After a slow, snowy start to Nevada’s 80th legislative session on Monday, the second day won’t be much more action packed.
Though nearly 250 bills were introduced on the first day of the session, only two bills are up for committee hearings on Tuesday, both of them related to the Department of Corrections and before the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The other 11 committees that meet will focus on other tasks such as adopting committee policies and rules, hearing presentations from legislative staff and potentially introducing committee bill draft requests.
Morning Assembly committee hearings set to start at 8 a.m. have been pushed back until 10 a.m. on Tuesday to allow for weather delays.
For a brief preview of the two bills up for a hearing on Tuesday, read below.
AB10: Verified photo identification cards to prisoners upon release
This bill, sponsored by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, would require photo identification cards handed out by the Department of Corrections upon an individual’s’ release from prison to indicate whether the person’s full name and age has been verified in accordance with existing law. If the department cannot verify the person’s identity, it can issue an unverified identification card.
Under existing law, identity can be verified either by providing original or certified copies of certain documents or a photo identification card issued by the department. The change will allow verified cards to be accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
A law passed last session required prisoners be given verified-only identification cards upon their release, and the Department of Corrections hired additional people to handle the workload of obtaining birth certificates to back up the identification cards. But the process can take months per prisoner, and prisoners released with no identification at all might be worse off than those with an unverified identification card, struggling to sign up for public benefits, financial products and more without any proof of identity.
The department has so far not been able to say how many birth certificates it has been able to gather for inmates in the year or so since it has been trying.
There is no anticipated fiscal impact of the change either to the Department of Corrections or the Department of Motor Vehicles.
AB61: Residential confinement following drug and alcohol abuse treatment
The bill, also sponsored by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, makes changes to the way the Department of Corrections treats and confines people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.
Under existing law, the department’s director is required to assign a person to the Division of Parole and Probation to serve a term of residential confinement after completing an initial period of rehabilitation through the department. This bill would change that requirement to an authorization and would bar the director from assigning people to residential confinement if they have failed or refused to complete the entire rehabilitation program or any other treatment program.
It also proposes to expand victim notification requirements by requiring the Division of Parole and Probation to notify the victim of that the director is considering assigning their offender to residential confinement following a treatment program, as well as the victim’s right to submit documentation regarding the assignment.