Governor Sisolak Signs 8 Bills, Including Measures to Strengthen Public Records Laws, Fund Museums, and Boost School Safety

CARSON CITY, NV - June 13, 2019

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak signed eight bills, including a measure that will strengthen the public’s access to public records, an appropriations vehicle to fund museums across the state, and a funding bill that includes nearly $13 million over the biennium for school safety, student mental health, and school violence reduction.

Senate Bill 287 reforms Nevada’s public records law by increasing penalties for State agencies that fail to comply. The bill imposes fines on state agencies for noncompliance ranging from $1,000 for the first offense to $10,000 for the third and subsequent offenses within a 10 year period. The bill also tightens up requirements that an agency notify the requester of the estimated timeline for receiving the records.

Senate Bill 501 appropriates funds for several museums and other culturally-significant institutions throughout Nevada, including the National Atomic Testing Museum, the Reno Rodeo and Livestock Events Center, and the Springs Preserve Foundation.

Senate Bill 528 is an appropriations vehicle that includes, among other things, $12.9 million for school safety, student mental health, and school violence reduction initiatives over the biennium. This includes $2.7 million to hire school social workers and other mental health professionals, $5.5 million to provide more resources to school police officers, and $4.7 million for social, emotional, and academic development programs in schools.

Additional bills signed by Governor Sisolak today, June 13, 2019: