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

CHAPTER 218E - LEGISLATIVE INVESTIGATIONS AND HEARINGS; LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION AND OTHER COMMITTEES

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Scope of Investigatory Power

NRS 218E.005        Definitions.

NRS 218E.010        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.012        “Documentary evidence” defined.

NRS 218E.015        Power of Houses and committees to conduct investigations and hold hearings.

 

Subpoenas; Oaths; Contempt

NRS 218E.030        Power to issue subpoenas; exceptions. [Effective through December 31, 2014, and after that date unless the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 218E.030        Power to issue subpoenas; exceptions. [Effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 218E.035        Contents and service of subpoenas; legal force and effect.

NRS 218E.040        Administration of oaths.

NRS 218E.045        Conduct constituting contempt; enforcement proceedings before district court.

NRS 218E.050        Power of Houses to imprison for contempt; issuance and service of citation for contempt.

NRS 218E.055        Hearing on citation for contempt.

NRS 218E.060        Arrest, fine and imprisonment upon finding of contempt; warrant.

NRS 218E.065        Imprisonment for contempt not bar to other proceedings.

 

Hearings; Witnesses; Privileges; Unlawful Acts

NRS 218E.080        Power of Houses to provide for hearings and proceedings; unlawful for sworn witness to willfully misrepresent facts when testifying in hearing or proceeding.

NRS 218E.085        Privilege regarding defamatory matter; unlawful for person to knowingly misrepresent facts when testifying in hearing or proceeding or in certain communications to Legislator.

NRS 218E.090        Rules and privileges governing certain state employees who testify on their own behalf; required disclosures; unlawful for state agency to take certain actions because of such testimony.

NRS 218E.095        Unlawful for person to neglect or refuse to obey subpoena, to be sworn, affirm or testify or to produce documentary evidence.

SUPPLEMENTAL POWERS OF INTERIM COMMITTEES

NRS 218E.105        Definitions.

NRS 218E.110        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.115        “Documentary evidence” defined.

NRS 218E.120        “Secretary of the committee” defined.

NRS 218E.125        Provisions supplement and do not impair other powers, privileges and immunities.

NRS 218E.130        Power to conduct investigations and hold hearings; administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses.

NRS 218E.135        Power to issue subpoenas; contents and service; legal force and effect; enforcement proceedings before district court.

NRS 218E.140        Fees and mileage for witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION

Organization and Administration

NRS 218E.150        Creation; membership; vacancies; officers; terms.

NRS 218E.155        Meetings; rules; quorum; attendance of alternate members.

NRS 218E.160        Compensation, allowances and expenses of members of Legislative Commission and Audit Subcommittee.

 

Powers and Duties

NRS 218E.175        General powers and duties.

NRS 218E.180        Additional powers and duties.

NRS 218E.185        Investigative powers; delegation to certain committees and subcommittees.

 

Studies and Investigations

NRS 218E.200        Power to conduct studies and investigations; establishment of subcommittees and interim or special committees; designation of members; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.205        Priorities and limitations concerning studies and investigations; requests for drafting legislative measures; restrictions on staff; review and approval of budgets; period for holding meetings.

NRS 218E.210        Biennial study of newly enacted statutes to determine any differential treatment of sexes or adverse effect on women.

 

Oversight of Legislative Counsel Bureau

NRS 218E.225        Committee to review management, organization and operation of Legislative Counsel Bureau.

 

Audit Subcommittee

NRS 218E.240        Creation; membership; meetings; quorum.

 

Budget Subcommittee

NRS 218E.255        Creation; membership; functions.

 

Special Committees

NRS 218E.270        Special committee to receive Governor’s message on condition of State.

NRS 218E.275        Special committees to consider issues during legislative interim.

 

Reports Regarding Criminal Prosecutions

NRS 218E.300        Legislative findings.

NRS 218E.305        Compilation of records and reports; limitations on use; disclosure of information.

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF FISCAL MATTERS

Interim Finance Committee

NRS 218E.400        Creation; membership; officers; terms; meetings; voting; investigations; hearings; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.405        Exercise of powers and duties during legislative interim; performance of certain powers and duties during regular or special session; subcommittee to review matters involving State Public Works Division.

 

Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee

NRS 218E.420        Creation; membership; budget; officers; meetings; investigations; hearings; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

 

Legislative Committees for the Fundamental Review of the Base Budgets of State Agencies

NRS 218E.435        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.440        Creation; membership; officers; terms; vacancies; quorum; staff.

NRS 218E.445        Meetings; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.450        General powers and duties; cooperation of state agencies; reports.

NRS 218E.455        Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. [Repealed.]

NRS 218E.460        Fees and mileage for witnesses. [Repealed.]

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Legislative Committee on Public Lands

NRS 218E.500        Legislative findings and declarations.

NRS 218E.505        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.510        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; alternates.

NRS 218E.515        Meetings; rules; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.520        General powers.

NRS 218E.525        Additional powers and duties.

NRS 218E.530        Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. [Repealed.]

NRS 218E.535        Fees and mileage for witnesses. [Repealed.]

 

Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System

NRS 218E.550        “Committee” defined. [Effective through September 30, 2015, and after that date if: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) by September 30, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective through September 30, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future, and effective after September 30, 2017, if those events take place by September 30, 2017.]

NRS 218E.550        “Committee” defined. [Effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017.]

NRS 218E.555        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; reports. [Effective through September 30, 2015, and after that date if: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) by September 30, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective through September 30, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future, and effective after September 30, 2017, if those events take place by September 30, 2017.]

NRS 218E.555        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; reports. [Effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017.]

NRS 218E.560        Meetings; rules; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.565        General duties. [Effective through September 30, 2015, and after that date if: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) by September 30, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective through September 30, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future, and effective after September 30, 2017, if those events take place by September 30, 2017.]

NRS 218E.565        General duties. [Effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017.]

NRS 218E.570        General powers.

NRS 218E.575        Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. [Repealed.]

NRS 218E.580        Fees and mileage for witnesses. [Repealed.]

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF EDUCATION

Legislative Committee on Education

NRS 218E.600        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.605        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

NRS 218E.610        Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.615        General powers.

NRS 218E.620        Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. [Repealed.]

 

Legislative Bureau of Educational Accountability and Program Evaluation

NRS 218E.625        Creation; personnel; general powers and duties; confidentiality of certain information.

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE

Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

NRS 218E.700        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.705        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

NRS 218E.710        Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.715        General duties.

NRS 218E.720        General powers.

NRS 218E.725        Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. [Repealed.]

NRS 218E.730        Fees and mileage for witnesses. [Repealed.]

 

Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults With Special Needs

NRS 218E.745        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.750        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

NRS 218E.755        Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.760        General powers.

NRS 218E.765        Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. [Repealed.]

NRS 218E.770        Fees and mileage for witnesses. [Repealed.]

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF ENERGY

NRS 218E.800        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.805        Creation of Legislative Committee on Energy; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

NRS 218E.810        Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

NRS 218E.815        General powers.

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APPENDIX

INTERIM STUDIES (2013-2015)

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

Scope of Investigatory Power

      NRS 218E.005  Definitions.  As used in NRS 218E.005 to 218E.095, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 218E.010 and 218E.012 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.010  “Committee” defined.

      1.  “Committee” means:

      (a) Any committee of either House;

      (b) Any joint committee of both Houses; or

      (c) Any other committee or commission created or authorized by the Legislature to conduct or perform legislative business at the direction of or on behalf of the Legislature.

      2.  The term includes, without limitation, a subcommittee.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 297; A 1995, 1871; 2011, 3207; 2013, 3741)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.531)

      NRS 218E.012  “Documentary evidence” defined.  “Documentary evidence” means any account, book, correspondence, file, message, paper, record or other type of document in any form, including, without limitation, in any written, audio, visual, digital or electronic form.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.015  Power of Houses and committees to conduct investigations and hold hearings.  The Assembly, the Senate and committees may conduct investigations and hold hearings regarding any matter which is pertinent to their legislative business or possible future legislative action.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3208; 2013, 3741)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5313)

Subpoenas; Oaths; Contempt

      NRS 218E.030  Power to issue subpoenas; exceptions. [Effective through December 31, 2014, and after that date unless the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  The Assembly, the Senate and committees, pursuant to their investigative powers, may issue legislative subpoenas to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence that is pertinent to their legislative business or possible future legislative action.

      2.  Legislative subpoenas may be issued by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, or the chair of a committee in accordance with the rules governing the committee.

      3.  Except in cases of impeachment or removal as provided by Article 7 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, a legislative subpoena must not be issued to:

      (a) The Governor or any of the Governor’s immediate staff.

      (b) Any justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3208; 2013, 3741)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5317)

      NRS 218E.030  Power to issue subpoenas; exceptions. [Effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  The Assembly, the Senate and committees, pursuant to their investigative powers, may issue legislative subpoenas to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence that is pertinent to their legislative business or possible future legislative action.

      2.  Legislative subpoenas may be issued by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, or the chair of a committee in accordance with the rules governing the committee.

      3.  Except in cases of impeachment or removal as provided by Article 7 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, a legislative subpoena must not be issued to:

      (a) The Governor or any of the Governor’s immediate staff.

      (b) Any justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals or judge of a district court.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3208; 2013, 1768, 3741, effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5317)

      NRS 218E.035  Contents and service of subpoenas; legal force and effect.

      1.  To be properly issued, a legislative subpoena must:

      (a) Be addressed to the witness;

      (b) Describe the nature of the legislative proceedings for which the legislative subpoena is being issued;

      (c) Require the attendance and testimony of the witness at a definite time and place fixed in the legislative subpoena or require the production of the documentary evidence at a definite time and place fixed in the legislative subpoena, or both;

      (d) State particular reasons why the attendance and testimony of the witness or the production of the documentary evidence is pertinent to legislative business or possible future legislative action; and

      (e) Be signed, as applicable, by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly or the chair of the committee who issued the legislative subpoena.

      2.  A legislative subpoena may be served by any person who is 18 years of age or older.

      3.  If a legislative subpoena is properly issued to and served on a witness pursuant to this section:

      (a) The legislative subpoena has the same legal force and effect as a subpoena or order issued by the district court; and

      (b) The witness shall comply with the provisions of the legislative subpoena in the same manner as a subpoena or order issued by the district court.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3208; 2013, 3742)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.532)

      NRS 218E.040  Administration of oaths.  The following persons may administer oaths to witnesses who appear before the Senate, the Assembly or a committee:

      1.  The President of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate or any member of the Senate.

      2.  The Chief Clerk of the Assembly or any member of the Assembly.

      3.  The secretary of the committee or any member of the committee.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3208; 2013, 3742)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5323)

      NRS 218E.045  Conduct constituting contempt; enforcement proceedings before district court.

      1.  If a legislative subpoena is properly issued to and served on a witness, the witness commits contempt if the witness, without a reason recognized by law:

      (a) Neglects or refuses to comply with the provisions of the legislative subpoena;

      (b) Neglects or refuses to be sworn or to affirm before testifying or neglects or refuses to testify as to any relevant matter; or

      (c) Neglects or refuses to produce any relevant documentary evidence in the possession or under the control of the witness.

      2.  In addition to any other remedies or penalties provided by law, if a witness commits contempt, the district court of any county shall, on application of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly or the chair of the committee, compel the witness’s obedience by proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from such court or a refusal to testify therein.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2001, 3205; 2011, 3208; 2013, 3742)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5327)

      NRS 218E.050  Power of Houses to imprison for contempt; issuance and service of citation for contempt.

      1.  If a witness commits contempt before:

      (a) The Senate or the Assembly, any member of the House may offer a resolution to have the recusant witness cited to show cause why the witness should not be imprisoned for contempt.

      (b) A committee while the Legislature is in regular or special session, any member of the committee may offer a resolution in the House of which the Legislator is a member to have the recusant witness cited to show cause why the witness should not be imprisoned for contempt, but only if the resolution is first approved by a majority vote of the committee.

      2.  If the resolution is adopted by the House, the House shall issue a citation, signed by the presiding officer of the House:

      (a) Directing the recusant witness to appear before the House at a time and place specified in the citation to show cause, if any, why the witness should not be imprisoned for contempt; and

      (b) Accompanied by a copy of the original legislative subpoena if the recusant witness failed to appear, or stating briefly the questions which the witness failed to answer or the documentary evidence which the witness failed to produce.

      3.  The time and place stated in the citation for the hearing must afford the recusant witness a reasonable opportunity to prepare an appropriate defense.

