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Rundown: Special Edition

During the 2015 Legislature, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce was on the ground every day in Carson City serving as an important and sought after voice of business in Nevada.

By the close of the legislative session, the Metro Chamber had tracked 352 bills, engaged on more than 125 bills and testified on 100 bills that fell within the priorities we outlined at the beginning of the session: K-12 education reform and funding, UNLV medical school funding, Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding for residency programs, tax reform, government transparency and accountability, economic development and tort reform, to name a few. The Metro Chamber engaged with lawmakers, trade organizations, K-12 and higher education institutions, local governments and others to work through many difficult challenges. We helped to pass measures that will provide opportunities for Nevada’s businesses and help grow our economy, and worked hard to oppose others that would place unreasonable burdens on Nevada’s employers.

The Metro Chamber, working collectively with other key individuals and organizations, helped move to success several game-changing policies and initiatives including funding for the UNLV medical school, K-12 education reform, construction defect reform, tort reform and several others. We also were involved in efforts before and during session to shape the policy discussions on tax reform, knowing that tax reform would be necessary to fund critical K-12 education programs and initiation of the UNLV medical school. The Governor’s new tax package, the Nevada Revenue Plan, represents a compromise of many different positions and ideas. While not perfect, it balances the interests of our diverse base of industries by, for example, broadening the tax base to lessen the burden on Nevada’s current taxpaying employers and preserving protections for small businesses. It also will enable us to continue down the path of working to expand the tax base to better reflect our economy and lower the burden on our Nevada employers.

If you have any questions, please contact the Metro Chamber Government Affairs team at 702.641.5822.

 


Assembly Bill 1: Support
Revises Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects

This bill would have reformed some provisions relating to residential construction defect and the matter in how it relates between the contractor and subcontractor in regards to liability. Construction defect reform has been a longstanding priority for the Metro Chamber because of the impact it has on the construction industry.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 3: Support
Changes PERS Board Composition

AB 3 would have changed the composition of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Board by removing one existing member and adding two outside subject matter experts and the state treasurer to the board. It would have expanded the board from its current number of seven members to a total of nine members. The Metro Chamber testified in support of the bill because the addition of the two subject matter experts would have brought additional expertise, knowledge and transparency to the board, which would have benefitted both the individuals enrolled in PERS and taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed a vote by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 27: Support
Changes to Licensure of Educational Personnel

The Metro Chamber supported AB 27 because it will allow school districts greater flexibility and more options when recruiting high quality teachers to Nevada. There is a demonstrated need for greater flexibility in recruiting teachers in Nevada. For example, the Clark County School District started this year with more than 600 unfilled teaching positions. This measure allows school districts throughout the state to license individuals to teach who are not citizens of the United States but are otherwise permitted to work in the country, in compliance with existing federal regulations, provided that the school district can demonstrate a need. Providing school districts with the ability to recruit from a larger labor pool will assist in the efforts to fill the state’s teacher shortage in urban and rural school districts.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 30: Support
Changes Student Achievement Measurements

The Metro Chamber supported AB 30, which was brought forward by the Nevada Department of Education. Provisions in the bill will change how the state measures student achievement in regards to literacy skills and streamline the reporting of plans by principals. The bill will also encourage greater engagement between the State Board of Education, the Department of Education and principal(s) when it comes to identifying how to best provide support to schools. This legislation will be beneficial to schools throughout the state in their efforts to improve academic achievement.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 55: Support
Revises Teacher Licensing Procedures

The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it would have directed a process to be developed that would allow the granting of temporary teacher licenses, providing school districts with greater flexibility in their ability to recruit teachers from other states. This legislation would have been another tool in Clark County's mission to address its teacher shortage issue. The Metro Chamber also supported the accountability provisions associated with the proposed legislation in obtaining licensing from the state.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Education and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 56: Oppose
Revises Provisions Regarding the Equalization of Assessments of Property for Purposes of Taxation

As submitted, the bill would have revised the process and procedure for the equalization of assessments among Nevada’s 17 counties. This bill would have also required the Nevada Department of Taxation to conduct an annual ratio study to determine whether each group or class of property has been assessed equally throughout the state. The legislation would have also required the Department of Taxation to conduct an annual review of the ratio study and performance audits as part of proposed revisions. The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because of the negative impact it would have on the different counties' tax structures and taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Taxation and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 116: Support
Revises Regional Business Development Advisory Council

Supporting economic development efforts is a priority for the Metro Chamber in its mission to develop an employer and business friendly climate. The Metro Chamber supported AB 116, which modifies the board of the existing regional development council in Clark County in a way that promotes efficiency and brings regional stakeholders into the discussion about economic development. This will help foster an attitude of inclusion and brings important stakeholders into the process of diversifying and growing Nevada's economy.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 11, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 125: Support
Reforms Residential Construction Defect

Governor Sandoval signed AB 125 into law, which relates to construction defect reform. The reform provisions of the bill amended the definition of construction defects, addressed indemnification issues, modified the language to specifically detail defect and location, removed attorney fees and clarified the process in submitting claims.

The Metro Chamber supported construction defect reform because of the need to restore clarity to the process, encourage prompt resolution of disputes, reduce litigation costs and provide procedures that are understandable to all interested parties. The Metro Chamber believes that reforming these statutes will help assist in the economic recovery of the residential construction sector, not just in Southern Nevada, but throughout the state. This bill is also about supporting economic development efforts and creating good paying jobs, which will help grow Nevada's economy.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 25, Nays: 17, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yea: 11, Nays: 8, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 127: Oppose
Revises Provisions Related to Workman's Compensation

The Metro Chamber opposed AB 127, which would have limited the ability of insurers and employers to reduce healthcare costs by contracting with specific doctors. Research indicates this measure would have created a 10 to 15 percent increase in costs associated with providing healthcare benefits to employees while decreasing market driven competition.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee action taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 159: Support
Revises Project Labor Agreements

The Metro Chamber supported AB 159. This bill revises Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), which are pre-hire collective bargaining agreements with a labor organization(s) for a specific public construction project. A PLA governs the number of core employees that a non-union contractor may use on the project. This legislation would remove the requirement by local governments to use PLAs on public construction projects. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it will increase openness, competiveness and efficiencies associated with public construction projects and help make the most of taxpayer dollars.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 25, Nays: 17, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yea: 11, Nay: 8, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 161: Support
Provides Certain Tax Abatements to the General Aviation Industry

The Metro Chamber supported AB 161, which will provide businesses that own, operate, manufacture or service aircraft or a component of an aircraft with the ability to apply for a partial tax credit for local sales and use tax through the Governor's Office of Economic Development. This credit will be made available to those qualified businesses that plan to expand or relocate to Nevada for 20 years. The Metro Chamber supported AB 161, as it will encourage economic diversification, job growth and business expansion in the general aviation industry. This economic development legislation is a priority identified by the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 39, Nays: 2, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 165: Support
Establishes the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program

