2021 Nevada Legislature Update
The bills have been voted on–what’s next?
Now that the bills have been voted on by the Senate and Assembly, those that passed will be given to Governor Sisolak to approve or veto. If the governor approves the bills, he will sign them into action. If the governor vetoes the bills, they will die.
SB420 will make Nevada one of the first states in the nation to adopt a state-managed public health insurance option.
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SB380 will allow state health officials to transfer the existing drug transparency database to the state’s Enterprise Information Technology Services Division.,
This is a huge win!AB495 was passed which will advance a major mining tax package that will then allocate $500 million dollars to Nevada’a public education. This bill will give mining new and extended taxes.
Learn more about the mining bill here
Budget & Revenue
AB363 passed which will tax and regulate short-term rental companies like AirBnB.
AB486 was passed thus helping prevent an eviction crisis in Nevada. This bill picks up where the eviction moratorium left off. It stops landlords and property owners from evicting their tenants for non-payment of rent without going through a multi-stepped process that aims to help both landlords and tenants.
AB141 will help tenants who have been evicted from their homes during the pandemic by sealing their eviction records to increase their chances of finding new housing.
Voting & Democracy
AB321 was passed which means that Nevada will permanently expand and provide mail-in voting and send all active registered voters a ballot in the 2022 elections.
Another great bill that passed is AB126 which ends Nevada’s presidential caucus and replaces it with a primary election.
AB432 was another highlight of the session because this bill expands automatic voter registration to include other state agencies,
An amendment attached to SB347 revived AB213, a successful bill that will remove citizenship requirements for higher education scholarship programs and secure access to in-state tuition for any graduate from a Nevada high school.
AB195 is another win for our immigrant communities because it establishes an English Language Learner (ELL) bill of rights.
Another key immigration bill that passed is AB376 which will create the “Keeping Nevada Working Task Force” to support immigrant entrepreneurs. This bill will allocate half a million dollars to the UNLV immigration Clinic’s work to defend people against deportation.
AB177 will require most pharmacies to provide specific instructions on the use of a prescription drug in a language other than English, if requested by the recipient.
Criminal Justice Reform
AB116 passed which decriminalizes traffic tickets in Nevada. The bill makes traffic violations a civil infraction and not punishable by jail time
SB50 will help Nevadans feel safer in their homes by limiting no-knock warrants except under certain circumstances.
SB212 will require law enforcement agencies to submit data on use-of-force incidents to the state each year and also places several restrictions on how police can respond to protests.
AB424 will prevent courts from imposing cash bail at unreasonable amount..
AB230 addresses the school-to-prison pipelines by changing the process of direct filing, which places young people who have committed certain crimes directly into the adult criminal system.
SB219 ends the widespread practice of suspending an individual’s driver license when they can’t afford to pay fines and fees from minor traffic offenses.