Bills requiring large employers to offer their employees paid time off, reduce some fines on traffic tickets, and prohibit employers from hiring someone for testing positive for marijuana will be heard in the legislature on Friday.
With only 25 days left in the legislature, lawmakers continue to cut their bills by scheduling hearings on measures that will create a payday loan database, require a growth plan for Northern Nevada, and allocate $ 36 million spending cuts to the K-12 budget of the last two school years. After Friday, lawmakers only have next week to postpone bills before next Friday’s legislative deadline for the passage of the second committee out of the committee.
For more information on the status of laws passing through the legislature, see The Nevada Independent‘S Bill tracker. And for the bills that are in committee today, look at the legislatures website for committee times and links to follow live committee meetings and meetings.
Here’s what to look for in the legislature on Friday:
SB312: Paid sick leave
As a top priority for the Legislative Democrats, SB312 would mandate that private employers with more than 50 employees grant their employees a certain amount of paid time off each year.
The bill is sponsored by Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse and would require private employers to offer their employees up to 40 hours of paid time off each year, starting within 90 days of being hired. It does not apply to companies with fewer than 50 employees, temporary or seasonal workers, employees who have a collective agreement given 40 or more hours per year off, or companies newly established in the state until 2022.
A hearing on the bill last month drew supportive testimony of business interests and progressive groups, though some resented the 50 staff limit and requested that it be lowered to 25. It’s up for a hearing on the Senate Finance Committee, likely due to one $ 18,000 tax record from the Capitol Police.
It is scheduled for an 8am hearing
SB520: School funding bottlenecks
Members of the Senate Finance Committee have also scheduled a hearing on SB520, which allocates $ 36 million to the state budget account for K-12 education for “unexpected increases” in student numbers over the past two school years.
It will be available for a hearing at 8 a.m.
Other government agencies and departments will have their budgets finalized on Friday, with the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees both meeting at 8:00 a.m. to review budgets at the Treasurer’s Office, the Lieutenant-Governor’s Office, and the Office of the Approve governor for finance.
AB434: Reduction in penalty for parking tickets
One of two bills that tried lower fines or completely decriminalize smaller traffic tickets is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AB434 would change several existing rules for issuing traffic advisories, including creating a standard plan where speeding fines are based on $ 20 per mile per hour that a person is over the speed limit and a 30-day grace period for each person who fail to appear in court or pay a fine for most minor traffic violations.
A Amendment of the bill The proposal proposed by Key Supporter Rep. Steve Yeager would prohibit state or local governments from reporting overdue fines to a credit agency and limit their ability to use a debt collection agency or jail a defendant for failure to pay a ticket, unless a court order pronounces them guilty and states that they are able to pay the fine but will not do so voluntarily.
It will be available for a hearing at 8 a.m.
SB201: Payday Loan Database
If this move were approved, it would create a government-administered payday loan database that has drawn the industry’s disdain and fierce opposition to high-yield short-term loans.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Yvanna Cancela, SB201 would authorize the creation of a database that tracks all data on all loans with an annual percentage of 40 percent or more, including loan amounts, fees charged by borrowers, default rates, and interest on loans . It also codifies portions of the federal law on military loans into state law and empowers lenders to share information about grocery stamps and other welfare programs in their storefronts.
The bill was Fought fiercely by the payday loan industry, and was eliminated from the Senate on April 18 with 13 votes to 8.
It is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly’s Trade and Labor Committee at 12:30 p.m.
AB240: Regional Growth Plans in Northern Nevada
AB240, proposed by Democratic MP Skip Daly, would require Carson City, Douglas Counties, Lyon Counties, Storey Counties and Washoe Counties, and all cities within the region, to report to lawmakers on the “orderly management of growth” in the region.
The bill provides for these counties and cities to meet at least twice a calendar year between 2020 and 2023 to discuss growth issues and to prepare annual joint reports to the legislature on issues relating to growth management. It passed in the assembly on April 23rd with 38: 3 votes.
The hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Affairs is due at 1 p.m.
SB178: Working session on the Food Security Council
Sponsored by Senator Yvanna Cancela, this draft law establishes the Council for Food Security, which was created by Governor Brian Sandoval by executive resolution in 2014, and describes its membership in a statute. It would also create the Food for People, Not Depons program within the Department of Health and Human Services with the overall goal of reducing food waste.
The council will be responsible for implementing the 2013 Food Security in Nevada: Nevada’s Plan of Action, which will advise the governor on food security issues and make recommendations to the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the Food for People, Not Landfills submits program and submission of an annual report to the legislature.
It will be to be voted on in the Assembly’s Committee on Health and Human Services at 12:30 p.m.
AB132: Attitudes towards people who test positive for marijuana
This law, sponsored by State Representative Dina Neal, would prevent employers from choosing not to hire someone because they tested positive for marijuana on a drug test, with certain exceptions. However, it would allow the employer to require employees to abstain from marijuana as a condition of their employment unless he or she has a valid medical marijuana card.
The bill would also make it an unlawful employment practice to discriminate against a worker for legally consuming marijuana outside of the employer’s premises outside of working hours if the use does not interfere with his ability to perform the duties of the job.
It also sets 2 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana, or 5 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana metabolites, as the level at which an employee is believed to be able to do their job without adverse effects, the same values used to determine whether someone can drive a motor vehicle.
The bill will be available for hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor at 1:30 p.m.
AB239: Working session on changes in opioid prescribing
This bill, due to be voted on in the Senate’s Trade and Labor Committee, would amend an opioid prescribing law passed in 2017 that sparked significant backlash from the medical community.
Among other changes, the legislation would allow providers of prescriptions for controlled substances for the treatment of acute pain to be discretionary beyond the legal limits if they deem it medically necessary.
The bill will be voted on at 1.30 p.m.