2017 Legislative Accomplishments
During the 2017 Legislature, which ended in June, we were able to work across party lines to pass the following legislation to help provide a better life for all Nevadans.
Jobs and the Economy
Passed legislation giving Nevada businesses “first crack” at state purchasing contracts, putting Nevada businesses and Nevada workers first (AB 280).
Passed permanent funding to improve workforce training and apprenticeships. (SB546)
Established a loan program for small businesses and businesses owned by women, minorities and the disabled. (SB126)
Established a rewards/recognition program for state vendors who provide equal pay for equal work. (AB106)
K-12 and Higher Education
Invested $200 million in our public schools to continue and strengthen the programs that are getting positive results (SB 544).
Restructured the teacher evaluation process with emphasis on progress in student learning goals. (AB320)
Required the State Board of Education to develop recommendations to lower the student-teacher ratio in public schools. (AB312)
Provided $20 million over the next two years to Nevada’s Millennium Scholarship program to help more Nevada students attend Nevada’s colleges. (AB511)
Required newly elected school board trustees to receive training in ethics, finance and curriculum. (AB451)
Established the Nevada Promise Scholarship program and appropriated $3.5 million to help eligible students attend community colleges. (SB391)
Appropriated $300,000 to help UNR students become certified to teach math, science and engineering in middle schools and high schools. (AB522)
Passed the strongest pharmaceutical transparency legislation in the nation (SB 539).
Passed an HMO transparency bill. (SB394)
Limited medical insurance companies’ ability to raise consumer prescription drug prices for individuals and people in small group plans during the contract year. (AB381)
Expanded the hours of mobile mental health units in Washoe and Clark counties, to now be open 8 am until midnight, seven days a week. (SB192)
Required the Division of Public and Behavioral Health to post on its website the most recent star ratings of hospitals by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. (SB482)
Appropriated $33 million for a Northern Nevada Veterans Home in Sparks (SB 546).
Expanded protections and transparency for Military Sexual Assault Trauma. (SB137)
Expanded educational resources for military students and women veterans. (SB58)
Put in state law the qualifications for in-state tuition for active service military, veterans and dependents of active duty service members. (AB24)
Extending Rights for the Military
(Assembly Bill 118)
The men and women in our military are given the awesome responsibility of protecting our lives on a daily basis. I introduced into the Nevada Assembly legislation that extends the right to carry concealed weapons to members of the military who are 18 and older. Right now the law states that you must be 21 or over to obtain a permit, and yet the military has already given them the responsibility of carrying a weapon. It does not make sense that our younger members of the military would be trusted to carry a gun in our defense, but not in their everyday lives. This bill provides consistency.