Legislative Activity

Nevada - 2019

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A. B. 401 - Revises provisions governing the highway funding mechanism

Sponsored By: Assemblyman Alexander Assefa

Bill Summary

AN ACT relating to motor vehicle registration; imposing a fee based on vehicle miles traveled upon the renewal of registration of certain light-duty motor vehicles; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to calculate and charge such a fee; requiring deposit of certain portions of the fee in the State Highway Fund; requiring the Department of Transportation to provide a report to the Legislature concerning the highways of this State; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

SWEEP opposes this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 13, 2019: Pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1, no further action allowed.

A. B. 483 - AN ACT relating to motor vehicles requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct a pilot program to gather data from certain motor vehicles in this State; requiring the Department to provide certain reports based on the data gathered; requiring certain owners of motor vehicles to provide to the Department certain information at the time of registration and transfer or renewal of registration of motor vehicles; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to motor vehicles. (BDR 43-871)

SWEEP supports this bill. Passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of May 14, 2019: Mentioned no jurisdiction in the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure

A. B. 54 - AN ACT relating to energy efficiency; revising provisions relating to the energy efficiency of certain lights sold in this State; repealing obsolete provisions relating to the reduction of grid-based energy purchases for state-owned buildings; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

Bill Summary

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy plans to amend this bill to put into place a lighting standard in Nevada of 45 lumens/watt, the same level of efficiency at the federal level that is now being threatened.

SWEEP supports this bill and will testify regarding the importance of a lighting standard for Nevada’s businesses and consumers as the standard proposed by NGOE produces significant energy cost savings. 

Bill Activity

  • As of May 16, 2019: Taken from General File. Placed on General File for next legislative day.

S. B. 114 - AN ACT relating to vehicles; imposing a surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to administer the imposition and collection of the surcharge; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Sen. James Settelmeyer

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to vehicles. (BDR 58-596)

Under existing law, the Legislature declares that it is the policy of this State to expand and accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure throughout this State. (NRS 701B.670) Sections 3 and 4 of this bill establish definitions for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Section 5 of this bill imposes a 10 percent surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Section 5 requires any person who sells electric service for such a purpose to impose and collect the surcharge at the time the electric service is sold and to remit all amounts collected to the Department of Motor Vehicles monthly. Section 5 further requires the Department to administer the collection of the surcharge and, after deducting the costs of administration, pay all amounts collected to the State Treasurer for deposit in the State Highway Fund. Sections 6 and 7 of this bill make conforming changes.

SWEEP opposes this bill as it imposes a surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle, detrimental to the electrification of transportation in Nevada.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 13, 2019: Pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1, no further action allowed.

S. B. 168 - AN ACT relating to energy; revising provisions governing energy conservation and energy efficiency standards for residences with an on-site renewable energy system; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: - Primary: Sen. Chris Brooks | Sen. Pat Spearman | Sen. Kelvin Atkinson | Sen. David Parks - Co-Sponsors: Sen. Yvanna Cancela | Sen. Moises Denis | Sen. Joyce Woodhouse | Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno | Assemblyman Steve Yeager

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to energy efficiency standards for buildings. (BDR 58-912)

Existing law requires the Director of the Office of Energy to adopt regulations establishing minimum standards for the conservation of energy and energy efficiency in buildings in this State. (NRS 701.220) Existing law authorizes the Director to exempt a building from a standard for the conservation of energy and energy efficiency if the Director determines that the application of the standard would not accomplish the purpose of such regulations. (NRS 701.220) Section 1 of this bill authorizes the Director to exempt a building from a standard for the conservation of energy and energy efficiency if the building is a residence that incorporates an on-site renewable energy system and the Director determines that the on-site renewable energy system provides a level of energy efficiency comparable to what would be accomplished through the enforcement of the standard and is less costly to implement than the standard. Section 1 also prohibits the Director or the governing body of a local government from adopting a standard which imposes higher or more stringent requirements for energy efficiency on a building with an on-site renewable energy system than are imposed on a building that does not include an on-site renewable energy system. Sections 2 and 3 of this bill make conforming changes.

SWEEP opposes this bill as it is currently written as it provides an opportunity for builders to build homes that don’t include many significantly cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Also, SB168 eliminates the local control of building energy code that is currently in place in Nevada. SWEEP will testify that there should be a minimum level of energy efficiency required for all homes built in Nevada, whether or not the homes also have an on-site renewable energy system such as a solar roof.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 13, 2019: Pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1, no further action allowed.

