2021 Legislative Bill Tracker

Update | 03/03/21

At 1:00 pm on March 4, the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development will hear two bills that would allow local governments in Washoe County to raise taxes on residents!

Senate Bill 11 would allow any city in Washoe County to adopt a “Supplemental Governmental Services Fee” on the value of residents’ motor vehicles — which is basically a fancy way of saying it would authorize cities to consider a new vehicle tax to finance pretty much anything government would like. Senate Bill 73 would allow the City of Reno, specifically, to create a committee to recommend new taxes for seemingly boundless purposes for voter approval on the 2022 ballot.

With the state still feeling the impact of the coronavirus shutdowns, now is the worst possible time to permit additional layers of taxation. Contact the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development and tell them to oppose both of these bills! Northern Nevadans can’t afford new taxes after the last year of economic hardship!

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  • AB93 | Revises provisions relating to states of emergency or declarations of disaster proclaimed by the Governor | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Asm. Wheeler; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. O’Neill; Asm. Ellison | Click here for details…
  • AB98 | Reduces the number of bill-draft requests lawmakers can submit during a legislative session | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Aswm. Titus; Asm. McArthur; Aswm. Dickman; Aswm. Kasama; Asm. Leavitt | Click here for details…
  • AB116 | Decriminalizes minor traffic violations | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Aswm. Nguyen; Aswm. Krasner; others | Click here for details…
  • AB124 | Revises provisions relating to employment | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Aswm. Duran; Aswm. Torres; Asm. Watts | Click here for details…
  • AB141 | Revises provisions relating to evictions | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Sponsor: Asm. Watts  | Click here for details…
  • AB151 | Revises provisions relating to offenses | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Aswm. Gonzalez; Aswm. Torres  | Click here for details…
  • AB159 | Limits the civil liability of certain public schools for personal injury or death resulting from exposure to COVID-19 | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Aswm. Hansen; Aswm. Titus; Sens. Hansen, Hammond, Pickard, Buck | Click here for details…
  • AB161 | Makes various changes relating to actions for summary eviction | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Aswm. Torres; Aswm. Summers-Armstrong | Click here for details…
  • SB50 | Revises provisions relating to warrants (no-knock raids) | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sen. Cmte on Judiciary  | Click here for details…
  • SB88 | Revises provisions relating to emergency management | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Sponsors: Sen. Pickard; Sen. Settelmeyer | Click here for details…

 

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Assembly Bills:

  • AB19 | Revises provisions relating to educational subjects and standards | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Asm. Cmte on Education

      • Background: A poorly veiled attempt to further indoctrinate K-12 students w/ progressive orthodoxy by removing “government” from the public curriculum, in favor of issues like “multicultural affairs.” Such language is a strong indication that politically controversial topics—such as critical race theory and others—would be required curriculum for all students in Nevada if passed. This bill also needlessly attacks homeschoolers, demanding the same politicized curriculum requirements for those who have opted out of the public school system.
        More Background
  • AB20 | Revises provisions re transferable tax credits for film and other productions | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: First hearing 2/18 @ 4PM
    Cmte on Revenue (Click for committee contact info)

      • Background: This proposes to broaden the scope of what types of productions can qualify for transferable tax credits. NPRI generally opposes special tax credits, abatements or exemptions for favored industries, including film & production. These special breaks bias the marketplace — impinging on taxpayers to reward firms or industries with political influence. Every dollar that is awarded through a special tax credit is a dollar that is unavailable to finance public services. As a result, taxpayers with less influence must bear a heavier burden in order to finance those services.
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  • AB39 | Carves unnecessary exemptions to Nevada’s Public Records Act (PRA) | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte on Gov’t Affairs (Click for committee contact info)

      • Background: This proposal exempts the following public information/documents from the Nevada Public Records Act: 1) Records that reflects interagency or intraagency predecisional deliberations; and 2) notes and working papers prepared by or for a public officer or employee used solely for that officer’s or employee’s own personal use and other materials that do not have an official purpose. Taxpayers have a fundamental right to witness how their public servants represent them, including information regarding any pre-decision deliberations and on-the-job writings.
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  • AB46 | Repeals Nevada’s “commerce” tax, enacted in 2015 (2019 revenues = ~$225m before 50% MBT-credit offset) | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte on Revenue (Nye County) (Click for committee contact info)

