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Nevada Public Lands Bills 2021

New Nevada Laws Natural Resources passed in 2021 Part 2

In their 2021 session, our lawmakers in Carson City passed Bills governing all areas of the law even during the pandemic they were focused on the issues facing our State.  Many of these laws focused on our public lands and natural resources here in Nevada. In fact, there were so many Bills passed in this area  that this topic will be two blogs, and this is part two of two. Our legislature was busy addressing many issues regarding wildlife and endangered species on our state.  From protecting trees to ancient burial grounds, from saving water to saving the public from wild animals, our legislature was hard at work tackling these issues. The following is one  of  two of a summary of the Bills regarding Natural Resources that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Natural resources (Part 2)

Assembly Bill 103: This bill changes the rules for digging on private land where a prehistoric Indian burial site is located.  Permits will be issued for digging as long as it is not  in areas of a property that contain a burial site.  Which, practically, who would want to dig up a gravesite.  However, for commercial business and utilities, it will take some research to determine if a known burial site exists on the property.  This bill provides, instead, that such a permit is not required to engage in a lawful activity on such private lands if: (1) the activity is exclusively for purposes other  than  the  excavation  of  a  prehistoric  Indian  burial  site;  and  (2)  the  activity occurs  only  on  a  portion  of  the  private  lands  that  does  not  contain  the  known prehistoric Indian burial site. Typical government verbiage is contained in this statue.  Practically, it is likely unknown where many of these sites are located.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7404/Text

Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 171This bill protects Rocky Mountain junipers  also known as swamp cedars in the Bahsahwahbee Traditional Cultural Property in White Pine County. Effective July 1, 2021.  Section  1  of  this  bill  declares  that  it  is  the policy  of  this  State  to  protect  the  Spring  Valley  population  of  Rocky  Mountain junipers, known as “swamp cedars,” that occur in White Pine County within the Bahsahwahbee Traditional Cultural Property.  Sections 1 and 2 of this bill make it unlawful  for  any  swamp  cedar  within  that  property  to  willfully  or  negligently  be cut,  destroyed,  mutilated  or  removed  without  first  obtaining  a  special  permit  from the State Forester Fire warden.   Section 2 also revises the existing exemption for Indians native to Nevada who gather  flora  for  certain  reasons  to  remove  the  requirement  that  such  Indians  be  “native to Nevada. “   And in case you are wondering, below is a Rocky Mountain Juniper:

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https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7529/Text

Assembly Bill 200This is another bill drafted to address the needs of the pandemic and permits veterinary telemedicine. Veterinary telemedicine” means the use of medical information  exchanged  from  one  site  to  another  via  electronic communications  regarding  the  health  status  of  an  animal  or  a group of animals and includes, without limitation, communication via telephone, video, a mobile application or an online platform on an Internet website.” Imagine your pet is feeling ill and you are in  compromised  health or quarantined.  Your Vet can now see your pet virtually and speak with you to diagnosis and issue prescriptions for your pet.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7595/Text 

Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 356: This bill requires the Southern  Nevada  Water  Authority to Develop  a  plan  to  identify  and  facilitate  the  removal  of existing  nonfunctional  grass  within  the  service  area  of  the  Southern Nevada  Water  Authority  on  property  that  is  not  zoned  exclusively or a single-family residence. This means that the Southern  Nevada  Water  Authority can now have policing authority to require businesses to remove unnecessary grass.  Clearly this bill is aimed at combatting the severe drought facing our city.  The plan must, without limitation: 


(1)  Establish  phases  for  the  removal  of  nonfunctional  turf based on                                  categories of water users; and
(2)  Establish deadlines within the service area of the
Southern Nevada Water Authority for existing customers to remove nonfunctional  turf  on  property  that  is  not  zoned  exclusively  for  a single-family residence before December 31, 2026. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7910/Text 

Effective immediately for purposes of implementation.

Senate Bill 52Creates a program to award a dark sky designation  to locations where stargazing isn’t affected by lights to localities, parks, reserves and other state entities. A dark-sky designation is an area, generally surrounding a park or observatory, that restricts artificial light pollution. The primary  purpose of the dark-sky movement is generally to promote astronomy. It is often referred to in different terms and describes areas that national organizations have worked to have designated as “Dark Sky” areas.   In fact, the  International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) uses International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) and International Dark Sky Park (IDSP). A third designation, International Dark Sky Sanctuary, was introduced in 2015. This is an entire movement that I had never heard of, and many states have made “dark sky designations.”  This is one of the reasons I enjoy writing blogs is to learn new things.  I have never heard of “Dark Sky Designation” and there is actually an entire organization dedicated to this movement.   

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7230/Text

Sections effective May 10, 2021, October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 344: This bill bars people from letting wild animals come into direct contact with others. I can note imagine that somewhere in our vast statutes that this was not already illegally.  If you own a tiger, it cannot get loose.  (this is where I need some emojis) Section  7  of  this  bill  prohibits  a person from allowing a dangerous wild animal, as defined in section 4 of this bill, to come in direct contact with a member of the public. “Dangerous wild animal” means any of the following live animals held in captivity: 


1.    All elephants from the genera Elephas and Loxodonta.
2.    All species of aardwolves and hyenas.
3.    All species of primates, except humans.
4.    The following species from the family Canidae:
(a)  Gray wolves (Canis lupus).
(b)  Red wolves (Canis rufus) that have been bred in captivity.
5.    The following species from the family Felidae:  (a)  Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), including hybrids thereof.
(b)  Clouded  leopards  (Neofelis  nebulosa  and  Neofelis  diardi),
including hybrids thereof.  (c)  Jaguars (Panthera onca), including hybrids thereof.
(d)  Leopards (Panthera pardus), including hybrids thereof.
(e)  Lions (Panthera leo), including hybrids thereof.  (f)  Mountain  lions  (Puma  concolor)  that  have  been  bred  in
captivity, including hybrids thereof.
(g)  Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), including hybrids thereof.
(h)  Tigers (Panthera tigris), including hybrids thereof.
6.    The following species from the family Ursidae:  (a)  American  black  bears  (Ursus  americanus)  that  have  been
bred in captivity.
(b)  Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus).
(c)  Brown bears (Ursus arctos).
(d)  Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
(e)  Polar bears (Ursus maritimus).
(f)  Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus).
(g)  Spectacled  bears  (Tremarctos  ornatus),  including  hybrids thereof.
(h)  Sun bears (Helarctos malayanus)

So, in short, keep your polar bear locked up!!!!

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7991/Text 

Effective July 1, 2021.

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At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

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Housing Laws Nevada changes in 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on housing law. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities in access to housing  based upon socio-economic position and made efforts to address homelessness in Nevada.  The 2021 legislature passed provide renters with greater protections during the pandemic. 

They also looked forward in laying the foundation to provide for a framework for alternative housing options for low-income Nevadan’s by requiring cities to provide zoning for “tiny homes.” Our lawmakers were very concerned with providing Nevada renters with access to rental assistance and the time to apply and receive such aide.  They helped renters by reducing late fees and providing better notice of proposed rent increases.  The following is a summary of the laws passed by our 2020 legislature regarding housing law in Nevada.  

