NEVADA STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT
May 22, 2017
Today marks day 106 of the 120 day legislative session. The end is near. This coming Friday May 26, is the deadline for the bills to pass their second houses.
Senate Bill 541 – On Thursday of last week, a public safety ceremony was held in front of the Legislature. A type of “hate crime” bill was introduced by Senator Ford. This bill would make enhancements for killing a police officer, firefighter, or EMS personnel because of their profession. This bill was well received by us as well as the rest of our public safety brothers and sisters. This bill will be pushed through and hit the Governor’s desk soon.
Senate Bill 403 – This bill is for the increase of pay for NHP troopers. The appropriations would come from the State Highway Fund as well as the State General Fund. This increase would also be on top of the 4% increase the Governor has requested for all state employees. The bill has been granted a status of “exempt. Rick and I have been told that the bill will not be passed out of the Committees since it does not include all law enforcement personnel. We are still trying to find a way to grab a hold of $9.7 million for those pay raises.
Assembly Bill 267 – Assigned to the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor, this bill proposes to make third party insurers pay financial assessment to any police officer or firefighter who appeals and claim and prevails. This also gives strength to the confidentiality regarding such exams. We testified in support of this bill back on March 29. This bill have survived its way through the process and is awaiting a confirmation vote from the Senate.
Assembly Bill 301 – This bill provides for the confidentiality of certain communications between public safety personnel and trained peer support personnel. This bill is long over-due and having the ability of our members to communicate with these crisis counselors have proven time and time again to save lives. The bill is defined and allows the communications to be confidential and cannot be disclosed except upon certain restricted reasons Rick and I testified in large support of this bill during a hearing in the Committee on the Legislative Operations and Elections. The bill passed through the committee with amendments and is now on its way to the Governor.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR 6) – This was sponsored by Assemblyman Ellison and direct the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study over the next two years to evaluate a pay increase for state employees. We have testified in favor of this bill and are now awaiting a second hearing. We are pushing for Committee Chairwoman Olivia Diaz to move this bill forward.
Budget Closings – All of the state agency budgets are closing. They go through a short hearing process and are met with approval are rejection with amendments. These hearings are taking up the evening and weekends. This has been a very long process and as we go through this, we have been talking to and even writing to the members of the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means to urge for their support for workers compensation.
We greatly appreciate your support. I would also ask that if you oppose or support a bill, please be respectful to those who may stand opposite of your views.
Please take a moment and contact your representatives by going to the Nevada Legislature website at: www.leg.state.nv.us
Stay tuned and please contact me if you have comments, questions, or concerns.
Michael Sean Giurlani