      4.  The citation must be served personally upon the recusant witness and may be served by any peace officer or by the Sergeant at Arms or any regularly appointed Assistant Sergeant at Arms of the House.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3209; 2013, 3743)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.533)

      NRS 218E.055  Hearing on citation for contempt.  The recusant witness is entitled at the hearing:

      1.  To the assistance of counsel.

      2.  To present witnesses and offer evidence on the recusant witness’s behalf.

      3.  To argue orally, in person or by counsel, within such reasonable limits as may be imposed by the presiding officer of the House, and to submit written arguments.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 298; A 2011, 3209)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5333)

      NRS 218E.060  Arrest, fine and imprisonment upon finding of contempt; warrant.

      1.  If the House finds by resolution that the recusant witness has in fact committed contempt:

      (a) The House may require the witness to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, as fixed by the resolution, for each day the witness remains in contempt.

      (b) The House shall issue a warrant for the arrest of the witness if the House finds that the witness should be imprisoned.

      2.  A warrant issued for the arrest of the witness pursuant to subsection 1 must:

      (a) Be signed by the presiding officer;

      (b) Be directed to the Sergeant at Arms or any regularly appointed Assistant Sergeant at Arms of the House or any peace officer; and

      (c) Order the Sergeant at Arms, Assistant Sergeant at Arms or peace officer to arrest the contemner and deliver the contemner to the Sheriff of Carson City or a designated county for imprisonment in the jail.

      3.  A copy of the warrant must be delivered with the contemner to the designated sheriff and must fix the term of imprisonment as:

      (a) The remaining duration of the regular or special session; or

      (b) A specified term, unless the Legislature adjourns sine die before the completion of that term.

      4.  The warrant may provide for the release of the contemner before the expiration of the term of imprisonment if the contemner testifies or produces evidence as originally required.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 299; A 1989, 1967; 2011, 3209)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5337)

      NRS 218E.065  Imprisonment for contempt not bar to other proceedings.  The imprisonment of a recusant witness for contempt is not a bar to any other proceeding, civil or criminal, for the same act.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 299)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.534)

Hearings; Witnesses; Privileges; Unlawful Acts

      NRS 218E.080  Power of Houses to provide for hearings and proceedings; unlawful for sworn witness to willfully misrepresent facts when testifying in hearing or proceeding.

      1.  Each House may provide for hearings and proceedings.

      2.  A person who appears and is sworn as a witness before a House or committee for a hearing or proceeding and who willfully misrepresents any fact when testifying in the hearing or proceeding is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 1389; A 1973, 299; 2011, 3210)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.535)

      NRS 218E.085  Privilege regarding defamatory matter; unlawful for person to knowingly misrepresent facts when testifying in hearing or proceeding or in certain communications to Legislator.

      1.  A witness is absolutely privileged to publish defamatory matter as part of a hearing or proceeding before a House or committee in which the witness is testifying or in communications to a Legislator preliminary to that hearing or proceeding, if the matter has some relation to the hearing or proceeding.

      2.  A person who knowingly misrepresents any fact when testifying in a hearing or proceeding before a House or committee or in communications to a Legislator preliminary to that hearing or proceeding is guilty of a misdemeanor.

      (Added to NRS by 1993, 2849; A 2011, 3210)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5345)

      NRS 218E.090  Rules and privileges governing certain state employees who testify on their own behalf; required disclosures; unlawful for state agency to take certain actions because of such testimony.

      1.  An employee of a state agency who testifies before a House or committee on the employee’s own behalf and not on behalf of the state agency shall, before commencing such testimony, state that fact clearly on the record.

      2.  It is unlawful for a state agency which is the employer of an employee who complies with subsection 1 and testifies or seeks to testify before a House or committee on the employee’s own behalf to:

      (a) Deprive the employee of employment with the state agency or to take any reprisal or retaliatory action against the employee as a consequence of the testimony or potential testimony;

      (b) Threaten the employee that the testimony or potential testimony will result in the termination of employment with the state agency or in any reprisal or retaliatory action against the employee; or

      (c) Directly or indirectly intimidate, threaten, coerce, command or influence or attempt to intimidate, threaten, coerce, command or influence the employee in an effort to interfere with or prevent the testimony of the employee.

      3.  It is unlawful for a state agency to:

      (a) Deprive or threaten to deprive an employee of employment with the state agency;

      (b) Take or threaten to take any reprisal or retaliatory action against the employee; or

      (c) Directly or indirectly intimidate, threaten, coerce, command or influence or attempt to intimidate, threaten, coerce, command or influence the employee,

Ê in an attempt to affect the behavior of another employee who is testifying or seeks to testify before a House or committee on the other employee’s own behalf.

      4.  The provisions of this section do not apply to an employee in the classified service who has not completed the employee’s probationary period.

      5.  For the purposes of this section:

      (a) “Reprisal or retaliatory action” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 281.611.

      (b) “State agency” means an agency, bureau, board, commission, department, division, officer, employee or agent or any other unit of the Executive Department.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 1870; A 2001, 3052; 2011, 3210)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5343)

      NRS 218E.095  Unlawful for person to neglect or refuse to obey subpoena, to be sworn, affirm or testify or to produce documentary evidence.

      1.  If a legislative subpoena is properly issued to and served on a person, the person shall not, without a reason recognized by law:

      (a) Neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of the legislative subpoena;

      (b) Neglect or refuse to be sworn or to affirm before testifying or neglect or refuse to testify as to any relevant matter; or

      (c) Neglect or refuse to produce any relevant documentary evidence in the possession or under the control of the person.

      2.  In addition to any other remedies or penalties provided by law, a person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 69; RL § 6334; NCL § 10018]—(NRS A 2011, 3211; 2013, 3743)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.550)

SUPPLEMENTAL POWERS OF INTERIM COMMITTEES

      NRS 218E.105  Definitions.  As used in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 218E.110, 218E.115 and 218E.120 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.110  “Committee” defined.

      1.  “Committee” means the Legislative Commission and any other legislative committee or subcommittee created by a specific statute, concurrent resolution or order of the Legislative Commission to conduct studies or investigations or perform any other legislative business during the legislative interim.

      2.  The term does not include any legislative committee or subcommittee appointed by the Legislature or either House to conduct or perform legislative business during a regular or special session, including, without limitation, any joint, standing, temporary, special or select committee or committee of the whole.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.115  “Documentary evidence” defined.  “Documentary evidence” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 218E.012.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.120  “Secretary of the committee” defined.  “Secretary of the committee” means the Director or any other person designated or authorized to serve as a secretary of the committee.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.125  Provisions supplement and do not impair other powers, privileges and immunities.

      1.  The provisions of NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive, are intended to supplement the other provisions of this chapter and any other law governing the legislative proceedings of a committee, and the provisions of NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive, do not limit the application of such other provisions.

      2.  The powers, privileges and immunities granted by the provisions of NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive, are in addition to any other powers, privileges and immunities recognized by law, and all such powers, privileges and immunities are cumulative, so that the application or attempted application of any one does not bar the application or attempted application of any other.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.130  Power to conduct investigations and hold hearings; administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses.

      1.  A committee may conduct investigations and hold hearings regarding any matter which is pertinent to its legislative business or possible future legislative action and may exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      2.  The secretary of the committee or any member of the committee may administer oaths to witnesses who appear before the committee.

      3.  The chair of the committee, or the secretary of the committee on behalf of the chair, may cause the deposition of witnesses to be taken, whether the witnesses reside within or without the State, in the manner prescribed by court rules for taking depositions in civil actions in the district court.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3739)

      NRS 218E.135  Power to issue subpoenas; contents and service; legal force and effect; enforcement proceedings before district court.

      1.  For the purposes of conducting investigations and holding hearings in connection with the functions and duties of a committee, the chair of the committee may issue legislative subpoenas to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence that is pertinent to the committee’s legislative business or possible future legislative action.

      2.  To be properly issued, a legislative subpoena must:

      (a) Be addressed to the witness;

      (b) Describe the nature of the legislative proceedings for which the legislative subpoena is being issued;

      (c) Require the attendance and testimony of the witness at a definite time and place fixed in the legislative subpoena or require the production of the documentary evidence at a definite time and place fixed in the legislative subpoena, or both;

      (d) State particular reasons why the attendance and testimony of the witness or the production of the documentary evidence is pertinent to the committee’s legislative business or possible future legislative action; and

      (e) Be signed by the chair of the committee.

      3.  A legislative subpoena may be served by any person who is 18 years of age or older.

      4.  If a legislative subpoena is properly issued to and served on a witness pursuant to this section:

      (a) The legislative subpoena has the same legal force and effect as a subpoena or order issued by the district court; and

      (b) The witness shall comply with the provisions of the legislative subpoena in the same manner as a subpoena or order issued by the district court.

      5.  In addition to any other remedies or penalties provided by law, if a witness fails to comply with the provisions of a legislative subpoena, the chair of the committee who issued the legislative subpoena, or the secretary of the committee on behalf of the chair, may file a petition to enforce compliance with the legislative subpoena in the district court for any county where the committee regularly holds its meetings or where the witness resides, works or maintains a place of business. The petition must:

      (a) Set forth the name of the witness and, if the witness is a custodian of documentary evidence, the name of the organization for whom the witness serves as a custodian;

      (b) Include a copy of the legislative subpoena;

      (c) State that the legislative subpoena was issued and served on the witness pursuant to this section and provided the witness with notice of the definite time and place fixed in the legislative subpoena for the attendance and testimony of the witness or the production of the documentary evidence, or both;

      (d) State that the witness failed to comply with the provisions of the legislative subpoena; and

      (e) Request an order of the court enforcing the legislative subpoena and compelling the witness to comply with its provisions.

      6.  Upon the filing of the petition to enforce compliance with the legislative subpoena, the court shall:

      (a) Enter an order directing the witness to:

             (1) Appear at a hearing before the court at a time and place fixed by the court in the order, which must not be more than 10 days after the date of the order; and

             (2) Show cause why the witness has not complied with the provisions of the legislative subpoena; and

      (b) Serve a certified copy of the order upon the witness.

      7.  If, at the hearing to show cause, the court finds that the legislative subpoena was properly issued and served pursuant to this section and that the witness has not proven a reason recognized by law for the failure to comply with its provisions, the court shall enter an order requiring the witness to comply with the provisions of the legislative subpoena at a time and place fixed by the court in the order. If the witness fails to comply with the court’s order, the witness commits contempt of court and shall be punished as provided by law for such contempt of court.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3740)

      NRS 218E.140  Fees and mileage for witnesses.

      1.  Each witness who appears and is prepared to testify before a committee in compliance with a legislative subpoena, except a state officer or employee, is entitled to receive for such attendance, whether or not the witness testifies, the fees and mileage provided for witnesses in civil cases in the district court.

      2.  The fees and mileage must be audited and paid upon the presentation of proper claims sworn to by the witness and approved by the chair of the committee.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3741)

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION

Organization and Administration

      NRS 218E.150  Creation; membership; vacancies; officers; terms.

      1.  There is hereby created in the Legislative Counsel Bureau a Legislative Commission consisting of 12 members.

      2.  At each regular session:

      (a) The Senate shall, by resolution, designate six Senators as regular members of the Legislative Commission and six Senators as alternates; and

      (b) The Assembly shall, by resolution, designate six members of the Assembly as regular members of the Legislative Commission and six members of the Assembly as alternates.

      3.  The Legislature shall determine by a joint rule at each regular session:

      (a) The method of determining the majority party and the minority party regular and alternate membership on the Legislative Commission.

      (b) The method of filling vacancies on the Legislative Commission.

      (c) The method of selecting the Chair.

      (d) The term of office of the Chair.

      4.  The members of the Legislative Commission serve until their successors are appointed by resolution as provided in this section, except that the membership of any member who does not become a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection:

      (a) Terminates on the day next after the general election; and

      (b) The vacancy must be filled as provided by the joint rule adopted pursuant to subsection 3.

      [2:134:1953; A 1955, 68]—(NRS A 1957, 387; 1961, 457; 1963, 1029; 1969, 1412; 1975, 705; 2009, 459, 1563; 2011, 3211)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.660)

      NRS 218E.155  Meetings; rules; quorum; attendance of alternate members.

      1.  The members of the Legislative Commission shall meet at such times and at such places as is specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Legislative Commission.

      2.  The Director shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary of the Legislative Commission.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall prescribe rules for its own management and government.

