[Rev. 6/2/2018 3:35:40 PM--2017]

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.

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

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF FISCAL MATTERS

Interim Finance Committee

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

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

 

Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee

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

 

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

NRS 218E.435        “Committee” defined.

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

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

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

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 2017-2019

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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 January 1 of the even-numbered year and not later than June 30 of that year.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1027; A 1967, 839; 1969, 131; 1973, 1660; 1977, 344; 1983, 1372; 1989, 1985; 1993, 2249; 2009, 1153; 2011, 3216, 3266; 2015, 3191)

      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.  The Legislature finds that:

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

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

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

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

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall prescribe by regulation:

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

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

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

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 331)

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 November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      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 November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2505; A 2009, 1153; 2011, 3228)

      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 November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1775; A 2009, 1150; 2011, 3230)

      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 November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (c) 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, substance abuse treatment, education, training and care are compatible with the needs of each juvenile in the juvenile justice system;

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

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

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

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

             (1) Victimization and abuse;

             (2) Substance abuse;

             (3) Mental health;

            (4) Education; and

             (5) Vocational and skills training;

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

             (1) The qualifications and training of staff;

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

             (3) The coordination and collaboration of agencies; and

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

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

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

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2546; 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 November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or by a majority of the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      NRS 218E.760  General powers.

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

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

      (b) The abuse, neglect, 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 November 1 of each odd-numbered year and not later than August 31 of the following even-numbered year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3343)

      NRS 218E.815  General powers.

      1.  The Committee may:

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

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

             (2) Legislative measures regarding energy policy;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APPENDIX

INTERIM STUDIES 2017-2019

Nevada Task Force on Financial Security

SB 118, Chapter 220, Statutes of Nevada 2017

                      Preamble.

Section 1.    Creation; membership; vacancies; officers; appointment of nonvoting advisory members; no compensation; meetings; gifts, grants and donations; duties; report. [Effective through June 30, 2019.]

Sec. 2.          Time for appointing voting members. [Effective through June 30, 2019.]

 

Study Concerning Affordable Housing

SCR 1, File No. 40, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

 

Study Concerning Cost and Affordability of Higher Education

AB 202, Chapter 150, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Section 1.    Appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; report.

Sec. 2.          Duties; recommendations.

Sec. 3.          Administrative and technical assistance.

 

Study Concerning Whether Charter Schools Should be Deemed Local Educational Agencies Under Federal Law

AB 49, Chapter 506, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Sec. 35.5.     Duties of Legislative Committee on Education; report.

 

Study Concerning Appropriate Salaries to be Paid to State Officers and Employees in Unclassified and Nonclassified Service of State

SCR 6, File No. 45, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

 

Study Concerning Energy Choice

AB 452, Chapter 118, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Section 1.    Legislative findings and declarations.

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

 

Study Concerning Treatment of Certain Criminal Violations Relating to Traffic Laws, Drivers’ Licenses and Motor Vehicles as Civil Infractions

ACR 9, File No. 41, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

 

Study Concerning Needs Related to Behavioral and Cognitive Care of Older Persons

SB 121, Chapter 522, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Section 1.    Legislative findings and declarations.

Sec. 2.          Appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

Sec. 3.          Technical assistance.

 

Study Concerning Standards of Training of Caregivers Who are Not Providers of Health Care

AB 299, Chapter 279, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Section 1.    Duties of Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults with Special Needs; report.

 

Study Concerning Health Care Insurance Coverage and Issues Related to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

SB 394, Chapter 369, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

 

Study Concerning Rates Paid to Group Homes Contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services

AB 343, Chapter 417, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Section 1.    Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

 

Study Concerning Funding Full-Time Paid Position of Director of Nevada Commission for Persons Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired

SB 481, Chapter 429, Statutes of Nevada 2017

Sec. 5.5.       Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

 

Nevada Task Force on Financial Security

SB 118, Chapter 220, Statutes of Nevada 2017

      Preamble.