S. B. 181 - AN ACT relating to special license plates; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to design, prepare and issue special license plates for certain motor vehicles that are electric powered; providing a fee for the initial issuance and renewal of such plates; requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to reinstitute the issuance of special license plates commemorating the 150th anniversary of Nevada's admission into the Union; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Sen. James Settelmeyer

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to special license plates. (BDR 43-663)

Section 1 of this bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to design, prepare and issue special license plates for any passenger car or light commercial vehicle that is wholly or partly powered by an electric motor. Section 1 also provides that: (1) the fee for such a special license plate is $150, in addition to applicable governmental services taxes; and (2) the renewal fee for such a special license plate is $75. Finally, section 1 requires that after the Department deducts from the fee the amount of all applicable registration, license and license plate fees, the remaining amount of money must be equally divided between the State Highway Fund and the Office of Energy and requires the Office of Energy to use the money for the Nevada Electric Highway. Sections 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 of this bill make conforming changes. In 2013, the Legislature authorized a license plate commemorating the 150th anniversary of Nevada's admission into the Union. The additional fees paid upon renewal of the plate are divided equally between the Division of Museums and History of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Division of State Parks of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (NRS 482.37901) Under existing law, a holder of such a license plate may renew the plate, but the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles may not issue a new commemorative license plate after October 31, 2016. Section 6 of this bill requires the Department to once again issue the commemorative license plate. Section 3 of this bill makes a conforming change.

SWEEP is neutral on this bill; S. B. 181 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to design, prepare and issue special license plates for electric vehicles.

Bill Activity

  • As of May 16, 2019: Do pass in the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure

S. B. 254 - AN ACT relating to greenhouse gas emissions; requiring the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to issue an annual report concerning greenhouse gas emissions in this State; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: - Primary: Sen. Chris Brooks | Sen. Yvanna Cancela | Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro | Sen. Pat Spearman | Sen. David Parks | Assemblywoman Sarah Peters | Assemblyman William McCurdy | Assemblyman Alexander Assefa | Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen | Assemblywoman Selena Torres -- Co-Sponsors: Sen. Moises Denis | Sen. Marilyn Dondero Loop | Sen. Dallas Harris | Sen. James Ohrenschall | Sen. Julia Ratti | Sen. Melanie Scheible | Sen. Joyce Woodhouse | Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod | Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo | Assemblyman Howard Watts | Assemblyman Steve Yeager

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to carbon reduction. (BDR 40-907)

SWEEP supports this bill and will testify regarding the many cost-effective opportunities Nevada has available to reduce GHG emissions ranging from those in the building sector to transportation.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 29, 2019: Heard, No Action in the Senate Finance

S. B. 299 - AN ACT relating to vehicles; revising provisions governing the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Sen. Chris Brooks | Sen. Pat Spearman

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program. (BDR 58-916)

SWEEP supported this bill. Passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of May 16, 2019: In Senate. To enrollment.

S. B. 300 - AN ACT relating to electric utilities; authorizing an electric utility to file an application for the establishment of an alternative rate-making plan; requiring the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to adopt regulations governing the filing of such an application; revising the dates for the filing of general rate applications by electric utilities; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Senator Chris Brooks

Bill Summary

Revises provisions governing the rates charged by electric utilities. (BDR 58-302)

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of May 14, 2019: Amend, and do pass as amended in the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure

S. B. 330 - AN ACT relating to vehicles; revising provisions governing the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Sen. Pat Spearman

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program. (BDR 58-782)

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 13, 2019: Pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1, no further action allowed.

S. B. 428 - AN ACT relating to parking; making it unlawful to park a vehicle in a parking space designated for electric vehicle charging unless the vehicle is being charged; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Sponsored By: Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

Bill Summary

Revises provisions relating to transportation. (BDR 43-725)

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of May 16, 2019: Do pass in the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure

S. C. R. 1 - Directing the Legislative Committee on Energy to conduct an interim study concerning the development of renewable energy and clean energy resources in this State.

Sponsored By: - Primary: Sen. Pat Spearman | Sen. Chris Brooks | Sen. Moises Denis | Sen. David Parks -- Co-Sponsors: | Sen. Dallas Harris | Sen. James Ohrenschall | Sen. Julia Ratti | Sen. Joyce Woodhouse

Bill Summary

Directs the Legislative Committee on Energy to conduct an interim study concerning the development of renewable energy and clean energy resources in this State.

SWEEP supports this bill as it includes for a call for a study of the economic benefits the state of Nevada accrues from energy efficiency measures and the electrification of transportation in Nevada. 

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 17, 2019: Heard, No Action in Senate Legislative Operations and Elections

S. C. R. 3 - Directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study relating to the use of electric vehicles in this State. (BDR R-779)

Sponsored By: - Primary: Sen. Pat Spearman | Sen. David Parks -- Co-Sponsors: Sen. Dallas Harris | Sen. Melanie Scheible

Bill Summary

Directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study relating to the use of electric vehicles in this State. (BDR R-779)

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of May 17, 2019: From printer. To engrossment. Engrossed. First reprint.