The Senate Judiciary Committee kept busy all week, approving bills that provide for a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for impaired drivers who kill or injure someone, add “gender identity or expression” to the list of hate crimes, and ensure more employment resources for parolees.
Legislative committees also heard testimony in support of bills that would prohibit the use of so-called “fake marijuana” and better track the sale and supply of medicines used to make methamphetamines.
Finally, advocates championed a bill that would give the state’s attorney general the power to convene a task force to investigate cases of domestic violence that turn deadly.
Washoe County currently employs such a team and one in Clark County is being revamped.
Changes to the Sparks City Charter–including revisions to the process for selecting a Mayor Pro Tem and updates to the list of classes and persons protected by employment nondiscrimination statutes–have yet to receive a proper hearing.
However, additional amendments pushed by the city’s municipal court and dealing with personnel matters ran into major obstacles this week when city government refused to give its support to changes that would limit its oversight of the court’s budget.
The battle now appears headed for a legal challenge. Read the full details in the Friday edition of the Sparks Tribune or online. The article is titled, “City, municipal court at odds over powers.”
taken this week
AB183: Revises provisions regarding the establishment and maintenance of a reserve account for payment of the outstanding bonds of a school district.
Pushed by Democrats, sponsored by Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, and passed on a party-line vote in the Assembly earlier this month, this bill, known as the “School Works” legislation, would give school districts more flexibility in using bond reserves for construction and maintenance projects.
Gov. Brian Sandoval had proposed using $425 million in bond reserves to support the budget deficit.
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday approved the bill on 4-3 party-line vote. It is now set for a full vote in the Senate.