As the clock counts down to the first major deadline of the session, lawmakers will hear bills on Wednesday that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees and impose a tax to fund affordable housing for the homeless.
Legislators will also vote on a host of other bills including those that would create a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, remove the expiration date of the More Cops Tax and establish a “closed-loop” payment system for marijuana businesses.
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 Thursday at the Legislature:
Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee will vote on a long list of bills, including AB166, a bill that seeks to tamp down on massage parlors that are a front for illegal prostitution by creating the crime of advancing prostitution.
They’ll also vote on AB176, which creates a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, requiring prompt testing of sexual assault evidence kits and notification about the status of those kits.
The committee meets at 8 a.m.
The Senate Finance Committee will discuss SB84, which creates an account to support prekindergarten programs.
They’ll also vote on SB214, which creates a system of in-rank salary increases for faculty at Nevada public colleges.
The committee will meet at 8 a.m.
Gaming Control Board budget closings
The Assembly Ways and Means Committee will close the Gaming Control Board budget, including the account for the Gaming Commission and the Gaming Control Board Investigation Fund.
The committee meets at 8 a.m.
SB312: Paid sick leave
This bill, sponsored by state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, would require private employers who have at least 25 workers to offer paid sick leave to their employees. Employees would accumulate the leave at a rate of no less than one hour per 30 hours worked.
The bill would allow employers to limit the accrual of sick leave to 48 hours per year and the use of paid sick leave to 24 hours per year. Violations of the sick leave provision could be fined by up to $5,000 for each incident.
The bill will be heard in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, which will meet 20 minutes after the adjournment of the Senate Health and Human Service Committee.
SB346: Study on marijuana discrimination and intoxication
Members of the Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee will vote on SB346, which requires the Nevada Commission on Minority Affairs to explore to what extent discrimination and disparities exist in the realm of marijuana business licensing. It also directs the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study related to marijuana intoxication, including determining how to frame laws that measure intoxication.
The committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Lawmakers on the Assembly Education Committee will vote on a series of bills including AB304, which would mandate reduced class sizes over the next 10 years. They’ll also vote on AB289, a measure that would repeal the mandatory retention provision that’s part of the Read by Grade 3, and will weigh in on AB462, a bill to prevent the creation of new charter schools for two years.
The committee meets at 12:30 p.m.
Undisclosed worksessions in several committees
A handful of committees — including Assembly Growth and Infrastructure, Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections, Senate Health and Human Services and Senate Revenue and Economic Development — plan to meet to work session bills on Thursday but as of Wednesday evening had not listed what bills they will be voting on.
Assembly Growth and Infrastructure will meet at 12:30 p.m., Senate Revenue and Economic Development will meet at 1:30 p.m., Senate Health and Human Services will meet 15 minutes after the adjournment of Senate Growth and Infrastructure (which starts at 1:30 p.m.) and Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections will meet at 4 p.m.
AB73: Tax to provide affordable housing for the homeless
This bill, brought on behalf of the city of Las Vegas, would impose a 25 cent tax for each $500 of value of real property transferred in Clark County with the proceeds used to fund affordable housing and other services for the homeless. It also would allow the governing body of an incorporated city to impose an annual surcharge on users of the sewer system to fund homeless services within the city.
The bill, which will require a two-thirds majority vote to pass, will be heard in the Assembly Taxation Committee at 4 p.m.
AB443: Removal of expiration of More Cops Tax
The Assembly Taxation Committee will vote on whether to extend the 2005 More Cops Tax that allows for an extra sales tax amount devoted to hiring more police officers. The tax is set to expire in 2025, but this bill, AB443, would remove the expiration date, allowing the tax to become permanent.
It’ll be up for a vote at 4 p.m.
AB466: “Closed-loop” payment system for marijuana businesses
This bill, up for a vote in the Assembly Taxation Committee, would require the state treasurer to establish a pilot program to create a “closed-loop” payment processing system to allow money to circulate internally within the marijuana industry. The bill would also allow state and local governments to collect taxes through the system.
The bill will be voted on at 4 p.m.