      4.  Seven members of the Legislative Commission constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Legislative Commission.

      5.  If any regular member of the Legislative Commission informs the Secretary that the member will be unable to attend a scheduled meeting of the Legislative Commission:

      (a) The Secretary shall notify the proper alternate member; and

      (b) The alternate member may then replace the regular member at that meeting only, with all the duties, rights and privileges of the replaced member.

      [3:134:1953]—(NRS A 1961, 9, 251; 1963, 1030; 1967, 1397; 1969, 1413; 2011, 3212)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.670)

      NRS 218E.160  Compensation, allowances and expenses of members of Legislative Commission and Audit Subcommittee.

      1.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Legislative Commission or the Audit Subcommittee attends a meeting or is otherwise engaged in the official business of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, the member is entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      2.  An alternate member of the Legislative Commission who:

      (a) Replaces a regular member at a meeting of the Legislative Commission or on official business of the Legislative Counsel Bureau is entitled to receive the same compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses as a regular member for the same service.

      (b) Attends a meeting of the Legislative Commission but does not replace a regular member is entitled to the travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      3.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      [4:134:1953]—(NRS A 1961, 205; 1965, 1461; 1967, 1397; 1975, 296; 1977, 1569; 1979, 612; 1981, 1178; 1985, 399; 1989, 1217; 2011, 3212)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.680)

Powers and Duties

      NRS 218E.175  General powers and duties.

      1.  The general objectives and functions of the Legislative Commission are to:

      (a) Assist the Legislature in retaining status coordinate with the Executive and Judicial Departments.

      (b) Investigate and inquire into subjects upon which the Legislature may act by the enactment or amendment of statutes, governmental problems, important issues of public policy or questions of statewide interest.

      (c) Assure that the most effective use is made of the audit, fiscal, legal and research services and facilities provided by the Legislative Counsel Bureau to the Legislature and its members.

      (d) Coordinate and oversee interim studies and other legislative committees meeting in the interim between regular sessions.

      2.  In addition to the powers conferred and duties imposed by this title or any law or resolution, the Legislative Commission, in order to carry out its general objectives and functions:

      (a) Shall receive recommendations and suggestions for legislation or investigation from:

             (1) Members of the Legislative Commission and other Legislators; and

             (2) Any board, commission, department or officer of the Executive or Judicial Department or any local government.

      (b) May receive recommendations and suggestions for legislation or investigation from:

             (1) Bar associations, chambers of commerce, labor unions and other organized associations and groups; and

             (2) Individual citizens.

      (c) May hold hearings on any subject or matter which is a proper subject for legislative action or which concerns governmental problems, important issues of public policy or questions of statewide interest, whenever it considers such hearings necessary or desirable in the performance of its duties or the exercise of its powers.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 1463; A 1973, 1660; 1975, 1395; 1993, 2249; 2009, 1154; 2011, 3213)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.681)

      NRS 218E.180  Additional powers and duties.  The Legislative Commission may:

      1.  Carry forward the participation of the State of Nevada as a member of the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures, and may pay annual dues to those organizations to the extent of legislative appropriation. The Legislative Commission is designated as Nevada’s Commission on Interstate Cooperation.

      2.  Encourage and assist the government of this State to develop and maintain friendly contact by correspondence, by conference, and otherwise, with the other states, with the Federal Government and with local units of government.

      3.  Establish such delegations and committees as official agencies of the Legislative Counsel Bureau as may be deemed advisable to confer with similar delegations and committees from other states concerning problems of mutual interest. The membership of those delegations and committees must be designated by the Legislative Commission and may consist of Legislators and employees of the State other than members of the Legislative Commission. For each day or portion of a day during which members of those delegations and committees attend meetings or are otherwise engaged in the business of those delegations and committees, the members:

      (a) Shall serve without salary.

      (b) Are entitled to receive out of the Legislative Fund:

             (1) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

             (2) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      4.  Endeavor to advance cooperation between this State and other units of government whenever it seems advisable to do so by:

      (a) Formulating proposals for interstate compacts and reciprocal or uniform legislation; and

      (b) Facilitating the adoption of uniform or reciprocal administrative rules and regulations, informal cooperation of governmental offices, personal cooperation among governmental officials and employees, interchange and clearance of research and information and any other suitable process.

      5.  Supervise the functions assigned to the Divisions of the Legislative Counsel Bureau by this title or any law or resolution.

      6.  Authorize the Director to enter into agreements for the acquisition of property it deems necessary to support the Legislature and its staff. The Director may expend money from the Legislative Fund for this purpose.

      [10:134:1953]—(NRS A 1957, 386; 1961, 253; 1963, 1014; 1965, 1455; 1971, 2206; 1973, 119, 1118; 1975, 296; 1979, 612; 1985, 399; 1989, 1218, 1493; 1993, 2250; 2011, 3213, 3670)—(Substituted in revision for part of NRS 218.682)

      NRS 218E.185  Investigative powers; delegation to certain committees and subcommittees.

      1.  In the discharge of any duty imposed or power conferred by this title or any law or resolution, the Legislative Commission may exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      2.  The Legislative Commission may delegate its authority pursuant to subsection 1 to a subcommittee or interim or special committee established pursuant to NRS 218E.200.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 1462; A 1993, 2251; 2011, 3214; 2013, 3744)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6821)

Studies and Investigations

      NRS 218E.200  Power to conduct studies and investigations; establishment of subcommittees and interim or special committees; designation of members; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  The Legislative Commission may conduct studies or investigations concerning governmental problems, important issues of public policy or questions of statewide interest.

      2.  The Legislative Commission may establish subcommittees and interim or special committees as official agencies of the Legislative Counsel Bureau to conduct such studies or investigations or otherwise to deal with such governmental problems, important issues of public policy or questions of statewide interest. The subcommittees and interim or special committees may exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      3.  The membership of the subcommittees and interim or special committees:

      (a) Must be designated by the Legislative Commission; and

      (b) May consist of members of the Legislative Commission and Legislators other than members of the Legislative Commission, employees of the State of Nevada or citizens of the State of Nevada.

      4.  For each day or portion of a day during which members of the subcommittees and interim or special committees who are not Legislators attend meetings or are otherwise engaged in the business of the subcommittees and interim or special committees, the members:

      (a) Shall serve without salary.

      (b) Are entitled to receive out of the Legislative Fund the per diem allowances and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      5.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which members of the subcommittees and interim or special committees who are Legislators attend meetings of the subcommittees and interim or special committees or are otherwise engaged in the business of the subcommittees and interim or special committees, the members are entitled to receive out of the Legislative Fund:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      [10:134:1953]—(NRS A 1957, 386; 1961, 253; 1963, 1014; 1965, 1455; 1971, 2206; 1973, 119, 1118; 1975, 296; 1979, 612; 1985, 399; 1989, 1218, 1493; 1993, 2250; 2011, 3216; 2013, 3745)—(Substituted in revision for part of NRS 218.682)

      NRS 218E.205  Priorities and limitations concerning studies and investigations; requests for drafting legislative measures; restrictions on staff; review and approval of budgets; period for holding meetings.

      1.  Between regular sessions, the Legislative Commission:

      (a) Shall fix the work priority of all studies and investigations assigned to it by a concurrent resolution or directed by an order of the Legislative Commission, within the limits of available time, money and staff.

      (b) Shall not make studies or investigations directed by a resolution of only one House or studies or investigations proposed but not approved during the preceding regular session.

      2.  All requests for the drafting of legislative measures to be recommended as the result of a study or investigation must be made in accordance with NRS 218D.160.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided by NRS 218E.210, between regular sessions, a study or investigation may not be initiated or continued by the Fiscal Analysts, the Legislative Auditor, the Legislative Counsel or the Research Director and their staffs, except studies and investigations which have been specifically authorized by a concurrent resolution or by an order of the Legislative Commission.

      4.  A study or investigation may not be carried over from one regular session to the next without additional authorization by a concurrent resolution, except audits in progress whose carryover has been approved by the Legislative Commission.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided by specific statute, the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall not serve as primary administrative or professional staff for a committee unless the chair of the committee is required by statute or resolution to be a Legislator.

      6.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program and any changes to the budget or work program for each study or investigation conducted by the Legislative Commission or a committee or subcommittee established by the Legislative Commission.

      7.  A committee or subcommittee established to conduct a study or investigation assigned to the Legislative Commission by a concurrent resolution or directed by an order of the Legislative Commission must, unless otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, meet not earlier than January 1 of the even-numbered year and not later than June 30 of that year.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1027; A 1967, 839; 1969, 131; 1973, 1660; 1977, 344; 1983, 1372; 1989, 1985; 1993, 2249; 2009, 1153; 2011, 3216, 3266)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.635)

      NRS 218E.210  Biennial study of newly enacted statutes to determine any differential treatment of sexes or adverse effect on women.

      1.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau shall, after every regular session, conduct a study of the newly enacted statutes to determine whether any of those statutes:

      (a) Patently treats the sexes differently; or

      (b) Upon application, may affect women more adversely than it affects men.

      2.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau shall compile and publish the results of the study. The publication must contain an index.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1985; A 2011, 3217)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.637)

Oversight of Legislative Counsel Bureau

      NRS 218E.225  Committee to review management, organization and operation of Legislative Counsel Bureau.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall establish a standing committee to consult with the Director concerning:

      (a) The general management of the Legislative Counsel Bureau;

      (b) The organization and functioning of the Legislative Counsel Bureau; and

      (c) The necessary preparations for the ensuing regular session.

      2.  The Committee shall meet with the Director on or before July 1, September 1 and January 1 next preceding the convening of each regular session, and at such other times as the Committee or the Director may request.

      3.  The Committee shall also recommend to the Legislative Commission any changes in the:

      (a) Number or salary of employees in the Legislative Counsel Bureau which it may find necessary to ensure the timely completion of work required for the ensuing regular session; and

      (b) Management of the workload of the Legislative Counsel Bureau it may find necessary to ensure the completion of work required for the ensuing regular session.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 1371; A 1985, 1130; 1997, 3071)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.68249)

Audit Subcommittee

      NRS 218E.240  Creation; membership; meetings; quorum.

      1.  There is hereby created an Audit Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission consisting of five members.

      2.  The Chair of the Legislative Commission shall:

      (a) Appoint the members of the Audit Subcommittee from among the members of the Legislative Commission and the Interim Finance Committee; and

      (b) Designate one of the members of the Audit Subcommittee as Chair.

      3.  The Chair of the Legislative Commission shall designate five Legislators from among the members of the Legislative Commission and the Interim Finance Committee to serve as alternates for the members of the Audit Subcommittee.

      4.  The Legislative Auditor or a member of the staff of the Audit Division appointed by the Legislative Auditor shall serve as Secretary of the Audit Subcommittee.

      5.  The Audit Subcommittee shall meet at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair.

      6.  Three members of the Audit Subcommittee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Audit Subcommittee.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1176; A 1989, 1494; 1991, 392; 2011, 3217)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6823)

Budget Subcommittee

      NRS 218E.255  Creation; membership; functions.

      1.  There is hereby created a Budget Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission.

      2.  The Chair of the Legislative Commission shall appoint to the Budget Subcommittee:

      (a) The persons designated by the Speaker designate of the Assembly to be members of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means for the next regular session; and

      (b) The persons designated by the Majority Leader designate of the Senate to be members of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance for the next regular session.

      3.  The Budget Subcommittee shall conclude its activities before the next regular session is convened.

      4.  The Budget Subcommittee shall consider fiscal issues that may require consideration by the Legislature at the next regular session.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2817; A 1997, 2705; 1999, 2202; 2011, 3218)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6824)

Special Committees

      NRS 218E.270  Special committee to receive Governor’s message on condition of State.  If the Governor elects to communicate the message required pursuant to Section 10 of Article 5 of the Nevada Constitution before the commencement of a regular session, the Chair of the Legislative Commission may, on behalf of the Legislative Commission pursuant to NRS 218E.200, appoint a special committee to receive that message. A special committee appointed pursuant to this section:

      1.  Must consist of all persons elected or appointed to serve as Legislators during the next regular session.

      2.  Must be chaired by the Speaker designate of the Assembly.

      3.  Shall receive the Governor’s message and conclude its activities upon the completion of that message.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2187; A 2011, 3218)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.68244)

      NRS 218E.275  Special committees to consider issues during legislative interim.  The Legislative Commission may, pursuant to NRS 218E.200, appoint one or more special committees before the commencement of a regular session. Each special committee appointed pursuant to this section:

      1.  Must consist of all persons designated by the:

      (a) Speaker designate of the Assembly to serve as members of an Assembly Standing Committee, other than the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means, for the next regular session; or

      (b) Majority Leader designate of the Senate to serve as members of a Senate Standing Committee, other than the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, for the next regular session.

