Henderson Chamber of Commerce
HCC Government Affairs Newsletter
March 29, 2019 
2019 Legislative Committee

Aviva Gordon
(Chair)

Natalie Buckel
(Vice Chair)
I Want My Two Dollars

Chuck Mohler

Patty Charlton

Chris Caluya

George Garcia

Katie Ryan

Non-Voting

Scott Muelrath
Henderson Chamber

Amber Stidham
Henderson Chamber

Rocky Finseth
(Contract Lobbyist)

Isabelle Beaumont-Frenette
(Contract Lobbyist)
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More Changes in the Legislative Body Composition

As you know from our last issue, Senator Nicole Cannizzaro ascended to the Senate Majority Leader position upon former Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson's resignation earlier this month. The Clark County Commission has since appointed Senator Marcia Washington to fill Atkinson's position in Senate District 4. The week after this all played out, Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle resigned when allegations of sexual harassment came to light. This created another new vacancy in Assembly District 30, and the Washoe County Commission appointed Greg Smith to fill Sprinkle's seat on March 26. Smith was one of 15 applicants for the position. Assemblyman Smith is the husband of late Senator Debbie Smith.
 
As a result of these changes, the bill introduction deadline for legislators, which was scheduled for March 18, was delayed by legislators and is now set forth as March 25. We have seen hundreds of bills introduced over the course of the last week-and-a-half and your Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) continues to sort through, read, take positions and work with legislators on many of them.

Bills Tracked by HCC

Earlier this week nearly 200 bills filed, which increased HCC's tracked bill count to now 89 bills that touch on a variety of topics affecting business. Here are a few of the bills we are watching for you:
  • AB197 would create a rebuttable presumption that, when included in certain form contracts to which a resident who did not draft the form contract is a party, the following contractual terms are unconscionable: 1) a requirement that a claim arising under the contract be resolved in a forum that is inconvenient to the nondrafting party; 2) a limitation or waiver of the nondrafting party's right to assert a claim or seek a remedy available under state or federal law; 3) a limitation or waiver of the nondrafting party's right to seek punitive damage for any claim for which punitive damages are available; 4) a requirement that the nondrafting party bring a claim within a time limit which expires before the statute of limitations on that claim; or, 5) a requirement that the nondrafting party pay fees and costs to bring the claim in state or federal court. The bill would also require the court to award the nondrafting party, in addition to any other award or remedy, if it finds contractual terms to be unconscionable, statutory damages of no more than $1,000 for each contractual term found to be unconscionable, costs and reasonable attorney's fees. It excludes contracts with bank, national banking association, savings bank, trust company, savings and loans association, credit union, mortgage broker, mortgage banker, thrift company or insurance company regulated by the state or the United States. HCC Legislative Chair Aviva Gordon testified in opposition of the bill at the hearing on March 20 in Assembly Government Affairs.
  HCC's legislative chair and managing partner of Gordon Law's Aviva Gordon testifies during a recent assembly committee hearing relating to consumer law regulations.
  • AB224 would transfer the NV Grow Program from the Office of Economic Development within the Governor's office to the Division of Workforce Development of the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). It would also appropriate $425,000 to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) to enable CSN to assist and carry out the NV Grow Program. 
  • AB308 would allow an employer to receive a credit against the modified business tax if the employer pays for an employee's academic or vocational education to a qualified provider. To qualify, an employer would have to maintain its principal office in Nevada, employ no more than 30 FTEs and have an average annual gross receipt of no more than $3.5M for the preceding 3 years. The amount of the credit would be 50% of the amount paid to the provider or $500 per participating employee per year, whichever is less. The employer would have to notify the provider and the provider would have to obtain approval for the credit from the Department of Taxation. After receiving approval, the employee would have to start the course within 30 days, and the employer would have to pay for the course no later than 30 days after the provider requires payment.
  • AB456 would increase the minimum wage by $0.75/hour a year until it reaches at least $12/hour (or $11/hour if the employer offers health insurance). As introduced, it would also allow an employee to bring a civil action against an employer who does not pay minimum wage and allow the court to award all remedies available and require the court to award reasonable attorney's fees if the employee prevails.
  • SB306 would allow an employee to bring a civil action against a contractor concerning labor incurred by a subcontractor or contractor and to recover the difference between the amount paid and the amount the minimum wage if an employer paid an amount less than the minimum wage. It would also authorize an employee to bring a cause of action to recover damages for a violation from any person who caused such damages. It would also allow the court to award costs and reasonable attorney's fees to the prevailing party.
  • SB312 would require private employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) at a rate of no less than 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. A salaried employee would be deemed to work 40 hours per week. The PSL would carry over from year-to-year, but the employer could limit the accrual of PSL to a maximum of 48 hours per year. An employer would be able to limit the amount of PSL an employee could use to 24 hours per year. It would also require an employer to provide a written accounting notice of the PSL hours available on each payday. It would also require employers to keep documentation that confirms or supports the reason the employee requested PSL for 3 years and make the records available to the Labor Commissioner upon request. This would apply to private employers of 25 or more employees (excluding nonprofit religious, charitable, fraternal or other 501(c)(3) organizations), and would not apply to an employer who provides at least 24 hours of PSL pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, contract, policy.
  • HCC testified at the Higher Education Capital Improvement Projects hearing and expressed its support for both the Nevada State College Education Building and the College of Southern Nevada Health Sciences Building during the Joint Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittees on K-12/Higher/Education/CIP hearing on March 20.
  HCC's government affairs director Amber Stidham testifies to support NSC and CSN CIP projects to benefit workforce education.
 
2019 Post-Legislative Luncheon June 18

HCC will host its "2019 in Summation: Biennial Nevada Legislative Luncheon" on June 18 with featured speaker, HCC's contract chief lobbyist, Rocky Finseth who serves as the president/CEO of Carrara Nevada.  Attendees will get an inside look at key bills state legislators acted on that will impact local businesses.
   
HCC Businesses Meet with Congresswoman Lee to Discuss International Trade Policies

Last week HCC members businesses met with Rep. Susie Lee (CD-3) to discuss international business policies touching on USMCA, US-China trade agreements, related tariffs as well as intellectual property matters together with the Washington DC-based U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business advocacy group.
Amber Stidham
Director of Government Affairs
Henderson Chamber of Commerce
AStidham@HendersonChamber.com
702.565.8951