[Rev. 11/21/2013 10:12:51 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 218F - LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL BUREAU

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 218F.020        “Agency of the State” defined.

ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL

NRS 218F.100        Creation and composition; appointment of Director and chiefs of divisions; designation of Deputy Director.

NRS 218F.110        Director is executive head of Legislative Counsel Bureau; general powers and duties; administrative supervision of chiefs; employment, salaries and leave of personnel; exemption of personnel from State Personnel System.

NRS 218F.120        Employment of personnel for legislative duties between regular sessions; payment of salaries and related costs.

CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

NRS 218F.150        Officers and employees of Legislative Counsel Bureau not to oppose or urge legislation; exceptions; conditions and limitations on disclosure of information.

BUDGET AND FINANCES

NRS 218F.200        Appropriation of money to Legislative Fund to carry out functions; payment of claims.

NRS 218F.210        Special Account for Intergovernmental Activities.

NRS 218F.220        Petty cash accounts.

NRS 218F.230        Checking account; advance money for travel.

OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES

NRS 218F.300        Provision of administrative services for operation of Legislature; acquisition and maintenance of legislative property.

NRS 218F.310        Recycling of paper, paper products and other waste materials.

NRS 218F.320        Establishment of on-site child care facility.

PUBLICATIONS, SALES AND SERVICES

NRS 218F.400        Legislative Manual.

NRS 218F.410        Sale of studies, reports and materials.

NRS 218F.420        Sale of manuals and handbooks containing selected portions of NRS.

NRS 218F.430        Sale of souvenirs.

NRS 218F.440        Computer searches and electronic access to publications and other information.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

NRS 218F.500        Composition; general powers and duties.

NRS 218F.510        Duties of Chief as Legislative Fiscal Officer.

NRS 218F.520        Duties relating to order and security; regulations governing vehicular and pedestrian traffic; penalties.

FISCAL ANALYSIS DIVISION

NRS 218F.600        Composition; general powers and duties.

NRS 218F.610        Office of Financial Analysis and Planning.

NRS 218F.620        Authority to request information from public officers and agencies; compliance required; authority extends to confidential information.

LEGAL DIVISION

NRS 218F.700        Qualifications of Legislative Counsel.

NRS 218F.710        General powers and duties; opinions on questions of law.

NRS 218F.720        Authority to provide legal representation in actions and proceedings; exemption from fees, costs and expenses; standards and procedures for exercising unconditional right and standing to intervene; payment of costs and expenses of representation.

NRS 218F.730        Authority to secure copyrights.

RESEARCH DIVISION

NRS 218F.800        Qualifications of Research Director; administration of Research Division.

NRS 218F.810        General powers and duties.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 218F.020  “Agency of the State” defined.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, “agency of the State” includes all offices, departments, boards, commissions and institutions of the State.

      [1:205:1949; A 1953, 169]—(NRS A 1979, 67; 1981, 1517; 1983, 1576; 1985, 850; 1987, 961; 1995, 2674; 1999, 1806, 2201; A 2001, 115, 3205; 2009, 1563; 2011, 3238)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.610)

ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL

      NRS 218F.100  Creation and composition; appointment of Director and chiefs of divisions; designation of Deputy Director.

      1.  There is hereby created the Legislative Counsel Bureau, which consists of a Legislative Commission, an Interim Finance Committee, a Director, an Audit Division, a Fiscal Analysis Division, a Legal Division, a Research Division and an Administrative Division.

      2.  The Legislative Auditor is chief of the Audit Division. The Legislative Counsel is chief of the Legal Division. The Research Director is chief of the Research Division. The Director shall designate from time to time one of the Fiscal Analysts or another employee of the Fiscal Analysis Division to be responsible for the administration of the Fiscal Analysis Division.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint the Director. The Director shall appoint the Fiscal Analysts and the chiefs of the divisions with the approval of the Legislative Commission, and may serve as the chief of any division.

      4.  The Director may, with the consent of the Legislative Commission, designate one of the other division chiefs or an employee of the Legislative Counsel Bureau as Deputy Director.