      2.  May meet to consider issues that may require consideration during the next regular session by the standing committee upon which the members of the special committee have been designated to serve.

      3.  Shall conclude its activities before the commencement of the next regular session.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2187; A 2011, 3218)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.68248)

Reports Regarding Criminal Prosecutions

      NRS 218E.300  Legislative findings.  The Legislature finds that:

      1.  The discharge of its duties to provide for the prosecution of public offenses and the defense of indigent persons charged with public offenses requires the collection of statistical information upon the operation of the several district attorneys’ and public defenders’ offices which are reasonably accurate and are comparable from county to county.

      2.  There exists no agency outside the Legislative Department which is appropriate for the collection of such information.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 330; A 2011, 3219)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.539)

      NRS 218E.305  Compilation of records and reports; limitations on use; disclosure of information.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall prescribe by regulation:

      (a) The kinds of records to be kept by each district attorney and public defender for the information of the Legislature, and may classify such requirements by population of the county if appropriate.

      (b) The reports to be made of the contents of such records, including the period to be covered and the date of submission of each report.

      2.  Each report prescribed pursuant to this section is for the use of the Legislature, the Legislative Commission and the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau only. Statistical summaries may be published, but information upon the qualifications or salary of any particular person shall not be disclosed outside the Legislative Department.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 331)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5391)

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF FISCAL MATTERS

Interim Finance Committee

      NRS 218E.400  Creation; membership; officers; terms; meetings; voting; investigations; hearings; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  There is hereby created in the Legislative Counsel Bureau an Interim Finance Committee. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Interim Finance Committee is composed of the members of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Standing Committee on Finance during the current or immediately preceding regular session.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the immediate past Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance is the Chair of the Interim Finance Committee for the period ending with the convening of each even-numbered regular session. The immediate past Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means is the Chair of the Interim Finance Committee during the next legislative interim, and the position of Chair alternates between the Houses according to this pattern. The term of the Chair of the Interim Finance Committee terminates if a new Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means or the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, as the case may be, is designated for the next regular session, in which case that person so designated serves as the Chair of the Interim Finance Committee until the convening of that regular session.

      3.  If any regular member of the Interim Finance Committee informs the Secretary that the member will be unable to attend a particular meeting, the Secretary shall notify the Speaker of the Assembly or the Majority Leader of the Senate, as the case may be, to appoint an alternate for that meeting from the same House and political party as the absent member.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, the term of a member of the Interim Finance Committee expires upon the convening of the next regular session unless the member is replaced by the appointing authority. If the Speaker designate of the Assembly or the Majority Leader designate of the Senate designates members of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means or the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, as applicable, for the next regular session, the designated members become members of the Interim Finance Committee. A member may be reappointed.

      5.  The membership of any member who does not become a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection terminates on the day next after the general election. The Speaker designate of the Assembly or the Majority Leader designate of the Senate, as the case may be, shall appoint an alternate to fill the vacancy on the Interim Finance Committee. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, each alternate serves on the Interim Finance Committee:

      (a) If the alternate is a member of the Assembly, until the Speaker designate of the Assembly designates the members of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means for the next regular session or appoints a different alternate.

      (b) If the alternate is a member of the Senate, until the Majority Leader designate of the Senate designates the members of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance for the next regular session or appoints a different alternate.

      6.  The Director shall act as the Secretary of the Interim Finance Committee.

      7.  A majority of the members of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means and a majority of the members of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, jointly, may call a meeting of the Interim Finance Committee if the Chair does not do so.

      8.  In all matters requiring action by the Interim Finance Committee, the vote of the Assembly members and the Senate members must be taken separately. No action may be taken unless it receives the affirmative vote of a majority of the Assembly members and a majority of the Senate members.

      9.  The Interim Finance Committee may conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its functions and duties and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      10.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Interim Finance Committee and appointed alternate attends a meeting of the Interim Finance Committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the Interim Finance Committee, the member or appointed alternate is entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      11.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Contingency Fund in the State Treasury.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1013; A 1971, 1545; 1977, 165, 1569; 1979, 613; 1981, 228, 522, 2042; 1983, 1962; 1985, 60, 400, 448, 807; 1987, 161, 1667, 1668; 1989, 590, 958, 1219; 1991, 463, 1746, 2071; 1993, 218; 1995, 78, 2674, 2809; 1997, 658; 2009, 459, 1563; 2011, 3219; 2013, 3746)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6825)

      NRS 218E.405  Exercise of powers and duties during legislative interim; performance of certain powers and duties during regular or special session; subcommittee to review matters involving State Public Works Division.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the Interim Finance Committee may exercise the powers conferred upon it by law only when the Legislature is not in a regular or special session.

      2.  During a regular or special session, the Interim Finance Committee may also perform the duties imposed on it by subsection 5 of NRS 284.115, NRS 285.070, subsection 2 of NRS 321.335, NRS 322.007, subsection 2 of NRS 323.020, NRS 323.050, subsection 1 of NRS 323.100, subsection 3 of NRS 341.126, NRS 341.142, paragraph (f) of subsection 1 of NRS 341.145, NRS 353.220, 353.224, 353.2705 to 353.2771, inclusive, 353.288, 353.335, 353C.224, 353C.226, paragraph (b) of subsection 4 of NRS 407.0762, NRS 428.375, 439.4905, 439.620, 439.630, 445B.830 and 538.650. In performing those duties, the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means may meet separately and transmit the results of their respective votes to the Chair of the Interim Finance Committee to determine the action of the Interim Finance Committee as a whole.

      3.  The Chair of the Interim Finance Committee may appoint a subcommittee consisting of six members of the Committee to review and make recommendations to the Committee on matters of the State Public Works Division of the Department of Administration that require prior approval of the Interim Finance Committee pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 341.126, NRS 341.142 and paragraph (f) of subsection 1 of NRS 341.145. If the Chair appoints such a subcommittee:

      (a) The Chair shall designate one of the members of the subcommittee to serve as the chair of the subcommittee;

      (b) The subcommittee shall meet throughout the year at the times and places specified by the call of the chair of the subcommittee; and

      (c) The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording secretary of the subcommittee.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2674; A 1997, 658, 2543; 1999, 2764; 2001, 1918, 2677, 2682; 2003, 109, 110, 1747; 2005, 1235, 1333; 2007, 3273; 2009, 1182, 1414, 2067; 2011, 33, 285, 2514, 2946, 3220; 2013, 51, 2724)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.6827)

Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee

      NRS 218E.420  Creation; membership; budget; officers; meetings; investigations; hearings; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  There is hereby created an Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee of the Legislature to:

      (a) Review the operation of the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Judicial Retirement System established pursuant to chapter 1A of NRS and the Public Employees’ Benefits Program; and

      (b) Make recommendations to the Public Employees’ Retirement Board and the Board of the Public Employees’ Benefits Program, the Legislative Commission and the Legislature.

      2.  The Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee consists of six members appointed as follows:

      (a) Three members of the Senate, one of whom is the Chair of the Committee on Finance during the preceding regular session and two of whom are appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate.

      (b) Three members of the Assembly, one of whom is the Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means during the preceding regular session and two of whom are appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      4.  The immediate past Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance is the Chair of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee for the period ending with the convening of each odd-numbered regular session. The immediate past Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ways and Means is the Chair of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee during the next legislative interim, and the position of Chair alternates between the Houses according to this pattern.

      5.  The Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee may exercise the powers conferred on it by law only when the Legislature is not in a regular or special session and shall meet at the call of the Chair.

      6.  The Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee may conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its functions and duties and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      7.  The Director shall provide a Secretary for the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee.

      8.  For each day or portion of a day during which members of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee attend a meeting of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee or are otherwise engaged in the business of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee, the members are entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      9.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 3039; A 2001 Special Session, 94; 2009, 1151; 2011, 3221, 3670; 2013, 3747)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5373)

Legislative Committees for the Fundamental Review of the Base Budgets of State Agencies

      NRS 218E.435  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 218E.435 to 218E.450, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “committee” means a legislative committee for the fundamental review of the base budgets of state agencies.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2672; A 2011, 3222; 2013, 3748)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5381)

      NRS 218E.440  Creation; membership; officers; terms; vacancies; quorum; staff.

      1.  If:

      (a) The Legislature, by concurrent resolution, during a regular session; or

      (b) The Interim Finance Committee, by resolution, while the Legislature is not in a regular session,

Ê determines that the performance of a fundamental review of the base budget of a particular agency is necessary, the Interim Finance Committee shall create a legislative committee for the fundamental review of the base budgets of state agencies.

      2.  The Interim Finance Committee:

      (a) May create more than one such committee if the number of agencies designated for review warrants additional committees; and

      (b) If more than one such committee is created, shall determine which agencies are to be reviewed by the respective committees.

      3.  For each such committee, the Interim Finance Committee shall:

      (a) Appoint all the members;

      (b) Appoint an equal number of members from the Senate and the Assembly;

      (c) Appoint at least a majority of the members from the Interim Finance Committee; and

      (d) Designate the chair.

      4.  Any member of a committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  Vacancies on a committee must be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

      6.  A majority of the members appointed to a committee constitutes a quorum.

      7.  The Director shall assign employees of the Legislative Counsel Bureau to provide such technical, clerical and operational assistance to a committee as the functions and operations of the committee may require.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2672; A 2005, 1233; 2009, 1562; 2011, 3222)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5382)

      NRS 218E.445  Meetings; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  The members of a committee shall meet throughout each year at the times and places specified by a call of the chair or a majority of the committee. The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording secretary.

      2.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of a committee attends a meeting of the committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the committee, the member is entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      3.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2673; A 2011, 3223)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5383)

      NRS 218E.450  General powers and duties; cooperation of state agencies; reports.

      1.  A committee shall, during the legislative interim, perform a fundamental review of the base budget of each state agency assigned to it for review.

      2.  A committee may request the state agency under review and any other agency to submit information, analyses and reports which are pertinent to the reviews conducted pursuant to this section. Each agency of the State shall cooperate fully and provide the material requested within the period specified by a committee.

      3.  A committee may conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with the reviews conducted pursuant to this section and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      4.  A committee shall, before the convening of the next regular session, transmit a report of each review conducted pursuant to this section, and any related recommendations, to the Interim Finance Committee and the Legislative Commission.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2673; A 2005, 1234; 2011, 3223; 2013, 3748)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5384)

      NRS 218E.455  Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

      NRS 218E.460  Fees and mileage for witnesses.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Legislative Committee on Public Lands

      NRS 218E.500  Legislative findings and declarations.  The Legislature finds and declares that:

      1.  Policies and issues relating to public lands and state sovereignty as impaired by federal ownership of land are matters of continuing concern to this State.

      2.  This concern necessarily includes an awareness that all federal statutes, policies and regulations which affect the management of public lands are likely to have extensive effects within the State and must not be ignored or automatically dismissed as beyond the reach of the state’s policymakers.

      3.  Experience with federal regulations relating to public lands has demonstrated that the State of Nevada and its citizens are subjected to regulations which sometimes are unreasonable, arbitrary, beyond the intent of the Congress or the scope of the authority of the agency adopting them and that as a result these regulations should be subjected to legislative review and comment, and judicially tested where appropriate, to protect the rights and interests of the State and its citizens.

      4.  Other western states where public lands comprise a large proportion of the total area have shown an interest in matters relating to public lands and those states, along with Nevada, have been actively participating in cooperative efforts to acquire, evaluate and share information and promote greater understanding of the issues. Since Nevada can both contribute to and benefit from such interstate activities, it is appropriate that a committee on matters relating to public lands be assigned primary responsibility for participating in them.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 5; A 1983, 208)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.536)

      NRS 218E.505  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 218E.500 to 218E.525, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee on Public Lands.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 5; A 1983, 209; 2011, 3224; 2013, 3748)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5361)

      NRS 218E.510  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; alternates.