The Metro Chamber supported AB 165, which establishes the first educational choice program in the state. The bill will allow for families at or below 300% of the federally designated poverty level to apply for funds that may be used to attend a private school of their choice.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 25, Nays: 17, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 11, Nays 9, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 180: Support
Revises Auditing Requirements for Public Employees' Retirement System

AB 180, which will require the Public Employees' Retirement System to use a request for a proposal (RFP) process for audits at least every four years and requires that the same audit firm not be used in consecutive years to conduct those audits. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it brings additional transparency and accountability to the system, which is important to Nevada's taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into the law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 182: Support
Reforms the Way Local Governments Interact with Employee Organizations

The Metro Chamber supported AB 182 as this measure would have changed the way local governments deal with unions regarding collective bargaining. This measure would have potentially saved local governments more than $4 million annually. The bill provided for the elimination of binding arbitration in the public employee labor agreement process and evergreen clauses in contracts, which are viewed as a hindrance to the negotiation process. This measure promoted good government and transparency, two major Metro Chamber legislative priorities.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 187: Oppose
Revises Provisions Governing the Selection of Providers of Health Care

AB 187 would have changed state provisions and regulations relating to physicians and other healthcare providers. The bill would have also changed the process in which insurers contract with healthcare providers. The Metro Chamber was opposed to this bill because of the potential adverse and negative impact it would have on Nevada’s healthcare system.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 190: Support
Revises the Public Employees' Retirement System

The Metro Chamber supported AB 190 which attempted to reform the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and establish a hybrid system for certain public employees and change the plan from a defined benefit to a defined contribution. These changes would have reduced the future burden on the state's finances in regard to the significant unfunded liability that is associated with PERS.

This legislation was important to the sustainability of the system and promoted the responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Modifying the system was imperative to ensuring the state's ability to honor agreements made with current employees and provide retirement benefits to Nevada's public employees. Current employees and retirees would not have seen any changes to their benefits and were not subject to any changes as proposed in this legislation. These proposed changes would have only affected new employees hired after July 1, 2016.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 191: Support
Revises Provisions Related to Fuel Revenue Indexing

The Metro Chamber supported AB 191, which combines two 2016 ballot questions about fuel revenue indexing into a single countywide ballot question. The Metro Chamber has been an advocate of fuel revenue indexing, citing Southern Nevada’s growing need for transportation and infrastructure updates. This legislation will support job creation and improve the quality of life for Nevada’s residents by decreasing congestion and increasing the region’s economic competitiveness.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 34, Nays: 8, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 232: Support
Revises Provisions Related to Health Districts

AB 232 attempted to change the governance structure of health districts in counties with more than 700,000 residents, designating a single executive officer responsible to the Board of Health. It also would have separated health-related issues from administrative issues in the governance structure, allowing public health and medical workers to focus solely on improving public health. This bill would have helped improve the function and role that health districts have in our community. The Metro Chamber believes these changes would have benefited Southern Nevada’s business community by creating economies of scale within the district and supporting a collaborative partnership with the business community. AB232 was a measure that came out of the Southern Nevada Forum, Governance Committee.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed a vote by the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 236: Support
Adopts Internet Engagement as a Formal State Policy

The Metro Chamber supported AB 236, which adopts as a formal policy the use of the Internet to help promote public engagement with the state government. This bill directs all state agencies to take advantage of tools like email, social media and online forums to help drive discussion and disseminate information about the functions, opportunities and engagement available to Nevadans at the state level. The Metro Chamber believes this bill will help modernize the way the state interfaces with its citizens and promote transparency across all levels of government by encouraging engagement and making information easily accessible.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 31, Nays: 10, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 249: Support
Revises Provisions Related to Collective Bargaining

The Metro Chamber supported AB 249, as this bill would have required a copy of a proposed collective bargaining or similar agreement be made public prior to it being voted on by a relevant governing body. It also attempted to change the process of fact-finding and arbitration for collective bargaining, and remove some balance of the general fund of a local government from the scope of collective bargaining as a consideration by a fact-finder or arbitrator. The Metro Chamber supports collective bargaining reform as part of its government reform efforts.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 277: Oppose
Prohibits State Action from Substantially Burdening a Person's Exercise of Religion Under Certain Circumstances

This bill would have created the Nevada Protection of Religious Freedom Act, which would have changed current law in regards to how it relates to civil liberties and businesses.

The Metro Chamber opposed this bill from an economic development perspective because of the potential negative impact it could have had on the state’s economy, especially to the tourism industry.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 278: Support
Establishes a Framework to Reduce Class Sizes

The Metro Chamber supported AB 278. Existing state law provides a formula by which to determine class sizes, but this law directs districts to develop plans within the existing framework to monitor and ensure that the number of pupils in a given classroom is compliant with state law and creates an environment conducive to learning. This bill will help districts improve the quality of education delivered in our classrooms, aligning with the Metro Chamber’s longstanding education reform priorities.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 280: Support
Revises the Way Local Governments Bargain with Public Employees Unions

The Metro Chamber testified in support of AB 280 as this measure would have allowed currently existing contracts that were a result of collective bargaining to run through the negotiated period and, upon expiration, would have provided local governments the flexibility to determine if they wish to continue with the collective bargaining process or opt out and proscribe the terms of employment without using the collective bargaining process. The Metro Chamber supported this measure because of the flexibility it would have given to local governments when negotiating employment contracts on behalf of taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 289: Support
Creates a Legislative Commission to Study Regionalized Mental Health Services

The Metro Chamber supported AB 289, which builds on foundations laid by the Governor by creating a Legislative Commission to study the provision of mental health services on a regionalized basis within the state. The commission would have examined what district structures are best, how to transition from a statewide framework to a regionalized framework, revenue sources, and accountability measures intended to improve the way mental health is handled in Nevada. Improving the quality of mental health in the state and ensuring that Southern Nevada’s unique needs are considered in the process is a goal set by the Southern Nevada Forum and supported by the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 291: Support
Makes an Appropriation for School Districts to Provide Early Childhood Education Programs

This bill would have provided funds to the Nevada Department of Education for early childhood education programs. Local school districts would have been able to request funds to support programing at the local school district level, provided their plan had been provided by the Department of Education. As an education priority, the Metro Chamber supports early childhood education programs because of the positive impact they have on a child. Investment in these types of programs increases a child’s ability to academically successful in the classroom.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Education and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 292: Support
Revises Provisions to Health Care Providers and Telehealth

The Metro Chamber supported AB 292, which requires health care providers who service patients in the state through telehealth to hold a valid license. There is a growing need for more qualified healthcare providers in Southern Nevada. SB 292 addresses this need by requiring telehealthcare providers to hold a valid license, allowing more Nevadans access to quality medical care.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 300: Support
Creates a State Inspector General

The Metro Chamber offered its support to AB 300, which attempted to create the Office of Inspector General in Nevada. This measure was intended to reduce fraud, waste and abuse at the state level by charging an individual to investigate and audit the state’s departments and move the currently existing Department of Internal Audits to the Inspector General’s office. Increasing government oversight and reducing fraud and abuse is a longstanding public policy objective of the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 303: Oppose
Repeals Common Core Standards

