Legislature briefly: Campus carry bill introduced in Nevada Senate
March 8, 2013
(AP) — A bill to allow school employees to carry guns on campus has been introduced in the Nevada Senate.SB223 is sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Hardy of Boulder City and a dozen other lawmakers. It would allow employees of the Nevada System of Higher Education, as well as public and private schools, to carry weapons on school grounds if they have a concealed weapon permit and notify administrators that they will be armed.Current law requires the institution’s president to approve people who are licensed to carry concealed weapons to do so on campus.A bill that would have allowed anyone on campus to carry a gun with a concealed weapon permit died in the 2011 Legislature.1 of 2 animal cruelty bills clears committee(AP) — An inadvertent hindrance in animal cruelty reporting created by a 2011 law is one step closer to being closed after Nevada senators passed a corrective measure through committee.The Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday passed SB73, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo of Las Vegas. A second bill tightening penalties for cockfighting was not voted on, but committee members could still consider it.SB73 corrects a 2011 measure that made animal cruelty reports confidential. The intention of that bill was to allow people to report animal cruelty anonymously. But shortly after the law was implemented officials determined all of the report was confidential. The new bill makes the report available to animal protection agencies, but keeps the name of the person who reports cases of animal cruelty confidential.Bill would require eateries to post nutrition information(AP) — Eateries with 10 or more locations in Nevada would have to post nutritional information about their menu items if state lawmakers approve a bill from a Las Vegas Democrat.Assemblywoman Lucy Flores presented the proposal Wednesday before the Assembly Health and Human Services committee.She says the measure would help consumers make better decisions about what they’re eating.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is already developing regulations requiring chains with 20 or more locations to post nutritional information on menus. That requirement’s part of the federal health care overhaul. Flores says she wants stricter requirements in Nevada.The Las Vegas Sun reports the Nevada Restaurant Association and others opposed the bill, saying the problem should be addressed at the federal level.The committee didn’t vote on the measure.Nevada benefit corporations bill clears committee(AP) — Companies desiring to be accountable for their social and environmental impacts are just a little closer to being able to do so in Nevada.AB89, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzein of Reno, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously and without amendment.Currently, companies are liable to their shareholders for how they handle the company’s assets. Simply put, businesses must put profit above all else or they could be sued.This bill allows companies to register as benefit corporations in the Silver State. That means they chose to have an obligation to make positive social and environmental impacts, and they would not be liable for focusing on more than profits.AB89 now awaits an Assembly floor vote.