      [1:134:1953]—(NRS A 1963, 1014; 1967, 1371; 1969, 1014; 1973, 1352, 1659; 1975, 1395; 1977, 344; 1979, 67; 1981, 559; 1985, 398; 2005, 1234; 2011, 3671)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.620)

      NRS 218F.110  Director is executive head of Legislative Counsel Bureau; general powers and duties; administrative supervision of chiefs; employment, salaries and leave of personnel; exemption of personnel from State Personnel System.

      1.  The Director serves as the executive head of the Legislative Counsel Bureau and shall direct and supervise all of its administrative and technical activities. The chiefs of the divisions of the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall perform the respective duties assigned to them by law under the administrative supervision of the Director.

      2.  The Director shall, consistent with the budget approved by the Legislative Commission and within the limits of legislative appropriations and other available funds, employ and fix the salaries of or contract for the services of such professional, technical, clerical and operational personnel and consultants as the execution of the Director’s duties and the operation of the Legislative Counsel Bureau may require.

      3.  All of the personnel of the Legislative Counsel Bureau are:

      (a) Exempt from the provisions of chapter 284 of NRS.

      (b) Entitled to such leaves of absence as the Legislative Commission shall prescribe.

      [6:134:1953]—(NRS A 1963, 485, 1016; 1965, 1456; 1971, 1546; 1973, 1352; 1977, 345, 753; 1985, 1132; 2003, 2092; 2011, 3238, 3671)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.683)

      NRS 218F.120  Employment of personnel for legislative duties between regular sessions; payment of salaries and related costs.

      1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of NRS 218A.510 and 218A.540, between regular sessions, the Director, with the approval of the Legislative Commission, may appoint such technical, clerical and operational staff as the functions and operations of the Legislature may require.

      2.  Salaries and related costs must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 40; A 1963, 1009; 1971, 1546; 1999, 2202; 2011, 3238)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.685)

CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

      NRS 218F.150  Officers and employees of Legislative Counsel Bureau not to oppose or urge legislation; exceptions; conditions and limitations on disclosure of information.

      1.  The Director and other officers and employees of the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall not:

      (a) Oppose or urge legislation, except as the duties of the Director, the Legislative Auditor, the Legislative Counsel, the Research Director and the Fiscal Analysts require them to make recommendations to the Legislature.

      (b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, NRS 218D.130, 218D.135, 218D.250 and 353.211, disclose to any person outside the Legislative Counsel Bureau the nature or content of any matter entrusted to the Legislative Counsel Bureau, and such matter is confidential and privileged and is not subject to subpoena, unless the person entrusting the matter to the Legislative Counsel Bureau requests or consents to the disclosure.

      2.  The nature or content of any work previously done by the officers and employees of the Research Division may be disclosed if or to the extent that the disclosure does not reveal the identity of the person who requested it or include any material submitted by the requester which has not been published or publicly disclosed.

      3.  The nature and content of the work product of the officers and employees of the Legal Division and the Fiscal Analysis Division are confidential and privileged and are not subject to subpoena.

      4.  When a statute has been enacted or a resolution adopted, the Legislative Counsel shall upon request disclose to any person the state or other jurisdiction from whose law it appears to have been adopted.

      5.  The records of the travel expenses of Legislators and officers and employees of the Legislature and the Legislative Counsel Bureau are available for public inspection at such reasonable hours and under such other conditions as the Legislative Commission prescribes.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 340; A 1979, 1327; 1985, 1131; 1987, 1167; 1989, 267; 1991, 462, 1835, 2447; 1993, 574, 575; 1995, 1107, 1950; 2011, 3238, 3672)—(Substituted in revision for part of NRS 218.625)

BUDGET AND FINANCES

      NRS 218F.200  Appropriation of money to Legislative Fund to carry out functions; payment of claims.

      1.  Money to carry out the functions of the Legislative Counsel Bureau must be provided by legislative appropriation from the State General Fund to the Legislative Fund.

      2.  All claims must be approved by the Director or the Director’s designee before they are paid.

      [11:134:1953] + [Part 4:205:1949; A 1953, 171]—(NRS A 1963, 1015; 1971, 222; 1973, 1117; 1997, 3071; 1999, 2202; 2011, 3239)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.640)

      NRS 218F.210  Special Account for Intergovernmental Activities.

