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New Year Brings New Laws to Nevada

As 2016 morphed into 2017 new laws came on the books. Some, such as those dealing with prescription medications could be beneficial. Others, like the moped tax, may not.

Marijuana

Despite voters approving the adult use of recreational pot, the law permitting possession of up to an ounce won’t happen right away. The Department of Taxation must first write regulations to license and regulate the trade.

Mopeds

No one is safe with these small engines on wheels tearing up Nevada streets. At least that’s what the DMV things. Moped owners are required to register the turtle-paced vehicles and hand over a one-time fee of $33. That doesn’t include other costs such as license plates, inspections, and taxes. The 2015 Legislature called the law an “anti-theft measure, ” but opponents see it as another way to dip into the taxpayer’s purses.

Body Cameras

Highway Patrol troopers will begin wearing body cameras in February. The delay is caused by Nevada’s Board of Examiners who must vote on a $1.2 million contract to buy the equipment. About 450 members who have regular contact with the public will be required to wear the devices.

Synchronized Scripts

Individuals with chronic afflictions who consume multiple medicines may find it easier managing their drugs. A new lay providing for synchronization of medications and prescriptions went into effect after legislators listened to testimony about the difficulty some people have getting their prescriptions refilled.

Autism

Kids with autism spectrum disorders will have a gateway to more treatment thanks to a new law that doubles the maximum annual insurance benefit. Advocates believe the increased benefit will permit the purchase of 25 hours a week of therapy, currently capped at 10 hours.

Occupational Sickness

Nevada firefighters, arson investigators, and cops who have lung and heart disorders are presumed to have gotten the disease through their occupation. Starting January 1, 2017, a new provision takes into account personal behaviors such as smoking and tobacco use. The new law says that frequent or regular use of tobacco within twelve months of filing a claim will exclude a person from the benefits provided by “conclusive presumption.”  In other words, it won’t be taken for granted that lung and heart disease is an occupational hazard.

Private Gun Transfers

Voters approved the required criminal background checks for private gun sales in November. Nevada’s Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the law was unenforceable as it required the background checks to be performed by the FBI.

The agency said it wouldn’t get involved in background checks for private weapon sales as Nevada has its system in place to check databases.

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