[Rev. 12/21/2019 11:03:22 AM--2019]

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.

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. [Repealed.]

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 [Repealed.]

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.

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.

 

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

NRS 218E.550        “Committee” defined.

NRS 218E.555        Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; reports.

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

NRS 218E.565        General duties.

NRS 218E.570        General powers.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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 2019-2021

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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)

      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)

Subpoenas; Oaths; Contempt

      NRS 218E.030  Power to issue subpoenas; exceptions.

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

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)

      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)

      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)

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)

      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)

      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)

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)

      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 statute or 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 statute, concurrent resolution or 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 statute, concurrent resolution or order of the Legislative Commission, except audits in progress whose carryover has been approved by the Legislative Commission.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided by a specific statute, the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall not serve as primary administrative or professional staff for a committee established by a statute, concurrent resolution or order of the Legislative Commission to conduct a study or investigation, unless the chair of the committee is required by the statute, concurrent resolution or order of the Legislative Commission 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 statute or concurrent resolution or directed by an order of the Legislative Commission must, unless otherwise ordered by the Legislative Commission, meet not earlier than November 1 of the odd-numbered year and not later than June 30 of the following even-numbered 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; 2015, 3191; 2019, 3124)

      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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

      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)

Reports Regarding Criminal Prosecutions

      NRS 218E.300  Legislative findings.  Repealed. (See chapter 524, Statutes of Nevada 2019, at page 3130.)

 

      NRS 218E.305  Compilation of records and reports; limitations on use; disclosure of information.  Repealed. (See chapter 524, Statutes of Nevada 2019, at page 3130.)

 

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)

      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 NRS 228.1111, 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, subsection 1 of NRS 445C.320 and NRS 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; 2015, 337, 2423)

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)

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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

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)

      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)

      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)

      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 September 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; 2019, 3125)

      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)

      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)

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

      NRS 218E.550  “Committee” defined.  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; A 2011, 3733; 2013, 2367, 3749)

      NRS 218E.555  Creation; membership; budget; officers; terms; vacancies; reports.

      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, 3734; 2013, 2367)

      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 September 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; 2019, 3125)

      NRS 218E.565  General duties.  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; A 2011, 3734; 2013, 2367)

      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)

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)

      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 September 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; 2019, 3126)

      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)

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 chapter 385A of NRS 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 NRS 388.5223 to 388.5243, inclusive;

             (4) The results of the examinations of the National Assessment of Educational Progress that are administered pursuant to NRS 390.830; 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; 2015, 2976)

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 September 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; 2019, 3126)

      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) The provision of foster care, including, without limitation, reunification of foster children with a birth parent and adoption of foster children by a foster parent;

      (d) Mental health services; and

      (e) 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, treatment for substance use disorder, 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 use disorder;

             (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 use disorder, 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; A 2015, 1186)

      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 including, without limitation, recommended legislation concerning the provision of foster care as described in paragraph (c) of subsection 1 of NRS 218E.715.

      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; 2015, 1187)

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 September 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; 2019, 3126)

      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, exploitation, isolation and abandonment 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; 2015, 827)

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 September 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; A 2019, 3127)

      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 2019-2021

Study Concerning Reapportionment and Redistricting

SCR 9, File No. 33, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; duties; report.

 

Study Concerning Pretrial Release of Defendants in Criminal Cases

SCR 11, File No. 50, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; duties; report.

 

Study Concerning Driving Under Influence of Marijuana

ACR 7, File No. 48, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

 

Study Concerning Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Resources

SCR 1, File No. 38, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; duties of Legislative Committee on Energy; report.

 

Study Concerning Alternative Solutions for Transportation System Funding

SCR 3, File No. 43, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; duties of Legislative Committee on Energy; report.

 

Study Concerning Wildfires

ACR 4, File No. 46, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

 

Study Concerning Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Services

AB 430, Chapter 163, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Sec. 1.5.       Duties of Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice; restrictions on issuing certain subpoenas or compelling production of information or participation in study.

 

Study Concerning Funding of Child Welfare System

AB 111, Chapter 596, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Section 1.    Duties of Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.

Sec. 2.          Employment of independent consultant.

Sec. 3.          Appropriation of money for study.

Sec. 4.          Limitations on money appropriated for study.

Sec. 5.          Report.

 

Study Concerning Juvenile Detention

AB 449, Chapter 382, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Section 1.    Duties of Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice; report.

Sec. 2.          Duties of Nevada Department of Corrections and local and state institutions and facilities to present certain information relating to juvenile detention.

 

Study Concerning Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Discriminatory Harassment in Schools and Institutions of Higher Education

SB 332, Chapter 515, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Section 1.    Definitions.

Sec. 2.          Duties of Legislative Committee on Education; report.

Sec. 2.5.       Duty to consider relevant laws and related matters; recommendations.

 

Study Concerning Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards

SCR 6, File No. 39, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; duties of Sunset Subcommittee of Legislative Commission; report.

 

Study Concerning Health, Safety and Welfare of Workers at Licensed Brothels

ACR 6, File No. 47, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

 

Study Concerning Standards of Training for Certain Persons Providing Personal Care Services

AB 131, Chapter 51, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Sec. 14.        Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

 

Study Concerning Stem Cell Centers

SB 363, Chapter 395, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Sec. 13.5.     Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; recommendations.

 

Study Concerning Feasibility of Statewide Public Healthcare Insurance Plan

SCR 10, File No. 45, Statutes of Nevada 2019

                      Preamble; duties of Legislative Commission; duties of consultants; gifts, grants and donations; reports.

