The bill, with one minor amendment, passed on an 8-5 vote. Assm. Erven T. Nelson, Michele Fiore, David M. Gardner, Brent A. Jones, P.K. O’Neill, Victoria Seaman, Jim Wheeler and Chair Ira Hansen voted in favor of AB125. Assm. Elliot T. Anderson, Nelson Araujo, Olivia Diaz, James Ohrenschall and Tyrone Thompson opposed the bill.
During the discussion of the bill, Assm. Fiore declared she was “excited with this bill” and Assm. Gardner stated that it “fixes abuses” that he has witnessed in construction defect cases. Assm. Anderson and Diaz spoke in opposition to AB125.
Chair Hansen spoke in support of the legislation and said that the components of the bill were nearly all items that had been addressed in legislation introduced by former Senators Terry Care, Allison Copening and Mike Schneider in previous sessions but that had not advanced.
The amendment to AB125, offered by Chair Hansen, applies to Section 8 of the bill. Part of this section requires each homeowner to sign a statement verifying that the alleged defects actually exist on their home. The amendment removes the words “under penalty of perjury” from this section.
AB125 will now move on to consideration by the full Nevada State Assembly.