      1.  A Special Account for Intergovernmental Activities is hereby created.

      2.  The Director shall deposit all money which the Director receives as contributions for intergovernmental activities into the Account.

      3.  The money in the Account may only be used for intergovernmental activities.

      4.  Each use for the money must be authorized by the Legislative Commission and each check must be signed by the Chair of the Legislative Commission or the Chair’s designee and the Director or the Director’s designee.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 236; A 1987, 130; 2011, 3239)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.641)

      NRS 218F.220  Petty cash accounts.

      1.  A petty cash account of the Legislative Counsel Bureau is hereby created:

      (a) For each building in which offices of employees of the Legislative Counsel Bureau are located; and

      (b) In any division approved for the sale of souvenirs pursuant to NRS 218F.430,

Ê in the sum of not more than $1,000 each for the minor expenses of the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      2.  Each account must be kept in the custody of an employee designated by the Director and must be replenished periodically from the Legislative Fund upon approval of expenditures and submission of vouchers or other documents to indicate payment.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 290; A 1995, 1108; 1997, 3071; 2003, 2092; 2011, 3239)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.642)

      NRS 218F.230  Checking account; advance money for travel.

      1.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau shall maintain a checking account in any qualified bank or credit union for the purposes of:

      (a) Providing advance money and reimbursement to Legislators and officers and employees for travel expenses;

      (b) Paying the salaries of persons on the payroll of the Legislative Department and any related payroll costs; and

      (c) Paying other expenses which may or must be paid from the Legislative Fund and any other expenses directed by the Legislative Commission.

      2.  The checking account must be secured by a depository bond to the extent the account is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund or a private insurer approved pursuant to NRS 678.755.

      3.  All checks written on the checking account must be signed by the Chair of the Legislative Commission and the Director or the Director’s designee, except that during a regular session, the Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly shall sign the checks.

      4.  A request for advance money for travel constitutes a lien in favor of the Legislative Fund upon the accrued salary, subsistence allowance and travel expenses of the Legislator or officer or employee in an amount equal to the sum advanced.

      5.  A Legislator or officer or employee who receives advance money for travel:

      (a) Is entitled to receive upon request any authorized travel expenses in excess of the amount advanced.

      (b) Shall reimburse the Legislative Fund any amount advanced that is not used for reimbursable travel expenses.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 290; A 1981, 5, 17; 1997, 3072; 1999, 1462, 2202; 2001, 91; 2011, 3240)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.644)

OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES

      NRS 218F.300  Provision of administrative services for operation of Legislature; acquisition and maintenance of legislative property.

      1.  All administrative services necessary to the operation of the Legislature during and between regular and special sessions must be provided by the Legislative Counsel Bureau at the expense of the Legislative Fund.

      2.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau shall be responsible for the care, custody, acquisition and inventory of legislative supplies, furniture, artwork and equipment between regular sessions.

      3.  At the beginning of each regular session, the Director shall submit a report to the Legislature detailing all supplies, furniture and equipment acquired to meet the needs of the regular session and detailing all supplies, furniture and equipment on hand.

      [9:134:1953]—(NRS A 1965, 1456; 1971, 1545; 2011, 3240)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.650)

      NRS 218F.310  Recycling of paper, paper products and other waste materials.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall recycle or cause to be recycled the paper and paper products it uses. This subsection does not apply to confidential documents if there is an additional cost for recycling those documents.

      2.  The Director may apply to the Legislative Commission for a waiver from the requirements of subsection 1. The Legislative Commission shall grant a waiver if it determines that the cost to recycle or cause to be recycled the paper and paper products used by the Legislative Counsel Bureau is unreasonable and would place an undue burden on the operations of the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall, after consulting with the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, adopt regulations which prescribe the procedure for the disposition of the paper and paper products to be recycled. The Legislative Commission may prescribe a procedure for the recycling of other waste materials produced on the premises of the Legislative Building.

      4.  Any money received by the Legislative Counsel Bureau for recycling or causing to be recycled the paper and paper products it uses must be paid by the Director to the State Treasurer for credit to the State General Fund.

      5.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Paper” includes newspaper, high-grade office paper, fine paper, bond paper, offset paper, xerographic paper, mimeo paper, duplicator paper and any other cellulosic material which contains not more than 10 percent by weight or volume of a noncellulosic material, including, but not limited to, a laminate, binder, coating and saturant.

