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Final batch of 2009 laws take effect today

by Geoff Dornan
gdornan@nevadaappeal.com

As a new governor and Legislature gear up for the 2011 session next month, a small collection of laws passed in the 2009 session is just now taking effect.

There is a list of seven bills with provisions that didn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2011 – today.

The most prominent on the list is AB162, which requires health care insurance companies to offer coverage for autistic children. The provisions require certain health care plans and insurance policies to provide coverage for the screening and diagnosis of autism, as well as treatment.

It was introduced by Assemblyman James Ohrenschall and co-sponsored by 35 other members of the Assembly as well as 16 senators.

The autism provisions were added to a list of required coverages for such things as colorectal cancer screenings and mammograms.

Also effective with the new year are requirements in AB14 designed to improve reporting of student achievement in public schools. The bill requires the Nevada Department of Education and school districts to adopt a model that allows the progress of pupils in a public school to be tracked from year to year.

Also dealing with education is SB303, which adopted the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The compact sets guidelines for children of military families dealing with enrollment, placement, graduation and other activities as they move from state to state.

AB148 toughens the requirements for safety training of construction workers. Those changes were made in the wake of a series of accidents in Southern Nevada to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on building sites. AB202 adds language requiring those seeking licensing as cosmetologists, hair designers, nail technologists and related professionals to complete instruction in infection control.

AB513 implements new educational requirements for escrow agents to complete accredited courses in the principles, practices, law and ethics of the escrow process. It mandates requirements for both new licensees and renewals.

Finally, AB80 clarifies and spells out the rights of sewer system operators and those responsible for projects that reach into public right of ways for the costs incurred during excavation or demolition projects.