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Nevada Legislature Tracker
by Tribune Staff
Apr 10, 2011 | 1353 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A look back at week nine of the Nevada Legislature begins with consideration of two bills that passed committee muster the previous week that would impose fines on employers who knowingly misclassify employees as independent contractors in order to save on labor and benefits costs. Creating a task force to regulate penalties also has been proposed.

Business leaders are concerned about the precedent this legislation could set.

“Right now the only emphasis seems to be on fines, penalties and rights of private action against business,” said Jim Nelson, executive director of the Nevada Association of Employers. “And no one needs that in this economy.”

In fiscal news, lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected plans outlined in Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget that would push responsibility for mental health courts from the state to the county level and also charge payment from counties for state-run juvenile justice facilities.

If approved, the governor’s budget would cost Washoe County $1.2 million in each of the next two fiscal years to operate mental health courts and could have potentially millions of dollars in cost impacts concerning juvenile justice services.

A separate bill seeks to impose a two-thirds majority standard in the Legislature for bills that shrink revenue, usurp funds or require services from county and municipal governments. Such a majority is needed to raise taxes.

The proposed constitutional amendment is seen as a way to limit the burden state budgets place on local governments. Sandoval’s budget would add $25 million to an already $33.5 million deficit faced by Washoe County for the 2011-12 fiscal year, beginning July 1.
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