- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers rushed to get bills past their first legislative hurdle in time for a major deadline.

Bills had to pass a committee vote in the chamber where they were first proposed by Friday, otherwise they won’t advance any further.

Legislative leaders can grant bills an exemption from the deadline, and the language of bills that die can be fused into living bills later in the process. Bills with a major fiscal impact are exempt.

Here’s a sampling of what survived and what didn’t:


Almost all of the education initiatives proposed by Gov. Brian Sandoval have passed and are moving to the next step of the legislative process, although the funding side of the equation still needs to be hashed out in money committees. The policies moving forward include:

-SB391, a $27 million proposal aimed at hiring literacy specialists and paying for other projects to ensure children read by third grade.

-SB504, a $36 million anti-bullying effort that would put social workers in schools and crack down on administrators who don’t address bullying reports promptly.

-SB503, a measure backed by first lady Kathleen Sandoval that would require breakfast be served at schools where 70 percent or more of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Republican Sen. Don Gustavson said his bill requiring elementary school students to learn cursive handwriting by the third grade was dead.

Republican Sen. Scott Hammond’s bill allowing students to use per-pupil state education funds for private schools - SB302 - passed on Friday with Democrats opposed.


Several bills to change rules on early voting and voter registration have passed their first hurdles. They include:

-SB433, which allows early-voting sites to remain open until 8 p.m. A Democratic proposal allowing the sites to remain open longer at the request of a county clerk failed.

-SB203, which would allow 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

Bills that didn’t move forward included a Nevada measure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment as part of the U.S. Constitution. Republican Sen. Greg Brower said Congress set a 1982 deadline for states to ratify the amendment, and an action by Nevada would only take effect if Congress later acted to extend the deadline.

SJR15, a Republican measure that would clear the way for a constitutional amendment requiring voters to show identification at the polls, was issued a deadline waiver and survives even though it hasn’t been up for a vote.


SB143, a bill repealing Nevada’s permit system for concealed weapons, won’t receive a vote before the deadline, Gustavson said.

The bill, which would have made Nevada the sixth state to repeal mandatory permits for concealed weapons, received substantial opposition from law enforcement groups during a hearing in February.


-SB336, which would have allowed doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives, is not going to survive the deadline, Republican bill sponsor Sen. Ben Kieckhefer said.

-Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom’s SB372, an omnibus marijuana bill that would have allowed pet owners to give pot to their sick pets, is also not going forward.

-Republican Sen. Joe Hardy said his bill SB117, which would have made the HPV vaccine mandatory for students, is dead.


-AB375, which would require students to use the school bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex, passed a committee in spite of strident opposition from witnesses who said it would harm transgender children.

-AB405, which requires that doctors inform parents before performing an abortion on a minor, passed on a split vote Friday. Republican leaders announced earlier this week that they wouldn’t debate the matter and would turn the concept into a study, but they later changed course.

-AJR8, a proposed constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority to pass any ballot measure raising taxes, is back from the dead. Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Chairman Lynn Stewart revived the proposal during an emergency meeting on Friday after it failed in a 5-5 vote on Thursday.

-Two bills changing collective bargaining and public employee retirement, sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, also passed their first votes on Friday. SB241 would exclude school administrators from collective-bargaining agreements and allow superintendents to shuffle new principals at low-performing schools.

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