 

Study Concerning Cost of Prescription Drugs

SB 276, Chapter 324, Statutes of Nevada 2019

Sec. 25.        Appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; reports.

 

Study Concerning Reapportionment and Redistricting

SCR 9, File No. 33, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; duties; report.

      Whereas, The 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature will be required to reapportion and redistrict the election districts for the members of the Legislature, the members of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Nevada and the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada; and

      Whereas, The Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce is required to deliver redistricting data from the decennial census in 2020 to the states not later than April 1, 2021, when the Nevada Legislature will already be in session; and

      Whereas, The amount of data from the census in 2020 and the necessity to accomplish reapportionment and redistricting in an expeditious manner during the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature will require additional computer software and extensive preparation and testing to allow for the generation and analysis of proposals concerning reapportionment and redistricting; and

      Whereas, The reapportionment and redistricting must comply with current case law and constitutional and statutory legal requirements; and

      Whereas, The Nevada Legislature has been working with the Bureau of the Census on its 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program and has participated in the Block Boundary Suggestion Project, the Voting District Project and other programs in preparation for the census in 2020 and the subsequent process of reapportionment and redistricting; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly Concurring, That the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study of the requirements for reapportionment and redistricting in this State in conjunction with the data from the decennial census of 2020; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study include:

      1.  A continuing examination and monitoring of any redistricting systems established or recommended for use by the Nevada Legislature, including the requirements for computer equipment, computer software and the training of personnel;

      2.  A review of the case law concerning planning for reapportionment and redistricting in other states;

      3.  A review of the programs of other states relating to planning for reapportionment and redistricting;

      4.  The continuation of the State’s participation in the programs of the Bureau of the Census; and

      5.  To the extent practicable, the participation in programs of the Bureau of the Census and the State of Nevada to increase the awareness of the general public concerning the census to ensure a complete and accurate count of all Nevadans in the year 2020; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission may enter into contracts or other necessary agreements to establish and test reapportionment and redistricting programs and computer equipment to provide for the timely and efficient commencement of data processing for reapportionment and redistricting before the Legislature convenes in 2021; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the committee must be approved by a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the members of the Assembly appointed to the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission report to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature the results of the study and any action taken in preparation for and any recommendations concerning reapportionment and redistricting; and be it further

      Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon adoption.

      (File No. 33, Stats. 2019 p. 4618)

Study Concerning Pretrial Release of Defendants in Criminal Cases

SCR 11, File No. 50, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; duties; report.

      Whereas, The Nevada Constitution and existing Nevada law require all persons arrested for offenses other than murder of the first degree to be admitted to bail unless certain circumstances apply; and

      Whereas, It would be beneficial to conduct a thorough examination of issues relating to pretrial release of defendants in criminal cases; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly Concurring, That the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to appoint, as soon as practicable after July 1, 2019, a committee to conduct an interim study relating to pretrial release of defendants in criminal cases; and be it further

      Resolved, That the interim committee must be composed of six Legislators selected as follows:

      1.  Two members of the Senate appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate;

      2.  Two members of the Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly;

      3.  One member of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; and

      4.  One member of the Assembly appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study must include, without limitation, an examination of the following issues relating to the pretrial release of defendants in criminal cases:

      1.  The timeliness and conduct of hearings to consider the pretrial release of defendants;

      2.  The circumstances under which defendants should be released on their own recognizance;

      3.  The imposition of monetary bail as a condition of pretrial release and the considerations relating to the setting of the amount of any monetary bail;

      4.  The imposition of appropriate conditions of pretrial release to ensure reasonably the safety of the community and the appearance of the defendant in court as required;

      5.  The circumstances under which the conditions of pretrial release of a defendant should be modified;

      6.  Effects of the statewide implementation of the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment tool;

      7.  The impact of race, gender and economic status as it pertains to the pretrial release of defendants, which must include taking testimony from affected communities and individuals;

      8.  The fiscal impact of any potential or recommended changes to the laws pertaining to pretrial release of defendants; and

      9.  Any other relevant matters pertaining to the pretrial release of defendants; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the committee must be approved by a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the members of the Assembly appointed to the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission shall submit a report of the results of the study and any recommendations for legislation to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature; and be it further

      Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon passage.

      (File No. 50, Stats. 2019 p. 4643)

Study Concerning Driving Under Influence of Marijuana

ACR 7, File No. 48, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

      Whereas, It is unlawful for a person to drive while under the influence of marijuana in the State of Nevada; and

      Whereas, The State of Nevada legalized the medical use of marijuana in 2001 and the recreational use of marijuana in 2016; and

      Whereas, The legal marijuana industry in the State of Nevada is growing; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Assembly of the State of Nevada, the Senate Concurring, That the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to appoint a committee composed of three members of the Assembly and three members of the Senate, one of whom must be appointed by the Legislative Commission as Chair of the committee, to conduct an interim study of issues relating to driving under the influence of marijuana within the State of Nevada; and be it further

      Resolved, That the interim study must include, without limitation, an examination of:

      1.  Scientific evidence relating to driving under the influence of marijuana;

      2.  Data from Nevada and any other state that has legalized the use of marijuana in any capacity on the number of arrests and convictions for driving under the influence of marijuana, including, without limitation, any change in such number after the legalization of the use of marijuana;

      3.  The approaches other states that have legalized the use of marijuana have taken to address the issue of driving under the influence of marijuana;

