Nevada Legislature’s Bill Draft Request List Published, Includes Measures For Lobbying Reforms, Voucher Schools

CARSON CITY – A list of 144 bills requested for drafting for the 2013 session was posted on the Nevada Legislature’s website today.

Nevada State Senate in session, 2011. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

The list of bill draft requests, most coming from individual lawmakers, includes proposals to require lobbyists to report their spending when the Legislature is not in session, and another to amend the state constitution to allow for voucher schools.

The lobbyist reporting bill was requested by former Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, who resigned from her seat in mid-term to run in Senate District 15 against Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno. Leslie sponsored a similar bill in the 2011 session that failed in the Assembly.

The voucher school measuring is being sought by Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas. Gov. Sandoval supports the creation of voucher schools and is expected to pursue some type of voucher program in the 2013 session, which begins Feb. 4.

Assemblyman John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, is seeking a bill to adopt the “Castle Doctrine” in Nevada to provide legal protections for homeowners who defend themselves against criminals.

A similar measure was introduced in both the 2009 and 2011 sessions, but did not get a hearing in either session.

The bill draft request list will be updated weekly through the 2013 session.

The list contains only a single descriptive line for each measure requested, along with who made the request.