      • Background: Gross-receipts taxes like the “commerce” tax tend to increase consumer prices disproportionately due to “tax pyramiding,” which is why most GRTs were abandoned in the early- to mid-1900’s. (Gov’t likes them b/c their revenues are less elastic than income taxes.) Businesses w/ revenues 4+ million are liable, profitable or not. Repeal the “commerce” tax to help workers!
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  • AB57 | Temporarily suspends certain requirements relating to certain teacher and administrator evaluations | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Work session 3/9/21 @ 1:30PM
    Cmte on Education (Click for committee contact info)

      • Background: Teacher unions have spent years advocating for as little teacher accountability as possible when it comes to student learning. Under existing law, “pupil growth” accounts for only 15% of a teacher’s performance evaluation. This bill temporarily suspends that that proportion to 0% through the 2022-2023 school year. When teachers are not held directly accountable to the educational growth of their students, those students are more likely to fail.
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  • AB61 | Makes robocalls a felony crime, makes it illegal to charge high prices for certain goods during times of emergencies. | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly
      • Background: When the government disrupts or restricts free market activity, the result is almost always negative consequences for society. The government has no role in setting prices, and bills like these would make it harder to obtain scarce goods at a time of crisis.
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  • AB71 | Revises provisions relating to certain information maintained by the Division of Natural Heritage of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resource | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Heard in cmte on 2/24
    Sponsors: Asm. Cmte. on Natural Resources

      • Background: Anti-transparency bill: “Assembly Bill 71 proposes to amend the Nevada Public Records Act to make all records maintained by the Nevada Division of Natural Heritage (NDNH) related to the location of a sensitive species confidential and exempt from public records requests. It also proposes a system
        where NDNH could chose to release records would be released to select, approved members of the public.”
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  • AB82 | Requires that instruction in the founding principles of American government be specifically included in public schools. | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 1/26/21
    Sponsor: Wheeler

      • Background: Traditional public K-12 has increasingly veered away from once-accepted teaching norms regarding the foundations of American governance. A firmer grasp on the ideological principles which founded this nation can help to create a more informed and prosperous society.
        More background
  • AB91 | Revises provisions relating to the State Board of Nursing | Analysis: Not-taxpayer-friendly | Status: Work session scheduled for 2/26
    Sponsor: Aswm. Teresa Benitez-Thompson

      • Background: Eliminates term limits for members of the State Board of Nursing, and amends certain eligibility criteria for members to serve. Abolishing term limits will only further embolden the existing, cartel-like system of occupational regulation in Nevada. The Nevada Legislature needs to reduce the reach and influence of these boards — not empower them.
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  • AB93 | Revises provisions relating to states of emergency or declarations of disaster proclaimed by the Governor | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/4/21
    Sponsors: Asm. Wheeler; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. O’Neill; Asm. Ellison

      • Background: This bill provides that a state of emergency or declaration of disaster proclaimed by the Governor terminates automatically 15 days after it is proclaimed by the Governor unless the legislature expressly authorizes the continuance via resolution. (Similar to Senate Bill 88.)
        More background
  • AB98 | Revises provisions governing legislative measures that may be requested for a regular legislative session | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/8/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Titus; Asm. McArthur; Aswm. Dickman; Aswm. Kasama; Asm. Leavitt

      • Background: This bill proposes to reduce the number of bill-draft requests certain lawmakers can submit during any particular legislative session. Generally speaking, less legislation is good legislation when it comes to Nevada’s 120-day session.
  • AB99 | Revises provisions governing public works, prevailing-wage mandates | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/8/21
    Sponsors: Asm. Ellison; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. O’Neill; Asm. Wheeler; Sen. Goicoechea

      • Background: This proposal increases the threshold — from 100k to 250k — for prevailing-wage mandates to apply to any contract for public works relating to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Such PV mandates needlessly increase the price of public-works projects to the detriment of taxpayers. This bill’s proposal is rather marginal, but any progress here is good progress. Ideally, PV mandates should be abolished in favor of market pricing.
        More background
  • AB108 | Creates the Nevada Office of the Inspector General | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/10/21
    Sponsor: Aswm. Miller