      1.  There is hereby established a Legislative Committee on Public Lands consisting of four members of the Senate, four members of the Assembly and one elected officer representing the governing body of a local political subdivision, appointed by the Legislative Commission with appropriate regard for their experience with and knowledge of matters relating to public lands. The members who are Legislators must be appointed to provide representation from the various geographical regions of the State.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The members of the Committee shall select a Chair from one House and a Vice Chair from the other House. Each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice Chair, the members of the Committee shall select a replacement for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      4.  Any member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  Vacancies on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

      6.  The Legislative Commission may appoint alternates for members of the Committee. The Chair of the Committee:

      (a) May designate an alternate appointed by the Legislative Commission to serve in place of a regular member who is unable to attend a meeting; and

      (b) Shall appoint an alternate who is a member of the same House and political party as the regular member to serve in place of the regular member if one is available.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 5; A 1983, 209; 1985, 589; 2009, 1150, 1561; 2011, 3224)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5363)

      NRS 218E.515  Meetings; rules; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  Except as otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, the members of the Committee shall meet not earlier than November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

      2.  The Research Director or the Research Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary.

      3.  The Committee shall prescribe rules for its own management and government.

      4.  Five members of the Committee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Committee.

      5.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which members of the Committee who are Legislators attend a meeting of the Committee or are otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee, the members are entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      6.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      7.  The member of the Committee who represents a local political subdivision is entitled to receive the subsistence allowances and travel expenses provided by law for his or her position for each day of attendance at a meeting of the Committee and while engaged in the business of the Committee, to be paid by the local political subdivision.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 5; A 1981, 170; 1983, 209; 1985, 398, 1131; 1987, 1208; 1989, 426, 1217, 1222; 2009, 1151, 1561; 2011, 3225)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5365)

      NRS 218E.520  General powers.

      1.  The Committee may:

      (a) Review and comment on any administrative policy, rule or regulation of the:

             (1) Secretary of the Interior which pertains to policy concerning or management of public lands under the control of the Federal Government; and

             (2) Secretary of Agriculture which pertains to policy concerning or management of national forests;

      (b) Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its review, including, but not limited to, investigating the effect on the State, its citizens, political subdivisions, businesses and industries of those policies, rules, regulations and related laws, and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive;

      (c) Consult with and advise the State Land Use Planning Agency on matters concerning federal land use, policies and activities in this State;

      (d) Direct the Legislative Counsel Bureau to assist in its research, investigations, review and comment;

      (e) Recommend to the Legislature as a result of its review any appropriate state legislation or corrective federal legislation;

      (f) Advise the Attorney General if it believes that any federal policy, rule or regulation which it has reviewed encroaches on the sovereignty respecting land or water or their use which has been reserved to the State pursuant to the Constitution of the United States;

      (g) Enter into a contract for consulting services for land planning and any other related activities, including, but not limited to:

             (1) Advising the Committee and the State Land Use Planning Agency concerning the revision of the plans pursuant to NRS 321.7355;

             (2) Assisting local governments in the identification of lands administered by the Federal Government in this State which are needed for residential or economic development or any other purpose; and

             (3) Assisting local governments in the acquisition of federal lands in this State;

      (h) Apply for any available grants and accept any gifts, grants or donations to assist the Committee in carrying out its duties; and

      (i) Review and comment on any other matter relating to the preservation, conservation, use, management or disposal of public lands deemed appropriate by the Chair of the Committee or by a majority of the members of the Committee.

      2.  Any reference in this section to federal policies, rules, regulations and related federal laws includes those which are proposed as well as those which are enacted or adopted.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 5; A 1981, 170; 1989, 1674; 2005, 1041; 2013, 3748)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5367)

      NRS 218E.525  Additional powers and duties.

      1.  The Committee shall:

      (a) Actively support the efforts of state and local governments in the western states regarding public lands and state sovereignty as impaired by federal ownership of land.

      (b) Advance knowledge and understanding in local, regional and national forums of Nevada’s unique situation with respect to public lands.

      (c) Support legislation that will enhance state and local roles in the management of public lands and will increase the disposal of public lands.

      2.  The Committee:

      (a) Shall review the programs and activities of:

             (1) The Colorado River Commission of Nevada;

             (2) All public water authorities, districts and systems in the State of Nevada, including, without limitation, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, the Virgin Valley Water District, the Carson Water Subconservancy District, the Humboldt River Basin Water Authority and the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District; and

             (3) All other public or private entities with which any county in the State has an agreement regarding the planning, development or distribution of water resources, or any combination thereof;

      (b) Shall, on or before January 15 of each odd-numbered year, submit to the Director for transmittal to the Legislature a report concerning the review conducted pursuant to paragraph (a); and

      (c) May review and comment on other issues relating to water resources in this State, including, without limitation:

             (1) The laws, regulations and policies regulating the use, allocation and management of water in this State; and

             (2) The status of existing information and studies relating to water use, surface water resources and groundwater resources in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 208; A 2003, 2506; 2007, 672; 2011, 3226)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5368)

      NRS 218E.530  Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

      NRS 218E.535  Fees and mileage for witnesses.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System

      NRS 218E.550  “Committee” defined. [Effective through September 30, 2015, and after that date if: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) by September 30, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective through September 30, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future, and effective after September 30, 2017, if those events take place by September 30, 2017.]  As used in NRS 218E.550 to 218E.570, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System created by NRS 218E.555.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2504; 2013, 3749)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5387)

      NRS 218E.550  “Committee” defined. [Effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017.]  As used in NRS 218E.550 to 218E.570, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Nevada Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System created by NRS 218E.555.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2504; A 2011, 3733; 2013, 2367, 3749, effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5387)

      NRS 218E.555  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; reports. [Effective through September 30, 2015, and after that date if: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) by September 30, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective through September 30, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future, and effective after September 30, 2017, if those events take place by September 30, 2017.]

      1.  There is hereby created the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System consisting of three members of the Senate and three members of the Assembly, appointed by the Legislative Commission with appropriate regard for their experience with and knowledge of matters relating to the management of natural resources. The members must be appointed to provide representation from the various geographical regions of the State.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The members of the Committee shall elect a Chair from one House and a Vice Chair from the other House. Each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year.

      4.  Any member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  Vacancies on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

      6.  The Committee shall report annually to the Legislative Commission concerning its activities and any recommendations.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2504; A 2009, 1152, 1562; 2011, 3227)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.53871)

      NRS 218E.555  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; reports. [Effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017.]

      1.  There is hereby created the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Nevada Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System consisting of three members of the Senate and three members of the Assembly, appointed by the Legislative Commission with appropriate regard for their experience with and knowledge of matters relating to the management of natural resources. The members must be appointed to provide representation from the various geographical regions of the State.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The members of the Committee shall elect a Chair from one House and a Vice Chair from the other House. Each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year.

      4.  Any member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  Vacancies on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

      6.  The Committee shall report annually to the Legislative Commission concerning its activities and any recommendations.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2504; A 2009, 1152, 1562; 2011, 3227, 3734; 2013, 2367, effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.53871)

      NRS 218E.560  Meetings; rules; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  Except as otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, the members of the Committee shall meet not earlier than November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

      2.  The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary.

      3.  The Committee shall adopt rules for its own management and government.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, four members of the Committee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Committee.

      5.  Any recommended legislation proposed by the Committee must be approved by a majority of the members of the Senate and by a majority of the members of the Assembly appointed to the Committee.

      6.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Committee attends a meeting or is otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee, the member is entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) The per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) The travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      7.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses and any other expenses of the Committee must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2505; A 2009, 1153; 2011, 3228)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.53872)

      NRS 218E.565  General duties. [Effective through September 30, 2015, and after that date if: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) by September 30, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective through September 30, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future, and effective after September 30, 2017, if those events take place by September 30, 2017.]  The Committee shall:

      1.  Provide appropriate review and oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System;

      2.  Review the budget, programs, activities, responsiveness and accountability of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System in such a manner as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Committee;

      3.  Study the role, authority and activities of:

      (a) The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency regarding the Lake Tahoe Basin; and

      (b) The Marlette Lake Water System regarding Marlette Lake; and

      4.  Continue to communicate with members of the Legislature of the State of California to achieve the goals set forth in the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2505)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.53873)

      NRS 218E.565  General duties. [Effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017.]  The Committee shall:

      1.  Provide appropriate review and oversight of the Nevada Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System;

      2.  Review the budget, programs, activities, responsiveness and accountability of the Nevada Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System in such a manner as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Committee; and

      3.  Study the role, authority and activities of:

      (a) The Nevada Tahoe Regional Planning Agency regarding the Lake Tahoe Basin; and

      (b) The Marlette Lake Water System regarding Marlette Lake.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2505; A 2011, 3734; 2013, 2367, effective October 1, 2015, unless: (1) on or before January 1, 2014, the Governor of this State issues a proclamation that the State of California has enacted legislation which satisfies the requirements set forth in section 7 of chapter 424, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2368; or (2) before October 1, 2015, the amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact proposed by this State in 2011 are approved pursuant to Public Law 96-551, the State of California enacts amendments that are substantially identical to those amendments, and the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopts an update to the 1987 Regional Plan, or effective October 1, 2017, if those events have not taken place by July 1, 2015, and the Governor of this State issues a proclamation before October 1, 2015, that those events are likely to take place in the reasonably foreseeable future but those events do not take place by September 30, 2017)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.53873)

      NRS 218E.570  General powers.  The Committee may:

      1.  Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its review and study and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive;

      2.  Apply for any available grants and accept any gifts, grants or donations and use any such gifts, grants or donations to aid the Committee in carrying out its duties pursuant to NRS 218E.550 to 218E.570, inclusive;

      3.  Direct the Legislative Counsel Bureau to assist in its research, investigations, review and study; and

      4.  Recommend to the Legislature, as a result of its review and study, any appropriate legislation.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2505; A 2013, 3749)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.53874)

      NRS 218E.575  Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

      NRS 218E.580  Fees and mileage for witnesses.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF EDUCATION

Legislative Committee on Education

      NRS 218E.600  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 218E.600 to 218E.625, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee on Education.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1775)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5351)

      NRS 218E.605  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Education, consisting of eight legislative members, is hereby created. The membership of the Committee consists of:

      (a) Four members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      (b) Four members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall select the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee from among the members of the Committee. Each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year. The office of Chair of the Committee must alternate each biennium between the Houses. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice Chair, the vacancy must be filled in the same manner as the original selection for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      4.  A member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  A vacancy on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1775; A 2009, 1150, 1560; 2011, 3230)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5352)

      NRS 218E.610  Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  Except as otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, the members of the Committee shall meet not earlier than November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

      2.  The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary of the Committee.

      3.  Five members of the Committee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Committee.

      4.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Committee attends a meeting of the Committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee, the member is entitled to receive the:

      (a) Compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) Per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) Travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      5.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1775; A 2009, 1150; 2011, 3230)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5353)

      NRS 218E.615  General powers.  The Committee may:

      1.  Evaluate, review and comment upon issues related to education within this State, including, but not limited to:

      (a) Programs to enhance accountability in education;

      (b) Legislative measures regarding education;

      (c) The progress made by this State, the school districts and the public schools in this State in satisfying the goals and objectives of the statewide system of accountability for public schools;

      (d) Methods of financing public education;

      (e) The condition of public education in the elementary and secondary schools;

      (f) The program to reduce the ratio of pupils per class per licensed teacher prescribed in NRS 388.700, 388.710 and 388.720;

      (g) The development of any programs to automate the receipt, storage and retrieval of the educational records of pupils; and

      (h) Any other matters that, in the determination of the Committee, affect the education of pupils within this State.

      2.  Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its duties pursuant to this section and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      3.  Request that the Legislative Counsel Bureau assist in the research, investigations, hearings and reviews of the Committee.

      4.  Make recommendations to the Legislature concerning the manner in which public education may be improved.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1776; A 2003, 19th Special Session, 82; 2005, 1982; 2011, 2378; 2013, 1937, 2640, 3291, 3750)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5354)

      NRS 218E.620  Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

Legislative Bureau of Educational Accountability and Program Evaluation

      NRS 218E.625  Creation; personnel; general powers and duties; confidentiality of certain information.

      1.  The Legislative Bureau of Educational Accountability and Program Evaluation is hereby created within the Fiscal Analysis Division. The Fiscal Analysts shall appoint to the Legislative Bureau of Educational Accountability and Program Evaluation a Chief and such other personnel as the Fiscal Analysts determine are necessary for the Bureau to carry out its duties pursuant to this section.