      (b) “Paper product” means any paper article or commodity, including, but not limited to, paper napkins, towels, cardboard, construction material, paper and any other cellulosic material which contains not more than 10 percent by weight or volume of a noncellulosic material, including, but not limited to, a laminate, binder, coating and saturant.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 906; A 1999, 3182; 2011, 3240)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.655)

      NRS 218F.320  Establishment of on-site child care facility.

      1.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau may contract for the establishment of an on-site child care facility for children of employees of the Legislative Department. No money appropriated to the Legislative Fund or the Legislative Counsel Bureau may be used to pay the cost of establishing and operating the facility.

      2.  All employees of the child care facility shall be deemed employees of the State for the purposes of NRS 41.0305 to 41.039, inclusive.

      3.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau may use the property described in NRS 331.135 for a child care facility established pursuant to this section.

      4.  As used in this section, “on-site child care facility” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 432A.0275.

      (Added to NRS by 2001, 3200; A 2011, 3241)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.657)

PUBLICATIONS, SALES AND SERVICES

      NRS 218F.400  Legislative Manual.

      1.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau shall compile and publish a Legislative Manual containing information concerning the Legislature and other information appropriate for Legislators.

      2.  The costs of compilation and publication must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 1461; A 1971, 1545; 1975, 1395; 2003, 2092; 2011, 3241)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.647)

      NRS 218F.410  Sale of studies, reports and materials.  The Director may fix reasonable fees for the sale of studies, audit reports, bulletins and miscellaneous materials of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, and those fees must be deposited with the State Treasurer for credit to the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1031; A 1971, 1545; 1973, 1117; 1979, 291; 2005, 1234; 2011, 3241)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.645)

      NRS 218F.420  Sale of manuals and handbooks containing selected portions of NRS.

      1.  With the approval of the Legislative Commission, the Legislative Counsel may compile and publish manuals or handbooks containing selected portions of Nevada Revised Statutes.

      2.  Such manuals and handbooks must be sold at a price fixed by the Director, and all money received for the sale of such publications must be deposited in the Legislative Fund in the State Treasury.

      (Added to NRS by 1967, 841; A 1971, 1545; 1973, 1117; 2005, 1235; 2011, 3241)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.646)

      NRS 218F.430  Sale of souvenirs.

      1.  The Director may approve the purchase and sale of souvenirs of the Nevada Legislature and of the State of Nevada in the Legislative Building or any building maintained for the use of the Legislature or the Legislative Counsel Bureau. Such souvenirs may include, without limitation, souvenir wine. The Director shall fix reasonable fees for the items which must in the aggregate at least cover the cost to the Legislative Counsel Bureau of purchasing and selling the items.

      2.  The money received from the sale of souvenirs must be deposited in a revolving account in the Legislative Fund. The money in the revolving account must be used to purchase additional souvenirs for sale and pay any other expenses related to the sale of souvenirs deemed appropriate by the Director. The balance in the revolving account not exceeding $150,000 must not be reverted to the Legislative Fund at the end of the fiscal year.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 1106; A 1997, 3072; 2007, 898)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6845)

      NRS 218F.440  Computer searches and electronic access to publications and other information.

      1.  The Director may:

      (a) Upon the request of any person, government, governmental agency or political subdivision, conduct searches by computer of the text of the publications of the Legislative Counsel Bureau and any other information the Director deems appropriate which may be accessible by a computer operated by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      (b) Make any information described in paragraph (a) available for access by computer to any person, government, governmental agency or political subdivision.

      2.  The Director shall prescribe a reasonable fee for these services.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 1130; A 1987, 394; 2005, 1235; 2011, 3242)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.684)

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

      NRS 218F.500  Composition; general powers and duties.

      1.  The Administrative Division consists of the Chief of the Division and such staff as the Chief may require.

      2.  The Administrative Division is responsible for:

      (a) Accounting and human resources;

      (b) Audio and video services;

      (c) Communication equipment;

      (d) Control of inventory;

      (e) Information technology services;

      (f) Janitorial services;

      (g) Maintenance of buildings, grounds and vehicles;

      (h) Purchasing;

      (i) Security;

      (j) Shipping and receiving;

      (k) Utilities; and

      (l) Warehousing operations.

