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What is the Index of Bills and Resolutions?

From Chapter 5 of the 2013 Legislative Manual:

The index of Senate and Assembly bills and resolutions is a cumulative publication, which is printed each week during the legislative session. The index contains references to all bills and resolutions introduced during the session and includes references to material that is added to a bill or resolution by amendment.

Within the index are tables to Senate and Assembly bills arranged by the section of NRS proposed to be amended or repealed; chapters of NRS that may be amended by the addition of new sections; and titles of NRS proposed to be amended by the addition of new chapters.

Special characters following a bill or resolution number in the index or tables indicate action taken by the Governor on measures that have been passed by both houses or certain actions taken by the Senate or Assembly:

  1. One asterisk (*) indicates that the bill is effective on October 1 or later.
  2. Two asterisks (**) indicate that the bill is effective on passage and approval or on a specified date before October 1.
  3. One dagger (†) indicates that the material reflected by the index entry was deleted by amendment or that the section reflected in the table was deleted by amendment.
  4. Two daggers (††) indicate that the bill was vetoed.
  5. A double dagger (‡) indicates that the resolution has been approved.
  6. "IP" indicates action on the bill has been indefinitely postponed.
  7. "EX" indicates that the bill is exempt from certain limitations.
  8. "NFA" indicates that no further action on the bill is allowed.

Liberal use is made of "See" and "See also" references. For example, the heading "LAKE TAHOE (See TAHOE BASIN)" means that all information concerning Lake Tahoe is indexed under the heading "TAHOE BASIN." The heading "REGIONAL PLANNING (See also LAND USE PLANNING)" means that all specific references to regional planning are indexed under "REGIONAL PLANNING," but that the heading "LAND USE PLANNING" contains general information that may be pertinent.

General headings are used within the index to list every bill or resolution pertaining to certain general subjects. For example, the heading "APPROPRIATIONS" includes a reference for every bill that contains an appropriation. The heading "LEGISLATIVE AND AGENCY STUDIES" includes a reference for every bill or resolution that requests a study. The heading "RESOLUTIONS AND MEMORIALS" includes references for every resolution introduced, except constitutional amendments and legislative matters. Constitutional amendments are listed under the headings "CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, NEVADA" and "CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, UNITED STATES." Resolutions concerning legislative matters (other than "LEGISLATIVE AND AGENCY STUDIES") are indexed under the heading "LEGISLATURE." In consulting the index on a given subject, the user should check first for the specific, then for the general, subject.

A final edition of the index and tables is printed after adjournment and may be used before the publication of the Advance Sheets to identify new laws or amendments to existing law.

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Last updated 2/20/2013

 


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