      2.  The Bureau shall, as the Fiscal Analysts determine is necessary or at the request of the Committee:

      (a) Collect and analyze data and issue written reports concerning:

             (1) The effectiveness of the provisions of NRS 385.3455 to 385.3891, inclusive, in improving the accountability of the schools of this State;

             (2) The statewide program to reduce the ratio of pupils per class per licensed teacher prescribed in NRS 388.700, 388.710 and 388.720;

             (3) The statewide program to educate persons with disabilities that is set forth in chapter 395 of NRS;

             (4) The results of the examinations of the National Assessment of Educational Progress that are administered pursuant to NRS 389.012; and

             (5) Any program or legislative measure, the purpose of which is to reform the system of education within this State.

      (b) Conduct studies and analyses to evaluate the performance and progress of the system of public education within this State. Such studies and analyses may be conducted:

             (1) As the Fiscal Analysts determine are necessary; or

             (2) At the request of the Legislature.

Ê This paragraph does not prohibit the Bureau from contracting with a person or entity to conduct studies and analyses on behalf of the Bureau.

      (c) On or before October 1 of each even-numbered year, submit a written report of its findings pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) to the Director for transmission to the next regular session. The Bureau shall, on or before October 1 of each odd-numbered year, submit a written report of its findings pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) to the Director for transmission to the Legislative Commission and to the Legislative Committee on Education.

      3.  The Bureau may, pursuant to NRS 218F.620, require a school, a school district, the Nevada System of Higher Education or the Department of Education to submit to the Bureau books, papers, records and other information that the Chief of the Bureau determines are necessary to carry out the duties of the Bureau pursuant to this section. An entity whom the Bureau requests to produce records or other information shall provide the records or other information in any readily available format specified by the Bureau.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and NRS 239.0115, any information obtained by the Bureau pursuant to this section shall be deemed a work product that is confidential pursuant to NRS 218F.150. The Bureau may, at the discretion of the Chief and after submission to the Legislature or Legislative Commission, as appropriate, publish reports of its findings pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection 2.

      5.  This section does not prohibit the Department of Education or the State Board of Education from conducting analyses, submitting reports or otherwise reviewing educational programs in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1777; A 2003, 19th Special Session, 83; 2007, 2079; 2011, 2313, 3232; 2013, 1938)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 218.5356)

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE

Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

      NRS 218E.700  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 218E.700 to 218E.720, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2545; A 2013, 3751)

      NRS 218E.705  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice is hereby created. The membership of the Committee consists of three members of the Senate and three members of the Assembly, appointed by the Legislative Commission.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall select the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee from among the members of the Committee. After the initial selection, each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year. The office of Chair of the Committee must alternate each biennium between the Houses. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice Chair, the vacancy must be filled in the same manner as the original selection for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      4.  A member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  A vacancy on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2545; A 2011, 3233)

      NRS 218E.710  Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  Except as otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, the members of the Committee shall meet not earlier than November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

      2.  The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary of the Committee.

      3.  Four members of the Committee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Committee.

      4.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Committee attends a meeting of the Committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee, the member is entitled to receive the:

      (a) Compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) Per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) Travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      5.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2546; A 2011, 3233)

      NRS 218E.715  General duties.  The Committee shall evaluate and review issues relating to:

      1.  The provision of child welfare services in this State, including, without limitation:

      (a) Programs for the provision of child welfare services;

      (b) Licensing and reimbursement of providers of foster care;

      (c) Mental health services; and

      (d) Compliance with federal requirements regarding child welfare; and

      2.  Juvenile justice in this State, including, without limitation:

      (a) The coordinated continuum of care in which community-based programs and services are combined to ensure that health services, substance abuse treatment, education, training and care are compatible with the needs of each juvenile in the juvenile justice system;

      (b) Individualized supervision, care and treatment to accommodate the individual needs and potential of the juvenile and the juvenile’s family, and treatment programs which integrate the juvenile into situations of living and interacting that are compatible with a healthy, stable and familial environment;

      (c) Programs for aftercare and reintegration in which juveniles will continue to receive treatment after their active rehabilitation in a facility to prevent the relapse or regression of progress achieved during the recovery process;

      (d) Overrepresentation and disparate treatment of minorities in the juvenile justice system, including, without limitation, a review of the various places where bias may influence decisions concerning minorities;

      (e) Gender-specific services, including, without limitation, programs for female juvenile offenders which consider female development in their design and implementation and which address the needs of females, including issues relating to:

             (1) Victimization and abuse;

             (2) Substance abuse;

             (3) Mental health;

             (4) Education; and

             (5) Vocational and skills training;

      (f) The quality of care provided for juvenile offenders in state institutions and facilities, including, without limitation:

             (1) The qualifications and training of staff;

             (2) The documentation of the performance of state institutions and facilities;

             (3) The coordination and collaboration of agencies; and

             (4) The availability of services relating to mental health, substance abuse, education, vocational training and treatment of sex offenders and violent offenders;

      (g) The feasibility and necessity for the independent monitoring of state institutions and facilities for the quality of care provided to juvenile offenders; and

      (h) Programs developed in other states which provide a system of community-based programs that place juvenile offenders in more specialized programs according to the needs of the juveniles.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2546)

      NRS 218E.720  General powers.

      1.  The Committee may:

      (a) Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its duties pursuant to NRS 218E.715 and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive;

      (b) Request that the Legislative Counsel Bureau assist in the research, investigations, hearings and reviews of the Committee; and

      (c) Propose recommended legislation concerning child welfare and juvenile justice to the Legislature.

      2.  The Committee shall, on or before January 15 of each odd-numbered year, submit to the Director for transmittal to the Legislature a report concerning the evaluation and review conducted pursuant to NRS 218E.715.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2547; A 2011, 3233; 2013, 3751)

      NRS 218E.725  Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

      NRS 218E.730  Fees and mileage for witnesses.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults With Special Needs

      NRS 218E.745  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 218E.745 to 218E.760, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults With Special Needs.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2412; A 2013, 3751)

      NRS 218E.750  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults With Special Needs, consisting of six members, is hereby created. The membership of the Committee consists of:

      (a) Three members of the Senate appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party; and

      (b) Three members of the Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall select the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee from among the members of the Committee. After the initial selection, each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year. The office of Chair of the Committee must alternate each biennium between the Houses. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice Chair, the vacancy must be filled in the same manner as the original selection for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      4.  A member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  A vacancy on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2412; A 2011, 3235)

      NRS 218E.755  Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  Except as otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, the members of the Committee shall meet not earlier than November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or by a majority of the Committee.

      2.  The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary of the Committee.

      3.  Four members of the Committee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Committee.

      4.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Committee attends a meeting of the Committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee, the member is entitled to receive the:

      (a) Compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) Per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) Travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      5.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2412; A 2011, 3235)

      NRS 218E.760  General powers.

      1.  The Committee may review, study and comment upon issues relating to senior citizens, veterans and adults with special needs, including, without limitation:

      (a) Initiatives to ensure the financial and physical wellness of senior citizens, veterans and adults with special needs;

      (b) The abuse, neglect, isolation and exploitation of senior citizens and adults with special needs;

      (c) Public outreach and advocacy;

      (d) Programs for the provision of services to senior citizens, veterans and adults with special needs in this State and methods to enhance such programs to ensure that services are provided in the most appropriate setting;

      (e) Programs that provide services and care in the home which allow senior citizens to remain at home and live independently instead of in institutional care;

      (f) The availability of useful information and data as needed for the State of Nevada to effectively make decisions, plan budgets and monitor costs and outcomes of services provided to senior citizens, veterans and adults with special needs;

      (g) Laws relating to the appointment of a guardian and the improvement of laws for the protection of senior citizens and adults with special needs who have been appointed a guardian, including, without limitation, the improvement of investigations relating to guardianships and systems for monitoring guardianships; and

      (h) The improvement of facilities for long-term care in this State, including, without limitation:

             (1) Reducing the number of persons placed in facilities for long-term care located outside this State;

             (2) Creating units for acute care and long-term care to treat persons suffering from dementia who exhibit behavioral problems;

             (3) Developing alternatives to placement in facilities for long-term care, including, without limitation, units for long-term care located in other types of facilities, and ensuring that such alternatives are available throughout this State for the treatment of persons with psychological needs; and

             (4) Creating a program to provide follow-up care and to track the ongoing progress of residents of facilities for long-term care.

      2.  The Committee may:

      (a) Review, study and comment upon matters relating to senior citizens, veterans and adults with special needs;

      (b) Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its duties pursuant to this section and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive;

      (c) Request that the Legislative Counsel Bureau assist in the research, investigations, hearings and studies of the Committee; and

      (d) Make recommendations to the Legislature concerning senior citizens, veterans and adults with special needs.

      3.  The Committee shall, on or before January 15 of each odd-numbered year, submit to the Director for transmittal to the next regular session a report concerning the study conducted pursuant to subsection 1.

      4.  As used in this section, “facility for long-term care” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 427A.028.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2412; A 2011, 3236; 2013, 3751)

      NRS 218E.765  Administration of oaths; deposition of witnesses; issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

      NRS 218E.770  Fees and mileage for witnesses.  Repealed. (See chapter 550, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3759.)

 

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF ENERGY

      NRS 218E.800  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 218E.800 to 218E.815, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Legislative Committee on Energy.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3343)

      NRS 218E.805  Creation of Legislative Committee on Energy; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Energy, consisting of six legislative members, is hereby created. The membership of the Committee consists of:

      (a) Three members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      (b) Three members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      2.  The Legislative Commission shall review and approve the budget and work program for the Committee and any changes to the budget or work program.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall select the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee from among the members of the Committee. Each Chair and Vice Chair holds office for a term of 2 years commencing on July 1 of each odd-numbered year. The office of Chair of the Committee must alternate each biennium between the Houses. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice Chair, the vacancy must be filled in the same manner as the original selection for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      4.  A member of the Committee who is not a candidate for reelection or who is defeated for reelection continues to serve after the general election until the next regular or special session convenes.

      5.  A vacancy on the Committee must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3343)

      NRS 218E.810  Meetings; quorum; compensation, allowances and expenses of members.

      1.  Except as otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, the members of the Committee shall meet not earlier than November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

      2.  The Director or the Director’s designee shall act as the nonvoting recording Secretary of the Committee.

      3.  Four members of the Committee constitute a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the power and authority conferred on the Committee.

      4.  Except during a regular or special session, for each day or portion of a day during which a member of the Committee attends a meeting of the Committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee, the member is entitled to receive the:

      (a) Compensation provided for a majority of the Legislators during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) Per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally; and

      (c) Travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

      5.  All such compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3343)

      NRS 218E.815  General powers.

      1.  The Committee may:

      (a) Evaluate, review and comment upon matters related to energy policy within this State, including, without limitation:

             (1) Policies, plans or programs relating to the production, consumption or use of energy in this State;

             (2) Legislative measures regarding energy policy;

             (3) The progress made by this State in satisfying the goals and objectives of Senate Bill No. 123 of the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature;

             (4) The effect of any policy, plan, program or legislation on rates or rate payers;

             (5) The effect of any policy, plan, program or legislation on economic development in this State;

             (6) The effect of any policy, plan, program or legislation on the environment;

             (7) Any contracts or requests for proposals relating to the purchase of capacity;

             (8) The effect of any policy, plan, program or legislation which provides for the construction or acquisition of facilities for the generation of electricity;

             (9) The effect of any policy, plan, program or legislation on the development of a market in this State for electricity generated from renewable energy;

             (10) The infrastructure and transmission requirements of any policy, plan, program or legislation; and

             (11) Any other matters or topics that, in the determination of the Committee, affect energy policy in this State.

      (b) Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with its duties pursuant to this section and exercise any of the investigative powers set forth in NRS 218E.105 to 218E.140, inclusive.

      (c) Request that the Legislative Counsel Bureau assist in the research, investigations, hearings and reviews of the Committee.

      (d) Make recommendations to the Legislature concerning the manner in which energy policy may be implemented or improved.

      2.  As used in this section, “renewable energy” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 701.070.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3344; A 2013, 3346)

APPENDIX

INTERIM STUDIES (2013-2015)

Study Concerning Governance and Funding of Community Colleges

SB 391, Chapter 494, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Section 1.     Legislative findings and declarations.

Sec. 2.          Creation of committee; membership; officers; duties; report.

Sec. 3.          Appointment of subcommittees.

Sec. 3.5.       Administrative and technical assistance.