      3.  The Legislative Commission may assign any other appropriate function to the Administrative Division.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 68; A 1981, 560; 1985, 1132; 2009, 1565)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6851)

      NRS 218F.510  Duties of Chief as Legislative Fiscal Officer.

      1.  The Chief of the Administrative Division is ex officio Legislative Fiscal Officer. As such Officer, the Chief shall keep a complete, accurate and adequate set of accounting records and reports for all legislative operations, including any records and reports required by the Federal Government for the administration of federal revenue and income tax laws.

      2.  The Chief shall:

      (a) Withhold from the pay of each Legislator, employee of the Legislature and employee of the Legislative Counsel Bureau the amount of tax specified by the Federal Government; and

      (b) Transmit the amount deducted to the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Department of the Treasury.

      3.  The Chief shall, upon receipt of information from the Public Employees’ Benefits Program specifying amounts of premiums or contributions for coverage by the Program:

      (a) Withhold from the pay of each employee of the Legislature and employee of the Legislative Counsel Bureau who participates in the Public Employees’ Benefits Program those amounts; and

      (b) Pay those amounts to the Program.

      4.  The Chief:

      (a) May provide for the purchase of United States savings bonds or similar United States obligations by salary deduction for any Legislator, employee of the Legislature or employee of the Legislative Counsel Bureau who submits a written request for these deductions and purchases.

      (b) Shall provide forms authorizing deductions for and purchases of these United States obligations.

      5.  The Chief may:

      (a) Withhold from the pay of a Legislator, employee of the Legislature or employee of the Legislative Counsel Bureau such amount as the claimant specifies in writing for payment to the claimant’s credit union. Any money which is withheld must be transmitted by the Chief in accordance with the claimant’s written instructions.

      (b) Adopt regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 558; A 2003, 3273; 2011, 3242)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6853)

      NRS 218F.520  Duties relating to order and security; regulations governing vehicular and pedestrian traffic; penalties.

      1.  The Administrative Division shall preserve order and security on the grounds surrounding the Legislative Building and within the Legislative Building.

      2.  When the Legislature is in a regular or special session, the Administrative Division shall assist the Sergeant at Arms of either House, upon request, in preserving order in the chambers and private lounges of the respective Houses.

      3.  The Legislative Commission may by affirmative vote of a majority of its members adopt, amend, repeal and enforce reasonable regulations governing vehicular and pedestrian traffic on all property within the supervision and control of the Legislature pursuant to subsection 1 of NRS 331.135.

      4.  The regulations have the force and effect of law.

      5.  A copy of every such regulation, giving the date that it takes effect, must be filed with the Secretary of State, and copies of the regulations must be published immediately after adoption and issued in pamphlet form for distribution to the general public.

      6.  A person who violates any regulation adopted pursuant to this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 1576; A 2011, 3243, 3672)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6855)

FISCAL ANALYSIS DIVISION

      NRS 218F.600  Composition; general powers and duties.

      1.  The Fiscal Analysis Division consists of the Senate Fiscal Analyst, the Assembly Fiscal Analyst and such additional staff as the performance of their duties may require.

      2.  The Fiscal Analysis Division shall:

      (a) Thoroughly examine all agencies of the State with special regard to their activities and the duplication of efforts between them.

      (b) Recommend to the Legislature any suggested changes looking toward economy and the elimination of inefficiency in government.

      (c) Ascertain facts and make recommendations to the Legislature concerning the budget of the State and the estimates of the expenditure requirements of the agencies of the State.

      (d) Make projections of future public revenues for the use of the Legislature.

      (e) Analyze the history and probable future trend of the State’s financial position in order that a sound fiscal policy may be developed and maintained for the State of Nevada.

      (f) Analyze appropriation bills, revenue bills and bills having a fiscal impact upon the operation of the government of the State of Nevada or its political subdivisions.

      (g) Advise the Legislature and its members and committees regarding matters of a fiscal nature.