The Metro Chamber opposed repealing the state's academic standards pertaining to English and math. In addition to being an improvement on previous or prior state standards, the Nevada Academic Content Standards based on Common Core provide state standards similar to those in many other states, allowing teachers to pool knowledge, expertise and lessons to improve the quality of education in Nevada. Common Core Standards have broad support in the business community because of the role they play in college and career readiness. Common Core is part of the Metro Chamber’s longstanding priority of improving K-12 education in the state.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Education and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 306: Neutral
Mandates Certain Requirements for Employers of Nursing Mothers

Metro Chamber government affairs team members worked with the bill’s sponsor to address provisions that may have caused an undue burden to small businesses. While acknowledging the importance of supporting and encouraging new mothers in the workplace, concerns must be addressed to ensure employers and business owners are treated fairly and reasonably.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill passed the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services but failed to be considered by the Assembly for a floor vote and received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 312: Support
Changes Provisions Relating to PERS

The Metro Chamber supported AB 312 as the measure would have changed the benefit timeline for individuals enrolling in the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) in the future by raising the age at which an individual becomes eligible to receive their full retirement benefits. It also attempted to change the formula by which retirement benefits are calculated, determining averages over a longer period of time to establish a more accurate income picture. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it helps ensure PERS' long-term sustainability, while also making it accountable to taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 25; Nays: 17; Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill passed the Assembly but failed to be considered by the Senate for a floor vote and received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 339: Support
Revises the Composition of Local School Boards of Trustees

The Metro Chamber supported AB 339, a key feature of the Governor’s education reform agenda as laid out in his State of the State address. This measure attempted to change the way communities select members of a school district’s board of trustees, allowing the State Board of Education to appoint a certain number of members to a board of trustees. It also provided a process by which to change election districts for school boards of trustees to be reflective of the new process. The Metro Chamber supported the bill because it allowed for the conversation of governance structure to be discussed, which is important to improving education.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Education and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 342: Support
Establishes a System to Track Employer Needs

The Metro Chamber supported AB 342, which endeavored to direct the Governor's Office of Economic Development to create and administer a system to track the skills needed by employers and the skills that are anticipated to be needed in the future. This bill would have helped the state’s educational institutions produce graduates who are ready to join the workforce and equipped with the skills needed for tomorrow’s high paying jobs. This legislation promoted the Metro Chamber’s workforce development efforts.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Taxation and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 364: Support
Revises Provisions Relating to the State Business Portal

The Metro Chamber supported AB 364. This bill allows for horizontal integration of business licensing between the Office of the Secretary of State and local municipalities. This legislation will decrease the administrative burden on businesses that apply for business licenses in local jurisdictions and also choose to integrate with the Office of the Secretary of State.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 39, Nays: 23, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 380:
Revises Provisions Relating to Sales and Use Taxes

The Metro Chamber supported AB 380 in the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development. AB 380 will strengthen Nevada’s laws in regard to online sellers who provide goods to customers in this state. Online businesses should be treated like our brick and mortar members when it comes to the imposition and collection of sales tax. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it was not a tax increase, but would improve the method of collecting taxes already owed.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 33, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 387: Support
Revises Laws Relating to Nevada’s Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)

The Metro Chamber supported AB 387, which would bar the practice of purchasing service credit to reduce the number of years an employee eligible for PERS must work to receive a full benefit. The Metro Chamber supported this legislation because it brings financial responsibility and accountability measures on PERS, ensuring its long-term sustainability and promoting principles of good governance and fairness.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 399: Support
Creates an Economic Development Pilot Program Based on Information Technology

The Metro Chamber supported AB 399, which directs the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to create a two-year pilot program designed to help grow businesses currently conducting business in Nevada by emphasizing information technology as a strategy for economic development and growth. Economic growth and the diversification of Nevada’s economy are longstanding priorities for the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 32, Nays: 8, Excused 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 1, Excused 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 410: Support
Revises Membership Provisions on State Boards and Commissions

The Metro Chamber supported AB 410, a measure designed to ensure that the boards and commissions of state government have membership proportional to the population centers in the state. The Metro Chamber supported this measure because it would provide additional representation for Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 413: Opposed
Revises Laws Related to Local Government

The Metro Chamber opposed AB 413 as originally submitted for consideration by the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs. As proposed, this bill would have increased the powers of local government by repealing Dillon's Rule, which would impact businesses at the local government level. However, the Metro Chamber is supportive of the principles of local governments having the necessary tools to function, pertaining to the delegated authority that has been given to them by the state constitution and legislature. The Metro Chamber worked with stakeholders, including the State’s largest unincorporated cities, to address the business community's concerns in the desire to find a balanced solution which was brought forth in AB 493.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill passed the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs but failed to be considered by the Assembly for a floor vote and received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 423: Support
Creates the Legislative Committee on Transportation Infrastructure and Funding

The Metro Chamber supported AB 423, which would have created the Legislative Committee on Transportation Infrastructure and Funding. Transportation infrastructure development and refurbishment has been a longstanding priority for the Metro Chamber. The creation of this committee would have allowed for a statewide dialogue regarding transportation infrastructure, as well as funding mechanisms outside of the biennial legislative session.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no action taken by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 445: Support
Makes Various Changes Relating to Redevelopment

This bill revises provisions for local redevelopment agencies. The bill provides a local government the ability to extend their redevelopment plans by an additional 15 years, depending on population size of the city, it would be either 45 years or 60 years. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it will help with local development efforts in Las Vegas and Henderson. This will provide local governments another tool in their efforts to increase economic development initiatives in Southern Nevada.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 34, Nays: 6, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20; Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 447: Support
Revises Provisions Related to the Use of Student Information During Teacher Evaluations

The Metro Chamber supported AB 447, a bill that will revise and standardize the use of student data to evaluate teachers in the state. The bill establishes timelines for the use of student data in teacher evaluations, structured in such a way to maximize the fairness of the evaluations and to match the timeline of pupil evaluation under the new academic content standards implemented in Nevada. Ensuring that teachers are fairly evaluated is an important component of accountability standards in the classroom.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 39, Nays: 1, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 464: Monitored
Revises Provisions Related to the Modified Business Tax and the Business License Fee

This plan to raise revenues was one of several that had been proposed during the legislative session. Major components of the bill included a Modified Business Tax rate of 1.56% for all businesses, excluding those with payroll below $50,000 per quarter, and a Business License Fee of $300 for non-corporations and $500 for corporations. Healthcare deductions would have been eliminated under the proposal. The Metro Chamber monitored this tax proposal as part of the overall discussions about the need to reform Nevada’s tax structure and fund the new education reform initiatives proposed by the Governor.