Homeowners and housing

Assembly Bill 141: This Bill requires the Courts to seal records of summary evictions that occurred during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Specifically, the new bill amends NRS 40.2545 to read as follows:  

1.    If a court grants an action for summary eviction pursuant  to  NRS  40.253  during  the  COVID-19  emergency,  the court shall automatically seal the eviction case court file. 

2.    In addition to the provisions for the automatic sealing of an eviction case court file pursuant to subsection 1, in  any action for summary  eviction  pursuant  to  NRS  40.253,  40.254  or  40.2542,  the eviction  case  court  file  is  sealed  automatically  and  not  open  to inspection: . . 

This Bill took effect for evictions starting on  March  12,  2020 and ends “on  the  date  on  which  the  Governor  terminates the emergency described in the Declaration.”  This Bill is critical to help renters who have been evicted due to job loses move forward and be able to rent another place.  It is very difficult to rent again after an eviction.  Therefore, if you were evicted after March 12, 2020, make sure the Court sealed the eviction record.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7469/Text Effective May 27, 2021.

Assembly Bill 249: This Bill Prohibits common interest communities that are governed by homeowners’ associations from restricting daily hours for seasonal construction below what is locally authorized.  This is an unusual ordinance and must have been prompted by a specific situation facing certain HOA communities.  This is why it is important to bring problematic issues you are facing to the attention of your local state lawmaker in your district.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7709/Text

 Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 308: This law prevents landlords from charging a late fee if rent is paid within three days of being due and extends required notice period for rent increases.  Specifically, the new law states:  ”In  a  tenancy  that  is  longer  than  week  to  week,  no  late  fee may be charged or imposed until at least 3 calendar days after the date that rent is due. . .” In addition, said  late  fee  cannot exceed  five  percent  of  the  amount  of  the  periodic  rent  and  the  maximum  amount  of the  late  fee  must  not  be  increased  based  upon  a  late  fee  that  was  previously imposed.  In addition, the law changed the notice needed for a rent increase This  bill  increases  the  period  for providing  notices  of  increases  in  rent  to: 

(1) for  a  periodic  tenancy  of  1  month  or  more,  60  days  in  advance  of  the  first  rental payment to be increased; or

 (2) for a periodic tenancy of less than 1 month, 30 days in advance of the first rental payment to be increased.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7813/Overview    Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 486:    This bill is in response to the pandemic, and it  temporarily stops evictions if a tenant is awaiting rental assistance and can show they are diligently monitoring their “CHAP” (Clark County Housing Assistance Program) application.  This program was created by the Cares Act and requires landlords to cooperate with the application process of their tenant in exchange for direct payment of rents to the landlord.  This is not just an amendment to a law but an entire Act relating  to  property including the defining  certain  terms.  This Act temporarily authorizes tenants who are facing  eviction proceedings  to  assert  certain  affirmative  defenses  relating  to rental assistance.  The act also establishes procedures relating the court’s handling of evictions involving CHAP applications.  It also temporarily  establishes procedures  relating  to  claims  for wrongful eviction and authorizes a court to stay a designated eviction proceeding in order to facilitate alternative  dispute  resolution through the CHAP program.    The law temporarily  requires  notices for designated eviction proceedings to contain certain information regarding the CHAP program and establishes  temporary  procedures  relating  to the provision  of  rental  assistance  to  certain  landlords of single  family  residences  with  at  least  one  tenant  who  has defaulted  in the  payment  of  rent.  The primary purpose of the Act is to allow for the  disbursement of  certain  federal  money  for the payment of rents in circumstances  relating  to the pandemic.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8216/Text

Effective immediately through June 5, 2023, or earlier date set by state Supreme Court. 

Senate Bill 103: This  bill  prohibits  a property insurer  from  refusing  to  issue,  cancelling,  refusing  to renew or increasing the premium or rate for certain policies of insurance on the sole
basis of the specific breed or mixture of breeds of a dog that is harbored or owned on  an  insured property  unless  the  particular  dog  is  known  to  be  dangerous  or vicious or declared to be dangerous or vicious pursuant to the public health laws of the State. This law may have a significant impact on homeowners insurance rates in our state.  Many major insurance companies have a list of dog breads that are listed in the policy that will not be covered for a dog bite attack under the policy.  This law makes those provisions void.  So basically, the risk for those breeds will now be paid by all homeowners in Nevada.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7406/Text

Effective  Jan. 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 150: This new law requires Nevada’s most populated counties of Clark and Washoe counties and the state’s largest cities to designate zoning districts where “tiny houses” may be built. This is an effort to alleviate the homeless issue in these areas by providing affordable alternative housing.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7544/Text

Effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Senate Bill 254: Shockingly, this bill was passed by our legislature but vetoed by Governor Sisolak.  As a landlord, I agree with the Governor’s veto.  The law would have barred  a landlord from checking a prospective tenant’s criminal history or arrest record and refusing to rent on the basis of that record.  I am not sure what the legislature was thinking on this one.  A landlord has a right to know the criminal history of a prospective tenant.  If the property is located near a school, do you really want someone to rent the property to a convicted child sex offender?     

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7786/Text

Senate Bill 311: This bill Authorizes the Nevada Rural Housing Authority to create a for-profit business entity to support affordable housing development.   This is an effort to help develop the smaller towns in the State. 

https://legiscan.com/NV/text/SB311/2021

Effective October 1, 2021.

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At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Payne and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Healthcare Bills passed in Nevada 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on healthcare. In fact, there were so many healthcare bills passed that this topic will be two blogs, and this is part two of two. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities based upon race, immigration status and socio-economic position.

I am proud to live in a state where our legislators are on the forefront of protecting our communities and preserving the rights of women in our state. The 2021 legislature passed laws to improve access to contraception and healthcare for women. They also looked forward in laying the foundation to provide for a framework for health insurance for small business owners and entrepreneurs in our state. They passed  laws to illuminate conflict of interest between insurers and medical Providers and protect women from unscrupulous medical providers. Perhaps the most groundbreaking law was allowing pharmacist to dispense birth control to women without a prescription. Our legislature stands on the forefront of protecting our constitutional and civil rights in the state of Nevada.

Our legislature was brave enough to step up and address the issues head on and protect and preserve women’s healthcare and reproductive freedoms.  This law is indicative of the progressive nature of our state. The legislature also addressed pandemic issues to allow our state administrators greater freedom in accessing medical supplies.  The following is part two of a summary of the healthcare bills that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Health and Health Care (Part 2)

Assembly Bill 287:  This is an interesting bill that removes the word “mother” from the statute governing medical facilities and changes the word to “person who gave birth.”  It also changes the word “father” to “parent who did not give birth.” The statue goes on to establish independent birthing centers that will be licensed by the state. This allows the use of midwives in their own facility. The statue is likely promulgated to provide reduced cost birthing options in a licensed facility.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7779/Text

Effective January 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 436: Assembly bill 436 amends NRS 686A to mandate  that an insurer shall not contract with the provider of vision care services for any rate of reimbursement if the insurer has an ownership or other pecuniary interest in the rate of reimbursement. Basically,  the statute prevents insurance companies from having any interest in vision care services directly. They can only negotiate contracts and provide reimbursement for services, but they cannot have any ownership interest or monetary interest in the vision services themselves.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8091/Overview

