Many bills are killed as deadline hits at Legislature | NevadaAppeal.com

Many bills are killed as deadline hits at Legislature

AMANDA FEHD
Associated Press Writer
Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel Eileen O'Grady works in her office at the Legislature on Friday. Legislative staffers have been scrambling to complete details on bills as lawmakers faced a big deadline Friday, resulting in the death of many bills that have been debated throughout the session.
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Bills that sparked a debate over abortion, ethics reform, a state lottery, and appointed judges were among many measures that died Friday on a deadline for action by legislative committees.

SB299, which targeted drunken drivers who cause pregnant women to miscarry, died through inaction in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

The committee also voted down SJR2, a proposed constitutional amendment which would have allowed the governor to appoint judges in efforts to minimize the influence of money in judicial campaigns.

Also failing to advance was SB6, which would have added marijuana to a list of drugs that cannot be manufactured or sold in the presence of children. The bill would have expanded a law that targets home methamphetamine labs.

Other casualties included SB14, which targeted “smoker’s corners” near schools by banning the possession or use of cigarettes or other tobacco products by anyone under age 18.

The deadline was for Senate-approved bills to move out of Assembly committees and for Assembly-endorsed measures to emerge from Senate committees. Anything that failed to advance, with some exceptions, was dead. It’s one of many deadlines to keep lawmakers on track for a mandatory June 4 adjournment.

Also dead is AB79, related to the impeachment of the late state Controller Kathy Augustine. The bill would have prevented public officers and employees from using government time, property or equipment for campaign purposes.

Augustine had been impeached by the Nevada Assembly and convicted by the Senate for using state equipment on her 2002 campaign for state controller. She was censured but wasn’t removed from office.

AB248, which would have banned certain types of tip-sharing agreements, died without receiving a hearing in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

The bill arose out of concerns of Wynn Las Vegas card dealers, who said they were hit with a 10 to 15 percent pay cut in August, when they were ordered to share their tips with supervisors.

Wynn Las Vegas executives, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Restaurant Association and the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association all opposed the bill, saying it would take away business autonomy and harm lower-income employees such as bus boys and bar backs.

Another bill that died in that committee was AB494, a union-backed bill that would have allowed workers who were locked out by their employers to receive unemployment benefits.

Also dead are:

• SB174, a bill to let doctors apologize to patients for an adverse medical result without having the apology used against them in court later on.

• SB216, allowing convicted people to contribute to a charity instead of performing community service.

• SB325, declaring English as the official state language.

• SB378, which would limit the liability of some non-profits to $100,000.

• SB425, enacting the same blackout periods that prohibit the governor and lawmakers from getting political donations during a legislative session to legal defense funds.

• SB438, letting counties contract with private companies to run jails.

• SB489, prohibits threatening people who are gathering signatures for a petition.

• SB415, which bans illegal immigrants from receiving any state benefits for higher education, including scholarships, loans, and in-state tuition.

• AJR1, which requires that public officials must forfeit their office if they commit three or more ethics violations.

• AJR5, a proposal to create a state lottery

• AB79 would prevent public officers and employees from using government time, property or equipment for campaign purposes.

• AB113, which would establish stricter rules for landfills near groundwater.

• AB369, which establishes procedures for the release of someone who is committed for an insanity plea.

• AB470, which prohibits the governor from entering into international trade agreements without the consent of the Legislature.

• AB506, requiring the secretary of state to study the possibility of a later voter-registration deadline.

• Associated Press Writer Joe Mullin contributed to this report.