Lawmakers approved AB148, which would prohibit certain companies and executives that have a record of defaulting on their obligations to clean up mine sites from obtaining new permits in Nevada.
AB240 aimed to separate the functions of the Division of Minerals, a non-Cabinet agency that regulates extractive activities and advocates for the mineral industry. The legislation proposed to dissolve the agency, putting its regulatory functions under the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. As part of the reorganization, the bill also looked to eliminate the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission, which has not met since 2015.
The bill died.