Assembly Vote:
No action taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No action taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill passed the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means but failed to be considered by the Assembly for a floor vote and received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Assembly Bill 491: Support
Authorizes and Provides for Funding for Certain Projects of Capital Improvement

This bill pertains to the funding of the capital improvement projects by the state. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it provides for funding for the construction of UNLV’s new College of Hotel Administration Building. The Metro Chamber is in support of this project as it will provide new classrooms, training facilities and learning space for students to fully prepare them for the needs of our core industry of tourism. UNLV's College of Hotel Administration is considered to be one of the premiere programs in the nation. It attracts students from across the country and around the world, and gives Southern Nevada a competitive edge in ensuring we continue to have a well-trained hospitality workforce.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 32, Nays: 8, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Assembly Bill 493: Support
Revises Laws Related to Local Municipal Government

The Metro Chamber supported this legislation, after working with the Nevada League of Cities as well as City of Las Vegas. This bill will modify Dillon's Rule for counties, allowing them to act with delegated authority when considering matters of local concern at the local government level. The Metro Chamber is supportive of the principles of local governments having the necessary tools to function, pertaining to the delegated authority that has been given to them by the state constitution and legislature.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 22, Nays: 18, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 14, Nays: 6, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 29: Support
Revises Laws Related to Local County Government

The Metro Chamber supported SB 29, after working with the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) as well as Clark and Washoe counties. This bill will modify Dillon's Rule for counties, allowing them to act with delegated authority when considering matters of local concern at the local government level. The Metro Chamber is supportive of the principles of local governments having the necessary tools to function, pertaining to the delegated authority that has been given to them by the state constitution and legislature.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 32, Nays: 9, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 46: Oppose
Exempts Certain Employees of the Colorado River Commission

The Metro Chamber opposed this bill because it would have moved employees from the Colorado River Commission and the Public Utilities Commission to exempt status, allowing them to set their own pay scale while still receiving benefits from the Public Employees Retirement System. The bill would also allow for very little oversight from the Executive or Legislative branches, by exempting these commissions from the State Budget Act.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 68: Support
Expedites the Licensure Process for Physicians

The Metro Chamber supported Senate Bill 68, which will expedite the licensure process for physicians. This important bill will help Nevada attract additional physicians to the state. A strong and robust healthcare system is critical to the statewide business climate because of its significant impact on employers, employees and quality of life issues. It will also help strengthen Nevada's healthcare system and support economic development related to medicine.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 70: Support
Revises Nevada Open Meeting Law

The Metro Chamber supported SB 70, which provides clarification to several provisions to the State's open meeting law, such as specifying that a quorum of a public meeting consists of a simple majority; posting requirements for government entities that operate on a four-day work week; and requiring notification that these requirements have been met and submitted to the State's Attorney General. The bill also requires government entities to approve public meeting minutes at the immediate next meeting of the government entity. The Metro Chamber supported the bill because it provides greater transparency, clarity and understanding of how local governments operate, which is beneficial to Nevada's taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 75: Support
Administration of Academic Testing Standards Test

The Metro Chamber supported SB 75 as the bill will provide needed flexibility in the testing date of the state's academic standards to the benefit of students in local school districts and charter schools. This bill will ensure that all students receive the same amount of instructional time prior to taking the test, which is used to measure their academic progress. The intent is to provide teachers with the necessary instruction time to cover needed material with their students before the test.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 26, Nays: 14, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 92: Support
Revises Provisions Related to the Qualification of Teachers in Nevada

The Metro Chamber supported SB 92. This measure will require the boards of trustees in school districts to adopt specific policies relating to teacher qualification for certain employees who have graduated from the probationary period. It also inserts specific items in the statewide performance evaluation system that account for the evaluation of district level administrators and proscribes policies for carrying out a reduction in educational workforce. The Metro Chamber supported this measure because of the greater accountability it will bring into the state’s K-12 education system.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 28, Nays: 11, Excused: 3

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Enrolled and delivered to the Governor for action.

 


Senate Bill 93: Support
Provides Certain Tax Abatements to General Aviation Industry

SB 93 would have provided businesses that own, operate, manufacture or service aircraft or a component of an aircraft the ability to apply for a partial tax credit for local sales and use tax through the Governor's Office of Economic Development. This credit would be made available to those qualified businesses that plan to expand or relocate to Nevada. Action was taken on a similar measure, AB 161. The Metro Chamber supported the both bills, as they would encourage economic diversification, job growth and business expansion in the general aviation industry. This economic development legislation was a priority identified by the Southern Nevada Forum.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Assembly Committee on Taxation and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 94:
Makes Various Changes Relating to Transferable Film Tax Credits

The Metro Chamber supported SB 94, which makes various changes to the current structure and process when applying for and receiving transferable film tax credits. The Metro Chamber supported the initial legislation in the 2013 legislative session, which created the transferable film tax credit program. Since 2013, nearly a dozen productions have taken advantage of the program, spending at least 60 percent of production costs in Nevada, stimulating the state’s economy and allowing for these productions to showcase our state.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 34, Nays: 7, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 119: Support
Bond Rollover for School Construction

SB 119 passed, which relates to the rollover of existing bonds for school construction projects, however the provisions relating to eliminating prevailing wage have since been stripped. The Metro Chamber supported the concepts of the bill because of the need to build new schools and address overcrowding in Clark and Washoe Counties. It would also be available to rural counties in the state.

The rollover of existing bonds will provide financing for the construction of new schools in local school districts by extending the life of existing bonds for ten years. The Clark County School District will use the funds toward the construction of new schools, the refurbishment of older schools, infrastructure and information technology updates.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 23, Nays: 19, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 11, Nays: 9, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 125: Support
Establishes a Framework to Maintain and Grow Nevada's Air Passenger Infrastructure

The Metro Chamber supported this measure because of the impact it would have had on increasing the state's air passenger infrastructure and connectedness as it relates to economic development. The measure would have increased Nevada's business competitiveness by expanding and improving the ability to move goods and people through the state by air travel, particularly in Nevada's small and rural communities. Businesses wanting to expand look at transportation infrastructure and services as two of their factors in deciding to relocate or expand their businesses.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
Placed on Secretary's desk of the Senate and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 128: Support
Changes Provisions Relating to Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarships

The Metro Chamber supported SB 128, which changes provisions to the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship by increasing the number of college course credits a student would need to take to be eligible for the scholarship. The Metro Chamber supported the bill because it encourages students to complete their degree in four years. These changes would help efforts to increase Nevada's college graduation rate.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 0, Excused: 3

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 133: Support
Creates the Teachers' School Supplies Reimbursement Account

The Metro Chamber supported SB 133 as the bill creates a state account to reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket expenses related to their classrooms. Teachers will be eligible to be reimbursed $250 per year by the state. The Metro Chamber is supportive of providing additional classroom resources to teachers throughout Nevada.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 36, Nays: 3, Excused: 3

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 134: Support
Makes Changes to Appeal Cap Bonds in Civil Actions

The Metro Chamber supported SB 134, which brings Nevada in line with other states by capping the bond amount required for a business to post when appealing a civil judgment, freeing those dollars for economic growth and job creation. Tort reform has been a longstanding priority for the Metro Chamber and such efforts will help improve Nevada's business and economic development climate.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 2, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 149: Support
Preservation of State Highway Trust Fund