      4.  Any new and existing products, tests and methods to observe or determine a person’s level of impairment caused by the use of marijuana at the scene of a vehicle crash or where a police officer stops a vehicle or a convenient place for the administration of an evidentiary test;

      5.  The existing laws of this State regarding driving under the influence of marijuana and an evaluation of whether those laws should be changed to address issues relating to driving under the influence of marijuana, including, without limitation, whether such laws should differentiate between holders of a valid registration identification card and recreational users of marijuana;

      6.  How a change in laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana may impact other laws of this State, including, without limitation, workers’ compensation and employment and labor laws; and

      7.  Any other matters which are deemed relevant to the issue of driving under the influence of marijuana in this State; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the committee must be approved by a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the members of the Assembly appointed to the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission shall submit a report of the results of the study and any recommended legislation to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature; and be it further

      Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon passage.

      (File No. 48, Stats. 2019 p. 4641)

Study Concerning Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Resources

SCR 1, File No. 38, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; duties of Legislative Committee on Energy; report.

      Whereas, A renewable energy and clean energy resources program administered by appropriate state and local agencies in this State has the potential to unleash the vast clean energy resources in this State and put Nevada at the forefront of renewable energy and clean energy development as a primary means of achieving energy independence; and

      Whereas, The foundation of such a program is rooted in Nevada’s expansive and, to date, largely untapped potential for renewable energy and clean energy resources, including, without limitation, Nevada’s underdeveloped geothermal resources, which are more substantial than in any other state, Nevada’s large deposits of lithium, which are currently the only deposits producing lithium for use in the United States, and Nevada’s potential for additional development of solar energy, low-temperature geothermal, waste heat to power, combined heat and power, energy storage technology and other clean energy resources which may be identified in the future; and

      Whereas, Geothermal energy has the smallest carbon footprint of any form of renewable energy and can be used across a wide spectrum of temperatures, including lower temperatures capable of providing direct-use applications, such as heat for public facilities, homes, greenhouse agriculture and vegetable dehydration, and higher temperatures that can produce electricity; and

      Whereas, Lithium is critical to the burgeoning electric automobile industry and for battery technology in general, with a wide array of applications for all forms of renewable energy and clean energy; and

      Whereas, Systematic studies are needed to locate these renewable energy and clean energy resources, to analyze the feasibility, both technical and economic, of developing such resources, to determine the best methods for extraction of such resources and to determine if initial support is needed to assist entrepreneurial industries to develop such resources; and

      Whereas, Studies are needed to understand the full potential of solar energy and its potential relationship with other forms of renewable energy, including, without limitation, enhancing geothermal energy output and determining whether the utilization of solar energy is incentivized by state and local building codes; and

      Whereas, The implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures by state agencies in this State has the potential to save energy costs for the State of Nevada and protect and improve the environment in this State; and

      Whereas, The conduct of a statewide audit to identify cost-effective energy efficiency measures for implementation by state agencies will enable the State of Nevada to realize the cost savings and environmental benefits of energy efficiency measures; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly Concurring, That the Legislative Committee on Energy shall conduct an interim study of the assessment and development of the renewable energy and clean energy resources available in this State with the goal of achieving energy independence and facilitating economic diversification in this State; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study include consideration of methods to increase the opportunities for students in this State to study subjects related to renewable energy and clean energy at community colleges and universities in this State; and be it further

      Resolved, That, in conducting the study, the Legislative Committee on Energy shall partner or consult with representatives of the Nevada System of Higher Education to examine ways to improve the training of workers in the renewable energy and lithium extraction industries, including, without limitation, ways to improve the training of workers to develop, construct, improve, maintain and repair renewable energy and lithium extraction facilities and systems and the components of those facilities and systems, including, without limitation, artificial intelligence used in those facilities and systems; and be it further

      Resolved, That, as part of the study, the Legislative Committee on Energy may, if feasible, enter into a contract or other agreement with the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Desert Research Institute for the gathering of data concerning the assessment and development of renewable energy and clean energy, and a cost-benefit analysis of the various sources of supply of energy, including, without limitation, natural gas plants, geothermal facilities, solar resources, combined heat and power, waste heat to power and demand-side energy conservation resources, from obtaining the energy to the delivery of the energy or energy services to the end-user of the energy; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study include the feasibility of using renewable energy resources, clean energy resources and the lithium resources in this State for various applications including, without limitation, consideration of:

      1.  The potential for converting existing mines into clean energy resources;

      2.  The potential for using direct-use geothermal energy in universities, governmental offices, prisons and other major public facilities in Nevada;

      3.  Methods for incentivizing the use of renewable energy resources, including on-site energy generation, in the construction of new homes and buildings;

      4.  Economic and regulatory barriers preventing maximum implementation of clean energy resources including, without limitation, barriers to fully utilizing existing disturbed lands as locations for clean energy resources;

      5.  The potential for developing geothermal resources for individual mines and mining districts;

      6.  The potential for the mining of heat from rocks for engineered geothermal systems in this State, including using the site in Fallon, Nevada, previously considered as the site for the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) laboratory by the United States Department of Energy;

      7.  The potential for locating clean energy facilities on existing brownfield sites and other previously disturbed lands such as disused landfills, mines and former industrial sites;

      8.  Methods for the acquisition of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data, which is high resolution topographic data that may provide critical information on the distribution of faults and rock layers that host renewable energy resources;

