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Nevada bestiality law goes into effect Sunday

Updated September 29, 2017 - 6:12 pm

CARSON CITY — More than 100 new laws, from one requiring baby-changing tables to one making bestiality a crime, take effect Sunday.

Among the measures coming on the books are Assembly Bill 97, which requires law enforcement agencies to submit rape kits for testing within 30 days, and Assembly Bill 150, revising the qualifications a person needs to serve as a private professional guardian. The laws were passed by the 2017 Legislature.

Nevada has a years-long rape kit backlog.

Assembly Bill 241, the baby-changing bill, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Justin Watkins, D-Las Vegas, who said during the session that such changing tables are typically not provided in men’s restrooms.

Penalties for bestiality under Assembly Bill 391 include removal of a person’s animals, a prohibition on working in jobs around animals, and a mental health evaluation.

Senate Bill 253 establishes the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act to provide protections to female employees and applicants for employment.

Section 1 of Senate Bill 344, regulating edible marijuana products, also takes effect Sunday. The bill prohibits production of such a product in any form that is or appears to be a lollipop or may appeal to children.

Senate Bill 541 adds prison time of one to 20 years for felonies against police officers, firefighters or emergency medical personnel acting in their normal course of duty.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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