Expanding and improving Nevada's transportation infrastructure is a longstanding priority for the Metro Chamber at the local, state and federal levels. The Metro Chamber supported SB 149 because of the effect it would have had on Nevada's highways. This measure, which attempted to direct the state's treasurer to establish a program to provide matching grants to supplement local funds marked for the maintenance and repair of the state's transportation networks, would have improved the ability of Nevada's businesses to conduct business both in their localities and across the state. This bill would have helped ensure the stability and solvency of Nevada's Highway Trust Fund. Investment in roads is necessary for economic development as it connects people between communities and allows for the movements of goods and products. This bill was also a priority from the Southern Nevada Forum, which the Metro Chamber also supports.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee action taken by the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 153: Support
Revises Provisions Governing Heart and Lung Benefit

SB 153 revises the presumption under the current heart and lung benefit that is provided to firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

The Metro Chamber testified in support of SB 153, recognizing the balance needed to provide workers compensation to public employees while establishing some eligibility perimeters to the benefits currently offered. The Metro Chamber recognizes the hard work of law enforcement officers and firefighters, but believes there is a need for reforming the requirements to receive this benefit.

Currently, this is an open-ended benefit and the proposed time frame in the bill will allow for local government to better determine potential future liability with workers compensation claims. It would provide an opportunity for these claims to be more accurately quantified and to provide government the ability to fully fund these claims.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 36, Nays: 6, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 157: Support
Institutes the State and Local Government Cooperation Act

The Metro Chamber supported SB 157. The bill provides for specific measures that help facilitate effective communication between state and local governments, benefiting Nevadans by increasing coordination and cooperation between governing bodies. The bill also sets out several definitions to help provide consistent and predictable decision-making mechanisms by local governments. This bill will help promote good governance at the state and local level, with employers and employees reaping the benefits of a communicating, coordinating government.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 39, Nays: 1, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 158: Support
Provides for Additional Transparency with Collective Bargaining Agreements

The Metro Chamber supported this important transparency bill relating to information about collective bargaining agreements that must be provided to the public during a public hearing. The bill will require documents such as the entire agreement, summary of the articles of changes and fiscal impacts to be made available as part of the materials that would be provided at the public hearing.

This bill is another step forward to providing the general public with the opportunity to have a greater understanding of the collective bargaining process. More transparency includes making the public aware of the specifics of the agreements; giving them the opportunity to understand both the short and long-term financial impacts summaries of a bargaining proposal; and being able to easily access the necessary documents.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 1, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 160: Support
Limits Trespass Liability

The Metro Chamber supported SB 160, which will bring Nevada in line with 42 other states, precluding businesses from the current liability they incur when trespassers are injured on their property.

The Metro Chamber is supportive of SB 160 because it will remove the burden of liability from business owners for what happens to a person on their premises when the person had no invitation, permission or license to be there.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 38, Nays: 4, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 2, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 161: Support
Limits Product Liability Claims

The Metro Chamber supported SB 161, which will remove the burden of frivolous law suits from distributors and retailers who sell and distribute products with a manufacturing defect.

SB 161 will enhance the state's business climate by protecting sellers and distributors, while at the same time allowing claimants appropriate recourse against the manufacturers of defective products. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it protects Nevada businesses and falls under the umbrella of tort reform, a longstanding priority of the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 25, Nays: 17, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 11, Nays: 9, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Vetoed by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 162: Support
Strengthens Insurance Protection

The Metro Chamber supported SB 162 because it will allow for accurate and timely medical documentation to be provided to insurance companies when claims are filed. The current system allows for the process to be delayed by not submitting all claimant documentation and then asking the insurer for full information regarding the policy.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 23, Nays: 18, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 168: Support
Defines Measures Related to Declaring a Fiscal Emergency for Local Governments

The Metro Chamber supported SB 168 citing increased flexibility for local government entities during fiscal emergencies. The provisions define the circumstances that allow local governments to declare a fiscal emergency and exempt certain funds from being considered during collective bargaining procedures. The measure will also allow cities to reopen collective bargaining agreements during a fiscal emergency to renegotiate contracts. This flexibility is important to local governments and increases their ability to provide services during financially troubled times.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 11, Nays: 8, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 180: Oppose
Provides Damages for Employees Who Have Been Injured by Certain Unlawful Employment Practices

The Metro Chamber opposed SB 180 as this measure would have mandated that courts award plaintiffs the cost and fees associated with hiring an attorney to file a suit in addition to any other damages or relief already awarded in the law suit. The Metro Chamber believes this bill would have created an undue burden on employers and contributed to an environment that encourages frivolous lawsuits and hinder the state’s legal environment.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 193: Support
Revises Daily Overtime Provisions

SB 193 as originally proposed would have revised the existing "daily overtime" law for certain hourly employees who work more than eight hours in a day, but under 40 hours a week. This would not impact hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week and receive overtime. However, other components and revisions to the bill included a provision to raise minimum wage requirements for those employers that did not provide healthcare to their employees. The Metro Chamber supported the provisions of the bill related to the changes to the “daily overtime” because it would have allowed for greater flexibility in scheduling between employers and employees, increased scheduling efficiencies and brought Nevada more in line with federal employment standards regarding overtime provisions.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 22, Nays: 20, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 11, Nays: 9, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Bill failed because the conference report between the Assembly and Senate was not accepted by the Assembly.

 


Senate Bill 207: Support
School Construction Bond Rollover

SB 207 would allow to the rollover of existing bonds for school construction projects. The Metro Chamber supported the bill because of the need to build new schools and address overcrowding in Clark and Washoe Counties. It would also be available to rural counties in the state. The rollover of existing bonds will provide financing for the construction of new schools in local school districts by extending the life of existing bonds for ten years. The Clark County School District will use the funds toward the construction of new schools, the refurbishment of older schools, infrastructure and information technology updates. The bonding measures will cover school construction and improvements projects across the school district. It will not raise property taxes. The passage of this bill was a legislative priority for the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 27, Nays: 14, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 15, Nays: 4, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed by the Governor into law.

 


Senate Bill 213: Support
Creates Mechanisms to Track Federal Funding in the State

The Metro Chamber supported SB 213. This bill was designed to help Nevada receive its fair share of federal dollars redistributed to the state. The legislation required the chief of the state’s budget division to maintain a database related to federal funds in Nevada and to conduct an annual report about the status of Nevada’s federal funding and the mechanisms in place to distribute and administer those funds. The Metro Chamber believes this bill will would have helped Nevada get its deserved return on federal tax dollars to help fund the essential services that the state provides.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 37, Nays: 2, Excused: 3

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Failed to concur between the Assembly and Senate and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 214: Support
Creates an Advisory Council on Federal Funding

SB 214 creates an advisory council on federal funding. The council is intended to help government agencies maximize their ability to get a return on taxes paid to the federal government by Nevada. The council will evaluate, monitor and advise state and local agencies on how best to apply for and receive federal dollars to help fund their respective operations. The Metro Chamber believes this bill will help increase Nevada's return on federal tax dollars, which will help fund the essential services that the state provides.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 34, Nays: 3, Excused: 5

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 223: Support
Revises Provisions Relating to Collection of Debts on Construction Projects

The Metro Chamber supported SB 223, testifying that the measure will promote economic development and restore integrity to the judicial system. It will limit the circumstances in which primary contractors are liable for labor costs accrued by subcontractors during the life of a project. The bill will also change certain provisions related to trusts between prime contractors and subcontractors and the penalties associated with nonpayment so that these changes promote transparency and fairness.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Sent to Governor for action.