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 181: Senate bill 181 changes the licensing requirements for alcohol and drug counselors to allow for an expansion of addiction treatment providers.  The statute still requires a total of 1500 hours of experience in counseling after graduation, but it no longer requires that experience to have been supervised by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.  Other requirements for passage of an exam are still in place. It seems that this elimination of supervised residency does not benefit our community and perhaps brings less qualified providers to the profession.  However,  the statute still requires some supervised post graduate counseling work.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7608/Text

 Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 190: This  is  groundbreaking in that it authorizes pharmacists to dispense hormonal birth control to women without a doctor’s visit.  This is referred to as a “self-administered hormonal contraceptive” and it still requires approval of the food and drug administration of any medications dispensed.  The law does require women to fill out a risk assessment questionnaire and be given information about the medication.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7622/Text

Effective January 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 196: This bill prohibits a healthcare provider from performing any type of pelvic exam on a patient who is unconscious without their prior consent. As is  obvious on its face, this bill is aimed at preventing some of the atrocious acts of molestation that have occurred by medical professionals and been brought to light over the past couple of years.  Although it is fair that most medical professionals are of the upmost integrity, this law protects patients from the medical professionals who engage in this illegal conduct.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7638/Overview

Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 251:  Senate Bill 251 requires a primary care doctor to make an assessment of whether a female patient should be screened for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer.  The law requires that state Medicaid will pay for the genetic counseling and testing of this harmful gene mutation.  Although this is an admirable effort to help early diagnosis of breast cancer, the practical implication of placing this burden on primary care physicians is problematic.  Is it now the law that every female is now required to fill out special paperwork for each visit to a primary care doctor to make this assessment and be sent for testing? This remains to be determined.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7773/Overview

Effective January 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 305: Senate Bill 305 prohibits providers from using discriminatory practices when making decisions regarding organ transplants based on a person’s disability. Although this sounds on its face to be an effort at fairness, it seems that providers should be able to determine who, in fact, would be the worthiest recipient of an organ transplant and consider all relevant factors.  If I were donating my organs, I would want them to go to the person most likely to prosper and contribute to our society as a result of the donation. That does not mean that persons of disabilities are not worthy and deserving but this decision should be left to the people involved in making the decisions

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7920/Text

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 364: Senate Bill 364 requires hospitals and emergency rooms to inform victims of sexual assault that they have the right to receive emergency contraception and provide such contraception to them at their request. Unlike other states like South Dakota and Texas, I am proud to live in Nevada where our legislature is preserving and protecting the rights of women.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8034/Overview

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 396: Senate Bill 396 allows public agencies to contract with private entities or out of state entities to buy prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services, or medical supplies. This law was  likely prompted by the pandemic and the severe shortage of medical supplies that arose to give our state more options in obtaining supplies.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8007/Text

Effective immediately.

Senate Bill 420:  Senate Bill 420 creates a publicly managed, lower tier, private health insurance program. Unfortunately, this bill does not go into effect until January 2026 which is unusual for a law to be passed and not go into effect for five years.  However, this law could greatly help self-employed entrepreneurs in our state. This law will create a health insurance system that will leverage the purchasing power of the state to create lower premiums and provide affordable healthcare for the residents of the state of Nevada who are small businesses or employed by small businesses.  The option allows small businesses to start health plans that are defined in 402 US C 18021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8151/Text

effective January 1, 2026. 

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Payne, Esq. a Henderson Injury Attorney for over 15 years.  Laura is recognized as one of Nevada’s Top 100 Lawyers.  She has the experience and knowledge to obtain the maximum settlement you deserve.  Please call our office if you or a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence.  

At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Payne and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032

New Nevada Healthcare Laws 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on healthcare. In fact, there were so many healthcare bills passed that this topic will be two blogs, and this is part one of two. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities based upon race, immigration status and socio-economic position. They updated our Medicaid laws to provide expanded coverages to address these disparities.   The Nevada legislature passed laws to require our Department of Health and Human Services to study maternal mortality rates in different demographic areas to determine the need for additional services.  This study will allow our lawmakers to  determine whether to laws passed expanding coverage for maternity regardless of residency and expanding coverage to allow for Doula services will cut down the maternal mortality rates impacting those communities. 

They also addressed issues of drug overdose and passed into law a bill allowing school district personnel to administer life-saving opioid overdose drugs to students. It is shocking and sad that this bill is necessary. However, the fact that it is necessary, and our legislature was brave enough to step up and address the issue head on will hopefully save lives of students.  This law is indicative of the progressive nature of our state. The legislature also addressed pandemic issues in allowing employees to take their sick leave to take care of family members. The following is part one of a summary of the healthcare bills that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Health and Health Care (Part 1 of 2)

Assembly Bill 59: Assembly bill 59 seemed to sneak in under the radar. I was quite surprised that there was not a lot of press or social media regarding the passage of this bill. This bill is our legislatures attempt to curb this shocking and distressing trend towards kids smoking and vaping. It is sad to see kids starting these activities at such a young age that are so bad for their long-term health. It is my hope that this bill possibly curbs this trend toward of kids under 21 using nicotine and tobacco products.  This new law raises legal age to use or buy tobacco or nicotine products to 21, from 18.  Various effective dates through July 1, 2021. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7312/Text 

Assembly Bill 119:  Existing law establishes a Maternal Mortality and Review Committee, and that committee has traditionally been required to perform studies and make recommendations to reduce maternal mortality. This bill increases the duties of the committee to identify and review disparities in the incidence of maternal mortality in the state including disparity by race and economic position. Basically, the legislature has asked the committee to review and include in their report whether there is race and economic issues that contribute to maternal mortality so that the state can address and hopefully remedy those disparities.  This law revises the duties of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee to look at factors of race, ethnicity, age, and geographic region in mortality which were not previously considered. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7440/Text  

Effective May 25, 2021.

Assembly Bill 177: Senate Bill 177 is another attempt to make our state inclusive of all races. This bill requires pharmacies to print prescription labels in different languages if requested by the patient. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7541/Text

Effective July 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 187: This law Designates September as “Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Prevention and Awareness Month.” Assembly bill 187 specifically designates the month of September each year as the ovarian and prostate cancer prevention and awareness month in the state of Nevada. This law is put into place to bring attention to the factual information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian and prostate cancer.   Hopefully , this recognition of these terrible cancers will make our citizens more aware of the early signs of these conditions to prevent death and encourage proactive health screenings.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7618/Text

 Effective May 27, 2021.