      9.  Methods for the acquisition of new, detailed geologic and energy resource potential maps, including three-dimensional maps, to help identify areas with the greatest potential for development of geothermal and lithium resources;

      10.  Methods for implementing micro-grids, distributed generation and off-grid developments to innovate and increase the resiliency of the electric power grid, while reducing the losses inherent to transmission on the electric power grid;

      11.  The development of infrastructure and support for staff, including, without limitation, laboratories, geoscientists, data managers, web specialists, engineers and economists at state agencies and components of the Nevada System of Higher Education to facilitate implementation of a renewable energy and clean energy resources program in this State; and

      12.  Any other matter that the Committee determines is relevant to the study; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study propose a framework for engaging in damage mitigation and land revitalization for the purpose of locating clean energy facilities on existing brownfield sites and other previously disturbed lands; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study include economic models, including input and output modeling utilizing IMPLAN or comparable economic modeling tools, that explain potential economic impacts to this State:

      1.  As the State uses energy more productively through the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures and programs;

      2.  From the reduction of energy imports from outside of the State including, without limitation, the reduction of imports of fossil fuels, including natural gas, petroleum, propane gasoline or other fossil fuels, as Nevada develops its indigenous energy resources;

      3.  From the reduction of imports of transportation fuels due to the increased use of electric transportation or the use of other alternative fuels produced in this State, including, without limitation, biofuels; and

      4.  From the electrification of transportation; and be it further

      Resolved, That, in conducting the study, the Legislative Committee on Energy shall partner or consult with representatives of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the elementary and secondary education system in this State, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the private sector, including, without limitation, the existing renewable energy and lithium extraction industries located in this State, and consider input provided by other stakeholders including, without limitation, clean energy developers, nongovernmental organizations and professionals with expertise regarding energy transmission and the electric grid; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Committee on Energy shall, if feasible, contract with the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Desert Research Institute to conduct a statewide audit to identify energy efficiency measures that could be implemented by agencies of the State of Nevada, determine the costs and benefits of those measures, determine the savings that could be realized by the State of Nevada if those agencies implemented the energy efficiency measures identified in the audit and make recommendations for the implementation of energy efficiency measures by those agencies; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Committee on Energy shall submit a report concerning the statewide audit to the Legislature and the Governor and provide a copy of the recommendations of the statewide audit to each agency of the State of Nevada; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the Legislative Committee on Energy must be approved by a majority of the members of the Assembly and a majority of the members of the Senate appointed to the Committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Committee on Energy shall submit a report of the results of the study, including, without limitation, any economic models prepared by or for the Committee, a report of any data collected and presented to the Committee concerning the assessment and development of various sources of renewable and clean energy, the potential impacts of the development of such sources of renewable and clean energy and methods for the conservation of energy and any recommendations for legislation to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (File No. 38, Stats. 2019 p. 4625)

Study Concerning Alternative Solutions for Transportation System Funding

SCR 3, File No. 43, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; duties of Legislative Committee on Energy; report.

      Whereas, The use of electric vehicles in the State of Nevada has increased in recent years; and

      Whereas, Accelerating the use of electric vehicles will help preserve Nevada’s climate and help protect Nevadans from unhealthy air pollution; and

      Whereas, The maintenance of public roads and highways in the State of Nevada is funded, in part, from revenue generated by fuel taxes; and

      Whereas, As Nevada moves toward a cleaner transportation system, new approaches will be required to adequately fund the maintenance of our public roads and highways; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly Concurring, That the Legislative Committee on Energy is hereby directed to conduct a study during the 2019-2020 interim to consider alternative solutions for transportation system funding in the State of Nevada; and be it further

      Resolved, That the interim study must include, without limitation, an examination of:

      1.  The benefits of the use of electric vehicles and the costs of transportation-related pollution, including without limitation, greenhouse gas emissions, in Nevada;

      2.  Nevada’s funding needs for maintaining public roads and highways;

      3.  Methods to ensure that owners of all vehicles in the State of Nevada equitably contribute to the cost to maintain public roads and highways, while maximizing social benefits and minimizing social costs; and

      4.  Any other matters which are deemed relevant to the funding of the transportation system in this State; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Committee on Energy shall, on or before February 1, 2021, submit a report of the results of the study and any recommended legislation to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate prepare and transmit a copy of this resolution to the Director of the Department of Transportation.

      (File No. 43, Stats. 2019 p. 4635)

Study Concerning Wildfires

ACR 4, File No. 46, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

      Whereas, There is a growing threat of wildfires throughout the Western United States; and

      Whereas, The State of Nevada has recently experienced several large and devastating wildfires; and

      Whereas, A thorough legislative study of issues relating to wildfires is in the interest of the people of this State; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Assembly of the State of Nevada, the Senate Concurring, That the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to appoint as soon as practicable a committee to conduct an interim study concerning wildfires, as described herein, which is composed of:

      1.  Three members of the Senate, two of whom are appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate and one of whom is appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;

      2.  Three members of the Assembly, two of whom are appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one of whom is appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly; and

      3.  Two members approved by the Legislative Commission, consisting of:

      (a) One member who is recommended by the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc., or its successor organization, to represent tribal governments in Nevada; and

      (b) One member who is recommended by the senior United States Senator for Nevada; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission shall designate one of the members appointed to the committee who is a Legislator to serve as the Chair of the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That in performing the study, the committee shall consider, without limitation:

      1.  Methods of reducing wildfire fuels;

      2.  Issues related to early responses to wildfires; and

      3.  The economic impact of wildfires on the State and local communities; and be it further

      Resolved, That the committee should consult with and solicit input and recommendations from persons, entities and organizations with expertise in matters relevant to wildfires; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the committee must be:

      1.  Voted upon only by the members appointed to the committee who are Legislators; and

      2.  Approved by a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the members of the Assembly appointed to the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission submit a report of the results of the study and any recommendations for legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature; and be it further

      Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon passage.

