CARSON CITY -- With the gavel set drop for a final time early next week at the Nevada State Legislature, the school repair bill is clearing the first house.
The measure that cleared the assembly is very different than first proposed. The bill originally would have imposed increases in sales and property taxes in Washoe County. Now, the act puts the decision whether to raise taxes to repair schools in the hands of Washoe County commissioners.
A legislature-imposed tax increase would have needed two-thirds support among legislators to pass. However, by moving the decision to county commissioners, the measure is able to advance with a lower threshold of support. The bill moves to the senate and would also need Governor Brian Sandoval's signature.
Tuesday the senate approved a bill creating tax credits for film-makers. The credits would be a test program.
A measure was also introduced by the senate minority leader to compete the the Democrat-supported bill that creates universal background checks for gun-buyers. The Republicans' bill, like the Demcorats' bill, includes provisions improving the sharing of information about the mentally ill. However, the bill does not have the same background check requirements. The governor issued a statement in support of the GOP plan.