Lawmakers have a packed schedule on Monday, with hearings planned on bills that would make neon the official state element, regulate marijuana advertising and agents, and make adjustments to the eligibility of children on Medicaid.
They will also consider legislation that would change how schools handle bullying and cyberbullying investigations, impose new training requirements on first responders and make changes to election security.
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 Monday at the Legislature:
Budget hearings on energy, science and the Legislature
The Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees will meet jointly to hear details of budget accounts from the Governor’s Office of Energy, the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology and the Legislative Counsel Bureau.
The committees meet at 8 a.m.
AB182: Making neon the official state element
A bill sponsored by Democratic Assembly member Sarah Peters proposes to designate neon as the official element of Nevada. Fifteen of her Assembly Democratic colleagues have also signed onto the legislation.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Peters is sponsoring the legislation on behalf of a group of Carson City schoolchildren and their teacher, Will Durham, who is the director of the Nevada Neon Project and has been collecting and preserving neon signs for more than 20 years.
The bill will be heard by the Assembly Government Affairs Committee at 9 a.m.
AB164: Marijuana advertising and agent registration
Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager has sponsored legislation that makes a wide variety of changes to marijuana businesses. Among other things, the bill:
- Prohibits the Department of Taxation from requiring a marijuana business to obtain approval before using a logo, sign or advertisement
- Allows marijuana businesses to place ads at entertainment events if it is reasonably believed that fewer than 30 percent of the people who will attend are under 21 years old
- Requires marijuana businesses that advertise in mediums where it is expected that less than 30 percent of the audience is under 21 to maintain documentation explaining how they reasonably estimated the age of the audience
- Allows the department to impose a penalty of no more than $10,000 for violations of marijuana advertising law
- Requires people who work, volunteer or independently contract with marijuana establishments to be registered with the department and issued a marijuana establishment agent registration card, in line with what is currently required of individuals who work at medical marijuana businesses
- Expands grounds for revocation of either type of agent registration card to include being electronically recorded stealing marijuana, convicted of any crime involving the theft of marijuana, being electronically recorded consuming marijuana at a marijuana establishment, or intentionally submitting false documents to the state or local government
The bill will be heard in Assembly Judiciary at 9 a.m.
SB239: Bullying and cyberbullying at schools
This legislation, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Heidi Gansert, makes changes to existing law requiring investigations into reports of bullying or cyberbullying by a school administrator to be completed no less than two school days after the administrator receives a report or within three days if there are extenuating circumstances.
The bill would allow the administrator to extend the investigation with the consent of each reported victim, perpetrator or their parents and require the administrator to give priority to protecting a victim over the interest of an alleged perpetrator when taking actions to protect the safety of a victim.
The bill will be heard in the Senate Education Committee at 1 p.m.
AB129: Training for first responders about people with developmental disabilities
Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, a paramedic and firefighter by trade, has sponsored a bill to require first responders to complete two hours of training about people with developmental disabilities before their initial licensure or certification and every two years after that. First responders who would have to complete such training include emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, paramedics and police officers.
The bill will be heard by the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee at 1:30 p.m.
SB198: Eligibility for children on Medicaid
This bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Melanie Scheible, would require children to remain eligible for coverage under the state’s Medicaid program until 12 months after the last day of the month in which they are enrolled, they stop being a Nevada resident or until their 19th birthday.
It will be heard by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 4 p.m.
SB237: Election audits and cybersecurity
The Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee will hear the details of a bill, sponsored by the secretary of state’s office, that would require the secretary of state to adopt regulations for conducting audits to limit the risk of certifying an incorrect election outcome. Under the legislation, the secretary of state would be required to establish a pilot program for the audit in 2020, and, starting in 2022, county clerks would be required to conduct such audits prior to certifying the results of every election.
The legislation will also require county clerks, city clerks and their staffs involved in running elections to complete a cybersecurity training class approved by the secretary of state and to notify the secretary of state in the event of a confirmed or attempted election security attack. Counties and cities that use electronic rosters would also be required to complete a test of the roster to ensure its functionality before early voting.
The bill would also exempt any of the secretary of state’s records relating to election security and any signatures of a voter or candidate provided to the secretary of state, a county clerk or a city clerk from being considered a public record.
The legislation will be heard at 4 p.m.