      • Background: Though NPRI typically opposes expanding the size of gov’t, NV state gov’t desperately lacks appropriate protocols for investigating fraud, corruption, and other potentially nefarious activities. The addition of an inspector general’s office would provide better oversight for our public officials, and hold them accountable for their misdeeds.
  • AB109 | Revises provisions relating to charter schools | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/10/21
    Asm. Cmte on Education

      • Background: This proposal represents another attack against school-choice policies, no doubt initiated by powerful teachers’ union influences. This bill would needlessly increase licensure requirements for certain charter-school teachers. Admittedly, it’s softer than 2019’s proposal to implement a moratorium on new charter schools. Nonetheless, this bill represents the Left’s prioritization of special-interest labor groups over the interests of students. View the link below to view the majority proportions who favor school-choice programs.
        More Background
  • AB116 | Decriminalizes minor traffic violations | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/12/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Nguyen; Aswm. Krasner; others

      • Background: It is a waste of resources to treat minor traffic violations as serious crimes. This proposal would decriminalizes minor traffic violations, making them civil infractions and ending the practice of issuing warrants when an individual can’t afford to pay the fines, fees and assessments imposed.
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  • AB120 | Exempts businesses that have gross revenue below a certain amount from the requirement to obtain a state business license | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/15/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Black; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. Matthews; Asm. Wheeler; Asm. Ellison

      • Background: A much-needed lifeline to struggling Nevada business owners. This proposal exempts smaller businesses from having to pay annual business license fees and eases those annual fees for somewhat larger businesses. This bill is expected to be amended, however, to eliminate, entirely, mandated annual business license fees across the state. The bill’s main proponent, Aswm. Annie Black, has indicated as much (see link to right), recognizing that Nevada is only one of five states to require annual business license fees.
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  • AB124 | Revises provisions relating to employment | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/15/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Duran; Aswm. Torres; Asm. Watts

      • Background: Needlessly imposes additional regulations upon employers by restricting their access to a potential employee’s past salary history. Further, it requires employers to, upon the request of a prospective employee who has completed an interview for a position of employment, disclose to the prospective employee the minimum wage rate for the position. Section 8 further requires such an employer to disclose the salary range, wage scale or, if such a range or scale is not available, the minimum wage rate for a position of employment to an employee who has completed an interview for or been offered a promotion or transfer to the position. This bill should be opposed on all fronts and should be perceived as mere virtue-signaling. Businesses need help right now — not add’l regulations and mandates w/ which to comply.
  • AB141 | Revises provisions relating to evictions | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing 3/4/21 @ 8AM Assembly Judiciary
    Sponsor: Asm. Watts

      • Background: This proposal further erodes what Nevadans have left of their property rights. This bill goes so far as to require 90-days notice from a landlord regarding evictions in certain situations, seemingly w/ little concern that property owners/landlords have borne most of the COVID economic damage.
  • AB142 | Enacts the Nurse Licensure Compact | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/16/21
    Sponsors: Asm. O’Neill; Aswm. Titus; Aswm. Dickman; Aswm. Tolles; Sen. Hardy

      • Background: Embracing occupational-licensing reciprocity wherever and whenever possible will increase total employment and bolster Nevada’s economic recovery from the COVID downturn. (See report linked below.)
        More background
  • AB151 | Revises provisions relating to offenses | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing 2/25/21 @ 9AM Assembly Judiciary
    Sponsors: Aswm. Gonzalez; Aswm. Torres

      • Background: Eliminates the practice of revoking a driver’s license from those who have unpaid court fees related to minor traffic offenses. A very commonsense approach whose benefits should be obvious — How can somebody be expected to travel to/from employment (to repay overdue court bills) if he/she can’t get to work? Don’t further punish those who are marginalized and lack financial resources by making their “road to redemption” more difficult.
  • AB153 | Revises provisions governing performance contracts | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing 3/2/21 @ 9AM Assembly Gov’t affairs
    Sponsors: Aswm. Bilbray-Axelrod; Sen. Brooks

