Legislative Update 03/28/2017
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 03/28/2017
Today is day 51 of this 120 day session. Things have been busy here and as of yesterday, all of the BDR’s that survived this far have move to their respected houses to become bills. The following is just a few of the bills we are tracking:
Assembly Bill 302 – This is another attempt at placing Parole and Probation under the Department of Corrections. This bill is currently before the Assembly Committee on Corrections, Probation and Parole. Rick and I met last Friday with DPS Director Jim Wright and Dep. Director Jackie Muth-Nelson. They advised us that the DPS will be taking a “neutral” position on this bill, however both stated that they are opposed to AB302 and they strongly encouraged our members, command officers and employees alike to openly oppose this bill as long as it is not on state time and they are not representing the agency. I have reached out to several current employees as well as retired command staff that have testified against this bill in the past. We are rallying the group! Rick and I are meeting with the bill sponsor to ascertain who is pushing this bill. It hasn’t been clear if the Department of Corrections is behind the bill or not. We will have that information for you shortly. If you work for NDOC, and support or oppose this bill, you are more than welcome to testify as well.
Senate Bill 223 – This was the well-known “sanctuary state” bill that was sponsored by Senator Yvanna Cancela of Las Vegas. The Nevada State Law Enforcement Coalition which is comprised of NSLEOA, NAPSO, and 13 other associations throughout Nevada, met with Senator Cancela on two occasions and yesterday we met again with Senator Ford and Senator Cancela regarding the controversial bill. Both Senators agreed to “kill” the bill in its entirety. Although the bill is dead, we did agree to help educate the community through Town Hall Meeting, regarding law enforcement policies and community policing practices on immigration issues.
Senate Bill 403 – This bill is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and Senator Mark Manendo. This bill seeks to make appropriations from the State Highway Fund and the State General Fund for the purpose of increasing the compensation of Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers by one pay grade. This is in addition to the 2% that the Governor is asking for 2017 and 2018. This bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. Rick and I are meeting with the sponsors of this bill to discuss whether this segregation of NHP for a pay increase can be accomplished in view of the traditional idea that no agency or division of the state’s 1300 series of employees which includes all divisions within the DPS, can receive pay increases without the other agencies and divisions within this 1300 series receiving the same. We are continuing to push legislators and the Governor’s officer to increase compensation for all state law enforcement, but if we can accomplish a pay increase for NHP, we will do that.
Senate Bill 486 – This bill would allow state employees, including law enforcement, to have collective bargaining. STAND BY FOR THIS FIGHT!
Senate Bill 469 - Last session SB168 was passed which established a 25% ceiling on the employers ending fund balance that cannot be used for increased employee compensation. SB 469 seeks to eliminate this limitation and allow employees to negotiate for increased pay irrespective of the employers ending fund balance.
Senate Bill 282 – This bill would fully dismiss any disciplinary case against a law enforcement officer if the employer violates the officer’s NRS 289 rights. It reaches further to require the employer to pay the officer’s attorneys’ fees and costs in successfully litigated cases with NRS 289 violations.
As a final note, we are still watching the PERS and PEBP bills. As much, we are working diligently on particular issues for Capital Police, Taxicab Authority, NTA and worker’s compensation bill that affect public safety.
As of last night, there were nearly 1100 bills from both houses that have dropped. Rick and I are watching all of them and we’ll keep all of you up to date on the progress of these important bills. Keep in mind that April 14th is the deadline when all bills must pass their first committee vote. If they are not out of committees by then, those bills die. April 25th, the bills must pass their first full house vote before being sent to the opposite house for the same process.
I would ask and strongly encourage all of you to have your voices heard regarding any bill you support or oppose. Please go to the Nevada Legislative website at, www.leg.state.nv.us/ you can look on the right side of the page and click on “Share your opinion on bills”. As always, please have your bill number ready and indicate whether you support or oppose the bill in question. Provide any comments up to 2000 characters.
There will be more updates as we progress through the session. If you wish to discuss any of these bills or other pertinent issues regarding the legislative session, please feel free to contact me. 775-720-4304. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay Safe !
Michael Sean Giurlani