local government employer. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would remove and repeal provisions to reforms made to collective bargaining in 2015.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 25, Nays: 14, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 357: (Oppose)

Revises Provisions Governing Apprentices

Sponsor: Senator Atkinson

Senate Bill 357 would prohibit a public body from awarding a contract for a public work for which the estimated cost exceeds $1,000,000 to a contractor unless the contractor, complied with certain requirements relating to the use of apprentices on public works performed by the contractor, or paid a monetary penalty imposed by the Labor Commissioner. Additionally, SB 357 would prohibit a contractor awarded a contract for a public work for which the estimated cost exceeds $1,000,000 from awarding a subcontract for more than 5 percent of the value of that public work to a subcontractor unless the subcontractor satisfied the same requirement for the use of apprentices on public works or paid a monetary penalty imposed by the Labor Commissioner. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as mandating apprenticeships on public works projects would increase costs to taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 14, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor

 


Senate Bill 361: (Neutral) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Related to Domestic Violence

Sponsor: Senator Cannizzaro

Senate Bill 361 would require both public and private employers to provide employees with leave time because of domestic violence. The bill would provide employees up to 160 hours of leave of leave, the employer would have the discretion if these hours are paid or unpaid per twelve-month period. The bill provides clarify when the employee may use this leave and provide the employer notification of taking such leave. The bill would allow employees to utilize this type of leave within 90 days of employment. This legislation would work in conjunction with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The bill would require employers to keep records for two years for inspection and review by the state's Labor Commissioner. The Metro Chamber in no way condones domestic violence and acknowledges that acts of domestic violence impact more than just perpetrator and the victim, but can result in reverberations across the household, family and community. The Metro Chamber removed its opposition from the bill because amendments that were accepted that would reduce the impact and burden on employers that were in the original bill.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 38, Nays: 0, Excused: 4

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 366: (Neutral)
Makes Various Changes to Medicaid

Sponsor: Senator Cancela

SB 366 would require Nevada’s Director of Health and Human Services to prepare a report that has 50 or more employees who are enrolled in Medicaid and whether or not the employees have access to an employer-based health care plan, which would require for the report to be posted on the Internet. The bill also calls for the creation of Advisory Committee on Medicaid Innovation within the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy of the Department. The Metro Chamber opposed the bill because of posting requirement of the report, however, in the final version this posting requirement was removed.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 28, Nays: 13, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 374: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Prohibits Certain Entities from Taking Action Against Persons Who Engage in Certain Lawful Activities Relating to Marijuana

Sponsor: Senator Segerblom

Senate Bill 374 would prohibit a professional licensing board from taking disciplinary action against a person licensed by the board on the basis that the person holds a validly issued registry identification card or engages in lawful activity, pursuant to the person's licensed profession, relating to the medical or recreational use of marijuana or to a registered medical or recreational marijuana establishment. Additionally, AB 374 would prohibit an employer from taking adverse action against an employee or prospective employee who expresses an opinion relating to marijuana. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as this should be an issue addressed at the employer-employee level.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 26, Nays: 14, Excused: 1, Not Voting: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 378: (Oppose) (Small Biz)

Revises Provisions Relating to Controlled Substances

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Senate Bill 378 would have provided that the amount of marijuana or marijuana metabolite in a person’s system may only be measured through his or her blood, not urine. The Chamber opposed the bill because of the restriction it would have placed on employers to testing related to employment situations, along with increased costs.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 390: (Support)
Extending and Revising the Zoom Schools Program for the 2017-2019 Biennium

Sponsor: Senator Denis

Senate Bill 390 would expand the Zoom school program that was first implemented in 2013. Zoom schools provide a comprehensive package of programs and services for children who are limited English proficient. The Metro Chamber supported this bill from implementation in 2013 and continues to support the expansion of this successful program that has been tied to accountability measures.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 37, Nays: 5, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 391: (Support)

Provides for Awards of Scholarships by Community Colleges in the Nevada System of Higher Education

Sponsor: Senator Denis

Senate Bill 391 creates the Nevada Promise Scholarship Account for students attending community college in Nevada. This would be made eligible for all of Nevada’s community colleges that wish to participate in the program. The bill provides eligibility and reporting standards for the program as well. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it provide students another path to attend community college and support student achievement, which benefits economic and workforce development efforts.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

 

Senate Bill 395: (Oppose)
Makes Various Changes Relating to the Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructure

Sponsor: Senator Spearman

Senate Bill 395 would have given the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security the ability to designate as critical infrastructure an entity, asset, or system that is so vital that the incapacity or destruction thereof would have a debilitating impact on the economy or security of this State or the public health and safety of the citizens of this State. Additionally, SB 395 would have required each owner or operator of critical infrastructure to ensure that a cyber security plan for the critical infrastructure had been developed and implemented and set forth certain annual reporting requirements for an owner or operator of critical infrastructure. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as the requirement for public disclosure and review, as well as lack of multi-agency and stakeholder coordination, drew concerns from those entities classified as critical infrastructure.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill passed the Senate Committee on Government Affairs but failed to be considered by the Senate for a floor vote. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 397: (Oppose) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Relating to Employment

