Overviewing key legislative priorities and accomplishments, and inviting readers to learn more by reading them more at length in the sections below.
AB216 is a conservative approach to meeting the economic needs of students and working adults who are underemployed or just looking to upskill their careers. The bill accomplishes this without costing small businesses or taxpayers any additional dollars by directing the Nevada State Treasurer to provide a searchable one-stop shop database of available scholarships on the state website.
AB316 takes the widely successful Sober 24 program from Washoe County, which has had a 99% success rate of keeping participants sober and safe on the roads with twice daily drug and alcohol testing, and puts the program into statute so Nevada can pursue federal grants to take the program statewide.
AB194 adds a medical or mental health professional to the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council to advise on the expanded mission to promote and support increased access to and the delivery of high quality, evidence-based health (dental, physical, mental/behavioral health) services for families with young children. It also adds a layer of accountability by requiring the council to report activities and recommendations to the legislature on a biannual basis.
SB208 was a joint effort with Senator Mo Denis to reduce the number of hours required to obtain a cosmetology license and therefore making it easier for qualified individuals to get to work.
AB319 allows an individual to ask for a letter from an Occupational Board to advise if their criminal record will automatically disqualify them and if there are any possible remedies to be taken before they start an educational or certification program to pursue a licensed profession.
AB166 creates a new penalty for “advancing prostitution” so prosecutors can charge a business owner or manager who knowingly forces employees into involuntary servitude and sex trafficking with a Category C felony. The bill also increases the penalties for individuals (pimps) living off the earnings of a prostitute to a Category C felony where force is used and a Category D felony where it is not.
In 2018, Jill served on numerous interim committees where she focused on taking a deeper look at the implementation of the legislature’s policies from 2017, current challenges we still face and best practices from other states. To see the work we did and the final reports, click the following links:
Interim Education Committee
Interim Energy Committee
Nevada Sentencing Commission
In addition to those statutory committees, Jill served as the Vice Chair of the Governor’s School Safety Task Force. The task force spent six months listening to national experts, studying leading safety protocols based on over thirty years of research, and developing recommendations for security, physical infrastructure upgrades, student well being intervention and school climate support. You can read the full report here.
Additionally, Jill worked with her colleagues from both the Assembly and the Senate to form the first ever bicameral, bipartisan Tech Caucus. Since forming they have hosted tours and informational sessions with industry, educational and economic development leaders and other legislators from across the state. The goal of the caucus is to learn more about this emerging economic sector in Nevada, the challenges of cyber security and disruptive technologies and opportunities for harnessing the power of technology to build smarter communities and enhance government efficiency.
AB204 is the direct result of a constituent request to make it easier to change your last name to your middle name on a marriage certificate, saving couples from costly and time-consuming court proceedings and publication requirements.
AB362, closes the communication loopholes that have allowed predators to move from one school to the next even while investigations of sexual misconduct are pending. This phenomenon, known as “Passing the Trash”, has been getting national attention as Clark County School District had 12 cases of teacher sexual misconduct in the first quarter of 2017 alone. This legislation has been acknowledged as the model for the United States by SESAME (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation) and by the authors of the first law passed in Pennsylvania which AB362 was fashioned after.
AB318 was amended into AB280, which directs the Purchasing Department to take into consideration the economic connection between the bidder and the State to avoid awarding close bids to out-of-state companies. Nevada closes approximately 300 contracts per year, many of which are multi-million dollar and multi-year agreements that could bolster Nevada jobs and generate revenues for the state.
AB260 tackles the demand side of the sex trafficking issue in our state by raising penalties on the buyers of illegal prostitution and directing the funds to prevention and enforcement efforts. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and Nevada had the highest number of calls per capita to the National Human Trafficking Hotline with 26,727 calls in 2016 alone.