Assembly Bill 189: Expands Medicaid coverage for pregnant women. Existing law requires the department of health and human services for State of Nevada to determine coverages under Medicaid for pregnancy. This bill requires the department to expand coverage under the state plan for Medicaid for pregnant women to provide Medicaid for pregnancy without submitting an application for enrollment and Medicaid which includes additional proof of eligibility. The bill also prohibits the imposition of the requirement that a pregnant woman who resides in the state and who is otherwise eligible for Medicaid must reside in the United States for a prescribed period of time before enrolling in Medicaid. This bill is to protect the health and safety of babies born in the state of Nevada by providing proper medical care for their mothers regardless of their residency status.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7577/Text

Effective July 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 190: Assembly bill 189 is another Covid-based law that requires private employers to allow employees to use sick-leave to take care of a family member. This new law allows certain employees to use sick leave for any purpose, including to take care of an immediate family member with illness and/or medical needs. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7578/Text 

Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 191: Senate Bill 191 basically updates the Medicaid laws to recognize the treatment by physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. Many of the existing laws refer to doctors; however, as we all know, we are seeing these medical providers much more frequently than medical doctors. This law allows coverage for physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners and other community health workers to be covered services under Medicaid.  This law adds Medicaid coverage for services of different community health workers besides medical doctors. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7582/Text 

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 192: This new law changes procedures and requirements for testing pregnant women for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.  The new law requires that physicians treating pregnant woman test for additional sexually transmitted diseases unless the pregnant women opt  out of such tests.  This law also  removes the penalty for a woman who refuses treatment. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7583/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 205:  Bill 205 authorizes a school nurse or other designated school employee or administrator to administer medication to reverse an opioid drug overdose. Is a sad state of our country and schools that this is a necessary law. However, if any child can be saved by quick action by school personnel it is a much-needed law 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7583/Text

Various effective dates through July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 216: This bill adds Medicaid coverage for cognitive assessment and care planning for patients showing signs of impairment including memory loss.  This bill provides that the director of Medicaid shall require that the state pay the non-federal share of expenditures incurred for patients receiving cognitive assessments and care planning services due to symptoms or signs of cognitive impairment including short term memory loss, orientation as to time in place, deductive or abstract reasoning or other cognitive impairments.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7583/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 256:  This bill requires state Medicaid to pay for Doula services for pregnant women. The law further requires that applicants seeking payment for Doula services must provide prove that they possess the require training and qualifications to perform such services that are prescribed by the department of health and human services.  This law is another expansion of  Medicaid coverage for services. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7720/Text

Effective January 1, 2022.

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At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

A break down of the new laws and bills passed by Nevada Lawmakers in the 2021 session.

Nevada Lawmakers passed bills impacting all areas of our laws and government in the 2021 session.  This blog is a continuation of my series of breaking down all of the new laws and bills passed by our legislature in the last session. Our lawmakers passed laws on issues ranging from expanding voting rights to decriminalizing speeding tickets. In this blog, I outline the new laws passed in the area of government and administration. Specifically, these laws focus on the organizing, directing, planning, coordinating, and controlling of government operations in our state. 

Government and Administration

Assembly Bill 123: This bill  will not make Golden Knights fans thrilled but I doubt it will deter any fans from obtaining a Golden Knights license plate. This bill increases the cost of the Golden Knights license plate by $10 to support the team’s foundation. The Golden Knights foundation is a 503(c)(3)  organization that serves charitable organizations in our community. They support local nonprofits via partnerships, community programming, and direct grants. These activities are funded by financial donations and various programs throughout the year, including the sale of license plates.  Some of the programs supported by the foundation include fostering growth of Las Vegas youth in K through 12 public schools with programs with emphasis on youth sports. The foundation also serves military members and first responders by providing donations as well as helping to fight hunger and homelessness in our communities. $10 well spent!!!

Effective October 1, 2021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7444/Text

Assembly Bill 196 requires that there be designated lactation rooms in our county and city court houses. This law mirrors the federal law that has been in effect for many years which requires all federal buildings to provide space that is private and clean for mothers to feed their newborn babies or express breastmilk. This bill makes appropriations from the state general fund to allocate  grants for the court houses to construct these  spaces. 

Effective January 1, 2022.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7590/Text

Assembly Bill 236 changes the age requirement as well as the residency requirement for a person to run for Attorney General in the state of Nevada.  It is interesting that the previous law did not require our state attorney general to be an attorney in good standing in the state of Nevada. This law also increases the age from 25 to 30 years old to run for such office and in addition extends the residency requirement from the previous two years to three years residency prior to the election.  In my brief research, I was unable to reveal how or why this law became necessary or relevant at this time. Our current attorney general, the 34th in our state, is attorney Aaron D Ford who is highly qualified with a long and distinguished career in both law and state politics.

Effective immediately.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7682/Text

Assembly Bill 253  updates the open meeting law to meet with the challenges that Covid has presented and  the technology we currently use. This bill simply adds a process for remote access to open meetings of government committees.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7713/Text

Effective immediately.

Assembly Bill 280 requires that all public single stall restrooms now must be gender neutral.  It is important to note that the bill does not require business establishments to change existing facilities with the exception that if they have a single stall restroom, they will need to change their sign to allow an “all gender” bathroom or “all accessible” bathroom. It is important to note that the bill specifically does not provide for a cause of action to be filed or a complaint to be filed with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission for a violation of this bill. For all practical purposes, the bill does not change much.  Clearly, establishments that only have one single restroom obviously allow people of all genders to use their single restroom. It does not require changes to existing establishments with the exception of the sign and only if they only have one single stall restroom

Various effective dates through February 1, 2022.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7756/Text

Assembly Bill 421: Assembly Bill 421 shows that our legislature was busy in all areas of the law to remedy outdated laws that are still on the books. This law removes and replaces reference to insanity and the term “deaf and dumb” in our state code. It may be shocking that we were still using the phrase “deaf and dumb” in our laws.  This bill requires Nevada law to refer to “persons with mental illness.“.  The law states that “terms that are not preferred for use in Nevada revised statutes include “insane“ and insanity“. Sometimes words become slang in our environment and lose their legal meaning. This provision updates the language of the statutes to a more clinical use of terminology. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8053/Text

 Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 28 Senate Bill 28 establishes the offense of sexual harassment within the Nevada code of military justice and provides punishment. Although the military operates under its own code of military justice, the national guard is governed by the states. Senate Bill 28 adds a punitive provision for sexual harassment by enforcing the zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault and harassment in the Nevada National Guard. Sexual assault has long been a criminal matter and continues to be punishable severely under our system of justice. However, the offense of sexual harassment often goes unpunished or unrecognized. This law provides stronger enforcement of the quality and safety of members of the Nevada National Guard.

https://gov.nv.gov/News/Press/2021/Governor_Sisolak_signs_Senate_Bill_28/

Effective May 19, 2021.

Senate Bill 46 Senate Bill 46 must’ve been prompted by some events as it makes certain public documents such as deeds of residence and voting records confidential for employees of the attorney general’s office.

https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/SB46/2021

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 62: Senate Bill 62 expands which charitable organizations are required to register with the state and adds those that solicit donations but are not federally tax exempt.  This bill is likely in response to the large amount of fraud that occurs by telemarketers calling and stating that they are with the police or fire departments or other organizations and are soliciting money related to those organization. Many of these are fraudulent and tarnish those they purport to represent. This bill requires that any organization that does try to solicit money from the public, whether it be for college funds or fallen firefighters or police officers, to register with the state. This is so that the state knows who is soliciting charitable donations from the public.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7247/Text

Effective on October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 177 Senate bill 177 is simply another tax disguised as a fee to increase revenue for the state. This bill increases the surcharge on a marriage license from $25 up to $50. The bill states that the extra funding will support domestic violence services.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7601/Text

 Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 430  expands projects that will be funded by the state infrastructure bank and includes projects related to renewable energy, recycling, and social and economic development among many other causes.  The bill also will expand projects to include digital infrastructure

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8161/Overview

Effective July 1, 2021.

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At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Nevada State legislature in 2021 very busy looking at climate change

The state legislature in 2021 was very busy looking at climate change in improving Nevada’s reporting requirements and environmental state. Our state is on the forefront of preserving the environment. Our legislature passed several bills to require additional reporting regarding greenhouse gas emissions by Nevada companies. In addition, laws were passed to increase administrative fines for violations relating to public utilities and add fines for submitting inaccurate or misleading information to the public utilities commission. 

