96°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Busy night in Carson City sees more than 140 bills introduced

Updated March 25, 2019 - 8:55 pm

Raising Nevada’s minimum wage for workers and the minimum age for smokers were just some of the topics covered by more than 140 bills introduced in the Nevada Legislature on Monday.

Assembly Bill 456, which comes from the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee, would raise the minimum wage in Nevada to $12 per hour — one of the state Democrats’ key policy promises during the 2018 campaign.

Nevada’s current minimum wage sits at $7.25 for employees with health insurance and $8.25 for those without. It was last raised in 2010. A law that sought to raise it to $12 per hour by 2022 passed the Legislature in 2017 but was vetoed by then-Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican.

But the new proposal has a better chance this time around as new Gov. Steve Sisolak, the first Democrat to hold the governorship in 20 years, has voiced his support for raising the minimum wage.

And if Assembly Bill 470, sponsored by the Assembly Health and Human Service Committee, were enacted, it would raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in the state from 18 to 21.

Here are some other notable bills introduced Monday:

Senate Bill 428: Would make it a violation to park a non-electric vehicle in a space designated for vehicle charging, with a $100 fine as a first offense.

Senate Bill 430: Would add anxiety and autism spectrum disorders, anorexia, autoimmune disease and opioid addiction/dependence to the list of “chronic or debilitating medical conditions” for which people can receive a registration card exempting them from prosecution for marijuana possession, delivery or production.

Senate Bill 434: Would allow people to vacate certain prior misdemeanor marijuana convictions and have their records sealed. The bill also would revise the definition of and threshold for driving under the influence of marijuana; prohibit denial of employment if marijuana shows up in a pre-employment drug screen; and bar employers from making an employee submit to a drug screen without probable cause of marijuana use.

Senate Bill 437: Would set up procedures and policies for creating, operating and overseeing marijuana credit unions and charter banks to give marijuana-related businesses limited access to banking services.

Senate Bill 439: Would let prosecutors dismiss charges of unlawful concealed carry if the violator obtains a concealed carry permit. The bill also would increase penalties for gun possession by those legally barred from having one, such as those with a record of domestic violence or a felony conviction.

Assembly Bill 411: Would make several traffic violations into civil infractions, rather than criminal misdemeanors.

Senate Bill 448: Would set up tax credits for low-income housing construction, development and rehabilitation.

Senate Bill 450: Would make a number of changes to the procedures for recall elections to make the process more burdensome on the petitioner and harder to push through.

Senate Bill 454: Would ban the use of drones to hunt game. There is already a ban on using manned aircraft.

Senate Bill 455: Would make broad changes to laws governing the licensing, operation and inspection of residential care homes.

Senate Bill 457: Would require deaths at community-based treatment or dependent care facilities to be reported. This bill and the preceding come in response to a critical state audit.

Senate Bill 459: Would authorize collective bargaining for state employees, a priority of Sisolak and Democratic legislators.

Senate Bill 474: Would make changes affecting licensing for teenage drivers, increasing the required hours of supervised experience needed to obtain a license and raising the age of those affected to 19.

Senate Bill 478: Would enact a state car-sharing program and related programs, such as insurance requirements.

Senate Bill 487: Would outlaw coyote-killing contests. Coyotes are not otherwise protected, and no license is required to hunt them.

Assembly Bill 437: Would get rid of the requirement to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in the state.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter. Contact Bill Dentzer at bdentzer@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-0661. Follow @DentzerNews on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
Former Nevada Senate leader Kelvin Atkinson sentenced to prison
Former Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson, who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trumps Strength is also a Weakness - Video
One of Donald Trump’s greatest strengths — his ability to shape national narratives — is also a great weakness.
Tax the Rich Bus Tour makes a stop in Las Vegas - Video
The Tax the Rich Bus has stopped in Las Vegas as part of its summer tour. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ - Video
Assembly Woman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ to bring the community together to hear about the candidates up for election and for people to gather and have fun.
Democrat Virtual Caucus - Video
Elizabeth Warren visits Las Vegas
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Tuesday July 2, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Aaron Ford Speaks About Bill AB431
AB431 is a bill sponsored by Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated individuals. Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke at the AM&E Church in North Las Vegas about the bill, on Monday, July 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Right Take: Biden's Racially Questionable Comments
Joe Biden has uttered racially charged statements for years. Now that he’s the frontrunner for the Democrat presidential nomination, he may finally face prolonged scrutiny for them.
Christopher Rufo Discusses Homelessness In The USA - VIDEO
Christopher Rufo discusses homelessness in the United States and how politicians can work to improve conditions for those with drug addictions.
Clark County 2019 Election Results - Video
The 2019 Elections wrap up in Clark County including an upset in the Boulder City Mayor race.
Olivia Diaz talks about her win in Ward 3 - VIDEO
Las Vegas City Councilwoman-elect Olivia Diaz talks about her election win in Ward 3 and what lies ahead for her.
Greene discusses Read by 3 and Opportunity Scholarships - VIDEO
The Nevada Legislative Session is over and the results are mixed for Nevada students, according to Tom Greene, Senior regional legislative director, Excel in Ed in Action.
Bernie Sanders visits Las Vegas
Sen. Bernie Sanders made a stop at Roy W. Martin middle school on Thursday, during his campaign trail.
Kamala Harris campaigns in Las Vegas
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris castigated President Donald Trump’s merit-based immigration plan, saying it was “short-sighted” and overlooked the cultural significance of family, during a campaign stop in Las Vegas. “We cannot allow people to start parsing and pointing fingers and creating hierarchies among immigrants,” Harris told Asian Pacific Islander leaders at a Chinatown restaurant, one of two appearances she made Thursday.
The Right Take New Education Funding Plan - VIDEO
On Monday, Senate Education Committee chair Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, released a new education funding formula. For years, many Democrat politicians have criticized the current education funding formula, called the Nevada Plan. They claim it’s old and outdated. Their biggest beef is that it doesn’t allocate more money for students who are English Language Learners or live in poverty. The theory is that it’s harder to educate those students and so they need additional services, which costs additional money.
Kamala Harris campaigns in Nevada
California Senator Kamala Harris meets with One APIA Nevada, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies empowering Asian Pacific Islander Nevadans. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ben Carson talks housing (Audio only)
Ben Carson discusses housing with the Review-Journal editorial board on Thursday. (Audio only)
Ben Carson visits the RJ (Full Audio Only)
Ben Carson discusses housing with the Review-Journal editorial board on Thursday. (Audio only)
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Nevada
After campaigning at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 in Henderson, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke with the Review-Journal.
Student serenades Mayor Carolyn Goodman at swearing in
Students from the school she founded, The Meadows School, serenaded Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman during a swearing in ceremony for her third and final term. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Al Gore Speaks At UNLV About Climate Change - Video
Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore talks to an audience at UNLV about the effects of Climate change and how to switch to renewable sources of energy.
Forum on Wages and Working People Highlights - VIDEO
Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, and John Hickenlooper speak in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nevada Politics Today Valerie Weber - VIDEO
Valerie Weber sits down with Victor Joecks to discuss her policies and why she is running for Ward 2 of the Las Vegas City Council.
THE LATEST
Sisolak signs public records reform bill into law

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill that strengthens Nevada’s public records law, making it easier and cheaper for people to get public records and providing for fines if public agencies willfully flout the law.