2007 Nevada Legislature Starts 11th Week

The 11th week of the 2007 Nevada Legislature opens tomorrow with hearings on measures dealing with the death penalty, medical care for indigents and the makeup of the state Environmental Commission.

Senate Judiciary debates an Assembly-approved measure that spells out the governor's authority to stay a death sentence. The measure cites wording in the Nevada Constitution that says the governor has the power to grant reprieves "for all cases, except in cases of impeachment."

Senate Natural Resources will study another Assembly-endorsed bill that revises the makeup of the state Environmental Commission so that the five members appointed by the governor would include one member with experience in advocating conservation issues.

Assembly Ways and Means reviews a measure appropriating 200-thousand dollars for a pilot program to provide medical care to the indigent.
On Tuesday, a joint Assembly-Senate budget panel will hear from
Jim Austin, a national expert on corrections, as part of the lawmakers' review of Governor Gibbons' proposed 634 million dollar corrections budget. Another 300 million dollars in capital construction funds will be needed for a prison bed expansion.

Austin also will address Senate Judiciary and an Assembly panel on corrections later in the day.

Senate Judiciary will review a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for a Nevada lottery - one of the few forms of gambling barred in Nevada - to raise money for books, computers and other educational materials for schools.
On Wednesday, Assembly Judiciary considers a Senate-approved
bill to criminalize videotaping "private areas" of people under circumstances in which they have "a reasonable expectation of privacy."

Also on the committee's agenda is a bill requiring parental permission before schools get the names of children who are victims of a sexual offense.

A joint Assembly-Senate budget panel reviews millions of dollars worth of capital improvements for various state agencies, including 32 million dollars for the state Department of Corrections.

Senate Judiciary takes up legislation to prohibit distribution of hoax terrorism substances and to increase penalties for false threats. The bill would increase penalties for making a false threat from one to six to two to 20 years in prison. It also makes it a crime to deliver or disperse a hoax substance that appears to be a weapon of mass destruction, a toxin or a lethal chemical, biological or nuclear agent.