Sponsor: Senator Spearman

Senate Bill 397 would change the law relating to provisions governing the filing of complaints by an employee that alleges a practice of unlawful discrimination in compensation by an employer. The bill would provide greater authority to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NREC) to award back pay for a period beginning two years before the date of the filing of a complaint regarding an unlawful employment practice and ending on the date the Commission issues an order regarding the complaint; award costs and reasonable attorney's fees in cases involving an unlawful employment practice; order payment of compensatory damages or, if the employer acted with malice or reckless indifference, punitive damages in cases involving an unlawful employment practice relating to discrimination on the basis of sex. The Metro Chamber opposed the bill because of the concern with the increased authority given to the NREC, as well as the increased cost of possible litigation and burden placed on employers with the changes to the current complaint process.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 26, Nays: 14, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 414: (Support)
Revises Provisions Governing the Taxation of Certain Property Owned by Nonresidents

Sponsor: Senator Hammond

Senate Bill 414 would clarify current language to ensure that personal property would be exempt from taxation for the purposes of display, exhibition, or convention purposes. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as conventions are a major economic driver of the state's economy.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 39, Nays: 0, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 421: (Oppose)
Revising Provisions Governing Certain Taxes on the Gross Receipts from the Rental of Transient Lodging in Clark County

Sponsor: Senator Segerblom

Senate Bill 421 would have provided that if certain conditions for a National Football League stadium project are not satisfied and the President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas does not elect to pursue a college football stadium project, the tax imposed for the National Football League stadium project is amended so that the proceeds of the tax are deposited in the fund for capital projects of the Clark County School District. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill as the project is moving forward with the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 427: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Governing the Crew of Certain Freight Trains

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Transportation

Senate Bill 427 would require that any Class I freight railroad, Class I railroad, or Class II railroad for transporting freight which operates a train or locomotive in Nevada contain a crew of not less than two persons. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the state mandating staffing levels on private employers and the potential issues it may have with the Interstate Commerce Clause.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 11, Excused: 4

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 431: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Civil Actions

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Senate Bill 431 would have altered the ability of a defense lawyer to use the defense of comparative negligence. This change would have allowed the plaintiff’s attorney’s the ability to seek “joint and several” liability in more cases. This change would have increased the cost of litigation, increased the cost of insurance, and promoted more litigation as trial attorneys seek out “deep pockets” rather than promote settlement of claims based on an individual's or company's apportioned liability. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of increased potential costs to employers.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 441: (Support)
Revises Provisions Relating to Workforce Development

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development

Senate Bill 441would authorize a regional development authority (RDA) to apply to the Office of Economic Development for a grant to support programs to develop the workforce in the region served. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as workforce development programs are vital to economic growth.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 448: (Support) (SNF)
Revises Provisions Relating to Public Works

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Transportation

Senate Bill 448 would expand the scope of public private partnerships (P3) in Nevada. The P3 is a contractual arrangement between a public agency (federal, state, or local) and a private sector entity. Through this agreement, the skills and assets of each sector (public and private) are shared in delivering a service or facility for the use of the general public. In addition to the sharing of resources, each party shares in the potential risks and rewards in the delivery of the service and/or facility. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as broad discussions surrounding P3s arose during the Southern Nevada Forum as a priority.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 34, Nays: 7, Excused:1

Assembly Vote Reconsidered:  Yeas: 35, Nays: 4, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 450: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Senate Bill 450 would have repealed provisions that were passed during the 2015 legislative session removing a provision of existing law which requires a claimant to exhaust certain claims under the homeowner's warranty before commencing a cause of action for constructional defects. The bill would have also authorized a claimant to recover reasonable attorney’s fees as part of the claimant's damages in a cause of action for constructional defects. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because it would have been a repeal of  reform efforts from 2015 and increase costs for developers.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 463: (Support) (Small Biz)
Revises Provisions Relating to Business License Fees

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Senate Bill 463 would have provided that a local government may not impose or increase a fee for a business license that is calculated based on the size of the property on which the business is located, unless the local government maked a finding at a public hearing that calculating the fee on this basis is necessary to provide local governmental services to the property and existing revenues are insufficient to provide such services. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as several local government entities are considering assessing business licensing fees based of square footage.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill passed the Senate Committee on Government Affairs but failed to be considered by the Senate for a floor vote. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 464: (Neutral)
Authorizes 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 Center.

