Minimum wage hike, cage-free chicken rules and short-term rental law go into effect July 1 in Nevada | Carson City Nevada News
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More than 400 bills passed in the 2021 legislative session, but not all became law at once, with 19 of those bills taking effect July 1, from K-12 education changes to guidelines updates for non-cage chickens.
There are also six bills passed during the 2021 session that will take effect Jan. 1, 2023, just before lawmakers reconvene in Carson City.
In the meantime, here’s a look at some of Nevada’s most recent laws.
AB456 (2019): Minimum wage increases to $10.50 per hour
Like every year since 2019, Nevada’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents at the start of the month to $10.50 an hour for workers who don’t have eligible health insurance and $9.50 for the hour for those to whom health insurance is offered. advantages.
The minimum wage will increase for another two years until it reaches $12 an hour for those without insurance and $11 for those who do. The regular increases were codified in the 2019 legislation which created the phased minimum wage increases through 2024.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
AB376: Creates the “Keep Nevada Working” task force
AB376, also known as the “Keep Nevada Working Act,” creates a task force consisting of the lieutenant governor and eight named members from immigrant advocacy groups, business and labor organizations, faith-based and nonprofit organizations and immigration and criminal justice advocacy groups. .
The task force aims to foster trust between immigrant communities, state and local law enforcement. He can also strategize with private sector companies, labor organizations and immigrant advocacy groups to support current and future industries, conduct research on methods to strengthen immigrant career paths and recommend approaches. to improve the retention of immigrant business owners.
The bill also requires the attorney general’s office to issue “model policies” that provide recommendations for limiting the enforcement of immigration laws in schools, health care facilities, courthouses and other government agencies. It requires local law enforcement agencies to adopt the policies or notify the Attorney General’s office if they do not adopt the policies.
AB261: Teach students about the history of underrepresented groups
Before the start of the new school year, a new law will come into effect that will require school boards in each district to ensure that K-12 education includes history and contributions to science, arts and humanities by underrepresented groups.
The bill says material should include Native Americans, members of the LGBT+ community, people with disabilities, people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, immigrants and refugees, and people of diverse religious backgrounds, among others.
Content must be age-appropriate, the bill says. A school district board may also choose to include any other underrepresented groups it deems appropriate.
AB177: Prescription information in different languages
Nevada law will now require pharmacies to offer instructions on prescription bottles in multiple languages — if requested by the patient.
The State Board of Pharmacy will hold a public hearing on July 14 to get community feedback on the languages it suggests requiring – Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Amharic, Somali, Vietnamese and Korean.
The board will then review demographic trends and state projections and determine whether the suggested languages should be implemented or updated. The bylaw can be passed within 120 days, according to the council.
Pharmacies are also required to post a notice about the patient’s right to request information in a language other than English and list the languages available.
SB102: Early school age
Before the start of the new school year, Nevada law requiring children to be a certain age by September 30 to be admitted to kindergarten is changed for the first day of school.
From now on, children must be 5 years old on the first day of school to be admitted. The same goes for first and second grade, where children must be 6 and 7 respectively on or before the first day of school.
AB363: Short-term rental regulations
This bill set some parameters for short-term rentals such as AirBnB, and gave Clark County and several municipalities the green light to create their own policies.
The bill requires counties to set maximum occupancy at 16 people per living unit, that there be at least 660 feet between transient accommodation units, and requires 2,500 feet between short-term rental units and a resort hotel. County ordinances should prohibit parties, weddings, events or other large gatherings.
Counties can establish the amount of annual royalties and the maximum number of rentals a person can hold (not to exceed five per state business license). But county commissioners cannot completely ban short-term rentals.
Clark County commissioners approved an ordinance this week with requirements, a license application process and expectations for managing short-term rentals. The ordinance requires at least 1,000 feet between accommodation units, an occupancy limit of two people per room, and no more than 10 people per unit. It also specifies that no more than 1% of housing in the county can be rented on a short-term basis.
AB399: Eggs without a cage
Nevada now prohibits large landowners or farm operators from confining laying hens to pens smaller than 1 square foot and suggests implementing a “cage-free housing system.”
By 2024, additional provisions of the bill will come into effect and a cage-free housing system will be a requirement, not just a suggestion.
A non-cage housing system is an enclosure where laying hens are free to roam and unrestricted, which is intended to provide the hens with enrichment and allow them to display natural behaviors.
The bill’s requirements do not apply to farmers with fewer than 3,000 hens. It also does not apply when confining the hen during examination, testing or treatment, transportation, rearing or during state fair shows and of county.
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