      (h) Perform such other functions as may be assigned to the Fiscal Analysis Division by the Legislature, the Legislative Commission or the Director.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 339; A 1985, 850; 2011, 3243)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.686)

      NRS 218F.610  Office of Financial Analysis and Planning.

      1.  The Office of Financial Analysis and Planning is hereby created within the Fiscal Analysis Division. The Senate Fiscal Analyst and the Assembly Fiscal Analyst shall appoint such personnel as the Fiscal Analysts determine are necessary for the office to carry out the duties of the office.

      2.  The Office of Financial Analysis and Planning shall assist the Legislature in long-term financial analysis and planning, including, without limitation, long-term economic planning and forecasting of future state revenues.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2209; A 2011, 3243)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6865)

      NRS 218F.620  Authority to request information from public officers and agencies; compliance required; authority extends to confidential information.

      1.  Upon the request of a Fiscal Analyst or his or her authorized representative, every elective state officer in the State of Nevada, every board or commission provided for by the laws of the State of Nevada, every head of each department in the State of Nevada, every officer of the Judicial Department, and every employee or agent thereof, acting by, for, or on account of any such office, board, commission or officer receiving, paying or otherwise controlling any public funds in the State of Nevada, in whole or in part, whether the funds are provided by the State of Nevada, received from the Federal Government of the United States or any branch, bureau or agency thereof, or received from private or other sources, shall make available, provide or prepare all books, papers, information and records under their control necessary or convenient to the proper discharge of the duties of the Fiscal Analysis Division pursuant to chapters 218A to 218H, inclusive, of NRS.

      2.  Any such officer, board, commission, department or employee who receives a request pursuant to subsection 1 shall make available, provide or prepare any information requested by the Fiscal Analysis Division within the period specified in the request.

      3.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any other specific statute, the information requested by the Fiscal Analysis Division may include information considered confidential for other purposes.

      [8:134:1953]—(NRS A 1963, 1030; 1977, 345; 1995, 2818; 1997, 2705; 2011, 3243)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.687)

LEGAL DIVISION

      NRS 218F.700  Qualifications of Legislative Counsel.  The Legislative Counsel must be:

      1.  An attorney admitted to practice law in one of the United States; and

      2.  Knowledgeable in some or all of the following:

      (a) Political science;

      (b) Parliamentary practice;

      (c) Legislative procedure; and

      (d) The methods of research, statutory revision and bill drafting.

      [5:134:1953]—(NRS A 1963, 484, 1015; 1971, 1546; 1975, 344; 1985, 1162; 2011, 3244)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.690)

      NRS 218F.710  General powers and duties; opinions on questions of law.

      1.  The Legislative Counsel has:

      (a) The powers and duties assigned by this title and any law or resolution; and

      (b) Such other powers and duties as may be assigned by the Director, the Legislature and the Legislative Commission.

      2.  Upon the request of any member or committee of the Legislature or the Legislative Commission, the Legislative Counsel shall give an opinion in writing upon any question of law, including existing law and suggested, proposed and pending legislation which has become a matter of public record.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1016; A 1965, 1456; 1985, 1132; 2011, 3244)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.695)

      NRS 218F.720  Authority to provide legal representation in actions and proceedings; exemption from fees, costs and expenses; standards and procedures for exercising unconditional right and standing to intervene; payment of costs and expenses of representation.

      1.  When deemed necessary or advisable to protect the official interests of the Legislature in any action or proceeding, the Legislative Commission, or the Chair of the Legislative Commission in cases where action is required before a meeting of the Legislative Commission is scheduled to be held, may direct the Legislative Counsel and the Legal Division to appear in, commence, prosecute, defend or intervene in any action or proceeding before any court, agency or officer of the United States, this State or any other jurisdiction, or any political subdivision thereof. In any such action or proceeding, the Legislature may not be assessed or held liable for:

      (a) Any filing or other court or agency fees; or

      (b) The attorney’s fees or any other fees, costs or expenses of any other parties.