      (File No. 46, Stats. 2019 p. 4639)

Study Concerning Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Services

AB 430, Chapter 163, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Sec. 1.5.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice; restrictions on issuing certain subpoenas or compelling production of information or participation in study.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall:

      (a) Conduct a study during the 2019-2020 interim concerning maternal, infant and early childhood home visitation services. The study must, without limitation:

             (1) Identify communities that demonstrate a high level of risk factors known to impair childhood development;

             (2) Identify pregnant women who may benefit from receiving home visitation services after the birth of the child;

             (3) Identify existing programs in this State that provide maternal, infant and early childhood home visitation services;

             (4) Analyze past efforts in this State to use identified risk factors to address needs and target resources; and

             (5) Evaluate the collection of data concerning families who receive home visitation services in this State.

      (b) Include its findings and any recommendations for legislation relating to the study in its report submitted to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau pursuant to subsection 2 of NRS 218E.720.

      2.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall not issue a subpoena for any information relating to the study or compel any person to provide such information or otherwise participate in the study.

      (Ch. 163, Stats. 2019 p. 880)

Study Concerning Funding of Child Welfare System

AB 111, Chapter 596, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Section 1.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall conduct a study during the 2019-2020 interim concerning the funding of the child welfare system in this State in order to identify opportunities to maximize federal funding for the system. The study must include, without limitation:

      1.  An analysis of sources of federal funding that are currently utilized in this State to support agencies which provide child welfare services and other agencies which provide services related to children and families involved in the child welfare system, including, without limitation, funding for medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, education, juvenile justice and child care;

      2.  An analysis of potential sources of funding to support agencies which provide child welfare services in this State, including opportunities for waivers or innovative strategies utilized by other states to maximize federal resources; and

      3.  An analysis of other states and jurisdictions that maximize federal resources for child welfare and related services in order to identify new strategies or opportunities for the funding of the child welfare system in this State.

      (Ch. 596, Stats. 2019 p. 3897)

      Sec. 2.  Employment of independent consultant.  The Committee shall employ, within the limits of legislative appropriation, a qualified independent consultant to aid the Committee in the commission of the study.

      (Ch. 596, Stats. 2019 p. 3897)

      Sec. 3.  Appropriation of money for study.  There is hereby appropriated from the State General Fund to the Legislative Fund created by NRS 218A.150 the sum of $200,000 for the purpose of conducting a study of the funding of the child welfare system of this State as provided in sections 1 and 2 of this act.

      (Ch. 596, Stats. 2019 p. 3897)

      Sec. 4.  Limitations on money appropriated for study.  Any remaining balance of the appropriation made by section 3 of this act must not be committed for expenditure after June 30, 2021, by the entity to which the appropriation is made or any entity to which money from the appropriation is granted or otherwise transferred in any manner, and any portion of the appropriated money remaining must not be spent for any purpose after September 17, 2021, by either the entity to which the money was appropriated or the entity to which the money was subsequently granted or transferred, and must be reverted to the State General Fund on or before September 17, 2021.

      (Ch. 596, Stats. 2019 p. 3898)

      Sec. 5.  Report.  In addition to any report required pursuant to NRS 218E.720, the Committee shall submit to the Legislative Commission a report of the results of the study and any recommendations for legislation before the commencement of the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 596, Stats. 2019 p. 3898)

Study Concerning Juvenile Detention

AB 449, Chapter 382, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Section 1.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall conduct a study during the 2019-2020 interim concerning juvenile detention in this State. The study must include, without limitation:

      (a) Consideration of the implementation of a regional approach to the housing of juvenile offenders in this State, through which the Nevada Department of Corrections retains jurisdiction over juvenile offenders who are housed locally in other local or state institutions or facilities for the detention of juvenile offenders;

      (b) A review of the adequacy of the current capacity of institutions and facilities in this State to house juvenile offenders;

      (c) A review of the current level of family and community engagement afforded to juveniles in the juvenile justice system and the feasibility of programs to increase the level of family and community engagement received by juveniles in the juvenile justice system;

      (d) An analysis of the current offerings of educational, health and wellness programming for juvenile offenders in institutions and facilities in this State;

      (e) A review of the programs and services in other states where juvenile offenders who are tried as adults are housed with juvenile offenders within the juvenile justice system;

      (f) An analysis of sentencing practices for juvenile offenders in other states and an identification of best practices sentencing standards for juvenile offenders; and

      (g) A review of the facilities, services and programs available in this State for children who are determined to be incompetent by the juvenile court pursuant to NRS 62D.140 to 62D.190, inclusive.

      2.  In conducting the study, the Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall consult with and solicit input from persons and organizations with expertise in the issues concerning the detention of juvenile offenders, including, without limitation, local, state and national experts.

      3.  The Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice shall include its findings and any recommendations for legislation relating to the study conducted pursuant to subsection 1 in its report submitted to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau pursuant to subsection 2 of NRS 218E.720.

