CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed nearly 400 bills as a result of the 78th legislative session, including one requiring schools to provide multicultural education. Here are some highlights:
AB 234: This bill requires social studies standards to include multicultural education. The standards will be developed in collaboration with members of the community who have diverse ethnic or racial backgrounds. This measure was a legislative priority for Assemblyman Harvey Munford.
SB 128: Senate Bill 176 makes changes to the eligibility requirements for the Millennium Scholarship. This measure increases the number of credits that a community college Millennium Scholar must take, from 6 to 9 hours. It also increases from 12 to 15 the maximum number of credits that may be funded with a Millennium Scholarship per semester. The maximum cumulative scholarship a student can receive remains at $10,000. This policy change will encourage Nevada’s higher education students to graduate on time.
SB 330: This measure relates to high school student participation in sports sanctioned by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, either at a public school or private school. This bill makes changes to the appeals process for a student that is aggrieved by a final decision by a school district administrator, panel of principals, or the Executive Director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Senate Bill 330 also states that a pupil who enrolls in grade 9 at a public school and lives within the boundaries of that school, or enrolls in grade 9 at a private school, is immediately eligible to participate in sports at that school.
SB 374: Senate Bill 374 is a compromise measure that will allow the rooftop solar industry to continue to create jobs and grow in Nevada while protecting non-solar ratepayers. This new law shifts the regulation of the policy to the Public Utilities Commission and requires the Commission to study establishing a tariff for net metering by the end of 2015. This legislation clearly defines how much room remains for the rooftop solar industry to grow under the current net metering credit system. This measure will also provide a smooth transition from the current net metering program to the PUC approved tariff providing market stability for the solar industry.
SB 414: Senate Bill 414 encourages the Board of Regents to enter into an agreement with California to authorize in-state tuition for students living in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Similar legislation is working its way through the California Legislature. Nevada residents would be permitted to attend Lake Tahoe Community College at California in-state tuition rates and California residents would be allowed to attend Western Nevada College in Carson City at Nevada in-state tuition rates.
Assembly Bill 128: This bill provides for a simplified power of attorney document for health care for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The form created by this measure enables adults 18 years and older with intellectual disabilities to receive assistance in making medical decisions without having to submit to formal guardianship proceedings. AB 128 allows parents or guardians to assist their children with intellectual disabilities in understanding their decisions while enabling physicians to feel more confident that the person with an intellectual disability understands what he or she is signing. This measure was supported by the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Assembly Bill 198: This bill requires the Legislative Committee on Public Lands to conduct a study concerning water conservation and alternative sources of water for Nevada communities. The measure will likely coincide with the Governor’s established Nevada Drought Forum.
Senate Bill 225: This bill prohibits selling vapor products (including e-cigarettes) and alternative nicotine products to children under 18 years old and also places the regulation of such products under the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.
Senate Bill 229: This bill provides for the issuance of special license plates indicating support for the Second Amendment. The fees generated by the plates will be for the benefit of the Nevada Firearms Coalition or its successor and are to be used to fund firearm training or firearm safety education. The plates must first be approved by the Commission on Special License plates and will not be issued until one of the 30 design slots becomes available.
Senate Bill 431: This bill authorizes the Nevada Supreme Court to enter into a 25-year contract for office space in Clark County not to exceed $19,493,635, exclusive of operating and maintenance costs. A 24,000 square foot building adjacent to the federal court building will be leased to the Nevada Supreme Court and the new Court of Appeals. This move will allow justices to hold oral arguments in Southern Nevada where over 60 percent of the appeals originate.