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Bill adding barriers to depart NV Energy touted as beneficial for other ratepayers
Riley Snyder
May 24th, 2019 - 2:20am
In a joint hearing Thursday held by the Assembly and Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committees on SB547, bill sponsor Democratic Sen. Chris Brooks made the case for the bill as a needed upgrade for the state’s so-called 704B law, created in 2001 as a way for businesses with a large electric load to leave NV Energy’s electric service and purchase power from another provider.
Proposals to freeze Opportunity Scholarship growth, make state retirement data confidential among more than 70 bills to advance
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly, Michelle Rindels and Daniel Rothberg
May 24th, 2019 - 2:15am
With just a day to go before the next legislative deadline, lawmakers approved more than 70 bills on Thursday including measures freezing the growth of Opportunity Scholarships, making certain personal information for recipients of the Public Employees Retirement System confidential and banning the forced microchipping of humans.
Proposal to raise minimum wage to $12 an hour, eliminate two-tier structure clears first committee
Taylor Avery
May 24th, 2019 - 2:10am
A proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate Nevada’s two-tier minimum wage structure and raise the wage to $12 an hour cleared its first legislative hurdle in the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee Thursday evening.
DNC chair: Changes to caucus process will create more inclusive party in wake of 2016 challenges
Megan Messerly
May 24th, 2019 - 9:00am
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez acknowledges that the 2016 Nevada presidential caucus to convention process was less than smooth. But he’s hopeful that newly implemented changes to the caucus process in the Silver State will bring the party together as Democrats prepare to select a presidential nominee next year.
Lawmakers say budget-cutting process has freed up some $250 million
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels
May 23rd, 2019 - 7:10pm
In aggregate, those cuts are expected to total nearly a quarter billion dollars and could present a possible solution as lawmakers look for ways to fund a promised 3 percent pay raise and 2 percent merit pay increase for teachers, Republican lawmakers say.
Sisolak signs bill to allow funds for electric school buses in Nevada
Luz Gray and Taylor Avery
May 23rd, 2019 - 4:58pm
“By signing this bill today, Nevada is opening the door for our utility companies and school districts to partner to protect our environment and improve the quality of life for our children and the communities they call home and they live," Sisolak said.
NV Energy pricing plan for big business could cost other ratepayers, regulators warn
Riley Snyder
May 23rd, 2019 - 2:15am
The comments and findings come as testimony on NV Energy’s proposed Optional Pricing Program Rate (OPPR), an alternative pricing plan devised by the utility last year as a way to entice some of its largest customers who either already have left or are flirting with departing the utility and purchasing electric power from another provider. The plan was proposed last year and applications were opened in March, but it still requires approval of the three-member Public Utilities Commission to move forward.
Leaders who worked for months to boost school safety react to cut in proposed spending
Michaela Chesin, Taylor Avery, Trey Arline, Michelle Rindels and Jackie Valley
May 23rd, 2019 - 2:10am
Members of the School Safety Task Force, which was convened last year by former Gov. Brian Sandoval and issued recommendations, expressed frustration with lawmakers' decision to slash funding for school safety needs in the state budget.
Automatic voting rights restoration, payday lending database bills pass legislative hurdles
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels
May 23rd, 2019 - 2:05am
Bills automatically restoring voting rights for anyone released from prison, allowing noncitizens to apply for occupational licenses and creating a statewide payday loan database all passed out of the Legislature on Wednesday, with only days left until the next legislative deadline.
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