Bills, Bills, Bills: 79th Session Progressive Legislation
Below are priority pieces of legislation relevant to the focus areas of the Washoe County Young Democrats. We encourage community members to take action on these bills and #Petition1NV by attending legislative hearings and communicating with their local elected representatives. Note, this is a small sampling of the many quality bills introduced by Democrats this session.
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Local Peace Officer Accountability Legislation
SB176: Body Camera Requirements for Nevada Peace Officers
Current Nevada law authorizes, rather than requires, certain peace officers to wear a portable recording device. Senate Bill 176: Requires the use of portable recording devices, aka body cameras, for certain peace officers, and provides for a technology update – approved by the governor on May 25, 2017!
Local Voter Rights Legislation & Automatic Voter Registration
SB125 & AB181: Revising the timeline and conditions for restoring voting and other civil rights to citizens convicted of a felony – both approved by the governor!
Initiative Petition One (#Petition1NV) seeks to automatically register most Nevada residents to vote when they submit an application for a driver’s license or citizen identification card. (WILL APPEAR ON 2018 BALLOT)
Local LGBTQA+ Legislation
SB110: Publication of Name Change and Safety/Conforming with Gender – approved by the governor on May 24, 2017!
SB148: Supporting benefits for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans – approved by the governor on May 22, 2017!
SB201: Bans sexual preference and gender identity conversion “therapy” in Nevada – approved by the governor on May 17, 2017!
AB99: Requires Nevada’s childcare institutions and agencies to treat a child as having the gender with which the child identifies, and requires certain training and policies on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children – signed by the governor on April 11, 2017!
AJR2: Recognizing all marriages in Nevada, regardless of the couple’s gender or orientation (Passed)
Local Immigrant & Refugee Legislation
SB223: Restricts Local Agencies from Certain Actions Relating to Immigration Enforcement (state and local agencies – including school police – would be restricted from using resources, personnel, and databases to aid most immigration enforcement activities) (NOT MOVING FORWARD)
Local Public Lands Legislation
AJR13: Supports the use of the Antiquities Act to designate National Monuments, including Gold Butte. (Passed)
SB413: Establishes the last Saturday in September of each year as “Public Lands Day” in the State of Nevada and would require the Governor to issue annually a proclamation encouraging the observance of Public Lands Day – approved by the governor on June 1, 2017!
SJR12: Expresses support for the retention of federal management and control of federal public lands in this State and rescinds SJR1. (Passed)
Local Reproductive Health Legislation
SB122: Establishing a State-Level Granting Program for Reproductive and Family Planning for post-ACA Care – approved by the governor on May 26, 2017!
SB233: Requires the State Plan for Medicaid and health insurance plans to provide certain benefits, including family planning care – approved by the governor on June 3, 2017!
AB249: the State Plan for Medicaid to provide certain benefits relating to contraception at no additional cost to the enrollee and more – approved by the governor on June 3, 2017!
Regressive Local Legislation – Beware!
Regressive Local Voter Rights Legislation
AB164: Requires identification to vote. Voter ID laws disproportionately affect Americans in low income and rural neighborhoods by requiring an additional identification card that must be obtained at the DMV. (NOT MOVING FORWARD)
Regressive Public Lands Legislation
SJR7: Transfer America’s public lands in Nevada into state control for sale. An attempt by Senate and Assembly Republicans to gain control of for profit and sell off the wild public places in our state. Keep public lands in public hands. (NOT MOVING FORWARD)
AJR12: Urges Congress to abolish the Gold Butte National Monument. (NOT MOVING FORWARD)
Regressive Local Immigrant & Refugee Legislation
AB131: English as Nevada’s Official Language. This bill would designate English as the official language of Nevada- due to its broadness, this bill could be interpreted to mean that official state business must only be conducted in English, potentially disenfranchising non-English speakers and placing an undue burden on them when dealing with state agencies and officials. Click here to read more. (NOT MOVING FORWARD)
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SB196: Requires Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave
In addition to current minimum wage and overtime compensation, minimum employment benefits would expand to include paid sick time, usable on the 90th calendar day of employment, earned at a rate of no less than 1 hour per 30 hours worked. Note – an employer may: (1) limit the use of the paid sick leave to 24 hours per year; (2) limit the accrual of paid sick leave to a maximum of 48 hours per year; and (3) set a minimum increment that an employee may use the accrued sick leave at any one time, not to exceed 2 hours.
Nevada Minimum Wage Bills
AB175: Increase Nevada Minimum Wage to $15 Over Approx. Five Years in Annual $1.25 increments
SB106: Increase Nevada Minimum Wage to $12 Over Approx. Five Years in Annual $.75 increments
SJR6: Amending the Nevada Constitution to Increase State Minimum Wage to $9/hr, with Timeline of Steps Increases to $12
AB120: Allows Washoe and Clark counties to charge developers a residential construction tax (& fund schools) by removing population cap restrictions. (Remember #SOSWashoe, which passed in Nov. 2016 and raised sales tax by half a penny to help pay for much-needed school construction? This would allow Washoe and Clark counties to charge residential developers a tax to build schools, too.)