Bills moving forward in 2019 Nevada Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Some of the session’s most controversial bills are still alive in the 2019 Nevada Legislature.

AB291 would outlaw bump stocks in Nevada. The bill would ban the sale and possession of any device that increases the fire rate of a semi-automatic.

AB291 is in direct response to the October 1, 2017 massacre in Las Vegas, where a gunman opened fire on a concert with the use of a bump stock. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s recent history.

SB165 would allow physicians in Nevada to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. This is the second try for this bill that did not get out of committee in 2017.

Assembly Bill 142 eliminates the statute of limitations on sexual assault if there is DNA evidence.

“It sends the important message, that if you are a victim of rape who has provided a rape kit, Nevada is here to support you,” said renowned attorney Gloria Allred during the first hearing on the bill.

Allred testified for the bill. It is sponsored by GOP Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner and Democratic Senator Pat Spearman.

Allred said she will return to Carson City to testify again, when AB 142 makes its way to the Nevada Senate.

Assembly Bill 186 takes Nevada’s Electoral Votes and ties them to the popular vote in our state. It’s a national move by some states to make sure the popular vote and the electoral vote come up with the same results during the presidential election.

“This is not in Article 2 of the Constitution. This has been legislated state by state. And it has never been tested in the courts,” says TMCC Political Science Professor Fred Lokken.

Under Senate Bill 123, Nevada voters could register and participate in the voting process the same day. While some say this could open the door to voter fraud, those opposed and in favor of the bill concede election results may not be as quick as we are used to on election night.

“But the opposite side of the coin is that more people will be able to participate,” said Senator James Ohrenschall, a Democrat from District 21.

Nevada's minimum wage could increase under AB456. The bill would raise Nevada's minimum wage 75 cents an hour over the next five years to $12 an hour-- $11 an hour if health insurance is offered.

Nail technicians, massage therapists, and veterinarians could use CBD-infused lotions and pet food under SB228. After Nevada legalized medical and recreational pot, this bill ties up the loose ends for consumers who want to use a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp.

Senator Pat Spearman, a Democrat from District 1, sponsors the bill.

“And I looked into it. And found out, while I use that CBD on my knees in the morning, I could actually get through the day without a lot of pain,” she says.

The senator says using the infused oil or food is at the discretion of the technician, who can wear gloves.

Children would be allowed to use sunscreen during school hours under SB159.

And SJR5 calls for the legislature to meet every year instead of every two years for 120 days. On odd years lawmakers would meet for 90 days. In even years the session would last 60 days.

The resolution would require another vote by lawmakers in 2021 to pass. A vote of the people would follow as it changes Nevada's Constitution.