      • Background: Commonsense measure to provide local governments w/ more flexibility regarding surpluses derived from performance-based contracts, specifically for the purchase and installation of operating cost-savings measures to reduce costs related to such matters as energy, water and the disposal of waste, and related labor costs.
  • AB155 | Increases the maximum amount of certain fees imposed by the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Board | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing 2/24 @ 1:30PM before Assembly Commerce & Labor
    Sponsors: Aswm. Gorelow; Aswm. Nguyen

      • Background: Increased fees lead to increased occupational-licensure burdens. Licensing should instead be deregulated wherever appropriate, e.g., for occupations posing no public risk, so as to maximize employment for the COVID economic recovery.
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  • AB159 | Limits the civil liability of certain public schools for personal injury or death resulting from exposure to COVID-19 | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/22/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Hansen; Aswm. Titus; Sens. Hansen, Hammond, Pickard, Buck

      • Background: A commonsense proposal to encourage government schools to fully reopen while limiting a district’s financial risk/vulnerability to litigation during the pandemic.
  • AB161 | Makes various changes relating to actions for summary eviction | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/22/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Torres; Aswm. Summers-Armstrong

      • Background: Another attack against the traditional property rights of Nevadans, a central theme of Governor Sisolak’s one-man-rule of Nevada during the pandemic. This bill inappropriately increases protections for tenants vis-a-vis summary-eviction proceedings in cases where tenants have failed to pay rent and, thus, have broken the terms of their lease. Revoking the rights of property owners — central to capitalism and free markets — will bring more economic destruction, not less, in the long-term.
  • AB162 | Revises provisions relating to apprentices | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/22/21
    Sponsors: Aswm. Titus; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. Ellison; Sen. Goicoechea

      • Background: This bill eliminates mandates re hiring apprentices for public works in counties whose population is less than 100,000 (currently all counties except Clark and Washoe). Any deregulation when it comes to public-works projects–already overpriced due to prevailing-wage mandates–should be embraced. Moreover, aspiring apprentices are difficult to locate in many of Nevada’s rural areas.
  • AB183 | Revises provisions governing transparency in collective bargaining | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/26/21
    Sponsors: Asm. Matthews; Asm. Ellison; Aswm. Titus; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. Black

      • Background: This proposal would remove the government-union exemptions (NRS 288.220, NRS 288.590) from the state’s Open Meeting Law regarding the collective bargaining process. These negotiations are of significant importance to public policy and must be conducted in public view. There is no valid justification for secrecy in this impactful process for taxpayers. Note: This reform is supported by a 4:1 margin among likely NV voters, including 2/3 of union households. See link below.
        More Background

 

Assembly Joint Resolutions:

  • AJR1** (2020, 2nd Special Session) | Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise provisions governing the taxation of mines, mining claims and the proceeds of minerals extracted in this State | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/1/2021
    Cmte. of the Whole

      • Background: Proposes to amend the state constitution in same way as SJR1 (by eliminating the 5% cap on NET proceeds and implementing a 7.75% tax on GROSS proceeds), but AJR1 differs from SJR1 concerning the lawful purposes for the $540 million/yr in add’l state revenues it would create. Instead of earmarking revenues for a separate fund for payments to “eligible persons domiciled in this State,” a la SJR1, this proposal earmarks revenues for either healthcare and/or education purposes. Nevada Policy flat-out rejects the argument that mining is undertaxed as an industry. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. If passed by a majority vote in both legislative chambers in 2021, the issue will be determined by voters in 2022.
        More background
  • AJR2** (2020, 2nd Special Session) | Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise provisions governing the rate of the tax upon the net proceeds of minerals extracted in this State | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/1/2021
    Cmte. of the Whole

      • Background: The least aggressive proposal of the three (AJR1, SJR1) to amend the NV constitution so as to increase taxes on the mining industry. Whereas AJR1 and SJR1 propose to remove the existing 5% cap on net proceeds of minerals, in favor of a system which taxes GROSS mining proceeds at a rate of 7.75%, this proposal simply increases — from 5% to 12% — the existing cap on net proceeds. LCB fiscal analysts forecast this move would produce an add’l $170 million/yr in state revenues. Again, Nevada Policy flat-out rejects the argument that mining is undertaxed as an industry. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem! If passed by a majority vote in both legislative chambers in 2021, the issue will be determined by voters in 2022.
        More background
  • AJR5 | Urges Congress to sell or transfer certain public lands to local governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/24/2021
    Asm. Cmte. on Natural Resources