      Whereas, The financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008, which was followed by a record number of home foreclosures and soaring unemployment rates, have created an environment in the United States where many families struggle with reduced liquid assets and overall household wealth; and

      Whereas, Many individuals and families in Nevada continue to face financial insecurity as a result of persisting high unemployment and stagnant wages; and

      Whereas, According to the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard published by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, 55.6 percent of Nevada households are without sufficient liquid assets to subsist at or above the poverty level for 3 months in the absence of income; and

      Whereas, Statistics from the Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce reveal that the median household income in Nevada has declined approximately 17 percent between 2007 and 2013, the largest such decline in any state; and

      Whereas, The national recession and subsequent recovery has highlighted the need to assist individuals and families in Nevada achieve greater financial security through increased access to opportunities to build financial and tangible assets such as savings, a home or a business, strategies for reducing debt and financial education; and

      Whereas, Identifying pathways for more Nevadans to obtain the resources they need to become more financially secure will facilitate a more educated, resilient and employable workforce to further ensure an economically prosperous Nevada; and

      Whereas, Financial insecurity negatively impacts children and their prospects for lifelong economic opportunity, with children in families experiencing financial insecurity being more likely to experience material hardship and less likely to perform well in school; and

      Whereas, Based on recent estimates, 14.7 percent of Nevadans live below the poverty threshold, including 20 percent of Hispanics, 25 percent of African-Americans and 20.7 percent of Native Americans; and

      Whereas, Efforts to increase the financial security and opportunities for Nevadans have been limited and fragmented across financial institutions, business foundations, governmental agencies, community development organizations and religious and nonprofit institutions; and

      Whereas, Because of the effect that financial best practices have on all Nevadans and the economy of Nevada as a whole, a comprehensive examination by the State of Nevada of ways to educate and empower Nevadans to improve their financial resources and economic security would create a better future for all Nevadans; now, therefore,

      (Ch. 220, Stats. 2017 p. 1182)

      Section 1.  Creation; membership; vacancies; officers; appointment of nonvoting advisory members; no compensation; meetings; gifts, grants and donations; duties; report. [Effective through June 30, 2019.]

      1.  The Nevada Task Force on Financial Security is hereby created. The Task Force consists of the following voting members:

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

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

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

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

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

             (1) A representative of a statewide organization that is currently engaged in activities concerning the financial security and financial education of individuals and families; and

             (2) A representative of an organization which is exempt from taxation pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3) who has expertise in policies for building financial assets; and

      (f) One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly who is a representative of a statewide organization approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a housing counseling agency.

      2.  A vacancy occurring in the appointed voting membership of the Task Force must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

      3.  At its first meeting, the voting members of the Task Force shall elect a Chair and a Vice Chair from among the voting members who are Legislators.

      4.  A majority of the voting members of the Task Force may appoint nonvoting advisory members to the Task Force.

      5.  The members of the Task Force serve without compensation or per diem allowance. A member may receive reimbursement for travel expenses if sufficient money collected pursuant to subsection 8 or 9 for the Task Force to carry out its duties is available.

      6.  The Task Force shall hold its first meeting by not later than September 1, 2017, and shall meet at least four times.

      7.  The Task Force shall consult with and solicit input from persons and entities with expertise in matters relevant to the Task Force in carrying out its duties pursuant to this section.

      8.  The Task Force may apply for any available grants and accept any gifts, grants or donations, including, without limitation, administrative support, to assist the Task Force in carrying out its duties pursuant to this section.

      9.  The Task Force shall select an organization which is exempt from taxation pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3) to serve as the fiscal agent of the Task Force. As fiscal agent, that organization may accept money from private persons and entities and expend such money for the expenses incurred by the Task Force in carrying out its duties pursuant to this section.

      10.  The Task Force shall conduct an examination of the financial security of the residents of this State, including, without limitation, the causes, extent and consequences of financial insecurity in this State, with the goal of identifying concrete strategies and recommendations for improving the financial condition of Nevadans. The study must include, without limitation:

      (a) An identification and review of programs that are currently available to further the economic advancement of residents of this State and the manner in which the impact of those programs is measured;

      (b) A review of best practices implemented around the United States to increase the financial education of individuals and families, their access to banking and other resources to assist in building assets and strategies for reducing their debt and recommendations for implementation for such practices in this State;

      (c) Recommendations of methods to increase the economic mobility of residents of this State to strengthen and support a resilient and growing middle class;

      (d) Recommendations of concrete strategies and measurable goals to increase economic opportunities and reduce financial insecurity of residents of this State, particularly low-income families and communities of color; and

      (e) Recommendations of concrete steps to develop a competitive workforce in this State that can meet the demands of the globally competitive market of the 21st century.

