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The Nevada Legislature as seen on May 16, 2017. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

Proposals to expand the Clark County Commission, exempt certain information in the Public Employees Retirement System from records requests and cap the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program are all up for committee votes on Thursday.

Committees are continuing to hear and vote on dozens of bills ahead of a Friday deadline to pass legislation through second house committees — including measures that would change the bail system, ban forced microchipping and allow for the early release of elderly prisoners under certain circumstances.

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, check out the Legislature’s website for committee times and links to watch live committee meetings and floor sessions.

Here’s what to watch for on Thursday at the Legislature:

Budget closings

A joint Assembly and Senate budget committee will meet at 8 a.m. to approve budget closings for the state’s Department of Wildlife and Department of Education.

AB226: Banning forced microchipping (Work Session)

If approved, this bill by Democratic Assemblyman Skip Daly would prohibit the state from requiring or authorizing a person to have a microchip implanted on their body, with limited exceptions for devices that are used for health conditions or “self-expression.” It passed the Assembly on a 40-0 vote on April 16.

It’s up for a committee vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 8 a.m.

AB393: Protections for workers during a government shutdown (Work Session)

Proposed by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, this bill would institute numerous protections for federal and state workers in the event that state or federal government funding runs out.

The bill would prohibit any foreclosure on property owned by a federal, state or tribal worker during a shutdown and until 90 days after a shutdown ends. It would further require any court hearing a civil case related to a foreclosure to determine whether the worker’s ability to pay on a mortgage loan was materially affected by the shutdown, but allows a landlord to petition a court for an alternative resolution.

The measure also would prohibit summary evictions or automobile repossession of a government worker during a shutdown and makes rental agreements with such workers unenforceable during the length of a shutdown. Instead, the bill puts rent payments essentially on hold until 30 days after the end of the shutdown, at which point the government worker only has to make one normally scheduled rent payment that covers the entire shutdown period. The bill passed unanimously out of the Assembly on April 23.

It’s up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 8 a.m.

SB127: Increasing number of Clark County Commissioners (Work Session)

Proposed by Democratic Sen. David Parks, this bill would increase the number of Clark County Commission members from seven to nine by the 2022 election.

Initial startup costs for paying staff and new county commissioners would cost more than $3.8 million to implement over the next two fiscal years, according to a fiscal note submitted by Clark County. The bill passed 20-0 in the Senate on March 25.

It’s up for a vote in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee at 9:30 a.m.

SB224: PERS secrecy (Work Session)

A bill to allow current or former public employees receiving benefits from the state’s Public Employees Retirement System to keep certain identifying information, including their name, exempt from public records is up for a committee vote.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Julia Ratti, would make all information pertaining to individuals receiving funds from PERS — from state workers to retired judges and lawmakers — confidential under state law, with exemptions for an identification number for the account-holder, the last public employer, years of service, retirement date, amount of annual pension benefit and whether the person receives a disability retirement allowance.

The measure would not permit the state to disclose the name of the account-holders. It passed out of the Senate on an 11-10 vote on April 22, with Democrats Nicole Cannizzaro and Marilyn Dondero Loop joining Republicans in opposing the measure. A similar measure was vetoed by former Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2017.

It’s up for a vote in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee at 9:30 a.m.

AB125: Bail changes (Work Session)

After being exempted from legislative deadlines, a bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Dina Neal to amend what factors a judge must consider before requiring bail is finally coming up for a committee vote.

The amended version of the bill removes language requiring judges use an evidence based risk assessment tool before granting pretrial release without bail, and adds certain conditions to the list of things judges must consider including whether the judge can add restrictions on travel or require certain activities such as seeking employment or imposing a curfew. The bill also prohibits judges from relying solely on a standard bail schedule after a defendant personally appears in court.

It’s up for a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m.

SB252: Early release for older offenders (Work Session)

If approved, this bill by Republican Sen. Joe Hardy would allow for the early release of elderly prisoners under certain circumstances.

The bill allows the director of the state prison system to assign any offender over the age of 65, incarcerated for crimes other than violent, sexual, DUI or vehicular homicide and who have served at least half of their sentence be released into residential confinement. It passed the Senate on a 19-2 vote on April 19.

It’s up for a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m.

