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LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of May 20, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of May 20, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

We are now two weeks away from the end of the legislative session, June 3rd.  The next deadlines are May 23rd and 24th.  All budget differences between the two houses must be resolved by May 23rd and May 24th is the deadline for Second House Passage.  Bills that do not receive a vote on the floor of the second legislative house by May 24th will be dead.

You can see which bills have been signed, which bills are sitting on the Governor’s desk, which bills are still alive, and which bills are dead here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Reports

This means that the main meetings this week will be the Senate and Assembly floor sessions.  Agenda for each floor session can be updated during the meetings, so it’s important to log in each morning and then to watch as agenda are posted and updated. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of May 13, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of May 13, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

Monday, May 13, 2109

AB76: AN ACT relating to mental health; authorizing the Commission on Behavioral Health to employ certain persons to assist the regional behavioral health policy boards; revising the counties that comprise certain behavioral health regions; creating the Clark Behavioral Health Region; revising the appointing authority to a regional behavioral health policy board; revising the duties of a regional health policy board; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Call of Chair

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Agenda1

  • Room 2135 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

The meeting will start at the call of the Chair no sooner than 2:30pm.

AB76 (WS)

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SB166: AN ACT relating to employment; requiring certain penalties and fines imposed by the Nevada Equal Rights Commission for certain unlawful discriminatory practices to be deposited in the State General Fund; revising provisions governing the filing of complaints of employment discrimination with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission; revising provisions relating to unlawful employment practices; revising the relief that the Commission may order if it determines that an unlawful employment practice has occurred; revising provisions relating to the time in which a person may seek relief in district court for a claim of unlawful employment practices; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

8:30 AM

Assembly Committee on Government Affairs

Agenda

  • Room 4100 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB166

 

AB236: Omnibus Criminal Justice Reform Bill

9:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • Room 3138 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4406 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB236 (WS)

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of May 6, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of May 6, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

Monday, May 6, 2019

AB133: (1) sets forth legislative findings relating to homeless youth as a subpopulation of the homeless population with complex and different needs than the adult homeless population; and (2) declares that it is consistent with the Legislature’s intent that the counties in this State work with local community organizations to identify sources of funding and provide funding to reduce youth homelessness.

4:00 PM

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Agenda

  • Room 2135 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB133

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Department of Corrections Budget Closing

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources and Transportation and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittees on Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Transportation

Agenda

  • Room 3137 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

3706, 3708, 3710, 3711, 3719, 3727, 3763, 3774

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 

AB50: AN ACT relating to elections; revising provisions governing the dates for certain city elections; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. Moves municipal elections to the general election cycle.

*Approximately 3:30 PM

Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 2144 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

*Upon Adjournment of Senate Committees Education, Commerce and Labor, and Government Affairs

AB50

 

 

 

 

LWVN Legislative Tracking Week of April 29, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of April 29, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2018-2020,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

Monday, April 29, 2019

SB20: Revises provisions relating to guardianship.

SB252: Allows the Department of Corrections to place an inmate who is older and/or infirm and does not pose a danger to the community in residential confinement.

 

9:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Agenda

  • Room 3138 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4406 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

SB20, SB252

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Budget Closings for the individual correctional facilities

 8:00 AM

Agenda

  • Room 2134 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

3715, 3716, 3717, 3718, 3722, 3723, 3724, 3725, 3738, 3739, 3741, 3747, 3748, 3749, 3751, 3752, 3754, 3759, 3760, 3761, 3762

 

Closing Budgets on Juvenile Services and Justice

8:00 AM

Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittees on Human Services

Agenda

  • Room 3137 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

1383, 3141, 3142, 3143, 3145, 3147, 3148, 3179, 3181, 3229, 3242, 3250, 3251, 3259, 3263, 3281, 3646

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

 The Economic Forum makes the official revenue projections of tax revenue to pay for the biennial budget.

9:00 AM

Economic Forum

Agenda

  • Room 4100 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

 

AB478: AN ACT relating to law enforcement; revising provisions governing the standards for programs of continuing education for peace officers; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. 

1:00 PM

Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Agenda

  • Room 2149 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB478

 

AB76: AN ACT relating to mental health; authorizing the Commission on Behavioral Health to employ certain persons to assist the regional behavioral health policy boards; revising the counties that comprise certain behavioral health regions; creating the Clark Behavioral Health Region; revising the appointing authority to a regional behavioral health policy board; revising the duties of a regional health policy board; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

4:00 PM

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Agenda

  • Room 2135 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB76

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 AB329: AN ACT relating to administrative regulations; requiring the Legislative Counsel to create a system for monitoring the progress of an agency in adopting certain permanent regulations; revising provisions relating to the Register of Administrative Regulations; requiring the summary of certain legislative measures to include information concerning whether the legislative measure grants rulemaking authority; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