      11.  On or before September 1, 2018, the Task Force shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 80th Session of the Legislature.

      12.  The Task Force shall carry out the duties of this section only to the extent that money is available to do so from private persons and entities, including, without limitation, gifts, grants and donations.

      (Ch. 220, Stats. 2017 p. 1183)

      Sec. 2.  Time for appointing voting members. [Effective through June 30, 2019.]  As soon as practicable after the effective date of this act [May 30, 2017] but not later than July 1, 2017, the Majority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Minority Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the Assembly shall appoint the voting members of the Nevada Task Force on Financial Security as prescribed by section 1 of this act.

      (Ch. 220, Stats. 2017 p. 1184)

Study Concerning Affordable Housing

SCR 1, File No. 40, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

      Whereas, The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development defines affordable housing as housing for which an occupant is paying no more than 30 percent of his or her income for gross housing costs, including utilities; and

      Whereas, Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing may have difficulty affording essentials such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care; and

      Whereas, According to statistics from the American Community Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, of units occupied by persons paying rent in Nevada, an estimated 46.8 percent of occupants spent more than 30 percent of their household income on rent and utilities in 2015; and

      Whereas, According to statistics from the Housing Division of the Department of Business and Industry, rent for affordable housing units in Nevada increased by 11 percent between 2013 and 2015, while average wages in Nevada increased by only 3 percent during that same period and average vacancy rates for affordable housing units decreased to 4 percent; and

      Whereas, The shortage of affordable housing has forced thousands of seniors, veterans, families and children in Nevada to occupy motels that typically have minimal or no facilities for the preparation and storage of food and which serve as an inadequate substitute for stable, long-term housing; and

      Whereas, Various research studies on the impact of housing on children’s academic success indicate that the availability of adequate, safe, affordable housing can provide children with enhanced opportunities for academic success by reducing the frequency of unwanted moves which disrupt both the continuity of educational instruction and the social bonds and networks that support learning; and

      Whereas, Increasing the availability of adequate, safe, affordable housing may also assist the State in meeting its economic development goals, increase the ability of the State to attract and retain a skilled workforce and improve educational outcomes for children in Nevada; 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 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 affordable housing within the State of Nevada; and be it further

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

      1.  The present and prospective need for affordable housing in the State, including, without limitation, affordable housing that is accessible to persons with disabilities;

      2.  Any impediments to the development of affordable housing in the State;

      3.  Methods to increase the availability of affordable housing in rural, suburban and urban areas of the State; and

      4.  Any other matters which are deemed relevant to the issue of affordable housing; and be it further

      Resolved, That the committee solicit the input of interested stakeholders, including, without limitation, agencies and organizations that provide access to affordable housing and affordable housing assistance; 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 recommended legislation to the 80th 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 Administrator of the Housing Division of the Department of Business and Industry.

      (File No. 40, Stats. 2017 p. 4590)

Study Concerning Cost and Affordability of Higher Education

AB 202, Chapter 150, Statutes of Nevada 2017

      Section 1.  Appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; report.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the cost and affordability of higher education in the State of Nevada for students.

      2.  The committee must be composed of:

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

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

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

      (d) One voting member of the Legislature appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly;

      (e) One nonvoting member of the general public who is a faculty member in the Nevada System of Higher Education appointed by the Chair of the Legislative Commission from among the names of nominees submitted by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada pursuant to subsection 3; and

      (f) One nonvoting member of the general public who is a student enrolled in the Nevada System of Higher Education appointed by the Chair of the Legislative Commission from among the names of nominees submitted by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada pursuant to subsection 3.

      3.  The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada shall submit to the Legislative Commission the names of at least three:

      (a) Faculty members in the Nevada System of Higher Education qualified for membership on the committee.

      (b) Students enrolled in the Nevada System of Higher Education qualified for membership on the committee.

      4.  The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint a Chair and a Vice Chair of the committee.

      5.  The committee shall consult with and solicit input from persons and organizations with expertise in matters relevant to the cost of higher education in this State and funding methods for higher education in this State.

