Carson City, NV - May 28, 2015
Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he has signed an additional 75 pieces of legislation into law this week for a total of 266 approved bills so far this Legislative Session.
Highlights of the Governor’s bill signings include:
Assembly Bill 107: This measure adds additional accountability measures and requirements for school districts and charter school sponsors to report on students’ eligibility for and participation in free or reduced-price meals. Enacted, this bill provides for the collection of valuable data by the Department of Education to assess the impacts of poverty and nutrition on the academic achievement of students. This law will allow policymakers to better target specific interventions to students and measure the impact of those interventions, such as those implemented in Zoom or Victory schools.
Assembly Bill 150: High School graduates with a GPA greater than 3.25 are currently eligible for the Millennium Scholarship. AB 150 expands eligibility to students who do not meet the GPA requirement but have received a minimum score as determined by the Nevada Board of Regents on a college entrance examination, such as the SAT or ACT.
Assembly Bill 164: AB 164 enacts Nevada’s “Right to Try Law.” This bill authorizes a manufacturer to provide or make available at no cost investigational drugs, biologic products, or devices to patients diagnosed with terminal conditions. This bill gives patients the autonomy to decide what his or her best course of treatment is. This bill does not require that a physician prescribe investigational drugs to terminally ill patients but it gives physicians the ability to prescribe these drugs.
Assembly Bill 273: AB 273 is a legislative policy bill that make it a misdemeanor for a former State Legislator to act as a paid lobbyist before the Legislature for a certain amount of time after leaving office. The “cooling-off” period begins on the date on which the former Legislator leaves office as a member of the Legislature, and ends on the date of final adjournment of the next regular session during which the former Legislator is not a member. It promotes transparency in government, and promotes the public trust in the integrity of the legislative process by helping to ensure that former Legislators do not exert undue influence on their colleagues still in office.
Senate Bill 251: This bill ratifies the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The Compact serves as a voluntary licensing option that would allow physicians and osteopathic physicians licensed in Nevada, who are seeking to practice in multiple states, the ability to apply for an expedited licensing option in all states participating in the Compact. This bill will also make it easier for physicians to practice in Nevada if they are licensed in another state that has adopted the Compact providing Nevadans with more access to care. Senate Bill 251 complements the telehealth bill (Assembly Bill 292) signed into law earlier this week.