CARSON CITY, NV - June 09, 2017
Governor Brian Sandoval today signed 30 pieces of legislation and vetoed 2 bill. The measures signed include laws that will expand lithium exploration in Nevada, add nearly $60 million to the highway fund, and create the Vegas Golden Knights specialty license plate.
Assembly Bill 52
was an executive agency bill that will create a permitting process to greatly expand safe lithium exploration opportunities in Nevada. Our state currently has one of the largest lithium deposits in North America and the only lithium production facility in the United States.
Assembly Bill 486
is an executive agency bill that oversees the distribution of the government services tax which is taken at the DMV. AB 486 will not increase fees for Nevadans at the DMV but will increase the state’s highway fund contribution by roughly $20 million a year from $38 million in FY17 to approximately $58 million in each of the next two years. These funds are used to build and improve Nevada’s roads and related infrastructure and create more construction jobs.
Senate Bill 69
was sponsored by the Office of the Governor and was part of his workforce development initiative. SB69 makes substantial changes to existing law and will help ensure Nevada’s occupational licensing boards are not acting as an improper barrier to workforce entry.
Senate Bill 74
was a recommendation from the Governor’s Drought Forum and will increase the focus on gathering information, providing assistance to water suppliers, conservation planning and drought response among other items.
Senate Bill 47
was another recommendation from the Governor’s Drought Forum and requires the State Engineer to make certain preparations prior to inter-basin transfers.
Senate Bill 283
creates the Vegas Golden Knights specialty license plate, a franchise of the National Hockey League that will begin play this Fall.
Senate Bill 511
simplifies the application process to purchase a license, tag, or permit to hunt, fish, or trap.
Senate Bill 121
creates an interim study on services for the elderly. Specifically, the commission will study behavioral and cognitive care of older individuals in Nevada.
Assembly Bill 110
was sponsored by Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury and establishes a pilot program for competency-based education or a system where students can “move on when ready.” This is a student-based growth model where students can advance to higher levels of learning when they demonstrate a mastery of concepts and skills regardless of time, place or pace.
The Governor signed the following bills into law
Bill 7 Senate Bill 69
Bill 21 Senate Bill 72
Bill 25 Senate Bill 47
Bill 29 Senate Bill 74
Bill 45 Senate Bill 120
Bill 49 Senate Bill 121
Bill 52 Senate Bill 244
Bill 80 Senate Bill 251
Bill 110 Senate Bill 270
Bill 309 Senate Bill 368
Bill 413 Senate Bill 428
Bill 454 Senate Bill 283
Bill 484 Senate Bill 443
Bill 486 Senate Bill 458
Bill 509 Senate Bill 497
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