      • Background: Federal ownership of Nevada lands exceeds 80%. This land would be put to much better use by state/local authorities, not bureaucrats in D.C.
        More Background
  • AJR10* | Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to prospectively increase the required minimum wage paid to employees | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/1/21
    Asm. Cmte. on Commerce & Labor

      • Background: Making it illegal for employers to hire employees who are willing to work for a certain wage harms low-wage workers.
        More background

 

Senate Bills:

  • SB5 | Makes changes relating to telehealth | Analysis: Market-friendly | Status: First cmte hearing 3/9/21 @ 3:30PM
    Cmte. On Health & Human Services

      • Background: Increases access to telehealth services for Nevadans statewide; expands scope of telehealth services to include phone calls.
        More background
  • SB9 | Creates an exemption from licensing requirements for investment advisers to certain private funds | Analysis: Worker-friendly | Status: Work session 2/25 @ 1PM 
    Cmte on Judiciary

      • Background: Marginal reduction of professional licensure burden re certain investment advisors
        More background
  • SB10 | Revises provision related to property taxes | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte. On Revenue & Economic Development

      • Background:Increases property taxes. Current law caps tax increases when property values and CPI is flat or declining. This bill would eliminate that cap, thereby allowing property taxes to continue to increase during these periods. (Not to mention, Gov. Sisolak essentially revoked the property rights of Nevadans across the state w/ his emergency diktats, in-person gathering limits, eviction moratorium, etc… and this bill would INCREASE property taxes?!)
  • SB11 | Authorizes certain incorporated cities to impose a supplemental governmental services tax | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing on 3/4/21 @ 1PM
    Cmte. On Revenue & Economic Development

      • Background: Allows cities in Washoe County to adopt a tax of 1% of the value of residents’ motor vehicles.
  • SB13 | Revises provisions relating to collective bargaining by local government employers | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte. On Gov’t Affairs

      • Background: This reform makes the collective-bargaining process more friendly for taxpayers. Instead of 16.67% of ending-fund-balance which cannot be considered during arbitration, this bill increases the exempt amount to 25%. Will lessen the disastrous effects of public-sector bargaining/mediation at the local level. Note: Does not apply to public school districts.
  • SB35 | Revises provisions relating to the Private Investigator’s Licensing Board | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing 2/22 @ 8AM
    Cmte. on Commerce & Labor

      • Background: “This bill abolishes the Fund for the Private Investigator’s Licensing Board and instead requires the Board to deposit all money that the Board receives, except fines in certain circumstances, in banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations or savings banks in this State,” per the LCB’s digest. This board has been a bad actor re financials in recent years, and this reform is overdue.
        More background
  • SB44 | Revises provisions governing behavioral health professionals | Analysis: Worker-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte. on Commerce & Labor

      • Background: This proposes to reduce the occupational-licensing burden for certain behavior health professionals, and seeks better practices going forward to identify barriers to licensure or certification in this field.
        More background

  • SB50 | Revises provisions relating to warrants (no-knock raids) | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Heard in cmte 2/17.
    Sen. Cmte on Judiciary

      • Background: Prompted by Attorney General Ford, this bill proposes overdue restrictions on the use on no-knock warrants, which have, too often, led to the tragic killings of innocent bystanders. Limits on such police-state actions must be embraced to curb the power of the executive branch.
        More Background
  • SB64 | Revises provisions relating to property taxation | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte. On Revenue & Economic Development

