CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill changing rules for qualifying
questions for the ballot, which prompted concerns about
interference with Nevadans' constitutional rights, has been signed
into law without comment by Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Critics of SB212 said it's favored by interest groups fearful of
the initiative process, and its vague wording could lead to more
obstacles for citizens trying to petition for change.
SB212 requires petitioners seeking a ballot spot to get a
minimum number of signatures in each of Nevada's four congressional
districts. The congressional district standard has passed
constitutional muster in recent court rulings because such
districts have roughly equal numbers of voters.
But the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada said questions
remain because key provisions of the bill expire in mid-2011,
leaving behind some undefined wording on "petition districts."
Gibbons also signed:
- AB148, a worker safety measure that stems from the deaths of
12 workers at Las Vegas Strip construction sites over an 18-month
period. The bill requires 10 hours of safety training for employees
and 30 hours of safety training for supervisors.
- SB427, which tighten benefits for new employees and retirees
and changes rules collective bargaining on pay and benefits.
- AB18, authorizing up to $100 million in bonds to pay for
environmental improvement projects at Lake Tahoe over the next 10
- AB46, stepping up state record-keeping to help keep guns away
from the mentally ill. Court records on competency, insanity pleas,
admissions to mental health facilities or appointments of guardians
will go to the state's central repository for crime records.
- AB492, requiring firms that get tax abatements to verify they
created jobs and benefits for Nevadans.
- SB264, which calls for a study to examine "home rule" issues
during the interim between legislative sessions.
- SB412, changing the salary structure in the state Agency for
Nuclear Projects which is fighting federal plans for a radioactive
waste dump at Yucca Mountain, so that staffers' pay would be set by
- AB229, requiring "fire-safe" cigarettes that would
self-extinguish if left unattended. Proponents say
cigarette-related blazes are the nation's leading cause of fire
deaths in homes.
- AB564, which authorizes the state Public Works Board to issue
up to $144 million in bonds for capital improvement projects.
- SB188, encouraging development of solar hot water heating
systems through a demonstration project.
- SB267, a plan to ensure open meeting laws are followed by
government agencies when they revise their regulations.
- SB382, which tries to fix hospital funding problems by
changing the way funds are distributed to hospitals that care for a
"disproportionate share" of people who can't pay for their care.