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Senate Bill 464 would have originally granted an exemption for a public work requiring or prohibiting a bidder or contractor from entering or adhering to any agreement with one or more labor organizations regarding a public work that is a part of critical infrastructure for a convention hall. The Metro Chamber was opposed to the bill in its original format but removed it opposition because the bill was heavily amended to only pertain to the expansion project of the Las Vegas Convention Center that was approved in the 2016 Special Legislative Session. The amended bill does not change or alter state law relating to Project Law Agreements (PLAs), which has been a long-standing concern of the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 11, Nays: 10, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 465: (Oppose)
Authorizes the Submission of Certain Grievances of State Employees to an Arbitrator

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Senate Bill 465 would require the Personnel Commission of the Division of Human Resource Management of the Department of Administration to adopt regulations providing procedures for state employees who remain dissatisfied with the resolution of a dispute and would allow state employee submit the dispute for a final decision to an arbitrator selected by the employee. If the employee submits the grievance to an arbitrator, the employee and the agency each must pay one-half of the costs of the arbitration and a decision of the arbitrator is binding. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as there is currently a process in place for state employees to file grievances.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 469: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Relating to Collective Bargaining Between a Local Government Employer and a Recognized Employee Organization

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Senate Bill 469 would change the budgeted ending fund balance for all local government entities, other than school districts, from not less than 25 percent to not less than 16.67 percent, for the purposes of collective bargaining. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as a 25 percent ending fund balance allows for fiscal stability for local governments and taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 26, Nays: 13, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Vetoed by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 486: (Oppose)
Provides for Collective Bargaining by State Employees

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs


Senate Bill 486 would authorize collective bargaining for state employees, along with all bargaining rights associated with collectively bargained contracts. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would adversely affect Nevada taxpayers.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.



Senate Bill 493: (Oppose)
Revises Provisions Concerning the Participation of Certain School Administrators in Collective Bargaining

Sponsor: Senator Parks

Currently, existing law excludes from membership in a bargaining unit any school administrator whose annual salary is greater than $120,000. Senate Bill 493 eliminates the use of salary to determine which administrators are to be excluded from membership in a bargaining unit. This bill instead excludes from such membership any school district administrator above the rank of principal, regardless of salary. This bill would allow any administrator employed at the school level, regardless of salary, to participate in collective bargaining as a member of a bargaining unit. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill, as it would repeal provisions from the 2015 legislative session.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 39, Nays: 0, Excused: 3

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor

 

Senate Bill 495: (Oppose)
Provides for Certain Causes of Action Against Employers

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Senate Bill 495 would have authorized employees who are affected by certain violations of existing law relating to wages and other benefits to bring lawsuits against employers to recover certain damages. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the potential increase of costs for employers as well as increased number of lawsuits against employers.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: No vote taken by the Senate.

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 516: (Support) (SNF)
Revises Provisions Governing Workforce Innovation and Apprenticeships

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy (On Behalf of the Office of Finance in the Office of the Governor)

Senate Bill 516 would transfer the administration of the apprenticeship program of the State of Nevada from the Labor Commissioner to the Office of Workforce Innovation, in addition to placing the State Apprenticeship Council within the Office of Workforce Innovation. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it would allow for additional workforce development functions, including apprenticeships, to be housed within the Office of Workforce Innovation.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 40, Nays: 1, Excused: 1

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 517: (Support) (SNF)
Establishes the Nevada Transportation Infrastructure Bank

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Transportation

Senate Bill 517 would create the Nevada Transportation Infrastructure Bank (Bank) in the Nevada Department of Transportation with the purpose of providing loans and other financial assistance to various government agencies and public-private partnerships for the development, construction, improvement, operation, and ownership of transportation facilities. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as transportation and infrastructure is key to economic development in our region. The idea of a transportation infrastructure bank came out of the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Senate Committee on Transportation. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 544: (Support)

Ensures Sufficient Funding for K-12 Public Education for the 2017-2019 Biennium

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Finance

Senate Bill 544, the state’s Distributed School Account (DSA) comes in at $2.3 billion over the next two years, and continues many of the programs implemented by Gov. Brian Sandoval during the 2015 session, with a few additional tweaks. The budget sets per-pupil funding at $5,900 during the 2018 fiscal year and $5,967 during the 2019 fiscal year. Some of the programs included include:

  • $299.5 million for class size reduction programs
  • $386.5 million for special education students
  • $25 million for grants in Career and Technical Education
  • $41 million for the Read by 3 program
  • $5 million for “Turnaround schools
  • $50 million for Victory Schools
  • $9.8 million for the Great Teaching and Leadership Fund
  • $5 million for a fund reimbursing teachers for school supplies they personally purchase
  • $36.6 million for Adult High School Education programs
  • $14.7 million to the Gifted and Talented education programs