      • Background:While the property-tax assessment process is largely codified w/i the state constitution, this proposal seeks to increase property-tax revenues by decreasing the statutory rate of depreciation over a 50-year span from 1.5% to 1%. Unclear how much this will raise property tax revenues — no fiscal note submitted yet — but definitely a proposal to oppose, due to the fact it would raise tax burdens on Nevadans during a time of economic hardship. (Not to mention, Gov. Sisolak essentially revoked the property rights of Nevadans across the state w/ his emergency diktats, in-person gathering limits, eviction moratirium, etc… and this bill would INCREASE property taxes?!)
  • SB67 | Revises provisions relating to public works | Analysis: TBD | Status: Introduced 11/18/20
    Cmte. On Gov’t Affairs
  • SB73 | Allows the imposition of certain taxes or the reallocation of certain tax revenue to fund certain natural resources projects and services in the City of Reno based on the recommendations of a committee and voter approval | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Hearing on 3/4/21 @ 1PM
    Cmte. On Revenue & Economic Development

      • Background: Would authorize (via simple majority vote + ballot question) the City of Reno to propose and levy add’l taxes. Because Nevada is a Dillon’s Rule state, state gov’t must first sign-off on any potential local tax hikes. At local level, taxes cannot be enacted w/o 2/3 support of city council. Now, in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, and while the state is still largely shuttered, is the worst possible time to permit additional layers of taxation. NEVADA HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM, NOT A REVENUE PROBLEM!
        More background
  • SB75 | Revises provisions related to unemployment insurance | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: First cmte hearing 2/10/21
    Sen. Cmte. on Commerce & Labor

  • SB77 | Revises provisions relating to public bodies, Nevada’s Open Meetings Law | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: First cmte hearing 2/10 @ 3:30PM
    Cmte. On Gov’t Affairs

      • Background: Narrows scope of Nevada’s Open Meetings Law to exclude pre-decisional and deliberative discussions relating to the federal National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Less transparency in government is—w/ very few exceptions—horrible policy.
        More background
  • SB88 | Revises provisions relating to emergency management | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/3/21
    Sponsors: Sen. Pickard; Sen. Settelmeyer

      • Background: The senate’s proposal to limit the duration of a governor’s emergency powers w/o legislative consent (see AB93). This bill proposes to terminate a governor’s one-man rule during times of emergency at 30 days w/o legislative consent.
        More background
  • SB117 | Revises provisions relating to economic development | Analysis: TBD | Status: Introduced 2/11/21
    Sponsor: Sens. Gansert, Buck; Aswm. Tolles

      • Background: This proposal seeks to amend the planning/reporting requirements for GOED re tax abatements and directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning existing abatements, tax exemptions and other incentives for economic development in this State. NPRI believes GOED should not exist. Instead of offering enormous tax abatements to politically-connected companies, to the detriment of taxpayers, the Legislature should seek to make Nevada’s landscape more appealing to businesses, generally, by lowering taxes and regulations. GOED’s core concept — that lower taxes/regulations will attract business — is correct. Now it needs to apply that thinking broadly.
        More Background
  • SB120 | Revises provisions relating to school administrators | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/15/21
    Sponsors: Sen. Mo Denis

      • Background: This proposal reverses a 2015 reform which insulated new principals from proper accountability. By reinstating a 3-year at-will/probationary period for K-12 principals, this bill adds accountability to public education by making it easier to fire bad apples.
        More background
  • SB142 | Revises provisions related to local governments | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/23/21
    Sponsor: Sen. Lange
  • SB152 | Revises provisions related to education and curriculum transparency | Analysis: Taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 2/25/21
    Sponsors: Sen. Buck; Aswm. Dickman; Asm. Wheeler; Asm. O’Neill

      • Background: This bill was inspired by the Goldwater Institute’s Academic Transparency Act. It requires a public school with more than 500 pupils to list on its Internet website certain information relating to the learning materials and activities that were used for pupil instruction at the public school during the immediately preceding school year. This bill clarifies that this requirement must not be construed to require the digital reproduction of such materials, nor the separate reporting of individual components of materials produced as a single volume. Complete academic transparency is the best approach to combating the infiltration of controversial topics in education, e.g., Critical Race Theory, 1619 Project, etc., without parental knowledge and/or consent.
        More background
  • SB157 | Revises provisions relating to the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program | Analysis: Taxpayer and student friendly | Status: Introduced 3/1/21
    Sponsor: Sen. Gansert