1:00 PM

Senate Committee on Government Affairs

Agenda

  • Room 2149 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB329

 

 

LWVSN April 20th Community Meeting Update

League Supporters,

Thanks to everyone who attended our April 20th meeting with Director of Corrections James Dzurenda.  The Director provided a very informative presentation on his current efforts to reform our criminal justice system in Nevada and the ways we can keep more of our community members out of prison.  Director Dzurenda’s presentation is here: League of Women Voters – NDOC presentation 4-20-19

Unfortunately, as in many other areas, Nevada has been derelict when creating systems that address equal opportunities for every Nevadan and because of this we are now spending approximately $38,000 per year incarcerating people who are mentally ill and women who need opportunity, not prison.  As the Director stated, prison should be for dangerous people, not for people who we’ve decided to abandon.

Once we incarcerate these community members, we are also failing to provide inmates with adequate mental health treatment and education programming and we are only now trying to connect justice-involved community members with education and mental health services upon release.  This has contributed to our high recidivism rates.

Just imagine what we could do with the $38,000 we are spending per incarcerated community member if we could repurpose those funds into our education and mental health care budgets right now?

During our meeting, we briefly discussed ways to be more effective during the time between the legislative sessions to ensure that big goals, such as keeping women and the mentally ill out of prison, are addressed successfully during subsequent legislative sessions.

This will be one of our topics at our May 18th meeting and a big focus of our August 3rd Annual Planning Meeting.

We still have half of this legislative session still ahead, though, so let’s muster up our League energy to see if we can at least move the needle on one important criminal justice bill and one budget.

For background, here is an overview of Director Dzurenda’s strategic plan: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Document/13776

And the hearing associated with his presentation of the above plan to the legislature: http://nvleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=34&clip_id=10383

Director Dzurenda asked for help passing AB10, which will enable the Department of Corrections to issue a limited ID to community members being released from prison.  Because the justice-involved often lack an ID, upon release it is impossible for them to cash the check the prison issues them, to refill prescriptions for medication, or to even rent a hotel room to begin re-integrating into the community.

You can review AB10 here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/5895/Overview

You can watch the hearing on AB10 here: http://nvleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=10725

You can indicate your support of AB10 here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

You can also review the budget, #3706, that covers mental health in the corrections facilities here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/ExhibitDocument/OpenExhibitDocument?exhibitId=39098&fileDownloadName=Department%20of%20Corrections%20Presentation%20James%20Dzurenda.pdf

To indicate your support for improved mental health care in our prisons, please reach out to each of the legislators on the below committees to ask for their support of NDOC Budget 3706 Prison Medical Care:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Committee/6000099/Overview

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Committee/6000094/Overview

If you would like to provide in-person testimony on any of these bills and budgets or on any other bill, here is a copy of the League of Women Voters of Nevada Advocacy Guide.  This provides an overview of the legislature’s website:  https://sondracosgrove.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/lwvnadvocacyguide2019.pdf

Lastly, please save these dates for our next conversations on these issues as well as how we can be more effective during the interim:

May 18th is our last spring meeting

August 3rd is our LWVSN Annual Planning meeting

LWVN Legislative Tracking for the Week of April 22, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is tracking the following bills the week of April 22, 2019.  If you are interested in how we select bills for tracking, please see the LWV US “Impact on Issues 2016-2018,” which details the League’s approved issues and positions.  https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition

We are a non-partisan organization that does not promote nor work directly with either political party or candidates, but we do advocate for issues that align with our mission.  Issues and positions are vetted, studied, and approved through a rigorous consensus process.  You can learn more about League here: https://www.lwv.org/  

You can view legislative hearings online and read the content of bills through the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

For a full review of the Nevada legislative website’s tools and as well as tips for tracking bills and providing testimony, the League of Women Voters of Nevada offers a 2019 Legislative Engagement and Advocacy Guide. https://lwvnvblog.org/civics/

If you would like to send comments on bills, you can find email addresses for Assembly members here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/

Email addresses for Senate members are here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

You can also use the Legislative Polling tool to indicate support or opposition on bills here:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

Tuesday, April 23rd, is the deadline for bills to be approved in the house of origination.  Assembly bills must be affirmatively approved by a majority of the full Assembly and Senate bills must be affirmatively approved by a majority of the full Senate by Tuesday to continue to the second house for hearings.

Floor sessions are agendized each day at the top of the Calendar page: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

AB186: National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an approved LWV issue, so we are in support.

AJR2*: Proposing to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages regardless of gender.

4:00 PM

Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

Agenda

  • Room 2144 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

AB186, AJR2*

 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Closing the budgets for Behavioral and Mental Health

8:00 AM

Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittees on Human Services

Agenda

  • Room 3137 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
  • Videoconferenced to Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.

3161, 3162, 3168, 3170, 3216, 3645, 3648