Nevadans Under New Laws

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More information on Nevada sex offenders will be available to the public starting Saturday, under a new law that's among a handful of measures from the 2005 Legislature to finally take effect.

The law change is among sections of 13 bills from the 2005
session that had delayed startup dates. All told, 521 bills were
passed by Nevada legislators at their regular session last year.

The sex offender law, SB341 ensures that the public will have
better information about such offenders. Instead of only a ZIP
code, an offender's address will be shown on a state Web site,

The change will affect nearly 32,000 Tier 2 and Tier 3 sex
offenders, who are considered moderate to high risk for committing
more sex crimes. Also, sex offenders must renew their driver's
licenses or state identification cards every year.

The new law calls for the state to have complete addresses of
any residences where the convicted sex offender has lived, and the
number of the street block but not the specific street number of
any location where the offender works or is a student.

The law says an offender convicted of a crime against a child
who commits a second or subsequent offense within seven years of
the first violation shall not be entitled to probation or a
suspended sentence.

Some sex offenders have expressed concern that they'll be
targeted for harassment, vandalism or worse. But Senate Majority
Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, a co-sponsor of the law, said those
concerns are outweighed by the need to protect children.

Other new laws with July 1 effective dates for key sections

-SB394, which gives Nevada golf courses a tax break by declaring
them open space for property tax purposes. The tax break, sought by
the Nevada Golf Course Owners Association, enables the courses to
have an assessed value of about $1,000 an acre, about one-tenth of
what some high-end courses had been paying.

-SB314, one of the measures sought by lawmakers for pet and
pork-barrel projects at the end of the 2005 session. The bill
provides, among other things, $600,000 for restoration and
preservation of the Lear Theater in Reno; $200,000 for the Cowboy
Poetry Gathering in Elko; $220,000 to the Atomic Testing Museum in
Las Vegas; and $650,000 to help implement the Truckee River
recreational master plan for Reno, Sparks and Washoe County.

Legislative leaders have said the "pork" designation is
unwarranted for such measures, but SB314 meets the classic
definition of "pork" - funding that benefits a particular
legislator's pet project or district.

-AB202 requires schools to have a uniform system of reporting
harassment or bullying, and mandates staff training. The law ranked
high on American Civil Liberties Union lobbyist Laura Mijanovich's
list of 2005 legislative victories for immigrants. Mijanovich said
immigrant children, particularly Muslim girls who wear headscarves,
are often bullied, and school employees don't always deal with the

-AB63, which prohibits insurance companies from denying claims
based solely on the fact that someone was injured while intoxicated
or under the influence of a controlled substance.

-AB42, which states that it's in the best interests of foster
children to remain with their siblings.