      • Background: This bill proposes a marginal reform to Nevada’s only private school-choice program, the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship program, aka Opportunity Scholarships, by removing harmful provisions inserted by the 2019 Leg which had the effect of revoking hundreds of students’ existing scholarships. Ideally, this program would be expanded to include as many participants as are interested, but such a reform is impossible when legislative leadership is wedded to teacher unions. Nonetheless, a worthy proposal by Sen. Gansert to attempt to undo the catastrophic effects of AB458 (2019) and provide more families w/ actual choices in how their children are educated. Reminder: This program predominantly serves marginalized, lower-income families (see link below).
        More Background
  • SB159 | Revises provisions relating to real property | Analysis: TBD | Status: Introduced 3/1/21
    Sponsor: Sen. Ratti

 

Senate Joint Resolutions:

  • SJR1** (2020, 2nd Special Session) | Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise provisions governing the taxation of minerals extracted in this State | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Introduced 1/26/21
    Cmte. of the Whole

      • Background: Proposes to amend the state constitution in same way as AJR1 (by eliminating the 5% cap on NET proceeds and implementing a 7.75% tax on GROSS proceeds), but SJR1 differs from AJR1 concerning the lawful purposes for the $540 million/yr in add’l state revenues it would create. Instead of earmarking revenues for either health care and/or education purposes, a la AJR1, this proposal earmarks 50% of revenues to a separate fund for payments to “eligible persons domiciled in this State.” (“Eligible persons” is an undefined term.) Nevada Policy flat-out rejects the argument that mining is undertaxed as an industry. Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem! If passed by a majority vote in both legislative chambers in 2021, the issue will be determined by voters in 2022.More background

 

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Previous Legislative updates: 

02/23/21 — As Nevada Policy recently reported, the governor’s ongoing use of “emergency powers” to regulate every facet of daily life in Nevada is fundamentally unconstitutional. The fact that such executive power has gone unchecked is just as worrisome. Two proposals have been brought forward by Republicans to at least limit the duration of such emergencies—ensuring the governor’s power to both create and enforce laws does not go unchecked by the legislative branch. However, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, “So far, legislative Democrats, who control both houses, have shown little interest in standing up for their branch of government,” and are refusing to hear the bills! These bills must be given a hearing! As Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus recently wrote, if lawmakers prove unwilling to limit the governor’s use of emergency powers, “it will be as direct of an attack on our constitutional order as any of the powers assumed by the governor” thus far. Tell legislative leadership that these two proposals (AB93 and SB88) need to be heard!

Click here to contact Senate Majority Leader Nicole CannizzaroClick here to contact Assembly Majority Leader Jason Frierson

02/17/21 — Lawmakers will have a hearing tomorrow, February 18th at 1:30 pm, on a proposed bill to further appease unions at the expense of student learning. Currently, student learning accounts for only 15 percent of a teacher’s evaluation, and the evaluation system is so weak that more than 99 percent of teachers receive a passing grade each year. Assembly Bill 57 would remove student learning entirely from these evaluations for the next three school years. Omitting the educational growth of students entirely from teacher evaluations is yet another union-first policy that ignores the needs of students. The Assembly Committee on Education needs to hear from Nevadans who believe that public education should serve students, rather than unions. Click here to let your lawmakers know how you feel about AB57!

02/15/21 — Lawmakers will have a hearing, February 16th at 1:30 pm, on a proposed bill to inject even more politicized indoctrination into K-12 education. Assembly Bill 19 would remove “government” from the public curriculum, requiring instead “multicultural education.” Such language is a strong indication that politically controversial topics—such as critical race theory—would be a mandated part of all K-12 education. The bill also encroaches on the rights of homeschooling parents by imposing similar mandates upon them. The government has no role, however, in dictating the curriculum of homeschooling families. The Assembly Committee on Education needs to hear from Nevadans who believe this is a gross overpoliticization of education! Click here to let your lawmakers know how you feel about AB19!

02/07/21 — Nevada Policy’s bill tracker is now live! Simply scroll down to view bills by category. Each bill summary includes its impact on taxpayers and Nevada residents, a link to the committee in charge of the bill, and a short description of its intended impact on public policy. Click on the link for more details, and view deeper analysis as well as additional background information on each bill.

01/29/21 — Nevada Policy will soon be launching it’s Legislative Bill Tracker for the 2021 legislative session. Stay tuned!

 

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