 

Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding

SB 500, Chapter 500, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Section 1.     Legislative findings and declarations. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

Sec. 2.          Creation; membership; vacancies; meetings; officers; quorum; appointment of subcommittees and advisory committees; no compensation; administrative support. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

Sec. 3.          Duties; report. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

Sec. 4.          Time for appointing members. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

 

Task Force to Study Issues Relating to Juvenile Justice

AB 202, Chapter 483, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Sec. 10.        Creation; membership; duties; allowances and expenses; alternate members; meetings; gifts, grants and donations; report.

 

Study Concerning Language Access in State Courts

AB 365, Chapter 308, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Sec. 10.        Duties of Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice; appointment of subcommittee; report.

 

Study Concerning Detention and Incarceration

SB 107, Chapter 324, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Sec. 7.          Duties of Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice.

 

Study Concerning Impact of Technology Upon Regulation of Gaming

AB 360, Chapter 508, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Sec. 15.        Creation; membership; officers; duties; report; compensation, allowances and expenses.

 

Study Concerning Methods to Promote Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics

SB 448, Chapter 267, Statutes of Nevada 2013

Sec. 2.          Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

 

Nevada Land Management Task Force

AB 227, Chapter 299, Statutes of Nevada 2013

                      Preamble.

Section 1.     Creation; membership; vacancies; meetings; officers; allowances and expenses; administrative support; duties; reports. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

Study Concerning Governance and Funding of Community Colleges

SB 391, Chapter 494, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Section 1.  Legislative findings and declarations.  The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

      1.  The Nevada System of Higher Education, which is governed by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada, encompasses several different types of institutions of higher education, including, without limitation, community colleges;

      2.  Community colleges are a key component of the State Plan for Economic Development developed by the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development;

      3.  Certain community colleges have a regional presence for vast areas of rural Nevada;

      4.  Recent economic problems in this State highlight the need for community colleges to be responsive to the students, business communities and regions of this State that they serve; and

      5.  It is important to determine whether a new method of governing and funding community colleges in this State is necessary to improve and advance the purpose of the State’s community colleges.

      (Ch. 494, Stats. 2013 p. 3100)

      Sec. 2.  Creation of committees; membership; officers; duties; report.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the governance structure of and funding methods for community colleges in this State.

      2.  The committee must be composed of six Legislators as follows:

      (a) Two members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate;

      (b) Two members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly;

      (c) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; and

      (d) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.

      3.  The Majority Leader of the Senate shall appoint a Chair and Vice Chair of the committee.

      4.  The committee shall consult with and solicit input from persons and organizations with expertise in matters relevant to the governance structures of and funding methods for community colleges in this State.

      5.  The committee shall submit a report of its findings, including, without limitation, any proposed changes to the governance structure of or funding methods for community colleges in this State and any recommendations for legislation, to the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 494, Stats. 2013 p. 3100)

      Sec. 3.  Appointment of subcommittees.  In studying the governance structures of and funding methods for community colleges in this State, the committee appointed pursuant to section 2 shall:

      1.  Appoint two or more subcommittees, which must include:

      (a) The Subcommittee on Governance and Funding, which consists of:

             (1) Three members who are members of the committee appointed pursuant to section 2 of this act, appointed by the Chair of the committee;

             (2) One member who is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada, appointed by the Chair of the Board;

             (3) One member who is a representative of K-12 education, appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction;

             (4) Two members who are representatives of local governments, appointed by the Nevada Association of Counties, or its successor organization;

             (5) One member who is a representative of local governments, appointed by the Nevada League of Cities, or its successor organization; and

             (6) Any other members appointed by the Chair of the committee.

      (b) The Subcommittee on Academics and Workforce Alignment, which consists of:

             (1) Three members who are members of the committee appointed pursuant to section 2 of this act, appointed by the Chair of the committee;

             (2) One member who is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada, appointed by the Chair of the Board;

             (3) Three members who are representatives of the business and economic development communities of this State, one of whom must be a representative of northern Nevada, one of whom must be a representative of southern Nevada and one of whom must be a representative of rural Nevada, appointed by the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development;

             (4) One member who is a representative of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, appointed by the Director of the Department; and

             (5) Any other members appointed by the Chair of the committee.

      2.  Develop the mission and duties of each subcommittee appointed pursuant to subsection 1, which must include, without limitation:

      (a) Reviewing national best practices of governance of and funding methods for community colleges;

      (b) Examining effective relationships among local school districts, workforce development and community colleges and making recommendations concerning how this State can strengthen such relationships to improve student achievement;

      (c) Examining effective relationships between business and industry and community colleges and making recommendations concerning how this State can strengthen such relationships to better prepare students for entry into the workforce;

      (d) Reviewing the mission of each community college in this State, which must include a determination of whether, over the 10-year period immediately preceding the review, the mission of the community college has changed and whether changes to the academic programs of the community college have enhanced or undermined that mission; and

      (e) Determining whether it is advisable to transfer the administration of community colleges from the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada to another governmental entity and:

             (1) If such a transfer is determined to be advisable, determining the best methods of accomplishing the transfer; and

             (2) If such a transfer is determined not to be advisable, determining whether there are other options available that would improve the governance structure of and funding methods for community colleges.

      (Ch. 494, Stats. 2013 p. 3101)

      Sec. 3.5.  Administrative and technical assistance.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau and the Nevada System of Higher Education shall provide administrative and technical assistance to the committee appointed pursuant to section 2 of this act and its subcommittees as requested by the Chair of the committee.

      (Ch. 494, Stats. 2013 p. 3102)

Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding

SB 500, Chapter 500, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Section 1.  Legislative findings and declarations. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]  The Nevada Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

      1.  It is the intended goal of the Legislature to equitably fund public education in this State and ensure that the public education funding formula properly accounts for the needs of, and the costs to educate, pupils based upon the individual educational needs and demographic characteristics of pupils, including, without limitation, pupils from low-income families, pupils with disabilities and pupils who have limited proficiency in the English language.

      2.  The Legislature seeks to revise the formula used to fund public education in Nevada to account for pupils with varying educational needs and demographic characteristics in each school district in this State.

      (Ch. 500, Stats. 2013 p. 3182)

      Sec. 2.  Creation; membership; vacancies; meetings; officers; quorum; appointment of subcommittees and advisory committees; no compensation; administrative support. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

      1.  The Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding is hereby created. The Task Force consists of:

      (a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee;

      (b) The Director of the State Public Charter School Authority or his or her designee;

      (c) One member appointed by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents, in consultation with the Nevada Association of School Administrators;

      (d) One member appointed by the Nevada Association of School Boards;

      (e) One member appointed by the Nevada Parent Teacher Association;

      (f) One member appointed by the Nevada State Education Association;

      (g) Two members appointed by the Governor, one of whom is a financial officer of a county school district and one of whom is a parent or legal guardian of a pupil enrolled in a public school in this State;

      (h) One member appointed by the Advisory Council on Parental Involvement and Family Engagement;

      (i) Two members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate as follows:

             (1) One Senator; and

             (2) One person who is a current or former licensed educator;

      (j) Two members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly as follows:

             (1) One Assemblyman or Assemblywoman; and

             (2) One person who is a current or former licensed educator;

      (k) One member of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; and

      (l) One member of the Assembly appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.

      2.  In appointing members of the Task Force pursuant to subsection 1, the appointing authorities shall coordinate the appointments, to the extent practicable, so that the members of the Task Force represent the geographic and ethnic diversity of this State.

      3.  Any vacancy occurring in the appointed membership of the Task Force must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment not later than 30 days after the vacancy occurs.

      4.  The Task Force shall hold its first meeting as soon as practicable on or after July 1, 2013, upon the call of the Governor. At the first meeting of the Task Force, the members of the Task Force shall elect a Chair, who must be either a Senator or an Assemblyman or Assemblywoman.

      5.  Including the first meeting held pursuant to subsection 4, the Task Force shall meet not more than six times each year at the call of the Chair.

      6.  A majority of the members of the Task Force constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority of those members present at any meeting is sufficient for any official action taken by the Task Force.

      7.  The Chair of the Task Force may appoint such subcommittees from within or outside the membership of the Task Force as the Chair determines necessary to carry out the duties of the Task Force.

      8.  The Chair of the Task Force shall appoint a technical advisory committee consisting of persons who have knowledge, experience or expertise in K-12 public school finance as follows:

      (a) One representative of the Clark County School District;

      (b) One representative of the Washoe County School District;

      (c) One representative of a county school district other than the Clark County School District or the Washoe County School District; and

      (d) Any other persons who have knowledge, experience or expertise in the area of K-12 public school finance.

      9.  The members of the Task Force, a subcommittee of the Task Force and the technical advisory committee serve without compensation.

      10.  The Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall provide administrative support to the Task Force.

      (Ch. 500, Stats. 2013 p. 3182)

      Sec. 3.  Duties; report. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

      1.  The Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding created by section 2 of this act shall:

      (a) Conduct a review of the report entitled “Study of a New Method of Funding for Public Schools in Nevada” published by the American Institutes for Research on September 25, 2012;

      (b) Survey the weighted pupil public education funding formulas which are used in other states;

      (c) Develop a plan for revising and implementing Nevada’s public education funding formula in a manner which equitably accounts for the needs of, and the costs to educate, pupils based upon the individual educational needs and demographic characteristics of pupils, including, without limitation, pupils from low-income families, pupils with disabilities and pupils who have limited proficiency in the English language through a weighted funding formula; and

      (d) Not later than June 30, 2014, prepare a written report to the Governor and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature which includes recommendations for implementing the plan developed pursuant to paragraph (c) for Nevada’s public education funding formula in the executive budget prepared for the 2015-2017 biennium.

      2.  The Task Force, a subcommittee of the Task Force or the technical advisory committee of the Task Force may seek the input, advice and assistance of persons and organizations with the knowledge, interest or expertise relevant to the duties of the Task Force.

      (Ch. 500, Stats. 2013 p. 3183)

      Sec. 4.  Time for appointing members. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]  As soon as practicable after the effective date of this act but not later than July 1, 2013, the members of the Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding must be appointed as prescribed by section 2 of this act.

      (Ch. 500, Stats. 2013 p. 3184)

Task Force to Study Issues Relating to Juvenile Justice

AB 202, Chapter 483, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Sec. 10.  Creation; membership; duties; allowances and expenses; alternate members; meetings; gifts, grants and donations; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice created by NRS 218E.705 shall create a task force to study certain issues relating to juvenile justice in accordance with the provisions of this section.

      2.  The Chair of the Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall appoint to the task force the following 10 voting members:

      (a) One member of the Senate or Assembly, who shall serve as Chair of the task force.

      (b) One member who is a district attorney.

      (c) One member who is a public defender.

      (d) One member from the Office of the Attorney General.

      (e) One member from the Division of Child and Family Services of the Department of Health and Human Services.

      (f) One member who is a judge of the juvenile court.

      (g) One member who is a director of juvenile services, as defined in NRS 62A.080.

      (h) One member who is a mental health professional.

      (i) One member who is a representative from an organization that advocates on behalf of juveniles.

      (j) The Director of the Department of Corrections.

      3.  The task force shall study the following issues and make its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation:

      (a) The laws in this State and other states, including an examination of best practices, pertaining to certification of juveniles as adults and offenses excluded from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

      (b) The advantages and disadvantages of blended sentencing.

      (c) The ability of adult correctional facilities and institutions to provide appropriate housing and programming for youthful offenders who are convicted of crimes as adults and incarcerated in adult facilities and institutions.

      (d) The ability of juvenile detention facilities to provide appropriate housing and programming for youthful offenders who are convicted of crimes as adults and detained in juvenile detention facilities.

      (e) The costs and benefits of housing juvenile offenders who are convicted of crimes as adults in adult correctional facilities and institutions and in juvenile detention facilities.

      (f) Proposed legislation that is necessary to implement any necessary or desirable changes in Nevada law relating to the issues set forth in this subsection.

      4.  The members of the task force, other than the Chair of the task force, serve without compensation, except that each such member is entitled, while engaged in the business of the task force and within the limits of available money, to the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      5.  Not later than 30 days after appointment, each member of the task force, other than the Chair of the task force, shall nominate one person to serve as his or her alternate member and submit the name of the person nominated to the Chair of the task force for appointment. An alternate member shall serve as a voting member of the task force when the appointed member who nominated the alternate member is disqualified or unable to serve.

      6.  The members of the task force shall hold not more than four meetings at the call of the Chair of the task force.

      7.  To the extent that money is available, including, without limitation, money from gifts, grants and donations, the Committee may fund the costs of the task force.