      6.  The committee shall submit a report of its findings, including, without limitation, any recommendations for legislation, to the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 150, Stats. 2017 p. 668)

      Sec. 2.  Duties; recommendations.  In studying the cost and affordability of higher education in the State of Nevada, the committee appointed pursuant to section 1 of this act shall:

      1.  Examine the cost and affordability of higher education in the State of Nevada for students, including, without limitation:

      (a) The average cost of higher education for a student relative to the average income earned by a student;

      (b) The affordability of higher education for a student in this State compared to other states;

      (c) Options for the creation of a need-based grant program for the purpose of awarding grants to eligible students to pay for a portion of the cost of education at an institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education similar to the Silver State Opportunity Grant Program created by NRS 396.952; and

      (d) Any programs, policies and funding that may make higher education more financially accessible to residents of this State, including, without limitation, an examination of the factors contributing to the current cost of higher education and ways to address them;

      2.  Examine and evaluate the need in this State for existing and potential programs of higher education to ensure economic progress and development and workforce development within this State and to ensure that the educational needs of its residents are being met;

      3.  Identify areas of study which are of high priority and where needs are not currently being met, including, without limitation, the areas of nursing and teaching;

      4.  Determine whether it is feasible to reallocate existing resources within institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education to meet the critical needs of higher education in the State that are not currently being met;

      5.  Determine whether legislative appropriations and student fee revenues are being efficiently distributed internally at each institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education;

      6.  Examine whether the system of compensation for faculty at each institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education is appropriate in order to recruit and retain quality faculty that further programs of higher education and research; and

      7.  Recommend to the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada and the Legislature such action as may be needed:

      (a) To address findings relating to the affordability and programs of higher education, including, without limitation, where long-term investments should be made to improve affordability and address workforce needs; and

      (b) For the efficient and effective operation of higher education in this State if the State is to progress economically and socially.

      (Ch. 150, Stats. 2017 p. 669)

      Sec. 3.  Administrative and technical assistance.  The Legislative Counsel Bureau and the Nevada System of Higher Education shall provide administrative and technical assistance to the committee appointed pursuant to section 1 of this act as requested by the Chair of the committee.

      (Ch. 150, Stats. 2017 p. 670)

Study Concerning Whether Charter Schools Should be Deemed Local Educational Agencies Under Federal Law

AB 49, Chapter 506, Statutes of Nevada 2017

      Sec. 35.5.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Education; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Education shall study issues relating to the deeming of a charter school as a local educational agency, as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7801(30)(a), during the 2017-2019 interim.

      2.  The study must include, without limitation, an examination of the effects of section 12.7 of this act [NRS 388A.161] on the charter schools selected pursuant to subsection 1 of that section.

      3.  On or before February 1, 2019, 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 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 506, Stats. 2017 p. 3410)

Study Concerning Appropriate Salaries to be Paid to State Officers and Employees in Unclassified and Nonclassified Service of State

SCR 6, File No. 45, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

      Whereas, The Commission to Review the Compensation of Constitutional Officers, Legislators, Supreme Court Justices, Judges of the Court of Appeals, District Judges and Elected County Officers created by NRS 281.1571 makes its recommendations concerning the appropriate salaries to be paid to elected officers after comparing the current salaries of persons with similar qualifications who are employed by the State of Nevada and in the public sector and determining the minimum salary required to attract and retain experienced and competent persons; and

      Whereas, The Administrator of the Division of Human Resource Management of the Department of Administration is authorized pursuant to NRS 284.175 to make recommendations to the Legislature concerning the appropriate salaries to be paid to employees in the classified service of the State after considering factors such as surveys of salaries of comparable jobs in government and private industry within the State of Nevada and western states, where appropriate, changes in the cost of living, the rate of turnover and difficulty of recruitment for particular positions and maintaining an equitable relationship among classifications; and

      Whereas, There is no comparable mechanism for considering the appropriate salaries to be paid to state officers and employees who occupy positions in the unclassified and nonclassified service of the State; 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, 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.  The Administrator of the Division of Human Resource Management of the Department of Administration, who shall serve as a nonvoting member of the committee; 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 committee shall conduct an interim study concerning the appropriate salaries for certain positions in the unclassified and nonclassified service of the State, which must, without limitation:

