Nevada State Legislative Dem Victories in 80th Session

Women’s Issues

  • AB41– Strengthens the confidential address program to protect victims from future attacks. 90% of these attacks are against women
  • AB169– Creates a Maternity Mortality Review Board to combat the rising national concern of maternal deaths and complications. 
  • SB166– Raises the penalties for paying women less for doing the same work. Also increases the pay back for any economic damages.
  • SB179– Women who have abortions outside of what Nevada deems acceptable can no longer be punished by the law. Penalties for anyone who sells drugs or aides in abortion have been removed.
  • SB361– Allows for patients to skip the doctors visit and go straight to the pharmacy for birth control medicine.


  • SB204– Requires schools to adopt a suicide prevention policy, which trains children in the 7th grade and up on the signs if suicide. This is to target high-risk populations such as the homeless and LGBTQ+ teens.

Environment Issues

  • AB84– Authorizes a 10 year long $217 million Conservation Bond Program. Ensures a stable funding sources for conservation projects.
  • AB331– Creates the Outdoor Education and Recreation Grant Program. Helps students learn about conservation issues, respecting the environment, and creates future environmental advocates.
  • AB465– Requires NV energy create a special billing plan for low-income persons and non-profit businesses for rooftop solar panel systems to be installed.
  • AJR2– Urges Congress to reject the U.S. Air Force’s expansion into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
  • SB254– State officials have to analyze Nevada’s carbon footprint and decide what steps  can be taken to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • SB299– Allocates funding to an electric school bus pilot program. Hopes to reduce the pollution kids breathe.

Prison/Criminal Issues

  • AB81– Creates the Department of Indigent Defense Services and an accompanying board to oversee the executive director. Establishes standards such as how many cases individual attorneys should handle.
  • AB125– Allows people arrested for certain crimes to be released on bail without any conditions. Requires the court to hold custody hearings within 48 hours to determine an individual’s pretrial release.
  • AB192– Allows people who have been convicted with the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana to ask the court to seal their records.
  • AB376– Local law enforcement has to disclose the reasons for their questioning about the immigration status of a prisoner. 
  • AB431– Previous felons will have their voting rights restored. In the future, all felons will be able to vote after they are released from prison.

Mental Health

  • AB66– The state is required to license and regulate providers of nonemergency and secure behavioral health transportation for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • AB114– Grades 5+ will now be taught courses on suicide prevention. All teachers are to be trained in suicide warning signs.
  • SB483– Requires the Office of Suicide Prevention to train families in how to recognize the signs of suicide and refer someone to get professional help.

Survivor’s Issues

  • AB60– The penalty for battery of victims who are 5 years younger than the perpetrator and pregnant victims has been increased. The penalty for sex trafficing crimes have also been increased 
  • AB70–  Increases the penalties for people who violate the Open Meeting Law. Increases the time period complaints can be made.
  • AB102– Increases the penalties for violence committed against a first responder and first responders family.
  • AB142– Once DNA evidence is available, action can take place in sex crimes no matter how long ago the crime occured. 
  • AB176– Allows for a survivor of sexual assault to consult with a counselor during a forensic medical exam, or an interview with a prosecurtor, defense attorney, or law enforcement officer.
  • AB248– People involved in a case of sexual assult, discrimination or retaliation can no longer be prevented from discussing their case.
  • AB410– The length of temporary protection in domestic violence cases has been extended from 30 to 45 days. 
  • SB173– If victims of sex trafficking were charged with prostitution they can now wipe clean or seal their conviction 

Worker Issues

  • AB132– Employees can not be denied work for testing positive for marijuana. This does not include firefighters, emergency medical technicians, drivers, or any positions that could “adversely affect the safety of others.” Employers can still prohibit employees from using marijuana as a term of employment. 
  • AB136– Construction workers will receive 100% of the prevailing wage for projects involving building new schools
  • AB370– Increases survivor benefits for the direct families of state workers who passed away due to occupational disease of industrial injury.
  • AB393– During a government shutdown government workers and tribal employees have more leniency on mortgage and rent payments.
  • AB397– It is easier to remove public officials who engage in malfeasance of employment discrimination.
  • AB456– Raises the minimum wage by 75 cents each year beginning on January 1, 2020 until it reaches $12 an hour.
  • SB135– For the first time in history state workers have the power of collective bargaining.
  • SB312– Requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide a minimum of 40 hours per year of paid leave.

Voting Issues

  • AB137– It is now easier for Tribal Communities to access polling locations.
  • AB345– Implements automatic voter registration, allows same-day voter registration, and expands ballots.
  • AJR6– Urges Congress to not add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Healthcare Issues

  • AB141– Pharmacists can not be stopped from telling the patient about a less expensive drug. Pharmacists can no longer be penalized for selling a less expensive drug.
  • AB170– Healthcare providers must provide coverage for preexisting conditions.
  • AB232– Requires all hospitals to be certified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. 
  • AB239– Allows providers discretion when writing prescriptions for controlled substances to treat acute pain.
  • AB469– Prevents out-of-network providers from over charging for emergency services and treatment.
  • SB262 and SB276– Directs the Legislative Commission to monitor the prices of pharmaceutical drugs. Makes it harder for pharmacy benefit managers to raise the price.
  • SB430– Expands the list reasons people can seek medical marijuana. Includes anxiety, autism, autoimmune disorders, and anorexia.
  • SB447– Eliminates sales tax on medical equipment such as motorized wheelchairs and oxygen tanks.


  • AB140– People with a medical marijuana card can not be discriminated against when adopting a child or in child custody cases. Discrimination is also prohibited for people who are deaf, blind, or physically disabled.
  • AB478– Requires police officers to complete at least 12 hours of training each year on topics such as racial profiling, conflict, and firearms
  • SB364– Prohibits medical facilities from discriminating against someone. Requires medical facilities to use people’s preferred pronouns and provide training to the staff on LGBTQ+ issues. 


  • AB219– Allows non-native English language learners to attend schools they are not zoned for if the other school has more services for them.
  • AB289– Parents of kids struggle with reading at the third grade level will have to sign off before the child can be held back a year.
  • AB490– More reporting on student discipline in schools.
  • SB126– School administrators must reapply for their job every 5 years
  • SB475– Lowers the role student growth plays in teacher evaluations from 40% to 15%. Requires administrators to take into account the student to teacher ratio. Calls for an outside study on the efficacy of the state’s teacher evaluation system.
  • SB528– Appropriates $12.9 million for school safety, student mental health and school violence reduction.


  • SB197– Prohibits and creates a penalty for the sale of any cosmetic item tested on an animal after January 1, 2020.
  • SB425– Requires Medicaid to provide additional home and community-based services.
  • SB448– Will provide $10 million in tax credits to encourage builders to build affordable housing. 
  • SB501– Appropriates funds for certain nonprofit corporations such as museums and culturally-significant institutions

Parks and Rec

  • AB51– People 65 years old or older who live in Nevada can now apply to get a free pass to visit the state’s parks.
  • AB152– You will now face incarceration for destroying or defacing Native American gravesites, or (pre)historic sites.
  • AB486– Creates the Division of Outdoor Recreation. Hopes to promote outdoor recreation and help Nevadans connect with their public lands.
  • SB508– Allocates $5 million for wildfire prevention, restoration, and long-term planning.

Low Income

  • SB103– Allows governments to waive certain fees so developers can construct affordable housing.
  • SB151– Slows down the rate of evictions in Nevada and limits late fees for unpaid rent.