 


Senate Bill 224: Support
Limits the Amount of Time Employees Have to Recover Wages

The Metro Chamber supported SB 224, which defines the term "independent contractor” and limits the period in which a person can recover unpaid wages without written notice. This bill protects employers from frivolous lawsuits and reduces costs associated with these types of lawsuits.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Sent to Governor for action.

 


Senate Bill 227: Support
Creates the Silver State Opportunity Grant Program

The Metro Chamber supported SB 227, which will create a state grant program for students attending Nevada's public institutions of higher education. The grant program will be funded at an annual allocation level of $5 million from the State General Fund. The Metro Chamber supported this bill, as it will provide students the ability to access resources to help with their efforts to pursue and complete their post-secondary degree in Nevada. An educated workforce will help improve Nevada's economy, support economic development efforts and sustain job growth in targeted industry sectors.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 37, Nays: 3, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 231: Support
Revises Provisions Relating to Workers’ Compensation

The Metro Chamber supported SB 231, which will limit the amount of a controlled substance that healthcare providers may dispense to an injured employee; revises the time that an insurer has to pay a bill submitted by a healthcare provider; and revises provisions relating to injured employees who were injured while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance. The Metro Chamber supports changes to workers’ compensation laws that allow for clearer understanding to businesses while providing a safe work environment.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 3, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 232: Support
Makes Various Changes Relating to Workers’ Compensation

The Metro Chamber supported SB 232, which will make changes to payments of certain workers’ compensation claims, raising the current lump-sum award limit from 25% to 30% for a permanent partial disability and revising provisions relating to the reopening of a workers’ compensation claim. The Metro Chamber supports changes to workers’ compensation laws that allow for commensurate compensation to employees and appropriate understanding by employers.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 236: Support
Recognizes Exceptional Accomplishments by Nevada Students in STEM Education

SB 236, supported by the Metro Chamber, would have revised provisions related to the Advisory Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the state, requiring it to establish events to recognize exceptional achievement or performance by students and schools in the state. The Metro Chamber is a strong advocate of increased STEM education in schools and believes recognizing achievement in these fields will help elevate the profile of STEM education in the state.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 241: Support
Changes the Way School Administrators Collectively Bargain

The Metro Chamber supported SB 241. This bill will exclude certain school administrators from membership in a bargaining unit for the purpose of collective bargaining based on salary thresholds. It will also eliminate evergreen clauses and modify the guidelines relating to the arbitration process. The Metro Chamber supported this measure, especially because this bill would eliminate evergreen clauses and because collective bargaining reform is a longstanding priority of the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 15, Nays: 4, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 244: Support
Revises the Way State Agencies Hire and Compensate Outside Counsel

The Metro Chamber supported SB 244. This measure revises the process by which the Attorney General may enter into contracts with outside attorneys, requires the approval of the Governor and legislature, and limits the contingency fees associated with those types of contracts. This measure is in line with the Metro Chamber’s good governance priorities by ensuring that executive agencies use existing resources when available and that the fees associated with cases where outside counsel is retained are both fair and transparent.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 251: Support
Ratifies the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

This bill ratifies the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, making it easier for physicians licensed in other states to receive a license to practice medicine in Nevada. The compact also provides best practices across states for the licensure of physicians in Nevada. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because of the role it plays in helping attract a qualified medical workforce to the state, making it more efficient for doctors licensed in other states to relocate their practice to Nevada. This will improve access to doctors and the quality of life for Nevada’s residents, create jobs and help grow the healthcare sector of the state’s economy.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by Governor.

 


Senate Bill 252: Monitored
Proposes a Restructuring of the Business License Fee

SB 252 was the Governor’s original proposal as part of his revenue plan to fund new education reform initiatives to improve the quality of education in Nevada. The bill was based on revising the Business License Fee with industry specific rates, which were determined on a business’ gross revenue in Nevada. The Governor later proposed a “compromise” plan that resulted in the passage of SB 483 to fund the education reform initiatives.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 3, Excused: 0

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee action taken by the Assembly Committee on Taxation and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 259: Oppose
Requires Private Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

The Metro Chamber opposed SB 259, which would have required private employers to provide at least one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked beginning on the 90th calendar day of employment. This measure would have raised costs and limited the ability of employers to hire additional workers. The Metro Chamber opposed the measure because it would place an unnecessary burden on employers, as well as complicate current benefits offered by employers and hinder the state’s business environment.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee action taken by the Senate Committee on Finance and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 266: Support
Changes Provisions to Nevada's Live Entertainment Tax

This bill changes provisions to Nevada’s Live Entertainment Tax. The intent of the bill is bring stability and simplicity to the current structure of the Live Entertainment Tax (LET). It also designed to to also broaden the scope of the tax, while clarifying many of the challenges that currently exist with a bifurcated tax rate. The bill clarifies when the tax is collected, the type of events, changes the rate and that it does not apply to food and beverage purchases. Addressing the structural problems with the LET has been a priority of the Metro Chamber as part of its tax reform efforts.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 38, Nays: 2, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 291: Support
Revises the Process in Certain Civil Trials

The Metro Chamber supported SB 291, which would have allowed defendants to introduce additional evidence during civil trials and limits some medical expenses that can be recovered as the result of a civil action. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because it would have reduced the number of frivolous law suits filed and ensured that awards resulting from a civil action are fair and reasonable.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 15, Nays 6, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Placed on Chief Clerk's desk of the Assembly and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 295: Support
Provides for Additional Workforce Development Resources Regarding STEM

This legislation would have provide an appropriation and required the Nevada Department of Education to maintain a website relating to information about different career pathways and options in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Local schools would have provided that information to the Department of Education. The Metro Chamber was supportive of this bill as it related to STEM education, which is important to improving the quality of education in Nevada.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill passed the Senate Committee on Education but failed to be considered by the Senate for a floor vote and received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 296: Support
Limits Liability for Some Parties in Certain Civil Actions

The Metro Chamber supported SB 296, which, in certain cases, will limit the conditions under which a manufacturer or seller of a product is liable for damages in a civil action. It will also revise the type of damages a plaintiff may recover in certain civil actions. The Metro Chamber supported this measure as part of its longstanding commitment to tort reform and protecting the state's business climate.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 22, Nays: 18, Excused: 2,

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 16, Nays: 5, Excused: 0,

Current Status:
Vetoed by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 300: Support
Revises Provisions Related to Comparative Negligence