      (Ch. 382, Stats. 2019 p. 2426)

      Sec. 2.  Duties of Nevada Department of Corrections and local and state institutions and facilities to present certain information relating to juvenile detention.  To assist the Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in conducting the study pursuant to section 1 of this act, the Nevada Department of Corrections and each local and state institution or facility for the detention of juvenile offenders shall present to the Committee data, trends and other information relating to the institution or facility, including, without limitation:

      1.  The operating budget of the institution or facility and money available for programming and services at the institution or facility;

      2.  The average daily population, average length of stay and the highest degree of offense for which a juvenile is held at the institution or facility;

      3.  The age, capacity and condition of the institution or facility;

      4.  Current staffing ratios and any staffing shortages at the institution or facility;

      5.  The educational, vocational and recreational programs offered at the institution or facility;

      6.  The number of juveniles held at the institution or facility, reported by age, race and ethnicity, gender, degree of offense committed, distance from home and if it can be reported, the length of sentence;

      7.  Data concerning risk and needs assessments, special education needs, and mental health diagnoses of the juvenile offenders at the institution or facility;

      8.  Data concerning the use of physical force to restrain juveniles in custody at the institution or facility, as well as data concerning physical and sexual assaults that have occurred at the institution or facility; and

      9.  The estimated costs that would be incurred by the institution or facility to transition the juvenile offenders to an integrated program.

      (Ch. 382, Stats. 2019 p. 2426)

Study Concerning Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Discriminatory Harassment in Schools and Institutions of Higher Education

SB 332, Chapter 515, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Section 1.  Definitions.  As used in sections 2 and 2.5 of this act, unless the context otherwise requires, “discriminatory harassment” means discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender identity or expression.

      (Ch. 515, Stats. 2019 p. 3082)

      Sec. 2.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Education; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Education shall study the provision of a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying, cyber-bullying and discriminatory harassment to ensure that each pupil enrolled in an elementary school, junior high school, middle school or high school in this State and each student enrolled in an institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education is provided with equal access to education.

      2.  The Committee shall consult with and solicit input from persons and organizations with expertise or experience in matters relevant to bullying, cyber-bullying and discriminatory harassment, including, without limitation:

      (a) For the southern region of this State, the northern region of this State and the rural region of this State, one or more representatives from school districts, elementary schools, junior high schools, middle schools and high schools for each region;

      (b) For the southern region of this State and the northern region of this State, one or more representatives from a community college and university of the Nevada System of Higher Education located in each region;

      (c) Representatives of organizations that assist victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment or similar crimes, including, without limitation:

             (1) The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence;

             (2) Crisis Support Services of Nevada; and

             (3) The Rape Crisis Center;

      (d) Representatives with expertise in representing the rights of a person who is accused of misconduct concerning bullying, cyber-bullying or discriminatory harassment in violation of federal, state or local law, including, without limitation, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto; and

      (e) Students enrolled in an institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

      3.  On or before February 1, 2021, the Legislative Committee on Education shall submit the report of its findings and any recommendations to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmission to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 515, Stats. 2019 p. 3082)

      Sec. 2.5.  Duty to consider relevant laws and related matters; recommendations.  In studying the provision of a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying, cyber-bullying and discriminatory harassment, the Legislative Committee on Education shall:

      1.  Review Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and any regulations proposed or adopted pursuant thereto;

      2.  Consider the existing laws of this State concerning the provision of a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying, cyber-bullying and discriminatory harassment and laws of this State concerning misconduct which constitutes bullying, cyber-bullying and discriminatory harassment including, without limitation, the definition of such conduct, the response to such conduct, whether pupils enrolled in an elementary school, junior high school, middle school or high school feel safe at school, whether students enrolled in an institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education feel safe at that institution and whether the concerns of such pupils and students are addressed;

      3.  Consider whether a person employed by the board of trustees of a school district should be represented by a third-party if such an employee is accused of bullying, cyber-bullying or discriminatory harassment;

      4.  Identify methods for responding to retaliation against a victim of bullying, cyber-bullying and discriminatory harassment; and

      5.  Make recommendations concerning any matter relating to the study including, without limitation, recommendations concerning proposed legislation.

      (Ch. 515, Stats. 2019 p. 3082)

Study Concerning Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards

SCR 6, File No. 39, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; duties of Sunset Subcommittee of Legislative Commission; report.

      Whereas, Existing law authorizes many professional and occupational licensing boards to delegate to hearing officers the authority to hear complaints made against their licensees, but existing law does not address the appropriate qualifications for such hearing officers; and

      Whereas, There is a lack of uniformity among the various professional and occupational licensing boards with respect to the training of their members, with the members of some boards not attending the training provided by the Attorney General that each member of such boards is required to attend under existing law; and

      Whereas, The absence of a statutory requirement for public access to the financial audits and balance sheets of professional and occupational licensing boards creates a lack of transparency with respect to the fiscal affairs of such boards; and

      Whereas, Statutory requirements that professional and occupational licensing boards use annual audits or other appropriate methods to obtain financial information would enable such boards to exercise better oversight of their budgeting and management, increase accountability and reduce the risk of mismanagement, fraud and embezzlement; and

      Whereas, There is a lack of uniformity among the various professional and occupational licensing boards with respect to the maintenance of reasonable reserves with some boards having no policy at all concerning the maintenance of such reserves; and

      Whereas, To avoid conflicts of interest, existing law allows many professional or occupational licensing boards to retain money collected from administrative fines only if the fine is imposed by a hearing officer and requires that such money be paid into the State General Fund if the fine is imposed directly by the board, but not all boards that are subject to that requirement comply with its terms in practice and other boards are not subject to that requirement; and

