Posts Tagged ‘Kelly Kite’

Bill Curtailing “Puppy Mills” Gains Committee Approval

By Andrew Doughman | 5:40 pm May 19th, 2011

CARSON CITY – A bill curtailing the use of “puppy mills” passed out of committee today, leaving it one Assembly floor vote away from reaching the governor’s desk.

After amendments, Senate Bill 299 would allow local governments to require dog and cat breeders to obtain a permit. The breeder’s workplace would also be open for inspection, and breeders would be required not to breed female dogs younger than 18 months or more than once per year.

In past hearings, the bill had received much public interest. In the Senate, the bill passed in a 16 to 5 vote.

“I got more emails on [Senate Bill] 299 then I think I’ve gotten on taxation and I think the budgets,” said Assemblyman Kelly Kite, R-Minden.

An amendment from Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, ensured that the bill’s numerous requirements do not apply to anyone who breeds cats or dogs as a hobby.

“”The legislative intent is not to restrict the good quality breeders who I know are out there,” Kite said. “I’ve been hunting since I was 10 years old and you need those kind of breeders to get those dogs out there. This, as I see it, is for the bad puppy mills.”

In an attempt to curb abusive practices, the bill would also require commercial breeders to insert a tracking microchip into their dogs and cats as well as vaccinate all of their animals for rabies.

Other sections of the bill establish requirements for the cleanliness, temperature, safety and size of areas where commercial breeders keep animals.

Kite did not like some of the restrictions, saying they were “over-protective.”

He did, however, vote for the bill.

“If we get rid of the abusive, nasty, horrible puppy mills … I will go along with it reluctantly,” Kite said.

Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams, D- Las Vegas, also said she had some reservations about the bill, especially the section requiring breeders to insert microchips into their animals.

But she also supported the bill.

“There’s a saying in this building: We don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good,” Carlton said to Kite and Bustamante-Adams, who are both freshmen legislators.




Smoking Bill Would Establish Smoking Zones On College Campuses

By Andrew Doughman | 11:56 am April 15th, 2011

CARSON CITY — A bill that would partially ban smoking on college campuses passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

Assemblyman Paul Aizley, D-Las Vegas, amended Assembly Bill 128 to require colleges and universities to establish campus smoking zones outside of which a person would not be able to smoke.

Under the amendment, the smoking zones would have to be a reasonable distance away from walking paths and doorways.

In an earlier hearing, legislators had criticized his bill for banning smoking on campuses outright.

The chairman of the committee, Assemblyman William Horne, D-Las Vegas, had said he was afraid it would drive smokers across the street from campuses and disrupt local businesses. He wondered where smokers would end up.

“So, the parking lot in front of Chipotle?” Horne said. “So I can eat my burrito bowl and pass through a cloud of smoke?”

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 already outlaws smoking inside of buildings, but this has not rid campuses of tobacco smoke, said Aizley, a former professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The amendment seemed to quell opposition to the bill.

“I think here it is a good compromise,” Horne said. “The campuses can identify places on campus away from entries into buildings where persons can have a smoke.”

Three legislators still voted against the bill.

“There’s a personal freedom factor that we’re kind of starting to get into a point where we’re infringing on people,” said Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks.

He said it was wrong to mandate the establishment of smoking zones at Nevada’s college campuses when no such zones are required on the Capitol grounds outside the Legislature.

Hansen’s comments were, however, in the minority. He joined Assemblymen Kelly Kite, R-Minden, and Mark Sherwood, R-Las Vegas, in voting against the bill.


Assemblyman Almost Incriminates Himself For Breaking Gun Law

By Andrew Doughman | 10:46 am March 8th, 2011

CARSON CITY – Assemblyman Kelly Kite, R-Minden, learned he may have broken a law yesterday during a Commerce and Labor committee hearing.

The committee was debating a bill about the interstate sale of rifles and shotguns. Current law bans the interstate sale of those guns in states that do not have a border with Nevada.

Kite posed what he later called a “quasi-hypothetical” question about whether buying a Remington Model 1100 12-gauge shotgun eight years ago in Missouri would be illegal under current law.

The committee generally concurred that it would be.

The bill in question would strike the law to put Nevada’s law more in line with federal provisions of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Nevada’s law requires residents to buy rifles and shotguns in Nevada or in a state with a border to Nevada.

The federal act allows a broader interstate sale of rifles and shotguns.

“Did I buy the gun? Yes,” Kite said in his office today. “But it’s not illegal.”

Kite looked into the law after the hearing and realized he had not broken it.

He said that he bought the shotgun from his brother. Even though the current law bans the interstate sale of shotguns, the provisions of that law apply to federally-licensed gun dealers.

Kite said his story only reinforces the need for the bill.

“Many gun dealers are not aware of Nevada’s law,” he said.

Kite is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Assembly Bill 217 was not voted out of committee yesterday, but it enjoys bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate.

The committee chair, Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, held the bill for a vote at a later date.