Looking back on the 82nd-2023 Legislative Session, Governor Joe Lombardo received 611 bills throughout the session, ultimately signing 536 that reached his desk. “I’m excited by the meaningful legislation my administration was able to pass in our first legislative session…all while ensuring Nevadans faced no new taxes, and making unprecedented investments into state savings accounts,” said Governor Joe Lombardo.
Below are just a handful of bills that were signed into law in 2023. Every other week the Bristlecone Tribune will inform the public of what passed and what failed the 82nd Legislative Session.
SB 153 Requires the Nevada Department of Corrections to create regulations for the security, supervision, medical, and mental health treatment of incarcerated people who are transgender or gender non-conforming. Correctional staff will also be expected to go through cultural competency training.
SB 147 Dealing with payment of wages upon lay-off. Amended and a compromise was negotiated with the bill sponsor.
SB 293 Sponsored by the Attorney General’s office, that put in place serious deceptive trade practice enforcement and consumer protections in contracts with solar installation companies and salespeople engaged in.
AB 125 Variety of focused. These two bills, SB 341 and AB 525 total around $109 million in funds to over 70 different nonprofit organizations.
SB 412 Relating to criminal justice. Revising provisions governing early discharge from probation. Revising the definition of the term strangulation as it relates to the crime of battery. Prohibiting certain acts involving the use, possession or carrying of a firearm during the commission of certain drug offenses. Revising provisions relating to warnings against trespassing. Making an appropriation to the Department of Public Safety to purchase two machines capable of testing for fentanyl and its derivatives, and measuring the concentration thereof in mixtures. Providing other matters properly relating thereto.
AB 330 Relating to education. Requiring a suspension or expulsion in a charter school or a university for profoundly gifted pupils to be consistent with such punishments in certain public schools. Requiring a plan for restorative discipline for public schools to include consideration of certain data relating to pupil discipline. Authorizing the Superintendent of Public Instruction to require implementation of an alternative plan for restorative discipline if a public school fails to take certain actions relating to disproportionality in pupil discipline. Requiring a plan for restorative discipline to reflect the authority to temporarily remove a pupil from the classroom. Requiring certain actions by a school at the time of a suspension or expulsion of a pupil for committing certain acts revising the persons to whom the appeals of certain disciplinary determinations may be made. Revising requirements for policies for the appeal of suspensions and expulsions; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
AB17 Revises provisions relating to penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. (BDR 43-465)
AB22 Revises provisions governing the issuance of cease and desist orders for unlicensed activity by the State Contractors’ Board. (BDR 54-267) Chapter 174 Effective October 1, 2023.
SB 131 Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada, and the nonprofit NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada marked the occasion on social media. “SB131 has been signed into law, meaning that everybody who seeks abortion care in Nevada, regardless of where they’re from, can safely access the care they need without fear of prosecution”.
SB305 Provides for the establishment of a retirement savings program for private sector employees. (BDR 31-933)
“This session, Democrats passed legislation that raised taxes, eroded constitutional rights, and expanded bureaucracy, among countless other examples of government overreach,” said Governor Joe Lombardo. “Nevadans elected me to protect and serve our state – which includes protecting Nevadans from harmful and dangerous legislation. So, while I’m proud of the legislation we were able to pass, I’m also confident in my decision to veto bills that did not serve the best interest of all Nevadans.”