      Whereas, There is a lack of uniformity in existing law and practice with respect to the manner in which the various professional and occupational licensing boards determine the amount of fees charged to their licensees; and

      Whereas, There is a lack of uniformity in existing law regarding the authority of the various professional and occupational licensing boards to investigate or pursue legal or equitable remedies against persons accused of practicing the profession or occupation without a license; and

      Whereas, Existing law allows some professional and occupational licensing boards to enter into contracts for services with outside legal counsel and lobbyists, but some of those boards fail to obtain approval of such contracts from the State Board of Examiners as required under existing law; and

      Whereas, The status of the persons who staff the various professional and occupational licensing boards is not consistent, with some of those persons being public employees entitled to the benefits of such employment while others are non-public employees and so receive different benefits and some are treated as contractors who receive no benefits at all; and

      Whereas, There is a lack of uniformity in existing law and practice among the various professional and occupational licensing boards with respect to providing their licensees with electronic access for matters such as licensing, renewal and payment of fees; and

      Whereas, Many professional and occupational licensing boards separately incur expenses for operations, such as personnel and payroll, legal advice, lobbying on certain issues and information technology, whose performance could perhaps be consolidated, centralized and executed by shared personnel at lower aggregate costs; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly Concurring, That the Sunset Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to conduct an interim study concerning professional and occupational licensing boards; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission submit a report of the results of the study and any recommended legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (File No. 39, Stats. 2019 p. 4629)

Study Concerning Health, Safety and Welfare of Workers at Licensed Brothels

ACR 6, File No. 47, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

      Whereas, It is unlawful for any person to engage in prostitution or the solicitation therefor, except in a licensed house of prostitution; and

      Whereas, There are numerous licensed brothels operating within the boundaries of this State; and

      Whereas, The regulations of the State Board of Health require sex workers in licensed brothels and prospective workers to be tested for the presence or absence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases; and

      Whereas, The regulations of the Board include certain other requirements regarding licensed brothels related to public health and the control of communicable diseases; and

      Whereas, The Nevada Legislature has an inherent interest in the health, safety and general welfare of all workers in the State, including sex workers in licensed brothels, and wishes to be well informed on these matters; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Assembly of the State of Nevada, the Senate Concurring, That the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the health and well-being of workers at licensed brothels, as described herein, which is composed of:

      1.  Three members of the Assembly; and

      2.  Three members of the Senate; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission shall designate one of the members appointed to the committee to serve as the Chair of the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the study must include, without limitation, an examination of:

      1.  The extent to which the rules and working conditions in licensed brothels provide for the health, safety and general welfare of sex workers in licensed brothels;

      2.  The ways in which contracts between sex workers in licensed brothels and brothel owners and operators protect the physical and mental health of those workers;

      3.  The adequacy of oversight and regulation by the State and licensing and law enforcement units of local government with respect to the health, safety and general welfare of workers in licensed brothels; and

      4.  Employment issues, including, without limitation, the classification of sex workers as employees versus independent contractors; and be it further

      Resolved, That the committee shall consult with and solicit the input of interested stakeholders, including, without limitation:

      1.  Units of local governments which licensed brothels;

      2.  Owners and operators of brothels;

      3.  Law enforcement agencies; and

      4.  Workers in licensed brothels; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the committee must be approved by a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the members of the Assembly appointed to the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission submit a report of the results of the study and any ratified recommended legislation to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly prepare and transmit a copy of this resolution to the State Board of Health and the governing bodies of those units of local government which license brothels in the State; and be it further

      Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon passage.

      (File No. 47, Stats. 2019 p. 4640)

Study Concerning Standards of Training for Certain Persons Providing Personal Care Services

AB 131, Chapter 51, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Sec. 14.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall conduct a study during the 2019-2020 interim concerning standards of training for natural persons who are not providers of health care and who provide care to a person through employment or a contractual arrangement with a facility for intermediate care, facility for skilled nursing, facility for the care of adults during the day, residential facility for groups, home for individual residential care, an agency to provide nursing in the home, an agency to provide personal care services in the home or a provider of community-based living arrangement services or supported living arrangement services.

      2.  In conducting the study, the Legislative Committee on Health Care shall:

      (a) Compare standards of training required by different entities described in subsection 1; and

      (b) Determine whether the natural persons described in subsection 1 should be required to complete training concerning a minimum set of competencies or complete a minimum amount of training. If the Legislative Committee on Health Care determines that such requirements should be imposed, the Committee shall determine whether any class of natural persons described in subsection 1 should be exempt from those requirements.

      3.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall submit a report of the results of the study conducted pursuant to this section and any recommendations for legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislature not later than September 1, 2020.

      4.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Agency to provide nursing in the home” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0015.

      (b) “Agency to provide personal care services in the home” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0021.

      (c) “Community-based living arrangement services” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0026, as amended by section 2 of this act.

      (d) “Facility for intermediate care” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0038.

      (e) “Facility for skilled nursing” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0039.

      (f) “Facility for the care of adults during the day” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.004.

      (g) “Home for individual residential care” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0105.

      (h) “Residential facility for groups” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.017.

      (i) “Supported living arrangement services” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 435.3315.

      (Ch. 51, Stats. 2019 p. 253)

Study Concerning Stem Cell Centers

SB 363, Chapter 395, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Sec. 13.5.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; recommendations.