      8.  The Committee shall submit a report of the findings of the task force and its recommendations for legislation to the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 483, Stats. 2013 p. 2903)

Study Concerning Language Access in State Courts

AB 365, Chapter 308, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Sec. 10.  Duties of Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice; appointment of subcommittee; report.

      1.  The Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice created pursuant to NRS 176.0123 shall appoint a subcommittee to conduct an interim study concerning language access in the courts of the State of Nevada, and make a report thereof.

      2.  The study and report must include, without limitation:

      (a) An evaluation of:

             (1) The current system used in this State to provide court interpreters in criminal and civil proceedings;

             (2) The systems used in other states to provide court interpreters in criminal and civil proceedings; and

             (3) The current condition of federal and state laws regarding the provision of court interpreters in criminal and civil proceedings.

      (b) Recommendations regarding, without limitation:

             (1) Necessary statutory changes to facilitate language access in the courts;

             (2) Necessary statutory changes to comply with any federal law related to language access in the courts; and

             (3) Methods for raising any revenue necessary to provide court interpreters in criminal and civil proceedings or to increase language access in the courts.

      3.  The subcommittee shall submit a report of the results of the study and any recommendations for legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmission to the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature and the Supreme Court.

      (Ch. 308, Stats. 2013 p. 1462)

Study Concerning Detention and Incarceration

SB 107, Chapter 324, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Sec. 7.  Duties of Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice.  The Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice created pursuant to NRS 176.0123 shall, during the 2013-2014 interim, conduct a study concerning detention and incarceration in this State. The study must include, without limitation, an evaluation of:

      1.  Procedures regarding placement in, and release from, protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction and solitary confinement;

      2.  Security threat group identification, including, without limitation, any information relating to gang activity;

      3.  Notification of release and release procedures;

      4.  Access provided to children, offenders and prisoners confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement to:

      (a) Mental health services;

      (b) Audio and visual media for appropriate mental stimulation;

      (c) Daily contact with staff;

      (d) Health care services;

      (e) Substance abuse programs and services;

      (f) Reentry resources and transitional programs and services;

      (g) Programs and services for offenders and prisoners who are veterans;

      (h) Educational programming; and

      (i) Other programs and services that are available to the general population;

      5.  The amount of specialized training provided to staff who interact with children, offenders and prisoners who are confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement;

      6.  The number of children, offenders and prisoners confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement who were referred to mental health professionals;

      7.  The number of children, offenders and prisoners in the general population who were referred to mental health professionals;

      8.  The number of children, offenders and prisoners confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement who have a mental health diagnosis;

      9.  The number of children, offenders and prisoners in the general population who have a mental health diagnosis;

      10.  The number of suicides and suicide attempts during the years of 2010, 2011 and 2012 among children, offenders and prisoners who are confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement;

      11.  The number of suicides and suicide attempts during the years of 2010, 2011 and 2012 among children, offenders and prisoners in the general population;

      12.  The number of reviews conducted by facilities concerning the placement of a child, offender or prisoner in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement that resulted in the child, offender or prisoner being transferred to the general population;

      13.  The average length of time children, offenders and prisoners were continuously confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement, categorized by age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and classification of the offense;

      14.  The longest and shortest length of time a child, offender or prisoner was continuously confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement, categorized by age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and classification of the offense;

      15.  A summary of the reasons for which children, offenders and prisoners were placed in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement;

      16.  The rate of recidivism among children, offenders and prisoners who were confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement at any time before release or discharge;

      17.  The rate of recidivism among children, offenders and prisoners who were never confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement;

      18.  The number of children, offenders and prisoners who were confined in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement immediately before being discharged from detention, including those discharged to parole or mandatory supervision; and

      19.  A calculation of the cost per day of confining a child, offender and prisoner in protective segregation, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, disciplinary detention, corrective room restriction or solitary confinement.

      (Ch. 324, Stats. 2013 p. 1522)

Study Concerning Impact of Technology Upon Regulation of Gaming

AB 360, Chapter 508, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Sec. 15.  Creation; membership; officers; duties; report; compensation, allowances and expenses.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall create a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the impact of technology upon the regulation of gaming and upon the distinction between restricted and nonrestricted gaming licensees.

      2.  The committee created by the Legislative Commission to conduct the study must be composed of six voting members and seven nonvoting members, appointed and designated as follows:

      (a) The Legislative Commission shall appoint three voting members of the Senate, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      (b) The Legislative Commission shall appoint three voting members of the Assembly, at least one of whom must be a member of the minority political party.

      (c) The Legislative Commission shall appoint five nonvoting members, with one member representing each of the following:

             (1) Manufacturers or developers of gaming technology;

             (2) Entities engaged in the business of interactive gaming;

             (3) Restricted gaming licensees;

             (4) Nonrestricted gaming licensees; and

             (5) Operators of race books and sports pools.

      (d) The Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Chair of the State Gaming Control Board serve ex officio as nonvoting members of the committee.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint a Chair from among the voting members of the committee.

      4.  The committee shall study, without limitation:

      (a) The impact of modern and evolving technology upon gaming and the regulation of gaming;

      (b) Interactive gaming in Nevada and other jurisdictions, and any proposed or enacted federal legislation in this area;

      (c) The regulatory distinction between restricted and nonrestricted licensure, and the impact of technology upon this distinction;

      (d) The determination of whether the operation of slot machines is incidental to the primary business of a restricted gaming licensee, and minimum requirements that are or should be imposed upon such businesses;

      (e) The effect of expanding capability of personal and portable electronic devices upon gaming and the regulation of gaming;

      (f) The potential effects and consequences of authorizing the acceptance of race book and sports pool wagers made by an entity; and

      (g) The effect of legislation approved by the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature with regard to gaming and the regulation of gaming.

      5.  The Legislative Commission shall submit a report of the findings of the committee, including, without limitation, any recommendations for legislation, to the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      6.  For each day or portion of a day during which a member of the committee who is a Legislator attends a meeting of the committee or is otherwise engaged in the business of the committee, the Legislator is entitled to receive the:

      (a) Compensation provided for a majority of the members of the Legislature during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session;

      (b) Per diem allowance provided for state officers generally; and

      (c) Travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655.

Ê The compensation, per diem allowances and travel expenses of the members of the committee who are Legislators must be paid from the Legislative Fund.

      (Ch. 508, Stats. 2013 p. 3318)

Study Concerning Methods to Promote Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics

SB 448, Chapter 267, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Sec. 2.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

      1.  As part of its review of health care during the 2013-2015 legislative interim, the Legislative Committee on Health Care shall consider methods to promote federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics in this State which must include, without limitation, consideration of:

      (a) The strategies used by other states that have had success with federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics and whether those strategies could be used to increase the number of federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics in this State.

      (b) The locations in this State which have been designated as medically underserved urban or rural communities and which would benefit from federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics.

      (c) The likely impacts of establishing one or more new or existing facilities as federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics, including, without limitation, the economic impacts and the impacts on access to primary care services for recipients of Medicare and Medicaid, the underinsured and the uninsured.

      (d) The types of federal benefits and federal funding options that are available to support the establishment of federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

      (e) The feasibility of a county or district hospital establishing one or more new or existing facilities as federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics to enhance the provision of primary care services in any medically underserved urban or rural communities in the county or district, respectively.

      2.  On or before February 2, 2015, the Legislative Committee on Health Care shall submit to the Legislature a written report concerning its consideration of the methods to promote federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics in this State, which must include, without limitation, any recommendations for legislation.

      3.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Federally qualified health center” has the meaning ascribed to it in 42 U.S.C. § 1396d(l)(2)(B).

      (b) “Rural health clinic” has the meaning ascribed to it in 42 U.S.C. § 1395x(aa)(2).

      (Ch. 267, Stats. 2013 p. 1219)

Nevada Land Management Task Force

AB 227, Chapter 299, Statutes of Nevada 2013

      Preamble.

      Whereas, Unlike the eastern states that received dominion over their lands upon joining the Union, the western states have been placed in an inferior position as a result of the Federal Government withholding a significant portion of land from those states as a condition of admission to the Union; and

      Whereas, According to the Congressional Research Service, as of 2010, the Federal Government manages and controls approximately 640 million acres, or about 28 percent of the 2.27 billion acres, of land in the United States; and

      Whereas, The highest concentration of land managed and controlled by the Federal Government is in Alaska (61.8 percent) and the 11 coterminous western states, namely Arizona (42.3 percent), California (47.7 percent), Colorado (36.2 percent), Idaho (61.7 percent), Montana (28.9 percent), Nevada (81.1 percent), New Mexico (34.7 percent), Oregon (53.0 percent), Utah (66.5 percent), Washington (28.5 percent) and Wyoming (48.2 percent); and

      Whereas, In contrast, the Federal Government only manages and controls 4 percent of the land in the states east of those western states; and

      Whereas, The state with the highest percentage of lands within its boundaries that is managed and controlled by the Federal Government is Nevada, with over 80 percent of its lands being managed and controlled by various federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Energy; and

      Whereas, Increased control by the State of Nevada over the public lands within its borders would benefit the residents of Nevada significantly by allowing the State to balance the economic, recreational and other critical interests of its residents, with special emphasis on the multiple uses that are allowed presently on the public lands; and

      Whereas, In March 2012, legislation was enacted in the State of Utah that, among other things, requires the Federal Government to turn over management and control of the public lands in Utah to the State of Utah and requires the study of various issues that may arise during such a transfer; and

      Whereas, Other western states are considering the enactment of similar laws and momentum is building towards the Federal Government turning over management and control of certain public lands to the western states; and

      Whereas, In light of the magnitude of federal management and control of public lands in Nevada, a study by the State of Nevada, in contemplation of Congress turning over the management and control of public lands in Nevada to the State of Nevada on or before June 30, 2015, would assist in ensuring that the transfer proceeds in a timely and orderly manner; now therefore

      (Ch. 299, Stats. 2013 p. 1406)

      Section 1.  Creation; membership; vacancies; meetings; officers; allowances and expenses; administrative support; duties; reports. [Effective through June 30, 2015.]

      1.  The Nevada Land Management Task Force, consisting of 17 members, is hereby created. Within 30 days after the effective date of this act, the board of county commissioners of each county shall appoint one member to the Task Force.

      2.  A vacancy on the Task Force must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

      3.  The Task Force shall hold its first meeting on or before July 1, 2013. At the first meeting, the Task Force shall elect a Chair and Vice Chair from among its members.

      4.  While engaged in the business of the Task Force, each member of the Task Force is entitled to receive such per diem allowance and travel expenses as provided by the board of county commissioners that appointed the member. Each board of county commissioners shall pay the per diem allowance and travel expenses required by this subsection to the member that is appointed by that board of county commissioners.

      5.  The board of county commissioners of each county, in conjunction with the Nevada Association of Counties, shall provide such administrative support to the Task Force as is necessary to carry out the duties of the Task Force.

      6.  The Task Force shall conduct a study to address the transfer of public lands in Nevada from the Federal Government to the State of Nevada in contemplation of Congress turning over the management and control of those public lands to the State of Nevada on or before June 30, 2015. The study must include, without limitation:

      (a) An identification of the public lands to be transferred and the interests, rights and uses associated with those lands;

      (b) The development of a proposed plan for the administration, management and use of the public lands, including, without limitation, the designation of wilderness or other conservation areas or the sale, lease or other disposition of those lands; and

      (c) An economic analysis concerning the transfer of the public lands, including, without limitation:

             (1) The identification of the costs directly incident to the transfer of title of those lands;

             (2) The identification of sources of revenue to pay for the administration and maintenance of those lands by the State of Nevada;

             (3) A determination of the amount of any revenue that is currently received by the State of Nevada or a political subdivision of this State in connection with those lands, including, without limitation, any payments made in lieu of taxes and mineral leases; and

             (4) The identification of any potential revenue to be received from those lands by the State of Nevada after the transfer of the lands and recommendations for the distribution of those revenues.

      7.  The Task Force shall report periodically to the Legislative Committee on Public Lands established by NRS 218E.510 concerning the activities of the Task Force.

      8.  On or before September 1, 2014, the Task Force shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislative Committee on Public Lands for inclusion in the final report of that Committee for the 2013-2014 legislative interim. During the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature, one or more members of the Task Force must be available, upon request, to present the recommendations of the Task Force to the Legislature or the appropriate standing committees with jurisdiction over public lands matters.

      (Ch. 299, Stats. 2013 p. 1407)