The bill also includes $45,000 per year funding for anti-bullying grants, and extends a “Charter School Harbor Master”, a state-funded organization designed to recruit high-quality charter schools into Nevada through 2019.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 0, Excused: 0, Absent: 9

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 546: (Support) (SNF)

Authorizes and Provides Funding for Certain Projects of Capital Improvement

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Finance

Senate Bill 546 implements a $346 million capital improvement program, which includes about $48 million in general fund. Some of the projects include:

  • $1.5 million to plan an additional housing unit at Southern Desert Correctional Center
  • $3.5 million to plan an education building at Nevada State College
  • $33 million to build a Northern Nevada Veterans Home
  • $6 million to bring the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • $6.2 million to renovate a housing unit at Southern Desert Correctional Center
  • $1.4 million for furnishings and equipment for the UNLV Hotel College
  • $4.3 million for Stewart Indian School welcome centers
  • $41.5 million in general obligation bonds for a UNR engineering building
  • $1 million for advanced planning of a health sciences building at the College of Southern Nevada
  • $34.2 million for a National Guard Readiness Center

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 34, Nays: 8, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused:0

Senate Vote Reconsidered: Yeas: 15, Nays: 6, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Bill 547: (Oppose)
Requires Certain Large School Districts to Establish, Through Negotiations with an Employee Organization, a Salary Incentive Program for Professional Growth

Sponsor: Senator Ford

Senate Bill 547 would require the Clark County School to include salary incentive programs for teachers as part of the mandated collective bargaining provisions for their contracts. This requirement would only apply to the Clark County School and no other school district in the state. The Metro Chamber opposed the bill for several reasons, including reducing Clark County School District’s ability to negotiate contracts and because it could cause additional financial constraints on its budgets. Also, the Professional Growth Programs were only implemented in 2016-2017 and it is too soon to determine the effectiveness and ROI.

Assembly Vote: No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused: 0

Final Action: The bill failed because there was no vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. As a result, the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 

Senate Bill 550: (Support)

Makes an Appropriation to a Disbursement Account for Costs Relating to a Human Resource Management Information System for the Clark County School District

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Finance

SB 550 allows the Clark County School District the ability to purchase a new human resource management system in the amount of $17 million. The current system is approximately is 25 years old and is not able to interface with other systems and not equipped to handle reporting components that will be necessary with the reorganization of the Clark County School District. The bill also requires reports to the Interim Legislative Finance at 6-month intervals as part of the accountability measures found within the bill. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because of the need to modernization the school district’s human resources management information system to ensure that the necessary tools are available for the reorganization.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 37, Nays: 5, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 553: (Support)
Authorizes and Provides Funding for the Advance Planning of the College of Engineering, Academic and Research Building
and to Complete Planning and Begin Construction of a New Building for the Medical School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Finance

This bill would provide funding for planning dollars in the amount of $1.75 million for a new engineering building at UNLV and provide a match fund of $25 million to the UNLV School of Medicine building project. The Metro Chamber supported this bill to support economic development efforts in engineering and healthcare in Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Final Action: Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Senate Joint Resolution 5: (Support)
Urges Congress to Enact the Marketplace Fairness Act

Sponsor: Senator Woodhouse

Senate Joint Resolution 5 urges Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, as the increase in Internet commerce is eroding the state’s tax base. This will help create a more even playing field between traditional brick and mortar businesses and Internet businesses. The Metro Chamber supported SJR 5 and is working with Nevada’s Congressional delegation in support of this legislation at the federal level as well.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 33, Nays: 7, Excused: 2

Senate Vote: Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused: 0

Final Action: Delivered to the Secretary of State.

 

Senate Joint Resolution 6: (Oppose)
Proposes to Amend the Nevada Constitution to Provide for Certain Increases in the Minimum Wage

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy

Senate Joint Resolution 6 proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to increase the minimum wage to $9.40 per hour. Beginning on January 1, 2022, the minimum wage must be increased by $1.15 each year until the minimum wage is $14. This joint resolution also proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to remove provisions authorizing an employer and an employee to waive the minimum wage requirement in a collective bargaining agreement. Thus, under this joint resolution, a collective bargaining agreement entered into, extended or renewed on or after the effective date of this amendment could not waive the requirement to pay the minimum wage set forth in this joint resolution. Finally, this joint resolution: (1) authorizes an action against an employer for violating the minimum wage requirement to be brought as a class action; (2) provides that an employee who prevails in an action for a violation of the minimum wage requirement is entitled to damages in an amount equal to three times the amount which the employee would have been paid if the employer had complied with the minimum wage requirement. The Metro Chamber opposed this resolution, as will inflate the minimum wage which should be driven by the market as well as allow for class action suits and treble damages against employers.

Assembly Vote: Yeas: 27, Nays: 15, Excused: 0

Senate Vote: Yeas: 12, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Final Action: Delivered to the Secretary of State.