Gov. Sandoval prepares to sign last of bills from legislative session as deadline nears
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
Governor Sandoval is up against a deadline to finish signing bills this legislative session.
Sandoval has been traveling around the state for bill signings all week. Since Monday, he's signed 65 bills into law.
On Thursday, the governor made three separate stops in Las Vegas to sign 15 bills. He did not veto any.
One of those new laws is drawing quite a bit of attention because it enforces the strictest requirements in the nation for pharmaceutical companies, forcing them to reveal how they set certain prescription drug prices. The law focuses on insulin, a lfe-sustaining drug for diabetics that has skyrocketed in price over the past decade.
Another bill approved today will restore the rooftop solar industry in Nevada. Sandoval said the law will bring "hundreds, if not thousands of jobs" back to Nevada.
Solar workers watched Sandoval sign AB 405 at the Tesla Energy warehouse in Las Vegas. Many of them rejoiced after the governor signed the legislation. Solar worker Simon Anderson said, "it means everything. It means we get to come back. It means we're back in business. It means that those 250 people that lost their jobs are going to have jobs again."
In total, more than 600 bills have become law this legislative session. As of Thursday night, the governor's communications director, Mari St. Martin said he had just nine bills left on his desk.
Martin said Sandoval plans to address all nine bills on Friday. The governor plans to sign two bills tomorrow morning in his office. One of those bills, AB 472 aims do reduce recidivism rates in the juvenile justice system. The other bill focuses on combatting the opioid crisis in Nevada.
On Friday afternoon, the governor will sign what are likely the last bills of the legislative session at the University of Nevada. One of those will create new guidelines for autonomous vehicles to drive on Nevada roads.
St. Martin said the governor is still undecided on two bills, but he intends to make a decision about every piece of legislation on his desk.
If Sandoval does not sign or veto bills by Friday at midnight, they will automatically become law. St. Martin said that has only happened once before in Sandoval's time in office. She said he intentionally refused to sign a bill because he believed there was a conflict of interest because the new law would affect one of his relatives.