These new laws show that Nevada is serious in enforcing climate regulation to protect our environment. The legislature authorizes local governments to create commercial property financing programs to support energy efficient and renewable energy resiliency and water efficiency improvements. Our legislature was well aware of the need to preserve and protect our environment and also protect our natural resources. The following are the bills that were passed to further these causes.

Our legislature was on the forefront in many areas this year advancing public policy and protecting our citizens and our environment. Our legislature was focused on preserving our resources and enhancing the beauty of our communities. Our legislature was well aware of the needs of our community both financially and the impact of creating projects and funding for environmentally sound projects.  These bills range from funding new projects to reporting requirements regarding greenhouse gases to penalties for reporting false, misleading or inaccurate information to authorities.

Energy and Utilities

Assembly Bill 452: Under this bill, reporting requirements are improved and reporting on greenhouse gases is enhanced. Existing law required the State Department of Conservation and natural resources to prepare an annual report that includes a statewide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. This law has been in effect for 20 years in the state of Nevada. Section 1 of this bill requires these agencies and entities to submit to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources any information that is determined by the agency to be necessary to prepare the annual report including information relating to emissions from substitutes for ozone depleting substances. Basically, this law enhances reporting requirements and requires information that was used to prepare a report to be submitted with the report.  The Bill Requires certain state agencies and entities to submit additional data on greenhouse gas emissions  then was previously required. For the entirety of the bill see the link below

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8128/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 18: Nevada senate bill 18 relates to public utilities and increases the amount of administrative fines that the public utilities commission of the state of Nevada is authorized to assess for certain violations relating to public utilities. The new law further authorizes the commission to assess administrative fines on a person who provides in accurate or misleading information to the commission. This law revised certain provisions relating to determining how certain administrative fines are assessed by the commission. This law goes so far as to increase criminal penalties for certain violations relating to public utilities and providing other matters that relate there too The bill increased the fines to a maximum of $200,000 per day for each violation up to $2 million for any related violation. The fines imposed by this new statute are extreme and prove the commitment of our state legislatures to protecting the environment and penalizing those who violate Nevada law for firstly reporting or failing to comply with Nevada environmental policy.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7193/Text

Effective on July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 283: Nevada senate bill 283 relates to local improvements and authorizes municipalities to create a district for certain qualified improvement projects. This new law sets forth the requirements for creating such a district and authorize a certain financing to pay for qualified projects. This law makes various changes relating to the laws regarding local improvement for environmental protections. You may live in an area where you see your city or county removing grass and changing out landscape. This Bill deals with these kind of projects and funding therefore to improve water use and Improve our energy resources. It allows for funding for landlords to improve their properties and rewards public works projects for improving environmental impacts

The bill authorizes local governments to create commercial property financing programs to support energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency, or water efficiency improvements. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7879/Text

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 448: This is an extraordinarily long and multi-prong bill that aims to increase clean energy investments in our state  and promote storage and transmission. The Nevada legislature approved this sweeping clean energy bill that is directed at accelerating the construction of a massive transmission project. The bill also aims at increasing spending on electric vehicle infrastructure and requires that the state join the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) by 2030. This bill puts legislative backing behind the planned $2 billion “Greenlink Nevada“ transmission upgrade which would construct two new 525 kilovolt transmission lines that would essentially link the entire state. Nevada energy would be required to complete construction of the project by the start of 2029. This bill passed our legislature 32 to 10 after passing the Senate unanimously.

This Bill  was introduced by state senator Chris Brooks of Las Vegas and is advancing Nevada towards its goal of reaching 100% carbon free resources by 2050. This bill requires utilities to forecast a path to achieve 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the 2005 levels by the end of the decade. The Greenlink Nevada project encompasses more than 600 miles of new transmission lines connecting the Western part of the state to the East and to Las Vegas. These new powerlines would effectively create a transmission triangle that will connect the population centers with geothermal and solar energy. This could give Nevada access to large amounts of renewable energy that are currently not able to reach the grid because of transmission constraints. Experts believe this is a significant path towards fully decarbonizing Nevada. The bill sets our state on a path toward joining a competitive wholesale energy market with other western states creating an 18-member task force to examine the steps Nevada would need to participate in the RTO.

The bill also requires Nevada Energy to file a plan by September 2021 to invest $100 million in electric vehicle infrastructure including charging stations along interstate highways, at outdoor recreation facilities and in urban areas where people may not be able to charge vehicles at home. At least 40% of that infrastructure would have to be located in underserved communities. Nevada energy supported the bill that will transform Nevada’s clean energy landscape and create thousands of jobs in our state. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8201/Text

Various effective dates.

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At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

New Nevada Laws Passed in 2021 Impacting Nevada Elections and Voter Rights

NevadaVoter Bill of Rights

The Nevada Voters’ Bill of Rights, as outlined in NRS 293.2546, includes the following provisions: 

  1. Each voter has the right to receive and cast a ballot that is written in a format that allows the clear identification of candidates, and accurately records the voter’s preference in the selection of candidates. 
  2. Each voter has the right to their questions concerning voting procedures answered and to have an explanation of the procedures for voting posted in a conspicuous place at the polling place. 
  3. Each voter has the right to vote without being intimidated, threatened or coerced. 
  4. Each voter has the right to vote on Election Day if the voter is waiting in line at his or her polling place to vote before 7:00 PM. 
  5. Each voter has the right to return a spoiled ballot and is entitled to receive another ballot in its place. 
  6. Each voter has the right to request assistance in voting, if necessary. 
  7. Each voter has the right to a sample ballot which is accurate, informative and delivered in a timely manner. 
  8. Each voter has the right to receive instruction in the use of the equipment for voting during early voting or on Election Day. 
  9. Each voter has the right to have nondiscriminatory equal access to the elections system, including, without limitation, a voter who is elderly, disabled, a member of a minority group, employed by the military, or a citizen who is overseas. 
  10. Each voter has the right to have a uniform, statewide standard for counting and recounting all votes accurately. 
     
  11. Each voter has the right to have complaints about election contests resolved fairly, accurately and efficiently.

Yes, there is a Nevada Voter Bill of Rights that applies to each Nevada voter.  You may have heard a lot in the news lately over voting rights.  This is an extremely partisan issue that has given unfair advantage to certain political candidates throughout our history. The Nevada legislature focused on voting rights and electoral issues in their last session and passed some groundbreaking Legislation.  Nevada will now hold the first presidential caucuses in the natation.  In addition, for the safety of all Nevadan’s to better understand the process and what these concepts mean and how they translate to in modern day politics. First, let’s start with defining the basic concept of gerrymandering. It is clear from the overall text and improvements made to our voting scheme that the Nevada legislature clearly had the intent to open the polls and make voter access and registration as easy as possible for Nevada residents. Unlike many states in this country who are currently attempting to restrict voter access and trading laws that prevent many from having access or being able to do participate in the voting process Nevada is on the forefront of creating a system which will allow every Nevadan the easiest and most efficient way to cast their ballots and exercise their constitutional right to vote. 

