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6,Thursday, July 31, 1997 I?ahxump k'ailey Gazette i i Legislat gone fishin' aft00,.JF longest session ever Well, it turned out to the be the longest and most expensive legisla- tive session in Nevada history -- but they finally hung the "gone fishin" sign on the door. Without a doubt the biggest, and most controversial, bill passed this session is AB291 which allows county commissioners to raise the tax for infrastructure needs. Hah. Our commissioners think infrastruc- ture is the chair they're sitting on. Computer nerds got a boost from a bill that has been signed into law, SB13, which dishes out penalties for transmitting e-mail advertising without the user's consent. The more curious facet of this law is to contemplate just how they're going to enforce it. I have no idea and I suspect they don't either. An important health measure, also signed into law, is SB428 which provides insurance benefits for drug and alcohol treatment. These benefits are minimum. Hey, you may groan, "my premiums will go up to pay for the drunks and sniffers." But, how else are we going to help people to straighten out their life? AB557 requires the development of emergency preparedness plans for child care facilities. Most competent facilities would already have such plans but this will help to ensure that a//places that may care for our children are prepared to instruct them in an emergency. Back through history there are far too many examples of lives being lost through poor planning. I don't like government getting into our business lives any more than the next person but this is a good bill. SB281 is another bill that provides protection where it is sorely I I The "huddle" in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the oppo- you know sition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him. needed. This is the "Rape is Murder" bill. It removes rape from the statute of limitations, as it should be. These creeps shouldn't get away with something just because some time ran out. Another good bill, and one l've been harping about in this column for some time now, is SB145 which requires a sheriff or police with whom a convicted person has registered to forward information to a state central repository. Guess you could call this a "spread the word" bill. The only problem, as rve discussed, is getting them to register as a ex-felon to begin with. Children of Nye BEWARE! The penalty for gross misdemeanors committed on school property, on school buses or at bus stops have been greatly enhanced. ABSI5 addresses this issue and I'm not terribly familiar with the contents. I believe it increases the penalties, not necessarily the nature of the offense. Maybe someone can bring me up to date on this bill -- it sounds like a good one. Speaking of school buses, another bill requires school districts to adopt safety programs for students who ride school buses. I was surprised to learn that there is currently no such program. Personally, if they want to get serious about the school bus program m require safety belts! It's disgusting how the school districts can get away with that. This was just a sampling of our over-extended legislative session. There was much more, of course. I congratulate our representatives for one of the most productive sessions in Nevada history. Maybe next year we can get seat belts on school buses. Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Vghether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! II D