      2.  If a party to any action or proceeding before any court, agency or officer:

      (a) Alleges that the Legislature, by its actions or failure to act, has violated the Constitution, treaties or laws of the United States or the Constitution or laws of this State; or

      (b) Challenges, contests or raises as an issue, either in law or in equity, in whole or in part, or facially or as applied, the meaning, intent, purpose, scope, applicability, validity, enforceability or constitutionality of any law, resolution, initiative, referendum or other legislative or constitutional measure, including, without limitation, on grounds that it is ambiguous, unclear, uncertain, imprecise, indefinite or vague, is preempted by federal law or is otherwise inapplicable, invalid, unenforceable or unconstitutional,

Ê the Legislature may elect to intervene in the action or proceeding by filing a motion or request to intervene in the form required by the rules, laws or regulations applicable to the action or proceeding. The motion or request to intervene must be accompanied by an appropriate pleading, brief or dispositive motion setting forth the Legislature’s arguments, claims, objections or defenses, in law or fact, or by a motion or request to file such a pleading, brief or dispositive motion at a later time.

      3.  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, upon the filing of a motion or request to intervene pursuant to subsection 2, the Legislature has an unconditional right and standing to intervene in the action or proceeding and to present its arguments, claims, objections or defenses, in law or fact, whether or not the Legislature’s interests are adequately represented by existing parties and whether or not the State or any agency, officer or employee of the State is an existing party. If the Legislature intervenes in the action or proceeding, the Legislature has all the rights of a party.

      4.  The provisions of this section do not make the Legislature a necessary or indispensable party to any action or proceeding unless the Legislature intervenes in the action or proceeding, and no party to any action or proceeding may name the Legislature as a party or move to join the Legislature as a party based on the provisions of this section.

      5.  The Legislative Commission may authorize payment of the expenses and costs incurred pursuant to this section from the Legislative Fund.

      6.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Action or proceeding” means any action, suit, matter, cause, hearing, appeal or proceeding.

      (b) “Agency” means any agency, office, department, division, bureau, unit, board, commission, authority, institution, committee, subcommittee or other similar body or entity, including, without limitation, any body or entity created by an interstate, cooperative, joint or interlocal agreement or compact.

      (c) “Legislature” means:

             (1) The Legislature or either House; or

             (2) Any current or former agency, member, officer or employee of the Legislature, the Legislative Counsel Bureau or the Legislative Department.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 1461; A 1971, 1546; 1995, 1108; 1999, 2203; 2007, 3305; 2009, 1565; 2011, 3244)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.697)

      NRS 218F.730  Authority to secure copyrights.

      1.  The Legislative Counsel is authorized to secure copyright under the laws of the United States in all publications issued by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      2.  Each copyright must be secured in the name of the State of Nevada.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 155; A 2011, 3246)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.698)

RESEARCH DIVISION

      NRS 218F.800  Qualifications of Research Director; administration of Research Division.  The Research Director:

      1.  Must have a graduate degree from an accredited college or university and must be knowledgeable in some or all of the following:

      (a) Research techniques;

      (b) Information sources;

      (c) Strategic planning;

      (d) Program and personnel management;

      (e) Writing and communication techniques;

      (f) Governmental organization and functions; and

      (g) Budgeting.

      2.  Shall administer and manage the duties, programs, responsibilities and staff operations of the Research Division.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 1658; A 1977, 345; 1985, 1133; 1995, 1108; 2011, 3246)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.731)

      NRS 218F.810  General powers and duties.  The Research Division shall:

      1.  Provide the Legislature and its members and committees with research, information and assistance concerning public policy, including, but not limited to, proposed or possible legislation, and national, state and local issues of interest to the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions.

      2.  Provide necessary personnel to standing and interim committees as assigned by the Director, the Legislature or the Legislative Commission.

      3.  Provide the Legislature and its members and committees with comprehensive accurate reports and background information on subjects of legislative interest.

      4.  Analyze, compare and evaluate the programs and statutory provisions of the State of Nevada and other states, upon request of a member or committee of the Legislature.

      5.  Advise the Legislature and its members and committees regarding matters relating to the resources and procedures necessary to conduct research.

      6.  Prepare publications relating to the Legislature and the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      7.  Maintain the library of the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      8.  Provide information and assistance to the Legislature and its members and committees concerning the apportionment of legislative districts and any other political districts the boundaries of which are determined by the Legislature.

      9.  Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Legislature, the Legislative Commission or the Director.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 1130; A 1995, 1109; 2011, 3246)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.735)