Update: Nevada Legislature ALL Bills

Mare and new foal

Mare and new foal

AB 264 deals with several aspects of Management of Virginia Range horses. Penalties for feeding (drawing horses into communities and onto roads) will be discussed as well as increasing cooperative strategies to manage horses on the range.

In order to proceed with phase two of the cooperative agreements, there is an amendment to AB264 which will be introduced at the Senate Natural Resources committee hearing on Tuesday, May 14. 

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 2144, Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City

Videoconferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV. (Public comments will be accepted in both Carson City and Las Vegas.)

Note from Lobby Committee on all bills to do with animals. The first two we ask you to comment on but included all of the bills as many may spark interest:
Hearings this week – AB 246 (swap meet), Tuesday, Senate Natural Resources
Vote on bills – ALL OF OUR BILLS as they MUST be out of committee byMay 17thSENATE BILLS:

Horse Tripping happens in Nevada!

Horse Tripping happens in Nevada!

SB 72, HORSE TRIPPING; Asm Daly, the Chairman, plans to amend the bill AGAIN and weaken it (AGAIN) – exempting charreadas who PRACTICE Catch & Release on private property from obtaining a permit.  Serious discussions are taking place re considerations of all of the proposed amendments and even whether to continue with this bill.

SJR 1, WILD HORSE RESOLUTION RE TOURISM; Even though this Resolution has had unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate, Asm Daly has some ‘concerns’ and has indicated he’s not in support.  As Chairman, he has the capability of preventing the bill from moving OUT of his committee.

SB 82,BEAR HUNT STUDY RESOLUTION; Watered down from a prohibition of a bear hunt to a 3-yr study to be conducted after the 2013 scheduled hunt.

AB 110, PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION OF CERTAIN DOG BREEDS; Shelters will be prohibited from euthanizing a dog simply because it LOOKS like a pit bull.

SB 73, PROTECTS THE IDENTITY OF A PERSON WHO REPORTS ANIMAL CRUELTY; Asm Daly pulled this bill from being voted on Thursday – he said for ‘political’ reasons.  He said he’ll ‘probably’ bring it up for a vote this next week.

SB 83, INCREASES PENALTIES FOR COCKFIGHTING; Referred to Finance Committee where the fiscal impact is being discussed/debated.

SB 213, TRAPPING; Asm Daly will NOT accept any amendment suggesting the wildlife commission ‘consider’ adopting a 24-hour (or 48-hour) visitation of the traps in their regs.  Wants the visitation period to continue at once every 96-hours.  The registration/ID of trap owner language will be voted on this next week.

SB 245, PROHIBITION OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF EXOTIC ANIMALS; This was a great bill – it has been dramatically watered down to suggest counties MAY adopt an ordinance pertaining to exotics.  Meetings are taking place to discuss the bill.

SB 371, PROHIBITS FEEDING BIG-GAME MAMMALS; will prohibit ‘baiting’ mammals for hunting purposes.

ASSEMBLY BILLS:
AB 168, REQUIRES COUNTY COMMISSION TO APPOINT A ‘PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE’; since hunters are the members who serve on the County Advisory Board for the Wildlife Commission (as well as the Wildlife Commission) to manage wildlife, this will require a member who represents the general public of the county be appointed to the board.

AB 246, SWAP MEETS; Prohibits the sale of live animals at swap meets/flea markets/open air markets.  Allows for ADOPTIONS (cat and dog) at open air EVENTS.  Groups in the south have serious swap meet problems (exotic animals, 501c3 imposters), 501c3 groups in the north have regular adoptions at walkathons, etc.

AB 345, PREDATORS; Requires wildlife commission to establish policies for predator programs and activities and ‘manage’ according to the BEST SCIENCE AVAILABLE.  Senator Ford, the Chairman of Senate N. R. was very helpful at the hearing in clarifying that OTHER available sources science will not be potentially excluded (environmental, sociological, etc.).

AB 264, PENALTIES FOR FEEDING ESTRAY HORSES; First offense – discussion only re illegal feeding, Second offense – gross misdemeanor.

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If you would like to express your opinions to the Assembly committee here are their emails:

Speak OUT!

Speak OUT!

Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining email AsmNRAM@asm.state.nv.us

Chair: Skip Daly -l Skip.Daly@asm.state.nv.us
Vice Chair: Paul Aizley – Paul.Aizley@asm.state.nv.us
Members:
Richard Carrillo – Richard.Carrillo@asm.state.nv.us
Lesley E. Cohen – Lesley.Cohen@asm.state.nv.us
James W. Healey – James.Healey@asm.state.nv.us
Heidi Swank – Heidi.Swank@asm.state.nv.us
Tyrone Thompson – Tyrone.Thompson@asm.state.nv.us
Paul Anderson – Paul.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us
John Ellison – John.Ellison@asm.state.nv.us
Ira Hansen – Ira.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us
Pete Livermore – Pete.Livermore@asm.state.nv.us
Jim Wheeler – Jim.Wheeler@asm.state.nv.us

To check status of all Bills click link and then Bill number: https://nelis.leg.state.nv.us/77th2013/App#/77th2013/Committee/BillStatus/Assembly/Natural%20Resources%2c%20Agriculture%2c%20and%20Mining

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