      1.  As part of its review of health care during the 2019-2021 legislative interim, the Legislative Committee on Health Care shall study:

      (a) Stem cell centers in different states and countries to determine the best practices for operating such a center;

      (b) The services that stem cell centers provide and the value that such centers bring to the country, state or community in which such centers are located; and

      (c) The best placement for a stem cell center in this State, including, without limitation, whether a stem cell center should be established as part of a state agency, as a program within the Nevada System of Higher Education or as a public or private nonprofit entity.

      2.  On or before September 1, 2020, the Legislative Committee on Health Care shall submit its findings and any recommendations for legislation to the Governor and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmission to the 81st Session of the Legislature.

      (Ch. 395, Stats. 2019 p. 2481)

Study Concerning Feasibility of Statewide Public Healthcare Insurance Plan

SCR 10, File No. 45, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Preamble; duties of Legislative Commission; duties of consultants; gifts, grants and donations; reports.

      Whereas, Nevada continually ranks among the lowest of all states in national healthcare rankings; and

      Whereas, Nevada faces difficulties in attracting private providers of health insurance to the Nevada marketplace; and

      Whereas, Although the State maintains a robust system of healthcare coverage for the public sector that supports more than 70,000 Nevadans through the Public Employees’ Benefits Program, small businesses and individual participants in the Nevada healthcare insurance market face expensive or insufficient options for healthcare coverage; and

      Whereas, The Nevada Legislature has an inherent interest in protecting the health, safety and general welfare of all Nevadans; now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the Assembly Concurring, That the Legislative Commission is hereby directed to study the feasibility, viability and design of a public healthcare insurance plan that is made available to all residents of this State and that will:

      1.  Improve stability in the health insurance market in this State;

      2.  Reduce the number of Nevadans without health insurance coverage; and

      3.  Increase access to affordable coverage for health care and services to all Nevadans; and be it further

      Resolved, That to complete the study, the Legislative Commission may enter into a contract with one or more consultants to conduct an actuarial or other appropriate analyses to determine:

      1.  The feasibility of offering a public option health insurance plan that is established to allow any resident of this State to participate in the Public Employees’ Benefits Program and the effect that such an option would have on individual and small group health insurance markets;

      2.  The amount of premiums charged by health insurers in this State and the premiums that would need to be charged to persons who elect to participate in a public option health insurance plan within the Public Employees’ Benefits Program;

      3.  Any plan modifications that may need to be made to the Public Employees’ Benefits Program if offered as a public option health insurance plan;

      4.  Any reasonable and allowable requirements to impose on eligibility to participate in a public option health insurance plan within the Public Employees’ Benefits Program;

      5.  The impact of offering a public option health insurance plan within the Public Employees’ Benefits Program on:

      (a) The budget for the State;

      (b) The stability of the insurance market generally and the Nevada health benefit exchange; and

      (c) The rate of uninsured persons in this State;

      6.  The feasibility of establishing a pilot program to offer a public health insurance plan in areas of the State which have limited options for obtaining health insurance and where it is unaffordable for many because the premium rates are higher than in other parts of the State;

      7.  The feasibility of offering a statewide public health insurance plan through a public-private partnership; and

      8.  Any legal considerations and statutory or regulatory changes that may be necessary to carry out any public health insurance whether or not included within the Public Employees’ Benefits Program; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Chair of the Legislative Commission or his or her designee shall be designated to provide direction to the consultant regarding the study; and be it further

      Resolved, That any consultant engaged to carry out any part of the study shall, as appropriate, consult with and solicit the input of state agencies with expertise in matters relevant to access to and quality of health care, the cost of health insurance plans, the impact of federal subsidies on the cost of health care, alternative models for provider reimbursement and short-term and long-term marketplace sustainability; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission may apply for and accept any grants, gifts, donations, bequests or others sources of money to carry out the study; and be it further

      Resolved, That upon completion of work by any consultant, the consultant shall prepare a report of its findings for presentation or submission to the Legislative Commission; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Legislative Commission submit a report of the results of the study to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate prepare and transmit a copy of this resolution to the Chair of the Public Employees’ Benefits Program; and be it further

      Resolved, That this resolution becomes effective upon adoption.

      (File No. 45, Stats. 2019 p. 4637)

Study Concerning Cost of Prescription Drugs

SB 276, Chapter 324, Statutes of Nevada 2019

      Sec. 25.  Appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; reports.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the cost of prescription drugs in this State and the impact of rebates, reductions in price and other remuneration from manufacturers on prescription drug prices.

      2.  The interim 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 Legislative Commission shall appoint a Chair and Vice Chair from among the members of the interim committee.

      4.  In conducting the study, the interim committee shall consult with and solicit input from persons and organizations with expertise in matters relevant to the costs of prescription drugs and the impact of rebates, reductions in price and other remuneration from manufacturers on prescription drug prices.

      5.  The interim committee shall study and examine:

      (a) The overall costs of prescription drugs in this State, including, without limitation, a comparison of those costs with other states;

      (b) The impact of rebates, reductions in price and other remuneration from manufacturers on the overall costs of prescription drugs in this State; and

      (c) Opportunities and options for lowering the costs of prescription drugs to make those drugs more affordable for the residents of this State.

      6.  The Legislative Commission shall submit a report of the results of the study, including any recommendations for legislation to:

      (a) The Legislative Committee on Health Care; and

      (b) The Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      7.  As used in this section, “manufacturer” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 639.009.

      (Ch. 324, Stats. 2019 p. 1973)