Governor Sandoval signs dozens of bills into law

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Sandoval approved dozens of bills Thursday including measures related to autism, group homes and renewable energy.

Assembly Bill 5 stems from a recommendation by the New Energy Industry Task Force to enable local governments to implement Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is a mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private commercial property. The program offers an innovative financing opportunity that will allow for more local renewable energy and energy efficiency, and allow for the financing of those improvements to stay with the property.

Assembly Bill 46 was sponsored by the Division of Public and Behavioral Health and establishes new definitions and clarifies existing definition for group homes and supported living arrangements, which will aid in the improvement of regulation and oversight of these facilities. Additionally, this bill establishes a new residential facility type in statute called Community Based Living Arrangements, and allows the Division to certify and regulate these living arrangements.

Assembly Bill 113, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel, requires employers to make accommodations for nursing mothers. The bill requires all public and private employers except businesses with fewer than 50 employees and contractors to provide a “reasonable break time” and a “clean, private place” to accommodate a nursing mother.

Assembly Bill 163 was sponsored by Assemblyman Edgar Flores and makes a number of changes related to the “payday loan” industry. The bill generally prohibits payday loans or title loans without first making an affirmative determination that the borrower has the ability to repay the loan.

Assembly Bill 304 clarifies and establishes a standard definition of an Autism Spectrum Disorder in statute. The current definition provides language that is outdated and does not encompass new language added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The current process to show proof of diagnosis has been a barrier and delay to accessing Medicaid. The revised definition as proposed in this bill should decrease the timeframe children wait to receive the appropriate proof of diagnosis to gain access to treatment.

The Governor signed the following bills into law:

Senate Bill 165
Assembly Bill 5
Assembly Bill 410
Assembly Bill 299
Senate Bill 308
Assembly Bill 41
Assembly Bill 477
Assembly Bill 304
Senate Bill 396
Assembly Bill 46
Assembly Bill 481
Assembly Bill 381
Senate Bill 429
Assembly Bill 68
Assembly Bill 483
Assembly Bill 449
Senate Bill 447
Assembly Bill 113
Senate Bill 79
Assembly Bill 126
Senate Bill 454
Assembly Bill 138
Senate Bill 164
Assembly Bill 148
Senate Bill 473
Assembly Bill 160
Senate Bill 239
Assembly Bill 204
Senate Bill 480
Assembly Bill 163
Senate Bill 370
Assembly Bill 219
Senate Bill 493
Assembly Bill 179
Senate Bill 371
Assembly Bill 244
Senate Bill 499
Assembly Bill 241
Senate Bill 388
Assembly Bill 246
Senate Bill 513
Assembly Bill 243
Senate Bill 413
Senate Bill 437
Assembly Bill 361
Assembly Bill 292

To track all the bills in the legislature, click here .