The Metro Chamber supported SB 300. This bill would have changed the way juries (or judges, in a bench trial) evaluated comparative negligence (a rule allocating damages when both parties are found to be somewhat at fault) and joint and several liability (where each damaging party is independently liable for the full extent of the damages of the injuring act). Under this new structure, each defendant would be liable to the plaintiff only for the percentage of responsibility attributed to him or her. Damages would have been allocated based on fault. This had the potential to curb financial incentives for frivolous lawsuits that deliberately seek damages from companies because of their ability to pay large sums of money in damages, even though these companies’ percentage of fault may be small or non-existent. This measure would have significantly reduced the number of frivolous lawsuits in the state and lowered the costs associated with doing business in the state.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee action taken by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 314: Support
Changes the Board Structure of Health Districts

The Metro Chamber supported SB 314, which changes the structure by which health districts are governed, in the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services. It directs the board to hire a qualified individual as the district’s administrative director to oversee the district and perform other duties as directed by the board. It also reduces the number of voting members of a health district’s governing board from 14 to 11 voting members and eliminates alternate voting members. It provides for the creation of a public health advisory board to advise the health district’s board, which would be comprised of elected local officials, residents from cities within a health district and other relevant individuals. The Metro Chamber supported this legislation as part of its commitment to reforming governing institutions to better serve the businesses and residents of Southern Nevada and increase transparency. SB 314 is a Southern Nevada Forum priority.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 22, Nays: 20, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 2, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 323: Support
Creates a Loan Program to Support Minority and Woman-Owned Businesses Through the Office of Economic Development

The Metro Chamber supported SB 323. The measure would have created a program to provide loans to minority and woman-owned businesses in the state to promote business ownership in those constituencies. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because of the positive impact it would likely have had on economic development, job and business growth by minority and woman-owned businesses.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee action taken by the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 329: Support
Revises Civil Procedure Relating to Actions Against Partners

The Metro Chamber supported SB 329. Currently, some individuals may be liable as a partner in certain civil proceedings even though he or she may not be an actual partner in the business arrangement. This bill will exempt such individuals who have come together to do business in accordance with Title 7 of the Nevada Revised Statutes and establishes procedures to protect individuals from being held liable as partners when they are not actual partners. The Metro Chamber supported this bill as part of its longstanding commitment to improve the state's business climate.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 29, Nays: 13, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 332:
Funds Teacher Peer Evaluation Program in Clark County

The Metro Chamber supported SB 332, which makes an appropriation to the Clark County School District to fund a teacher peer evaluation program in the Senate Committee on Education. Existing law has already created a teacher performance evaluation system which includes a process for peer evaluations, but SB 332 provides funding to support new teachers by providing a veteran teacher to meet with them regularly and assist them in their professional development.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 31, Nays: 9, Excused: 2,

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 1, Excused: 1,

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 378: Monitored
Senate Democrat Tax Proposal

SB 378 was a tax proposal introduced by Senate Democrats to provide funding for new education reform initiatives. The tax proposal would have eliminated the Modified Business Tax and replaced it with a gross receipts tax for those businesses exceeding more than $25,000 a quarter at a rate of 0.465%. The Metro Chamber monitored this tax proposal as part of overall discussions about the need to reform Nevada’s tax structure and fund the new education reform initiative proposed by the Governor.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 391: Support
Requires Districts to Implement Plans to Improve Reading in Public Schools

The Metro Chamber supported SB 391, as this bill will require school districts and charter schools to develop plans to improve reading skills; designate an individual at each school as a learning strategist charged with helping to execute the plan; provide for the professional development of teachers in the area of reading improvement; and prohibit the promotion of students to grade four who have not demonstrated grade three-level reading competency. The Metro Chamber has long supported Read by Three strategies and supports this legislation's professional development mechanisms.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 38, Nays: 0, Excused: 4

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 405: Support
Funds and Expands the Zoom Schools Program

The Metro Chamber supported SB 405. The legislation will expand the Zoom Schools program. The Metro Chamber supported the creation of the Zoom Schools program in the 2013 legislative session, and the results in student achievement have been meaningful and consistent. This measure targets more resources for students who have the most potential for improvement and will help raise the overall quality of education in the district while ensuring a steady flow of qualified individuals into the workforce.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 35, Nays: 7, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 1, Excused 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 406: Support
Revises Laws Relating to Public Employees’ Retirement System

The Metro Chamber supported SB 406 as this bill contains several reform measures directed at the Public Employees' Retirement System, including a provision that forfeits retirement benefits for individuals who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to felonies. It would also change the minimum age at which an individual may begin to receive benefits from their state-funded retirement system and also reforms the process by which employees may “buy a year” of service toward their retirement benefit. These reforms are part of the Metro Chamber’s efforts to ensure that the state’s retirement system is sustainable, while at the same time fair and accountable to taxpayers.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays: 1, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bills 430: Support
Funds and Expands the Zoom Schools Program

The Metro Chamber supported SB 430, a measure aimed to expand the Zoom Schools program. The Metro Chamber supported the creation of the Zoom Schools program in the 2013 Legislative Session, and the results in student achievement have been meaningful and consistent. This measure targets more resources at students who have the most potential for improvement and will help raise the overall quality of education in the district while ensuring a steady flow of qualified individuals into the workforce. SB 405, a nearly identical measure to SB 430 was passed by both houses of the legislature and sent to the Governor for action.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Education and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 432: Support
Creates Victory Schools

The Metro Chamber supported SB 432, a key component of the Governor’s education reform agenda. This measure funds the Victory School program, which targets persistently underperforming schools in economically challenged areas of the state. The money appropriated by this measure must be used to offer certain programs and services and includes accountability measures to ensure the maximum dollar amount goes directly to student services and educational programs. Targeted dollars where improvement is most urgently needed has been one of the Metro Chamber’s educational priorities. This measure promotes good government by including accountability measures for the tax dollars being spent.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 33, Nays: 8, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 1

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 442: Support
Revises Provisions Governing Arbitration

The Metro Chamber supported SB 442. Currently, a person who is requested to serve as an arbitrator must disclose any facts that may affect impartiality. SB 442 prohibits an arbitrator from consolidating separate proceedings, all parties expressly agreeing to consolidation and requires a court to remove an arbitrator who did not disclose consolidation of proceedings.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 41, Nays, 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 460: Support
Revises Provisions Related to the Statewide System of Accountability for Public Schools

The Metro Chamber supported SB 460, which provides an alternative performance framework to evaluate certain schools which serve certain populations, in the Senate Committee on Finance. The Metro Chamber supported this legislation because it would more accurately allow for the progress and results of students enrolled in select schools to be evaluated.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 40, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 2, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 473: Support
Revises Laws Related to the Office of Grant Procurement

The Metro Chamber supported SB 473 as this bill requires state agencies to notify the Office of Grant Procurement of any portion of a grant received by the state agency and is determined to be unexpended by the end of the period for which the grant was made. This will allow the Office of Grant Procurement to serve as a clearinghouse, disseminating information about unspent grant money to other agencies that may be able to use the unexpended grant funds. The Metro Chamber supported this measure as part of increasing efforts to ensure that Nevada gets its fair share of federal grant dollars.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 42, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 474: Support
Creates the Great Teaching and Leading Fund

The Metro Chamber supported SB 474. This bill will allow school boards, charter school authorities and other associated education entities to submit an application to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for funds to provide professional development, leadership training and recruitment and retention of effective teachers and principals. The Metro Chamber supported this measure as an effort to recruit, develop and retain highly effective teachers and administrators.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 33, Nays: 9, Excused: 0

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 21, Nays: 0, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Sent to the Governor for action.