As historical background, legal barriers to voting have existed in this country since it was founded, and unfortunately, continue to exist to this day. The voting rights act of 1965 was significant legislation to overcome many historical barriers that discriminated against minority voters. This discriminatory pattern dates back to the founding of our country.  Shortly after the Civil War ( 1861 to 1865)  the states ratified the Fifteenth Amendment that guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied “ on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Unfortunately,  the still Confederate south was not amiable to following the newly enacted laws. As a result, Congress continued to act enact legislation that made it a federal crime to interfere with an individual’s right to vote and to protect the rights of voting for minorities.  Even with Federal legislation in place for over fifty years, inequalities and barriers still exist for many Americans in being able to cast their ballot.  Nevada is on the forefront of eliminating as many barriers and obstacles as possible to allow each and every Nevada resident over 18 to cast their vote.  

Elections

Assembly Bill 121: Assembly bill 121 allows special accommodations for our disabled voters in Nevada. This bill requires the Secretary of State to allow a voter with a disability to register to vote and to cast an absent ballot using the system approved electronic transmission.  This is the same system that is used for military and overseas voters to be able to cast their ballot while they are serving our country. This bill also eliminates the requirement that a voter needs to cancel their registration if they want to change parties.  In addition, it also extends the deadline for uniform military and overseas voters to submit an application to register to vote or to request an overseas ballot. These changes will allow our disabled voters and our military personnel easier access to voting in the state of Nevada. It will also allow for an easier change of party if anyone is considering that after the past several tumultuous years of political upheaval. 

 https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7442/Text  Effective January 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 126: Assembly bill 126 will make Nevada the first state to hold a presidential caucus in the country in the next presidential election. The bill establishes the requirements and procedures for conducting a presidential preference primary election to determine the preferences of the registered voters of the major political parties in the state of Nevada. This bill is somewhat groundbreaking and will push Nevada politics to the forefront of  national attention. Iowa has historically been the first caucus to go forward and establish a foreshadowing of voter tendencies. Nevada will now become the first state to give national indication of voter preferences.
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7448/Text  Effective January 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 321: Assembly Bill 321 is also groundbreaking and was at the forefront of the Trump administration’s many challenges to the elections of 2020. This bill makes mail in voting permanent in the state of Nevada and improves our election process to allow greater voter access.  Unlike many states who are moving to create more restrictive voting laws, Nevada is moving forward to expand voting access for all our residents. I commend the Nevada legislature for expanding voting rights for Nevada citizens and using their best efforts to allow every registered voter in Nevada to have access to the ballot box.  Although many people think that mail in voting was created for the pandemic, that is simply not true.  Mail in voting has been in effect in this country for over one hundred years.  The pandemic just emphasized the need for all citizens to be able to cast their ballot regardless of their health or current location.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7842/Text

Effective Jan 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 422: Assembly Bill for 22 requires a statewide and centralized database of voter records to be implemented by 2024. It seemed very crazy to me that in 2020 such a database does not exist in the state. However, apparently it does not. This bill requires the Secretary of State to create a centralized database that collects and stores voter pre-registration and registration information from all counties in the state of Nevada. This bill further requires the clerk of each county to use the database created by the Secretary of State to collect and store pre-registration and registration voting information of the residents of that county.  The bill also has built-in oversight provisions to allow the Director of the Legislative Council Bureau to oversee this process. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8054/Text   Effective January 1, 2024.

Assembly Bill 432 Assembly Bill 432 expands the list of state agencies that offer automatic voter registration. This is groundbreaking and will also allow much greater access and easier participation for Nevada residents to register to vote. Historically, when you obtain your driver’s license you are allowed to automatically register to vote at the same time. This bill will allow this same service to be conducted in other state processes.  This bill provides that additional agencies of the executive department of state government will offer automatic voter registration to its participants. This bill further authorizes the Governor of the state of Nevada to designate additional state agencies and certain government agencies as automatic voter registration agencies.  It also sets forth the requirements for automatic voter registration. It allows for these agencies to transmit certain voter registration information directly to the Secretary of State and to the county clerks. It is likely that the health department will allow voter registration when obtaining a health card as well as other county services.   https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8087/Text  Effective January 1, 2024.

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. In writing my Blog, I hope to keep my readers updated and informed about current and important legal issues.  We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne-Hunt, Esq. a Henderson Injury Attorney for over 15 years.  Laura is recognized as one of Nevada’s Top 100 Lawyers.  She has the experience and knowledge to obtain the maximum settlement you deserve.  Please call our office if you or a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence.  

At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Nevada Department of Education

New Bills passed for the Nevada Department of Education

One area where lawmakers were extremely busy this year was in the area of education. Of the hundreds of bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, 15 were directed toward the education of our kids. These bills address everything from inequality in language barriers to the lack of instructional time given to online students to compensation for college athletes. Our legislature was in tune with the issues with students from inequality to funding to mental health and made great attempts to address many of these short-falls and problems in our schools. The following are a list of the bills passed during the session regarding education.

Education

Assembly Bill 19: This bill revised the academic subjects that constitute social studies to allow for additional content.  Although for the text is not available, it appears the legislative intent is to allow additional subjects such as civics and financial responsibility to be added to social studies. The bill also exams standards of performance for social studies curriculum.  https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB19/2021

Effective immediately.

Assembly Bill 57: It is well known by all of us who have children in the schools that the pandemic has seriously impacted their educations. Online school was not anything remotely comparable to in person learning. Assembly bill 57 suspends teacher evaluations that are based on student growth for two years based on the pandemic’s effects on student learning. I don’t believe this was the proper solution as A further lack of responsibility on the part of educators however this is the bill that was passed by the legislature. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7310/Text 

Assembly Bill 105: This bill requires a board formed by the Nevada interscholastic activities association to include at least three parents of students that play a sport. This bill will offer some due process and give voice to parents who are involved with their kids in sporting activities and give the perspective of families to decisions makers within the district. https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB105/2021   

Effective July 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 109: Assembly bill 109 increases the standards for educators at charter schools. A lot of people don’t know that not every teacher in a charter school is required to have the same level of qualification as teachers in public schools. This bill increases the rate to require that 80% of teachers at charter schools who need to be licensed instead of the previous 70% requirement, although assembly bill 57 reduces teacher accountability for the next two years

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7423/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 194: Nevada existing law establishes the “Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council” and sets forth the minimum membership of the council that is required. This counsel advises the governor on various educational issues. This bill requires the addition of a member of the counsel who is a representative of the pediatric mental, physical, or behavioral health care system or industry.  This bill is likely in response to the large number of child suicides in Nevada this year.  This is an urgent and important issue that needs to be addressed right away to help the students in our community.  My heart goes out to the parents and loved ones of these students that have taken their own lives at such young ages.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7585/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 195:  This Bill establishes an English language bill of rights to help Nevada students and their family work within the school district system.

https://legiscan.com/NV/drafts/AB195/2021

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 224:  This bill creates a pilot program to provide menstrual products free of charge in lower-income schools.  

https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB224/2021

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 235:  This bill requires Nevada high schools to add subjects to their curriculum education to include financial planning. This also includes teaching students how to apply for state and federal student aid. This is a welcome change to assist our students to prepare for the future. It is somewhat shocking that this took an active our legislature to require educators to teach our kids these necessary skills.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7681/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 254:  This bill Allows for college athletes to be compensated for endorsements. This bill is groundbreaking.  This puts into law that student athletes are allowed to be compensated for endorsements. As the parent of a Division, I athlete, it is ridiculous that these kids are basically slaves to the universities. Many people don’t realize that their practice schedules are generally 32 to 40 hours per week in addition to their studies. It is not even possible for most of the students to be able to work and many of them are not on full athletic scholarships, contrary to what the NCAA would lead the public to believe. Unfortunately, the text of this bill is not available currently. However, a future blog will likely be dedicated to this issue that is close to my heart. https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB254/2021 Effective January 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 257: Assembly bill 257 is likely in response to this year’s pandemic. This bill requires school districts to assess their indoor air quality in their buildings to address any issues and make improvements if necessary.  Hopefully, if problems are found there will be emergency relief funds available to make improvements to the ventilation and filtration systems of the schools to protect our children.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7721/Text

Effective July 1, 2021, through June 20, 2023.

