The Nevada legislature passed several changes in laws after its 2021 session that will affect Nevada residents. Many of these new laws became effective at the beginning of 2022. Below is a basic rundown of these changes so you can learn how they may affect you.
- Assembly Bill 118 – Car Seat Requirement Changes: As of January 1, 2022, all children age 2 and younger must be put in a rear-facing car seat when riding in a car, children younger than 6 years of age or smaller than 57 inches must ride in a designated car seat, and car seat weight requirements capping out at 60 lbs are no longer in place;
- Assembly Bill 196 – Lactation Rooms in Courthouses: This new law mandates all courthouses to have lactation rooms for nursing mothers, and they must be open to the public and not just courthouse workers.
- Senate Bill 103 — Dog Breed Discrimination and Insurance: This prohibits insurers from discriminating against specific dog breeds. Insurance carriers that issue homeowner and renters’ policies cannot refuse to issue or renew a policy based on the breed of a policy holder’s dog. If the animal has a history of aggression or is dangerous, an insurer can refuse to issue a policy or increase a premium based on the information.
- Assembly Bill 217 — Unlicensed Caregivers: This law requires a specific level of training for caregivers who are not licensed and who work at designated medical facilities. Additionally, the Nevada State Board of Health must regulate the training to make sure those in charge of the medical facilities are providing the needed training and resources. The Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health must also post a list of nationally-recognized companies that offer low-cost or free training under this law.
- Senate Bill 251— Health Screening for Women: This requires a primary care provider to complete a medical history screening of female patients to determine if the patient is at a higher risk for the mutation, known as BRCA, that increases the chances of breast cancer.
- Assembly Bill 321— Permanent Mail-in Ballots: Every voter registered in Nevada will now receive a mail-in ballot, a process that started during the COVID-19 pandemic as a temporary measure.
- Senate Bill 190 — Birth Control Access in Pharmacies: This law permits pharmacists to provide birth control to patients without the need of a doctor or other healthcare provider’s authorization or a prescription. The purpose of the law was to help those without access to healthcare providers due to costs or doctor shortages.
There are other bills covering a large range of topics including legal protection and assistance programs for LGBTQ-owned small businesses, expanding voting access to disabled voters, licensure for freestanding birth centers, Medicaid covering doula services, and college athletes being allowed to use endorsements to earn money.
Experienced Nevada Attorneys
The first step in knowing your rights and obligations in Nevada is understanding these new laws. The Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at H&P Law can explain this to you and help seek just compensation for you if you are involved in an accident in Nevada.