105°F
weather icon Clear

What deadline? A busy day at the Nevada Legislature, but still more to come

State lawmakers introduced 141 new bills Monday in what was the busiest day yet in the 120-day Nevada Legislature.

And they are expected to introduce at least that many Tuesday.

Amid the scrambling to get bills drafted and introduced by what was supposed to be the first major deadline, lawmakers voted on a resolution Monday to allow more time for bills to be drafted and introduced citing “organizational issues” that arose in the aftermath of two high-ranking Democrats resigning from their seats in the past two weeks.

Former Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, resigned on March 5 after agreeing to plead guilty to misappropriating roughly $250,000 in campaign donations. Then last week, former Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, D-Sparks, resigned after complaints of sexual harassment were raised against him.

The resolution also will allow for the bills that were sponsored by Atkinson and Sprinkle to be scrubbed of their names and then picked up by other lawmakers, if there are any takers.

All but one lawmaker, Assemblywoman Robin Titus, voted for the resolution.

“Rules are in place for a reason,” Titus, R-Wellington, told the Review-Journal after the vote.

Titus also raised concerns with allowing Atkinson’s and Sprinkle’s bills to live after their resignations.

“Somebody needs to be accountable that certain decisions were made and they’re still going to be able to legislate and not be here,” she said.

Some of the noteworthy bills introduced Monday included:

Assembly Bill 281 — would prohibit local or state law enforcement agencies from arresting a person purely at the request of federal immigration agents.

Assembly Bill 289 — deals with the state’s Read by 3 program, and would require parents to sign off on having their child retained for not getting a high enough score on the standardized state test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam.

Assembly Bill 291 — sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, would ban bump stocks and similar devices that attach to semi-automatic guns to simulate automatic fire.

It would also remove the language in state law that prevents local governments from passing their own local gun laws. This became an issue when Clark County and the city of Las Vegas wanted to ban bump stocks following the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest festival shooting, but realized that state law prohibited such a move.

And third, the bill would lower the blood-alcohol content allowed for handling firearms from 0.10 to 0.08, putting it in line with the threshold for DUIs.

Assembly Bill 333 — would authorize the DMV to design and issue special license plates to commemorate and memorialize the victims of the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest festival shooting. The funds generated by the license plates would go toward the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, which provides resources and support for those affected by the Oct. 1 shooting.

Senate Bill 312 — requires private companies to provide paid sick leave to employees.

Senate Bill 326 — would restore voting rights to felony convicts in some cases.

Senate Bill 328 — would extend existing laws against obscene or threatening phone calls to other electronic communications, such as texts, instant messages or emails.

Senate Bill 333 — would require campaign donors who give $1,000 or more to file a report with the state. Those who don’t could face a civil penalty. The bill is sponsored by Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, the Senate minority leader, and seven other Republican senators.

Senate Bill 349 — is a Republican-backed bill that seeks revisions to correct legal deficiencies in the Educational Savings account program created by the Legislature in 2015 but never implemented because of a state Supreme Court ruling.

Senate Bill 354 — aims to reduce the size of the state higher education Board of Regents from 13 to 9 members, five elected from districts and four appointed by the governor.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Colton Lochhead clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Bill Dentzer contributed to this report.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
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.
Cory Booker speaks at UNLV
US Senator Cory Booker speaks at UNLV during a Young Democrats meet and greet on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
May-Brown describes why some with disabilities need the subminimum wage - VIDEO
Eliminating the subminimum wage will end training and work opportunities for some members of the disabled community. Instead of doing something productive, they would be relegated to adult day care. That’s according to Tracy May-Brown, Opportunity Village’s director of advocacy, board and government relations.
Commission’s decision will delay Red Rock Canyon development
The Clark County Commission Wednesday rejected a developer’s request to approve a preliminary plan for 3,000 homes overlooking Red Rock Canyon before a federal agency grants permission for a roadway leading to the site.
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.