- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on the final day of legislative activity in the Nevada Assembly and Nevada Senate (all times local PDT):

12:45 a.m.

New oversight would be put on drivers for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft under a bill the Nevada Legislature is sending to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The proposal was believed to have died when it failed to make its way out of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Saturday. But Democratic Sen. Kelvin Johnson of Las Vegas introduced an amended version that cleared the Senate Sunday on a 16-5 vote.

The Assembly passed it in the session’s final hour on a 32-10 vote.

Senate Bill 554 would make drivers prove they have obtained a $200 state business license within three months of joining a transportation network company.

It also would require those companies to review drivers’ driving records annually, and do new criminal background checks every three years.

12:15 a.m. Tuesday

The 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature has adjourned after lawmakers approved most of what few bills remained in the legislative process and adopted a change in self-imposed rules in their final hours.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval will decide whether, under Assembly Bill 206, Nevada will mandate that 40 percent of the state’s electricity production come from clean energy sources by 2030. The state is currently working toward 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Lawmakers also passed Senate Bill 550, one portion of final a final budget deal , to send an additional $17 million to Reno and Las Vegas-area schools. The funds will be used in part to backfill an unintended funding loss of $6.6 million in Washoe County, though it will not cover the district’s budget woes.

The final action legislators took in both chambers was to amend their Joint Standing Rules in a way that Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford says intends to make it easier for people to file harassment complaints.

In an earlier Monday floor session, Ford admonished Sen. Mark Manendo , who is at the center of an ongoing sexual harassment investigation.

11 p.m.

Nevada’s political heavyweights have dropped a late-night bill in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session that would build on an existing confidentiality law.

The bill was announced by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Jason Frierson, Republican Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson and Republican Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson.

They say the bill clarifies the confidentiality of information that casinos provide to the state Gaming Control Board and its auditors.

That law was at the center of a 2016 case revived this session in a Democratic-led probe .

Attorney General Adam Laxalt had advised the state’s top gaming regulator to file a legal opinion in a lawsuit to similarly clarify the law.

Senate Bill 376 would explicitly state that casinos and other businesses licensed by the gaming board can prevent the government from disclosing their privileged information.

Five spokespeople for the legislative leaders and governor did not return a request for comment on why the bill was sought or its relation to the 2016 case.

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8 p.m.

In the works for years, a new medical school is finally going to become a reality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Nevada Legislature gave final approval Monday night to a bill that includes $25 million in state money to build the UNLV School of Medicine.

It’s been a priority for Gov. Brian Sandoval, who announced earlier Monday he’d received $25 million in matching funds from an anonymous private donor to launch construction.

The deal was contingent on the matching funds. Sandoval believes it’s the single largest philanthropic contribution in state history.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 553 unanimously. Nine Republicans opposed it in the Assembly, where it passed 33-9.

Lawmakers also gave final approval to a capital improvements package that includes $43 million for a new engineering building at the University of Nevada, Reno. Sandoval says he’ll sign both bills.

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5:35 p.m.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed the bulk of the state’s two-year spending plan of over $8 billion and is promising to implement the final critical components when the Democratic-controlled Legislature transmits them.

The Nevada Legislature is constitutionally mandated to finish business by the end of the day Monday.

One of four major bills the governor signed Monday afternoon implements a base budget of $2.37 billion for public schools through the 2019 school year.

That does not include tens of millions of dollars in additional funds still wending through the legislative process.

Another component will give state employees a 2 percent pay raise each of the next two years.

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5 p.m.

Nevada lawmakers have formally ended a political standoff and given approval for the state to continue levying a 17-cent property tax necessary to cover Nevada’s bond obligations and finance public works projects.

The measure includes about $35 million to front the long-awaited Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks. Federal funds are expected to eventually repay the state’s investment.

The bill also allows the state to bond for $42 million to build a new Department of Motor Vehicles office in Reno.

Roughly $135 million more would be designated for maintenance at mental health facilities, corrections centers, universities and other state buildings across Nevada.

Bipartisan support was necessary to re-authorize the tax.

Republicans split on the measure after pledging to vote against any budget that did not include Education Savings Accounts.

Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson voted to pass the critical budget bill, saying he’s pleased with a deal in which Democrats agreed to fund a different school voucher program, Opportunity Scholarships.

He noted the state has a constitutional mandate to implement a balanced budget.

Senate Bill 546 passed the Assembly Monday on a 34-8 vote.

Senators voted 15-6 to pass it the night before.

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4 p.m.

The Nevada Legislature has given final approval to a bill designed to help keep marijuana out of the hands of children.

The measure passed by the Assembly Monday would outlaw the packaging or labeling of marijuana in a way that would appeal to children.

Senate Bill 344 prohibits the use of cartoon characters, mascots or action figures to market marijuana. It also prohibits the use of animals or fruits in the labeling, and specifically requires the products not appear to be candy, lollipops or ice cream.

The legislation requires the labels to state “this is a marijuana product” and “keep out of the reach of children.” It also requires disclosure of the potency of the product and a warning that the intoxicating effects may be delayed two hours after consumption.

The Legislature also gave final approval Monday to a bill that will put the state Department of Taxation in charge of regulating all marijuana sales and taxes. Currently, state health officials oversee medical marijuana in Nevada.

Additionally, Assembly Bill 422 would outlaw marijuana vending machines.

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3:30 p.m.

Nevada lawmakers have given final approval to a regulatory structure to tax the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana that became legal statewide at the beginning of this year.

The Assembly sent Senate Bill 487 to Gov. Brian Sandoval Monday on a vote of 32-9 with Republicans casting all of the “no” votes.

The Senate approved the measure late Sunday night and the Republican governor is expected to sign it into law.

Altogether, it’s projected to raise $120 million in state tax revenue over two years. All that money would go toward education, with the exception of a small portion that will be used to cover local government costs of licensing the operations.

The legislation levies a 10 percent tax on retail sales and 15 percent tax on marijuana growers. It would apply to pot grown and sold for medical as well as recreational use. Medical marijuana currently is taxed at 2 percent.

The Nevada Department of Taxation is currently working on special regulations that would allow some recreational sales to begin at existing medical dispensaries as soon as July 1. The permanent statewide structure has to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

This story clarifies that Senate Bill 487 is projected to raise a total of $120 million over the next two years. One of the taxes proposed in the bill, the excise tax on recreational pot, would raise about $70 million.

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3:20 p.m.

Nevada lawmakers are agreeing to boost state education programs by nearly $200 million with several bipartisan bills and a final budget agreement that will close out the 2017 session.

After four months of political negotiations that culminated Sunday, lawmakers will walk away from the biennial legislative session having prioritized K-12 funding in what is consistently one of the lowest-performing states in student achievement.

Democrats in control of the Legislature scrapped a broad school voucher initiative last week but are authorizing an additional $20 million in tax credits to similarly send what would be public funds to private schooling.

Members of the Assembly voted 34-8 on Monday to send that portion of the deal to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Among other funding increases, low-income, English-learning and special-needs students would see an additional $100 million under bills expected to be sent to Sandoval Monday.

This story corrects the amount of additional funding that needy students will receive to $100 million. About $70 million of that will be directed to schools for low-income and English-learning students.

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