SB252 + SB151: Residential confinement for older offenders, summary eviction restrictions

Sponsored by Republican state Sen. Joe Hardy, SB252 would allow the director of the Department of Corrections to transfer certain inmates who are older than 65 to serve the remainder of their sentence under residential confinement. A similar bill was vetoed by former Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2017 amid public safety concerns.

They’ll also vote on SB151, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Julia Ratti, which would extend the time in which a tenant can be evicted for not paying his or her rent from five to seven days, in addition to other changes to the eviction process.

They’re up for a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m.

AB465: Expanded solar energy access programs (Work Session)

Proposed by the Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure, the bill would require public utilities to create an expanded solar energy access plan for low-income customers.

The measure would also require the Public Utilities Commission to create regulations to implement such a plan, as well as requiring utilities such as NV Energy to submit their solar energy plans to the PUC.

If passed, it would also enact certain requirements for such plans, including that it broadens access to solar power “in an equitable manner,” that it provides low-income customers with energy bill savings, and that utilities use a certain amount of community-based and utility-scale solar resources. AB465 was passed in the Assembly by a vote of 39-2.

The bill is up for a vote in the Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure at 1:30 p.m.

AB443: Keeping the More Cops tax in Clark County (Work Session)

Sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Taxation, AB443 would preserve the More Cops tax, a 2005 bump to Clark County’s sales and use tax that is set to expire in 2025.

If passed, the measure would also add new reporting requirements for police departments that use money raised by the tax, including reporting expenditures related to equipment or training of new officers at police academies. The Assembly approved the bill last month by a vote of 33-8.

It’s scheduled for a vote in the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development at 1:30 p.m.

AB458: Capping the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program (Work Session)

Sponsored by the Assembly Education Committee, this bill would cap the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, which currently grows by 10 percent each year, at a flat amount. The scholarships, funded by businesses donating to scholarship organizations and then receiving a credit on their payroll tax in return, are available to low- and middle-income families and help their children attend private school.

An amendment proposed to the legislation fixes a recently discovered issue created in the 2017 legislative session that actually doubled the number of tax credits available by including them in two chapters of Nevada Revised Statutes.

This bill, as amended, would limit the tax credits available to businesses to about $6.7 million a year total between the two chapters of NRS.

It’s up for a vote in the Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee at 1:30 p.m.

AB400: Sales tax abatements for economic development

This bill, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, would prevent the Governor’s Office of Economic Development from abating the state’s Local School Support Tax and stop “double-dipping” by companies that apply for more than one abatement or incentive.

It’s up for a vote in the Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee at 1:30 p.m.

SB164 + SB298: Tax exemptions for cryptocurrencies, renewable energy tax abatements (Work Session)

SB164 would exempt bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from state taxes by categorizing virtual currencies as “intangible personal property,” much like a stock, bond or mortgage.

Proposed by Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, the bill would specifically define a virtual currency to include “digital representation” of value that is created, issued and maintained on a blockchain, not attached to a tangible asset or fiat currency, acceptable as a means of payment, and that can only be used and stored electronically.

SB298, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chris Brooks, would create certain accounting requirements for renewable energy companies which receive state tax abatements.

If passed, the bill would require any renewable energy company eligible for partial tax abatements to keep certain information related to employees and submit an annual payroll report to the Office of Energy and the board of county commissioners from the county in which the facility operates.

Each was passed unanimously by the Senate in votes last month, and the Assembly Committee on Taxation is set to vote on both bills at 4 p.m.

SB410 + SB448: Repealing tax credits used by Faraday Future, affordable housing tax credits (Work Session)

Sponsored by Republican state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, SB410 would repeal tax credits approved to lure electric car manufacturer Faraday Future to Nevada during a special session of the Legislature in 2015. The company later ditched its plans to build a factory in North Las Vegas amid ongoing financial trouble.

The bill would remove the authority from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to over $38 million in initial transferable tax credits and $7.6 million in recurring transferable tax credits to any company or business that spends at least $1 billion on capital expenditures or construction on a business in the state.

They’ll also vote on SB448, which proposes allocating $10 million in tax credits each fiscal year to spur affordable housing development.

It’s up for a vote in the Assembly Taxation Committee at 4 p.m.

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