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Note from the Lobbying Team

The Legislative Session started on Monday with the usual pomp and circumstance: legislators were sworn in, standing rules adopted and the pre-filed bills were officially introduced.

Budget hearings are in their third week, and legislators are already working long hours. With so many pre-filed bills (over 200), things are moving faster than usual in Carson City. Some bills are already passing out of committee and making it the floor. We are seeing major initiatives that are not real estate related already starting to drop, like the minimum wage bill referred to by Senate Majority Leader Ford on the first day of session.

With that, read below about a few measures with a potential impact on real estate that have been introduced so far.

Vacant Property Registry

SB24, introduced on behalf of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, would allow cities to adopt an ordinance to create a vacant property registry. The cities would be able to require a fee for such a registration, an annual renewal and contact information for the owner's local contact, and to impose civil penalties for failure to comply.

NVAR is opposed to the measure as written for several reasons, including that such a registry, because it is administered by a public entity, would be public record and would put the vacant property on a target list for bad actors. There is a concern that, as written, it would penalize property owners who choose not to develop on their land for a period of time, and therefore infringe on their property rights. NVAR is also concerned with the bill's impact on commercial real estate in Nevada.

This bill has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.

Sealing of Eviction Records

AB107 would provide that eviction records, from the affidavit of complaint to any court order, be sealed for 60 days. The intent is to provide a tenant the opportunity to find alternate housing without the stigma of eviction proceedings showing up on their background check.

NVAR opposes this bill, as it would prevent a potential landlord from getting a complete background check on prospective tenants. Proponents of the bill have indicated that more work needs to be done on the bill and they've reached out to the Lobbying Team to discuss NVAR's concerns.

This bill has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.

Allowing Cities to Lien for Unpaid Utilities

AB8, introduced by the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, proposes to expand the cities' ability to lien for unpaid charges from sewer service only to utility service. In discussions with proponents of the bill, NVAR expressed that this language might be overly broad. The League has indicated that they are planning on amending the bill to only allow cities to have the same powers as the county when it comes to sewer, storm water and water.

This bill has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.

Foreclosure on Veterans' Properties

SB33, introduced on behalf of the Governor's office, would prevent a mortgage servicer from conducting a foreclosure if the borrower is a servicemember and is on active duty or deployment, and for a period of one year after the end of the active duty or deployment.

NVAR supports this effort. This bill has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.

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February 10, 2017 EDITION

In this issue:

2016 Major Investors

Investment completed as of December 31, 2016

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Judye Phebus
Jack Woodcock

Golden R ($5,000+)

Nancy Anderson
Diane Brown
Ken Gragson
Heidi Kasama
Patty Kelley
Joanne Levy
Keith Lynam
George Peek
Devin Reiss
Linda Rheinberger
Mark Stark 

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Vandana Bhalla
Thomas Blanchard
Sharon Exarhos
Rosa Herwick
Charles Kitchen
Chris Plastiras
Brandon Roberts
Buck Schaeffel
Chantel Tilley
Melissa Zimbelman

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Tina Africk
William Alt
Mark Ashworth
Lee Barrett
Jillian Batchelor
Scott Beaudry
Christopher Bishop
Becky Blankenburg
Steve Bohler
Paul Bottari
Kathryn Bovard
Joe Brezny
Edee Campbell
Michele Caprio
Janet Carpenter
Marshall Carrasco
Sherrie Cartinella
Avis Cherry
Shawn Cunningham
Cheryl Delehanty
Amber DeLillo
Wendy DiVicchio
Rocky Finseth
Ernie Freggiaro
Robert Gluskin
John Graham
Bert Gurr
Bob Hamrick
Molly Hamrick
Faith Harmer
Eric Heinen
Ron Hoy
Jessica James
Azim Jessa
Blane Johnson
Soozi Jones-Walker
Amy Keith-Lessinger
Keith Kelley
Joan Kuptz
Tim Kuptz
Mylissa Lanning
Kris Layman
Stephen Lincoln
Robert Little
Andrew Lunsford
Shyla Magee
Greg Martin
Penny Mayer
James McGuire
Doug McIntyre
Teresa McKee
JC Melvin
Theresa Meyer
Bobbi Miracle
Mark Miscevic
Laura Moline
Gary Morfin
David Morris
Carol Murphy
Brandon Park
Debbie Primack
William Process
Pam Reese
Ricci Rodriguez-Elkins
Tedd Rosenstein
Kellie Rubin
Marv Rubin
Neil Schwartz
Sara Sharkey-Alexander
Dusty Shipp
Kevin Sigstad
Scott Smith
Shelley Specchio
Lillian Spencer
Tina Spencer
Brad Spires
Robert Andy Stahl
Marcella Syme
Katherine Tatro
Jeni-Eugenia Temen
David Tina Sr.
David Tina Jr.
Pete Torsiello
Sandra Wakefield
Cherie Williams
James Winer
Kathy Woodcock
Judie Woods
Julie Youngblood
Craig Zager
Zar Zanganeh

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