Assembly Bill 262:  This bill Waives certain fees charged At Nevada universities for native American students.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7728/Overview

Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 102: This bill changes date by which students starting school must turn 5 years old before starting kindergarten.   A child must now turn 5 years old before the first day of school instead of the previous requirement of turning 5 before Sept. 30 to start school. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7400/Text

Effective July 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 173:  This bill allocates the funds received from the federal government from the pandemic to provide free enhanced summer school for all Clark County students this past summer to catch up on lost learning. This was of critical importance as so many students are far behind. My own son took summer school this summer due to the lack of instruction during the school year. The bill is unclear whether this will carry over into next summer for students 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7587/Text

Senate Bill 215:  This bill will be welcomed by parents familiar with the lack of instruction by the school district that occurred during the pandemic. This bill requires educators to provide 180 days of education and equal the number of minutes of instruction for all students regardless of whether they are distance-learning or in person.  Parents are likely familiar with classes that were “online” where students logged on for 10 minutes of instruction and logged off. This requirement requires all students to receive the same number of minutes of instruction whether they are online or in person. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7684/Text

 Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 444:  The is appropriated $268 million for education for the 2019-21 period to cover a decrease in tax revenue. It is interesting that our legislature was able to find this $268 million during a pandemic year of extreme tax fall shortages. I hope this money came from the federal relief money. In either event, our schools will desperately be in need of these additional funds considering the extraordinary conditions impacting learning during the past year

https://legiscan.com/NV/drafts/SB444/2021

Effective May 21, 2021.

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne-Hunt, Esq. a Henderson Injury Attorney for over 15 years.  Laura is recognized as one of Nevada’s Top 100 Lawyers.  She has the experience and knowledge to obtain the maximum settlement you deserve.  Please call our office if you or a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence.  

At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032.

Criminal Justice

New Nevada Laws Criminal Justice

Perhaps the greatest area of change in the 2021 legislative session is in the area of criminal law. From reducing speeding ticket penalties to banning certain types of weapons to expanding the statute of limitations on sex crimes, the legislature was busy listening to their constituents. The public outcry of the events of the past two years between police brutality to sex trafficking definitely rang through the legislator halls in Carson City. Our lawmakers were well aware of public outrage of police brutality and the exploitation of women and children in the serial sex trafficking that has become a greater reality than anyone wants to comprehend. The following are a list of the new laws the legislature passed to address many of these issues.

New Laws in Criminal Justice 

Assembly Bill 42: From a legal perspective this is a very groundbreaking a new law that allows for jury trials for misdemeanor charges in domestic Violence cases where weapons possessions are involved.   This law is based on a 2019 state Supreme Court decision that allowed for jury trials in misdemeanor domestic violence cases where weapons possession was involved. It is highly unusual in the law to have a jury trial for a misdemeanor charge. This new law establishes our state commitment to creating stiffer penalties and domestic violence cases especially those involving weapons. Effective January 1, 2022.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7293/Text

Assembly Bill 113: This Bill address is six trafficking crimes in our state. Did extend the statute of limitations for four years to six years however I think this is still much too short of a time for this grievous crime. However, the legislature Saw this New extension of the time should be sufficient.  Effective July 1, 2021.    https://legiscan.com/NV/drafts/AB113/2021 

Assembly Bill 143: Expands state services for human trafficking victims. https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB143/2021 Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 158:  is actually a deal that reduces penalties and is likely long overdue. This law will reduce his penalties for underage use and possession of marijuana or alcohol. Given that the current drinking age is 21 and most of respect to college at 18, seems harsh to extend severe penalties to teenagers for drinking it is very important this has no effect on is not related to charges of drinking and driving. Drinking and driving is a serious matter, and he is considered serious in the law as well. This law only impacts underage drinking or use of marijuana not involving driving.    Effective October 1, 2021.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7502/Text 

Assembly Bill 182: changes the elements of the legal definition of “advancing prostitution “. It is surprising that this bill passed as it allows the owners of property work illegal prostitution is taking place to be charged with advancing prostitution. This is significant in that the impact on the hotel industry has yet to be seen. Under this new law prostitution that occurs at any establishment in hotel properties on the Las Vegas strip could be prosecuted as advancing prostitution which could packed business licenses gaming licenses liquor licenses etc. It is yet to be seen how this law will be enforced.  Effective October 1, 2021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7552/Text

Assembly Bill 186: Assembly bill 186 will be a welcome wall for most residents of the valley. This law bands to get an arrest quote is by law-enforcement agencies. It has long been known that police agencies have maintained arrest quotas and ticket quotas which really on its face seems like constitutional and a platform for frivolous arrests and citations. It is unknown whether this will have an impact on the number of arrests for petty offenses or petty traffic violations that occur. I think most law abiding hard-working taxpaying citizens are tired of seeing the police in neighborhoods handing out citations for going 10 miles over the speed limit when Heinous and violent crime or reckless drivers are truly plaguing our communities   Effective July 1, 2021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7571/Text

Assembly Bill 214: changes the definition of the sexual assault laws to allow sexual assault to be gender neutral. This law is long overdue as all persons should be protected from sexual assault.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7630/Text  Effective July 1 and October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 251:  provides for criminal record expungement of juvenile criminal records at the age of 18 instead of 21. It even goes on to allow for some records to be sealed automatically at the age of 18.  One thing that is important to note is that generally courts have access to these seals records in the event that additional crimes are committed as an adult.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7711/Text

 Effective December 31, 2021.

