Measures sealing eviction records during the COVID-19 pandemic, authorizing curbside cannabis pickups and reorganizing the Patient Protection Commission have all been signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Sisolak’s office announced late Thursday that the governor had signed a total of 70 bills in a press release, bringing the governor’s total of signed bills from the 2021 session up to 107 as of Friday. Once bills are approved by both houses of the Legislature and sent to the governor’s office, the state’s chief executive has five days during sessions and 10 days after they adjourn to either sign the bill, veto the measure or allow the clock to expire, which causes a law to automatically take effect.
Here’s a look at some of the bills signed by Sisolak on Thursday:
AB141: Sealing COVID-19 eviction records
Sponsored by Assemblyman Howard Watts (D-Las Vegas), the measure requires courts to automatically seal records for people evicted during the pandemic. Originally, the bill also proposed requiring landlords to give certain long-term tenants two or three months of advance notice before “no cause” eviction — those stemming not from a breach of contract but for any reason the landlord wanted. But that provision was removed.
As amended, the bill passed on a party-line 26-16 vote in the Assembly and a 12-8 vote in the Senate.
AB348: Patient Protection Commission reorganization
Sponsored by Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D-Las Vegas), the bill provides for a reorganization of the Patient Protection Commission, changing it from a primarily industry-focused body to one centered around patient advocates and those who work in the nonprofit health care space. It also requires that the commission adopt bylaws to govern its operation.
The measure additionally designates the Patient Protection Commission as the state agency responsible for administering and coordinating the Peterson-Milbank Program for Sustainable Health