      1.  Include a review of any position within the Judicial Department of the State Government, the Commission on Ethics, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and any other department, commission or agency of the State of Nevada as determined by the committee;

      2.  Include selection of the positions in the unclassified and nonclassified service of the State in each department, commission or agency of the State of Nevada which are to be included in the interim study;

      3.  Include a review of the salary paid to the state officer or employee in each position selected for review by the committee; and

      4.  Provide for a market salary analysis for each position selected for review by the committee to be performed in a manner determined by the committee; and be it further

      Resolved, That, in conducting the interim study, the committee may consider whether any position that is currently designated as within the classified, unclassified or nonclassified service of the State should be redesignated; 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 Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 80th 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 Governor, the Administrator of the Division of Human Resource Management of the Department of Administration and the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

      (File No. 45, Stats. 2017 p. 4606)

Study Concerning Energy Choice

AB 452, Chapter 118, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

      1.  At the general election on November 8, 2016, the voters of this State approved Ballot Question No. 3, the Energy Choice Initiative, which, if also approved by the voters at the 2018 general election, will amend Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution to:

      (a) Declare that it is the policy of this State that electricity markets be open and competitive;

      (b) Establish a right for each person and commercial, governmental or other entity to choose the provider of its electric utility service; and

      (c) Require the Legislature by July 1, 2023, to provide by law for provisions to establish an open, competitive retail electric energy market, ensure that protections are established that entitle customers to safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity and prohibit the grant of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity.

      2.  On February 9, 2017, the Governor issued Executive Order 2017-03 establishing the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice and requiring the Committee to:

      (a) Identify the legal, policy and procedural issues that need to be resolved, and offer suggestions and proposals for legislative, regulatory and executive actions that need to be taken, for the effective and efficient implementation of the Energy Choice Initiative;

      (b) Review, evaluate and develop written plans for the full implementation of energy choice by 2023 in the event that the Energy Choice Initiative is again approved by a vote of the people in 2018; and

      (c) Submit to the Governor a report that includes such plans not later than August 10, 2018.

      (Ch. 118, Stats. 2017 p. 515)

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

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Energy shall conduct a study during the 2017-2018 interim concerning energy choice. The study must include, without limitation:

      (a) Consideration of any issue, policy or requirement identified in 2016 Ballot Question No. 3, the Energy Choice Initiative; and

      (b) A review of the work of the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, including, without limitation, any legal, policy or procedural issue identified by the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, any suggestion or proposal for legislative, regulatory or executive action made by the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, any plan developed by the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice and any report submitted to the Governor by the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice.

      2.  The Legislative Committee on Energy shall, on or before February 1, 2019, submit a report of its findings and any recommendations for legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 118, Stats. 2017 p. 516)

Study Concerning Treatment of Certain Criminal Violations Relating to Traffic Laws, Drivers’ Licenses and Motor Vehicles as Civil Infractions

ACR 9, File No. 41, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

      Whereas, Under existing law, violations of traffic laws and laws relating to drivers’ licenses and to the registration of and insurance for motor vehicles are treated as criminal offenses; and

      Whereas, As a result, residents of this State and visitors may find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system for relatively minor misconduct; and

      Whereas, Other states treat violations of their traffic and related laws as civil infractions; and

      Whereas, Among the purposes for which the Legislature establishes traffic laws is to minimize the differences between the traffic laws of this State and those of other states; 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 advisability and feasibility of treating certain criminal violations of traffic laws and laws relating to drivers’ licenses and to the registration of and insurance for motor vehicles as civil infractions; and be it further

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

      1.  Three members of the Assembly, at least one of whom represents a district no part of which is in Clark County; and

      2.  Three members of the Senate, at least one of whom represents a district no part of which is in Clark County; and be it further

      Resolved, Of the members appointed to the committee who represent a district no part of which is in Clark County, at least one member must represent a district no part of which is in Clark County or Washoe County; 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 in performing the study, the committee shall consider issues relating to:

      1.  The existing laws of this State concerning the violation of traffic laws and laws relating to drivers’ licenses and to the registration of and insurance for motor vehicles, and the treatment of violations of such laws as criminal offenses;

      2.  The related laws of other states concerning violations of such laws and their treatment of violations of such laws as criminal offenses or civil infractions;

