It’s another hectic day in Carson City as legislators cram committee agendas with piles of bills and the Friday deadline for first committee passage creeps closer.
Lawmakers are set to hear a wide variety of measures, ranging from limiting firearm access for domestic abusers to lithium mining to property tax rebates for seniors.
Here’s what to watch for on Tuesday:
No guns for abusers
People convicted of domestic abuse or stalking would have a harder time getting their hands on firearms under one measure sponsored by a handful of Nevada Democrats.
Under SB124, which is primarily sponsored by Democratic Sen. Pat Spearman, courts would be required to make the targets of extended protection orders related to domestic violence surrender or transfer any firearms in their possession, unless it is needed for employment. It also says anyone convicted of domestic violence or stalking is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, a violation of which would be a felony crime. It would also apply to people who have been convicted of similar crimes in other states.
Watch the hearing on SB124 at 1 p.m. in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Repealing the Adam Walsh Act for sex offenders
The Adam Walsh Act, enacted by Congress in 2006, requires each state to enact certain laws regarding the registration of sex offenders and other offenders convicted of crimes against children along with certain community notification requirements.
In 2007, Nevada implemented the Adam Walsh Act in the form of AB579, which would have imposed new registration requirements on certain sex offenders. States that failed to carry out the act would receive 10 percent reductions in funds that would otherwise be allocated to the state through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, known as JAG.
But the Nevada Supreme Court blocked the law from being implemented in a July decision. Now, a bill brought forward by the Senate Judiciary Committee, SB474, would repeal AB579 and replace it with the provisions of state law as they existed before the bill was passed.
Watch the hearing on the bill at 1 p.m. in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Recounts & voting secrecy
One piece of proposed legislation could lead to election recounts operating very differently in Nevada.
Existing law requires that certain recounts be conducted with an initial recount of 5 percent of precincts that voted in the election, with a full recount ordered if a 1 percent or five-vote discrepancy is found. Under AB418, which is sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections, the initial recount process would be removed and all recounts would be required to count all ballots from the contested election. The bill would also provide that voters aren’t compelled under oath to reveal how they voted in an election.
Watch the hearing on AB418 at 1:30 p.m. in the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee.
Dissolved mineral resource projects
A bill introduced on behalf of the Commission on Mineral Resources would allow the commission’s administrator to issue permits to drill dissolved mineral wells or operate a dissolved mineral resource project following the same guidelines that currently exist for geothermal wells.
The legislation, AB52, would allow exploration companies to drill wells to sample aquifers in order to discover lithium deposits without having to undergo the difficult process of securing water rights.
The bill would also require the commission to coordinate with the Division of Water Resources of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to adopt regulations for drilling of dissolved mineral resource wells.
Watch the hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the Assembly Natural Resources and Mining Committee.
Property tax rebates for seniors
A proposed constitutional amendment would make property ineligible for any adjustment to the value of improvements on the property based on the age of the improvement and certain partial tax abatements for the first fiscal year that the property is sold or transferred.
The amendment, SJR14, would also require the Legislature to enact a “Senior and Disabled Taxpayers Protection Act,” to provide assistance to Nevada residents who are at least 62 years old or disabled by paying them refunds of property taxes imposed on their primary residences.
Watch the hearing in the Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee at 3:30 p.m.