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A new year brings new Nevada laws into effect

Posted at 7:27 AM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 13:33:03-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — New laws came into effect on the first day of 2021 affecting people's wallets, the judicial backlog in Southern Nevada, and potentially the opiate epidemic.

An agreement between NV Energy and the state Public Utilities Commission to lower rates coming into effect on Jan. 1 will save customers in southern Nevada on their electricity bill each month.

NV Energy applied for and received permission to lower rates for customers in the region by approximately $93,000,000.

The rate change was based on customer usage, but the company said it would save customers $5 a month on the average bill.

A law raising the number of judges also came into effect providing six more adjudicators to Clark County to process the backlog of court cases caused by a rising population.

A law designed to track opiate prescription came into effect as well.

In most cases, doctors will have to send any opiate prescription directly to pharmacies online allowing agencies to better track prescription numbers and, hopefully, reduce the number of related overdoses and deaths.