      3.  The appropriate and necessary elements of a system to treat violations of such laws as civil infractions in this State, including, without limitation, computer systems, court procedures, training and staffing; and

      4.  The anticipated fiscal effects of a system to treat violations of such laws as civil infractions in this State, including, without limitation, the effects on this State and its political subdivisions; and be it further

      Resolved, That any recommended legislation proposed by the committee 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 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 80th 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 Governor, the Director of the Department of Public Safety, the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

      (File No. 41, Stats. 2017 p. 4592)

Study Concerning Needs Related to Behavioral and Cognitive Care of Older Persons

SB 121, Chapter 522, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

      1.  Older persons, including those with behavioral and cognitive health issues, are among the most treasured and vulnerable assets of this State.

      2.  The proportion of the population of the United States and of this State that consists of older persons continues to grow.

      3.  As the proportion of our population grows to consist increasingly of older persons, information and knowledge pertaining to behavioral and cognitive diseases prevalent in older persons becomes ever more crucial.

      4.  At present, many of the persons who care for older persons with behavioral and cognitive health issues are unable to readily obtain the information and training necessary to care for their loved ones in the most beneficial manner.

      5.  It is increasingly more important to identify gifts, grants, programs and other sources of money that may be used for the benefit of older persons in this State with behavioral and cognitive health issues.

      6.  It is progressively more imperative that natural persons, agencies and other resources within this State be knowledgeable and aware concerning behavioral and cognitive diseases prevalent in older persons.

      (Ch. 522, Stats. 2017 p. 3530)

      Sec. 2.  Appointment of committee by Legislative Commission; membership; officers; duties; report.

      1.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the needs related to the behavioral and cognitive care of older persons in this State.

      2.  The interim committee appointed by the Legislative Commission to conduct the study 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 a 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 natural persons and organizations with expertise in matters relevant to the behavioral and cognitive care of older persons in this State, including, without limitation:

      (a) An employee or other person selected or otherwise designated by the Administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.

      (b) A representative from an association that provides services to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

      (c) A medical professional with expertise in cognitive disorders, including without limitation, a neurologist, gerontologist, geropsychiatrist or geropsychologist.

      (d) A representative of the Nevada System of Higher Education with expertise in cognitive disorders.

      (e) A representative from a nonprofit community agency that provides caregiver support and services to older persons in this State with behavioral or cognitive health issues, including without limitation, a representative with experience or knowledge of suicide awareness, education and prevention as it relates to suicide among older persons.

      (f) The Administrator of the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services or other person from the Division designated by the Administrator.

      5.  The interim committee shall examine, research and identify:

      (a) Potential sources of state funding available to support evidence-based statewide community programs to aid caregivers who are caring for older persons with behavioral and cognitive health issues, including, without limitation:

             (1) Offering information about programs and services designed to aid caregivers who are caring for older persons with behavioral and cognitive health issues;

             (2) The provision of training in select evidence-based community programs for caregivers, social service providers, health care workers and family members;

             (3) The creation of a sliding fee scale to address the affordability of mental health services;

             (4) Providing a substitute caregiver to ensure the safety and well-being of an older person who has behavioral or cognitive health issues while the family attends training; and

             (5) The creation of a sliding fee scale to address the affordability of respite services;

      (b) Potential sources of state funding to assist Nevada Care Connection and Nevada 2-1-1 in the creation of a “No Wrong Door” program to assist caregivers of older persons with behavioral and cognitive health issues;

      (c) The potential for establishing a higher rate of reimbursement by Medicaid for nursing facilities prepared and trained to support older persons with behavioral and cognitive health issues, thereby allowing such older persons to remain in their own communities rather than being placed in out-of-state facilities; and

      (d) The provision of education and training for health care professionals in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral and cognitive diseases prevalent in older persons.

      6.  The Legislative Commission shall 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 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      (Ch. 522, Stats. 2017 p. 3531)

      Sec. 3.  Technical assistance.  The Department of Health and Human Services shall provide technical assistance to the interim committee appointed pursuant to section 2 of this act.

