Wednesday marked another busy for Nevada lawmakers, with legislators pushing another 17 bills out of the Senate with six days to go before the next legislative deadline.
Legislators continued to hold a light committee schedule as they voted out bills expressing opposition to a proposed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, creating expanded protections for domestic workers, and allowing schools to lease buses for special events such as music festivals.
Unless a piece of legislation has been granted a waiver or exemption from deadlines, it must be out of the house of origin by April 25.
For a full list of bills that were up for a vote, whether they were voted on, and how the vote panned out, click here. (Party line votes are highlighted in light purple.)
Here are a few highlights of bills that were passed on Wednesday:
SB232: Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
Nevada senators voted along party-lines to approve a measure designed to create additional protections for domestic workers.
Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is the primary sponsor of SB232, which creates a “bill of rights” for domestic workers such as house cleaners, chauffeurs or nannies. It creates requirements in employment agreements for domestic workers, sets limitations on how much wages can be deducted for meals and lodging for live-in workers and allows workers to be eligible for overtime pay.
Republican Sen. Scott Hammond spoke against the bill, saying that he feared passage would lead to the hiring of more independent contractors for domestic work, who wouldn’t be subject to the provisions in the bill.
SB86: Permissive cursive instruction
A measure allowing school districts to teach elementary students cursive handwriting passed unanimously out the Senate
Republican Sen. Don Gustavson’s SB86 would allow school districts to create a cursive handwriting course for students enrolled in the third grade. The bill was amended to remove a mandate, and allows individual districts discretion on whether or not to require cursive handwriting standards.
Gustavson proposed a similar bill during the 2015 legislative session, which failed to advance past the initial committee hearing.
SB162: Licensing psychological assistants, interns and trainees
Republican Sen. Heidi Gansert’s bill to license psychological assistants, interns and trainees cleared the Senate with a unanimous vote Wednesday morning.
The legislation, aimed at helping with a shortage of mental health providers in the state, allows psychological assistants, interns and trainees to be registered with the Board of Psychological Examiners, provided they submit an application, application fee and a complete set of fingerprints and a fee for a criminal background check. Registrations would be able to be renewed annually, not to exceed a three year registration.
The bill also allows the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a psychologist for services rendered by a registered psychological assistant, intern or trainee under their supervision.
SB164: Leasing school busses
Electric Daisy Carnival attendees might get to roll up to the massive music festival next year in a somewhat different kind of ride under a bill brought by Independent Sen. Patricia Farley — a Clark County School District bus.
SB164, which passed unanimously out of the Senate on Tuesday, would allow school districts to enter into limited contracts to lease out busses for use at special events that don’t interfere with the transfer of students to and from schools. Districts would be prohibited from renting busses to events outside district boundaries, and wouldn’t be able to rent out more than 8.5 percent of district busses at a single time.
A similar measure passed 40-1 in the state Assembly during the 2015 session, but failed to advance in the state Senate.