2019 Legislative Updates and Online Bill Tracker

Bookmark this page, and keep checking back each week for a list of what has changed on Nevada Policy’s Legislative Bill Tracker! Click the image below to view the online bill tracker live.

Legislative update for February 15, 2019

What happened in Carson City this week? Plenty.

But here are a just a few highlighted policies on our Legislative Bill Tracker (view live by clicking here) that caught our attention:

Bill | description | analysis | update

Taxpayer friendly?

SB135 — Extends collective bargaining to state workers | Reasonable estimates put the cost of this at $500 million annually, despite the fact that state workers are already paid well above market levels. (Read Nevada Policy’s latest study on this issue here.) | Will be heard by Senate Committee on Government Affairs next week.

No

SB143 — Background checks for private firearm transfers | Unlike the “universal” background check passed by voters in 2016, this proposal will carry a cost to taxpayers as well as individuals looking to exercise their Second Amendment rights. | Passed the Senate. Expected to pass the Assembly by the end of the day today (Feb. 15th).

No

Senate Bill 152 — exempts smaller businesses (revenues <$3.5mil) from submitting Commerce Tax returns annually | A commonsense reform to lessen the burden of the Commerce Tax on businesses too small to pay it.

Yes

Assembly Bill 136 — reforms prevailing wage laws, and undoes recent, minor reforms made in 2015 | This would drastically increase costs for school-construction projects, resulting in less available funding for other educational priorities.

No

Senate Bill 103 — affordable housing, and possible rent-control policies | Sen. Julia Ratti introduced a “conceptual amendment” to existing legislation that would impose rent control, which would only further excasserbate Nevada’s “affordable housing” woes.

No

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Legislative update for February 8, 2019

Well, the first week of Nevada’s 80th Legislative Session has come and gone. Below is a summary of some of the most important items we’ve put on our Legislative Bill Tracker. Future weekly updates will include what actions committees have taken, and what kind of support various bills are receiving.

There’s a lot to keep track of this session. Be sure to stay updated by watching our Legislative Bill Tracker, and checking back here often for updates.

Here are the updates for February 8th:

Bill | Description | Analysis

Taxpayer Friendly?

AB73 —  Provides for additional sources of funding for services and affordable housing for persons who are homeless or indigent | This bill imposes an additional tax upon the sale of property in Clark County of 25 cents per $500 in sale value for the purpose of funding homeless services and affordable housing. The true barrier to affordable housing is restrictive zoning regulations and exorbitant permitting fees.

No

AB4 — Authorizes cities to create a fire district which would have the power to raise taxes | Makes it easier to raise taxes, while reducing the public’s ability to hold elected officials accountable.

No

SJR14 — Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise certain provisions relating to property taxes | This represents a massive increase in property tax revenue long-term. If passed again in 2019, by majority votes in both houses, it would then go to voters on the 2020 ballot.

No

SB135 — Provides for collective bargaining by state employees | This bill would increase state spending by roughly $500 million annually by increasing the compensation and number of state government workers. State workers already earn 29 percent more in compensation than their similarly-skilled and educated private-sector counterpart. Raising taxes on those earning less to further this pay gap is neither fair nor sustainable.

No

AB108 — This bill would entitle government unions to 1/2 hour of certain newly-hired state workers’ time w/in the first 30 days of employment, during work hours, for the purpose of union recruitment | Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the activities of government unions, which are inherently political organizations that use tax dollars to lobby for higher government spending.

No

AB118 — This bill seeks to limit the right of businesses and individual citizens to enter into mutually-agreed to contracts by outlawing certain types of payday-lending services, specifically “high” rate, short-term loans | Outlawing the services used by those with financial difficulties does nothing to help their situation, and often makes things worse.

No

AB70 — Slightly strengthens the open meeting law by increasing penalties for those who violate it. Also increases time period in which complaints can be lodged | This would increase transparency.

Yes

AB113 — Revises provisions governing the taxation of certain deliveries and transfers of firearms | This bill eliminates the double-taxation phenomenon associated w/ purchasing firearms from out of state via licensed local dealers.

Yes

AB25 — Makes various changes to provisions regarding contractors | Slightly reduces the onerous nature of obtaining and maintaining a contractors’ license,

Yes

In coming weeks, even more bills will be showing up. Some of the drafts look promising for taxpayers and free markets—however, many do not. Here are a few issues we hope to see become bills in coming weeks:

Bookmark this page, and keep checking back each week for a list of what has changed on Nevada Policy’s Legislative Bill Tracker! Click the image below to view the online bill tracker live.

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Legislative update for February 4, 2019

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Mark Twain was certainly on to something when he said, “no man’s life, liberty or property is safe when the legislature is in session.”

That is why it’s so important for taxpayers to keep an eye on what, exactly, lawmakers are trying to do with your hard-earned tax dollars.

Nevada Policy is once again making its efforts to track legislation available online in an easily digestible spreadsheet, so taxpayers can quickly identify the key policy proposals moving through the chaotic scene in Carson City.

The guide will give taxpayers and lawmakers a glimpse into how Nevada Policy will compile its 2019 Legislative Report Card, to be released later this year.