After a rush to pass hundreds of bills ahead of last Friday’s deadline for first committee passage, lawmakers are taking their foot off the gas.
Only four committees are scheduled to meet on Monday, and another eight have canceled their regularly scheduled meetings. The committees that are scheduled to meet will hear details on bills funding school gardens, improving public notices during government meetings and expanding the scope of what advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants can do.
The focus now shifts to floor sessions, with the next deadline — first house passage — coming on April 23.
For more information on the status of bills working their way through the Legislature, check out The Nevada Independent’s bill tracker. And for the bills in committee today, visit the Legislature’s website for committee times and links to watch live committee meetings and floor sessions.
Here’s what to watch for on Monday at the Legislature:
SB59: Diverting money to the Stewart Indian School
As written, this bill would divert any fees or proceeds paid for use of the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City to the Nevada Indian Commission, to use for preservation efforts at the school.
It’ll be heard in the Senate Finance Committee at 8 a.m.
SB458: Funding for school gardens
This bill would continue a program created in 2017 that allocates state dollars toward creation and maintenance of school gardens. If approved, it would allocate $615,000 over the two-year budget cycle for creation of school garden programs at Title 1 schools.
It’s scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee at 8 a.m.
SB183: More posting of public notices
Members of the Senate Finance Committee are scheduled to vote on this bill from Republican Sen. Heidi Gansert that would require the online posting of any proposed ordinance or regulation before a local government with a population of more than 45,000.
The bill also requires those local governments to include a detailed summary of all matters discussed in written minutes of the meeting. It also requires any local government that sends a notice or survey to a local business related to a proposed policy or ordinance give the owners of the business 10 business days to respond.
It’ll be up for a vote at the Senate Finance Committee at 8 a.m.
AB496: Hiring at the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange
If approved, this bill would authorize the executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange to hire employees under the classified position pay scale (which typically pays hourly rates).
It’s up for a hearing in the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means at 8 a.m.
AB130: Places Nevada ABLE Savings Program under the treasurer
Sponsored on behalf of the Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults with Special Needs, this bill would transfer all the responsibilities of the Nevada ABLE Savings Program, which allows Nevadans with disabilities to create a special savings account for personal expenses, from the Aging and Disability Services Division to the state treasurer. It also provides the treasurer the sole responsibility for administering the program.
The bill, which passed out of the Assembly unanimously, will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 4 p.m.
AB147: Allowing advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to perform additional functions
This bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Robin Titus, would allow advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to perform certain functions typically only allowed to be provided by a physician, including completing certain certificates, documents and statements and ordering home health care for patients.
The legislation also exempts medical devices prescribed by physician assistants from sales tax, as such devices prescribed by other medical providers are.
The bill passed out of the Assembly unanimously and is now up for a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 4 p.m.