Assembly Bill 286: Assembly bill 286 Is also a response to the overwhelming gun violence we are facing. This bill bans to sell and possession of firearms that do not have a serial number. These types of weapons are also guns that can be made with 3-D printers or sold as kids. This is an attempt to make sure that every weapon that is sold can be traced as much as legally.  I do not know why the law in only in place through the end of 2022.  Sections effective immediately through January 1, 2022, https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7778/Text

Assembly Bill 336 Establishes an annual behavioral wellness visit for peace officers. Effective January 1, 2023.  https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB336/2021 

Assembly Bill 396:  This Bill revises rules allowing for use of deadly force by law enforcement.  It states that it can only be used if there is a threat of harm.  The new law reads as follows:

If  necessary  to  prevent  escape, [an]a  peace officer may,  after  giving  a  warning,  if  feasible,  use  deadly  force  to  effect the arrest of a person only if there is probable cause to believe that the person:1.Has  committed  a  felony  which  involves  the  infliction  or threat of serious bodily harm or the use of deadly force; or 2.Poses [a]an  imminent threat  of  serious  bodily  harm  to  the peace officer or to others. Effective October 1, 2021.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8007/Text 

Senate Bill 50: Limits issuance of no-knock warrants to law enforcement except to protect the public or a police officer or to prevent destruction of evidence. Effective October 1, 2021.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7228/Text

Senate Bill 148 Requires law enforcement agencies to submit information on hate crimes to the state’s central records repository. Various effective dates through July 1, 2021.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7537/Text 

Senate Bill 166   The next bill passed by legislators in 2021 to allow for the hate crime statute to apply to victims of the same race, gender, national origin, or other characteristics of the perpetrator of the crime. In the past, A black person could not commit a hate crime against another black person and likewise with any race or ethnicity. The statute changes the law to be affective if it is proven that a crime is committed against an individual on the basis of race, gender, or national origin or other characteristics such as religion. Although it may be difficult in a court room to prove that a white person committing a crime against a white person is a hate crime, in our world of social media there is often evidence that the perpetrator has engaged in hate speech or is member of a discriminatory organization prior to the time the crime is committed.  Our legislature here in Nevada is taking our state to the next level and protecting our citizens against hate and civil rights violations to the best of their ability.  https://legiscan.com/NV/drafts/SB166/2021 

Senate Bill 212 Limits police use of force and requires use of de-escalation techniques. Effective October 1, 2021. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7673/Text 

Senate Bill 236 Requires police agencies to enact early-warning screening for officers displaying signs of bias or other problem behaviors. Effective October 1, 2021.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7752/Text 

Senate Bill 275 Repeal’s felony statute for engaging in conduct that spreads HIV, providing for lesser penalties in line with other communicable diseases. Effective immediately.  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7864/Text 

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne-Hunt, Esq. a Henderson Injury Attorney for over 15 years.  Laura is recognized as one of Nevada’s Top 100 Lawyers.  She has the experience and knowledge to obtain the maximum settlement you deserve.  Please call our office if you or a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence.  

At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Nevada Civil Rights

This Blog continues our series of reviewing and explaining the many new laws passed in Nevada by the legislature in the 2021 session.   This blog will focus on bills involving the civil rights of the citizens of our state.  As an overview the legislature was definitely conscious of the events that have rocked our nation during the past two years including the death of George Floyd and the many other police involved killings and the pattern of discrimination by state and local governments.  These events have spurred our country to rise up and protest during the past two years.   These actions by our legislature prove that this a movement and not just a demonstration.  These protests have yielded changes in our laws at the city, county, state and even at the federal level.  The loud voices of people taking to the streets in support of civil rights spurred Nevada lawmakers to act.  There was a new level of consciousness in Carson City.  There was a recognition.  injustices that have been taking place in recent years and a calling to act.  

With these events in mind the legislature passed assembly bills 58, 115, 157, 207, and 327, aimed at combating discrimination by public officials based on race color religion sexual orientation or other discriminatory reasons. 

Civil rights

Assembly Bill 58: Assembly Bill 58 allows the Attorney General of the state of Nevada to investigate a “pattern and practice” of state and local agencies that are accused of discriminatory behavior.  The statute also goes on to protect any state officers or employees or local government officers from retaliation for reporting or disclosing a pattern or practice of conduct that is discriminatory.  The statute goes so far as to requiring the Attorney General’s office to cooperate with any investigation by the Department of Justice regarding anyone in the Attorney General ‘s office has engaged in a practice or pattern of depriving certain groups of people of their civil rights, privileges, and/or immunities. The statute provides for subpoena power of the Attorney General to compel the attendance of witnesses in the production of relevant evidence. If a witness refuses to cooperate or attend or testify that witness can be found in contempt and the appropriate sanctions can apply Including incarceration   

Effective October 1, 2021. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7311/Text 

Assembly Bill 115:   This bill allows for multi-parent adoptions without removing another parent from the birth certificate. The bill goes on to acknowledge the parental rights of same-sex parents, surrogates, and divorced parents.  Previous law in this area allowed for the adoption of a child by in adult or married couple by petition of the court. This bill provides, instead, that one or more adults may petition the court for adoption of a child.  The new law eliminates the marriage reference.  The basic purpose of the law is to conform to our changing society that more than two parents may have a legal relationship with a child.  

The law also contains the provision that upon petition, a statement must be filed with the court that there are no known signs that the child is currently experiencing victimization from human trafficking, exploitation, or abuse.  The sad and horrific human trafficking issue was of significant importance in the legislature of 2021 and is reflected in many different provisions and bills past that are aimed at increasing penalties for sex trafficking as well prevention.   

 Effective immediately.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7435/Text

Assembly Bill 157:  This bill 157 Gives people the right to file a civil lawsuit against someone who calls the police on them based solely upon their race, color, religion, or another discriminatory reason. This is another bill that arises out of events of the past two years of the many sad videos that have a appeared online and on YouTube showing racist or bigoted people calling the police on innocent citizens simply by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin. It is sad that such a measure has to be passed into law, but protecting civil rights is the foundation of our nation and our State Legislature acted to protect Nevadans.

Effective October 1, 2021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7501/Text

Assembly Bill 207: This bill 207 provides that businesses in Nevada that offer goods and services online through an Internet website, mobile app, or any electronica medium are considered to be places of public accommodation. The practicality of this bill has yet to be seen. I am uncertain as to how it can be enforced or how an Internet-based business does not, on its face, provide service to persons with disabilities.  It is likely that the representative who presented this bill encountered a situation or had constituents encounter a situation where they could not engage internet services because of their disability. Effective October 1, 2021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7610/Text

Senate Bill 327: This bill amends the civil rights statute to include the prevention of discrimination based upon racially or ethnically distinctive traits such as hairstyles.  The bill expands the definition of race to include traits associated with race for purposes of discrimination within the state. The bill goes as far as to prohibit a dress code that requires students to wear uniforms that  discriminate against students based on race. The bill prohibits discrimination based upon traits associated with race for enrollment in charter schools, Universities or any institution of higher education in Nevada.

Assembly Bill 327 is a somewhat vast amendment to the existing statute to combat systemic racism in the hiring practices in cities and municipalities as well as in the schools. Section 8 of this bill requires that government agencies that require testing for employment or promotion must now use a third-party independent testing agency to administer such tests. In addition, the third-party agency conducting the test must send each employee who takes the test a confidential electronic mail message that contains the employees test score. The third-party must also send the employees test score to the employee and the governing body of the city or city officer at the same time. The governing body or city officer shall not produce a list of the employees who took the test ranked in order of their scores until after the third-party which conducted the test has sent each employee his or her test score. The employee who feels the testing process was not fair can appeal the score based upon how the test was graded, which questions were missed.  The statute goes on to really have some teeth by making a felony for any person who tampers with the test scores of employees. This is a substantial penalty and clearly is based upon a systemic institutionalized discriminatory practice of testing being administered by other city employees or graded in a discriminatory manner.

 Effective October 1, 2021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7961/Text

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please do not hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne-Hunt, Esq. a Henderson Injury Attorney for over 15 years.  Laura is recognized as one of Nevada’s Top 100 Lawyers.  She has the experience and knowledge to obtain the maximum settlement you deserve.  Please call our office if you or a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence.  

At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032.