 


Senate Bill 479: Support
Revises Provisions for Redevelopment Plans

The Metro Chamber supported SB 479. As proposed, the bill would have extend the life of the redevelopment areas at the local government level for an additional 10 years. This would have allowed redevelopment areas additional time to recover from the impact that the Great Recession had on local property tax values. This bill would have also supported economic development efforts currently underway in the City of Las Vegas.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 483: Support
Nevada Revenue Plan

Please click here to read a special message to members from the Metro Chamber regarding this tax bill as part of overall discussions about the need to reform Nevada's tax structure and fund the new education reform initiative proposed by the Governor.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 30, Nays: 10, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 3, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 493: Support
Establishes a Program for Awarding STEM Workforce Challenge Grants

The Metro Chamber supported SB 493. This bill attempted to establish a program for awarding matching grants to support the development and implementation of STEM programs in postsecondary education. The Metro Chamber is a strong advocate for increased STEM education programming which will have a direct impact on workforce development in the state.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 496: Support
Creates the Workforce Development Rapid Response Investment Fund

The Metro Chamber supported SB 496, which would have created a Workforce Development Rapid Response Investment Fund and established processes by which to award grants from the fund to community colleges. The fund was meant to target students in community colleges receiving training in skills critically needed by businesses in Nevada in the short-term. This fund would have assisted in workforce development efforts, an area of high priority identified by the Metro Chamber.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Finance and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Bill 507: Support
Clarifies and Revises Provisions Related to Economic Development Tax Credits and the Catalyst Fund

The Metro Chamber supported SB 507, which clarifies aspects related to tax credits and the Catalyst Fund, part of the state’s signature economic development program. The Metro Chamber supported this bill because of the positive effect it will have on the state’s abilities to attract new businesses to expand or relocate to Nevada.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 30, Nays: 11, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 20, Nays: 0, Excused: 1

Current Status:

Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 508: Support
Revises the Nevada Plan

SB 508 addressing several provisions to the Nevada Plan, which pertains to the state’s K-12 funding formula. This includes the Weighted Pupil Funding formula, which addresses the additional needs of specific student demographics and provides additional per-student dollars to those individuals and the schools that educate them. The Metro Chamber is supportive of revising and updating the Nevada Plan in order to address the changing needs of Nevada’s students in the classroom.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 31, Nays: 9, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 1, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 511: Support
Creates the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program

This bill creates the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program. The intent of the legislation is to provide scholarships and grants to attract students to enter the teaching profession. The Nevada State of Board of Education will be responsible for administering the scholarships and awarding them to students. The Metro Chamber is supportive of programs that will increase the number of teachers available to local school districts.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 36, Nays: 4, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 18, Nays: 0, Excused: 3

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 514: Support
Funding for UNLV Medical School

This bill provides for the full funding recommended by the Nevada System of Higher Education for the UNLV School of Medicine. The funding of UNLV's School of Medicine is a priority for the Metro Chamber because of the positive impact it would have on improving the state's healthcare system and supporting economic development efforts in growing the healthcare industry in Nevada. Full funding is essential as the school has begun the national accreditation process.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 34, Nays: 6, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 2, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Bill 515: Support
K-12 Public Education Spending

SB 515 provides for funding for K-12 education from the state during the 2015-2017 biennium. Funding components of the bill include a variety of education reform initiatives supported by the Metro Chamber. The basic support guarantee for school districts for operating purposes for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 is an estimated weighted average of $5,710 per pupil. The basic support guarantee for school districts for operating purposes for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is an estimated weighted average of $5,774 per pupil.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 32, Nays: 8, Excused: 2

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 17, Nays: 2, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Signed into law by the Governor.

 


Senate Concurrent Resolution 1: Support
Provides for a Study on Professional Development for Educators

The Metro Chamber supported SCR 1, which attempted to urge the state to conduct an interim study on the professional development of teachers and administrators. The introduction of new teaching tools and educational standards has increased the need to provide teachers and administrators with training. This study would have examined best practices and proper implementation of these new measures.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Legislative Operation and Election and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Joint Resolution 4: Support
Marketplace Fairness Act

The Metro Chamber supported SJR 4. This resolution urges Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, as the increase in Internet commerce is eroding the state's tax base. This will help create a more even playing field between traditional brick and mortar businesses and Internet businesses. The Metro Chamber is working with Nevada's Congressional delegation in support of this legislation at the federal level, as well.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 29, Nays: 12, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 19, Nays: 0, Excused: 2

Current Status:
Enrolled and delivered to Secretary of State

 


Senate Joint Resolution 5: Support
Expresses Support for the 2014 Nevada Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan

The Metro Chamber supported this resolution because it urges the United States Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the greater sage-grouse on the endangered or threatened species list, thus not impeding or derailing statewide economic development efforts as its relates to land development, land use, water use, mining, recreational activities and local economies.

Assembly Vote:
Yeas: 35, Nays: 6, Excused: 1

Senate Vote:
Yeas: 14, Nays: 7, Excused: 0

Current Status:
Enrolled and delivered to Secretary of State

 


Senate Joint Resolution 6: Support
Revises Method for Determining Minimum Wage

The Metro Chamber supported SJR 6, which attempted to amend the constitution to define what constitutes healthcare benefits for employees when calculating wages. Currently, health benefits are defined as healthcare coverage, the amount of which is not greater than 10 percent of an employee's gross taxable wages. SJR6 would have amend the constitution to include healthcare coverage as the amount of which is not greater than 10 percent of an employee's gross taxable wages or 10 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four, whichever is greater at the time the wage is calculated. This would have provided greater flexibility to state legislators to adjust the wage rate or calculation, which is important to employers.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Legislative Operation and Election and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.

 


Senate Joint Relations 8: Oppose
Increases Minimum Wage Provisions

The Metro Chamber stated its opposition and concerns with changing the state minimum wage rate to $15 per hour, or $16 per hour if healthcare coverage is not offered by the employer. The Metro Chamber opposed SJR 8 because of the potential negative impact that it would have on Nevada's economy, employers and employees. However, The Metro Chamber is supportive of workforce development and training programs to help workers advance and strengthen their skills.

Assembly Vote:
No vote taken by the Assembly.

Senate Vote:
No vote taken by the Senate.

Current Status:
The bill failed because there was no committee vote taken by the Senate Committee on Legislative Operation and Election and as a result the bill received no further consideration during the legislative session.