Nevada lawmakers will take up bills that could bring big changes for the energy industry and school construction on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from the agenda:
- Democratic Assemblyman Edgar Flores’ AB148 will raise the penalty for people who fraudulently claim to be lawyers and end up ruining people’s lives — causing them to be deported or lose custody of their children, for example. The misrepresentation is common in the Hispanic community because a “notario” in Latin America has the equivalent of a law license, while a notary public or “notario publico” in the U.S. has far more limited legal authority. Tune in to the hearing at 8 a.m. in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
- Several Democrats are backing AB154, which reverses a Republican-backed measure from 2015 that lets schools pay laborers less than the full “prevailing wage” for construction projects. Watch the hearing at 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.
- Democratic Assemblyman Nelson Araujo is backing AB205, which would authorize funeral homes to dissolve bodies through the alkaline hydrolysis process — a less-energy intensive alternative to cremation. Watch the hearing at 1 p.m. in the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee.
- The Assembly Education Committee is sponsoring AB139, which would clear the way for dual immersion programs in which elementary students could take half of their coursework in another language. Check out the hearing at 3:15 p.m. in the Assembly Education Committee.
- Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks is presenting AB206, an ambitious measure that would raise Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard up to 80 percent by 2050. That means utility companies in Nevada would have to draw 80 percent of their energy from renewable sources by that year; the existing goal is 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. Watch the discussion at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Energy Subcommittee.
Hear about the bills in legislators’ own words: