CARSON CITY, NV – May 31, 2021
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed legislation that will help align workforce training and programs offered by community colleges in Nevada, to ensure that Nevadans are trained and ready for jobs of the future. The Governor proposed the concept, which became Assembly Bill 450, during his 2021 State of the State address.
“Since I served on the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents, I have been a staunch believer in the importance of our community colleges and ensuring we focus on supporting and expanding access to programs that can lead to immediate, good-paying jobs for Nevadans,” Gov. Sisolak said. “Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no better time than to double down on this important work on behalf of Nevadans.
“Community colleges will remain critical to our efforts to develop Nevada’s workforce as the economy continues to expand and diversify to meet the needs of existing trades and professions and for emerging careers in our future economy. I look forward to the work that comes forward from this interim committee so we can continue to meet the needs of Nevadans,” Gov Sisolak continued.
NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose will serve as one of the co-chairs of the committee.
“I would like to thank Governor Sisolak for his leadership in sponsoring AB 450,” Chancellor Rose said. “This legislation offers a unique opportunity to bring renewed focus and resources to Nevada’s community colleges and recognizes the important role they play in Nevada’s future workforce development, economic growth, and higher education mission.”
Additionally, Governor Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 184 into law today, another proposal the Governor put forward in his State of the State speech. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Jason Frierson and Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson creates the Office of Small Business Advocacy within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
The Office is aimed at becoming one-stop location to help small businesses take advantage of the resources that exist and help them cut through the red tape.
The Governor signed the following bills today:
- Assembly Bill 103 - The legislation revises provisions relating to permits to excavate on private lands that are known to contain prehistoric Indian burial sites. The Governor was joined by Assemblywoman Susie Martinez for the bill signing.
- Assembly Bill 139 - The bill authorizes the governing body of a county or city to transfer money from an enterprise fund to pay for the capital costs of constructing one or more fire stations.
- Assembly Bill 231 - The legislation requires the State Board of Education to create a subcommittee to review and make recommendations on providing instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides—including the Armenian, Cambodian, Darfur, Guatemalan, and Rwandan genocides—in social studies and language arts courses.
- Assembly Bill 235 - The legislation requires the board of trustees of a school district and the governing body of a charter school or private school that operates a high school to provide education on the importance of financial planning and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as information on the Nevada College Kick Start Program.
- Assembly Bill 325 - The bill authorizes the submission of a certified paper copy of an electronic document for recording to a county recorder who has elected to receive and record electronic documents. The bill also prescribes a certificate sufficient for certifying that a paper copy is a true and correct copy of an electronic document.
- Senate Bill 160 - The bill helps expands educational options for Nevada’s students & was an idea Kenna Mirzayan brought forward based on her own experience The Governor was also joined by Senator Ben Kieckhefer, Senator Heidi Seevers Gansert, Superintendent Jhone Ebert and Lindsay Anderson for the bill signing.
- Senate Bill 289 - The bill revises various provisions concerning worker's compensation.
- Senate Bill 305 - This legislation makes various changes related to access to organ transplants for individuals with disabilities.
- Senate Bill 311 - The bill allows the Nevada Rural Housing Authority to develop, own, participate in and manage housing at market-rate rents The Governor was joined by Rose Cook, Bill Brewer, Katie Coleman and Mendy Elliott for the bill signing.
- Senate Bill 439 - The legislation helps fully implement the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan so education funding follows the students, rather than being connected to districts or schools. The Governor was joined by Nevada State Superintendent Jhone Ebert, Dr. Jonathan Moore, Will Jensen, Christy McGill and Sarah Nick for the bill signing.
- Senate Bill 370 - This legislation will help Nevada become more food secure and creates economic opportunity for Nevada agricultural producers. The Governor was joined by Nevada Department of Agriculture Director Jennifer Ott and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for the bill signing.