      (Ch. 522, Stats. 2017 p. 3532)

Study Concerning Standards of Training of Caregivers Who are Not Providers of Health Care

AB 299, Chapter 279, Statutes of Nevada 2017

      Section 1.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults with Special Needs; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults with Special Needs created by NRS 218E.750 shall conduct a study during the 2017-2018 interim concerning standards of training for 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 Committee shall consider:

      (a) The specific types of training that a person who is not a provider of health care must receive before providing care to a person in a facility or home or through an agency or provider described in subsection 1; and

      (b) The creation of a competency evaluation that a person who is not a provider of health care must successfully complete concerning the types of care the person will provide at a facility or home or through an agency or provider described in subsection 1.

      3.  The Committee shall include in its report required by subsection 3 of NRS 218E.760 on or before January 15, 2019, the results of the study conducted pursuant to this section and any recommendations for legislation.

      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” means flexible, individualized services, including, without limitation, training and habilitation services, that are:

             (1) Provided in the home, for compensation, to persons with mental illness or persons with related conditions who are served by the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services or any other entity; and

             (2) Designed and coordinated to assist such persons in maximizing their independence.

      (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. 279, Stats. 2017 p. 1490)

Study Concerning Health Care Insurance Coverage and Issues Related to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

SB 394, Chapter 369, Statutes of Nevada 2017

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

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall, during the 2017-2018 interim, study opportunities for:

      (a) The establishment of a program similar to the Medicaid managed care program authorized by NRS 422.273 to be made available through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange established by NRS 695I.200 to a person who is otherwise ineligible for Medicaid;

      (b) A person who is determined eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions pursuant to 45 C.F.R. § 155.305 to use such credits and reductions to pay for coverage obtained through the program described in paragraph (a); and

      (c) The Nevada Legislature to ensure the current level of health insurance coverage provided in this State pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as it existed on the effective date of this act, is maintained if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by Congress.

      2.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall conduct the study required pursuant to subsection 1 in consultation with:

      (a) The Department of Health and Human Services;

      (b) The Division of Insurance of the Department of Business and Industry;

      (c) The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange; and

      (d) Any other entity identified by the Committee which has expertise in the topics listed in subsection 1.

      3.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall submit a report of the results of the study required pursuant to subsection 1 and any recommendations for legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislature not later than September 1, 2018.

      (Ch. 369, Stats. 2017 p. 2267)

Study Concerning Rates Paid to Group Homes Contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services

AB 343, Chapter 417, Statutes of Nevada 2017

      Section 1.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.

      1.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall conduct an interim study concerning the rates paid by the State to the group homes contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services.

      2.  The study must include, without limitation:

      (a) A comprehensive review and evaluation of the rates paid by the State to the group homes contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services and whether any changes in the rates may be necessary;

      (b) A comprehensive evaluation of the impact a change in such rates would have on group homes contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services as well as on any person who uses the services provided by such group homes;

      (c) A comprehensive evaluation of state and federal funding for the group homes contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services and the impact a change in the rates paid by the State to such group homes would have on such funding;

      (d) Consideration of the applicable provisions of federal law; and

      (e) An examination of any other matter that the Legislative Committee on Health Care determines to be relevant to the study.

      3.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall ensure that the persons and entities that manage the group homes contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services or provide services on behalf of group homes contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services are involved in the study.

      4.  The Legislative Committee on Health Care shall submit a report of the results of the study conducted pursuant to subsection 2 and any recommendations for legislation to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmission to the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature.

      5.  As used in this section, “group homes” includes, without limitation, the facilities, homes, houses and institutions that are:

      (a) Contracted with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services; and

      (b) Described in subsection 1 of NRS 244.3549.

      (Ch. 417, Stats. 2017 p. 2767)

Study Concerning Funding Full-Time Paid Position of Director of Nevada Commission for Persons Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired

SB 481, Chapter 429, Statutes of Nevada 2017

      Sec. 5.5.  Duties of Legislative Committee on Health Care; report.  During the 2017-2018 interim, the Legislative Committee on Health Care shall study grants and other sources of money that may be available to transform the position of Director of the Nevada Commission for Persons Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired, appointed pursuant to section 3 of this act [NRS 427A.752], into a full-time, paid position. On or before September 1, 2018, the Committee shall submit its findings to:

      1.  The Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services;

      2.  The Governor; and

      3.  The Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 80th Session of the Legislature.

      (Ch. 429, Stats. 2017 p. 2878)