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Indy Environment: Fire restoration in the Great Basin, fluid water bills and plutonium accountability
Daniel Rothberg
May 17th, 2019 - 2:00am
This week's edition of The Indy Environment newsletter looks at megafires (there are no easy answers), complicated water legislation and attempts to hold the Department of Energy accountable for removing plutonium shipments.
Lawmakers vote to cut millions from school safety and higher ed budgets, raise per-pupil school funding
Michelle Rindels
May 16th, 2019 - 2:17pm
Legislative money committees have made some major cuts to the governor’s K-12 and higher education budgets as they try to address a shortfall some say is at least $100 million and ensure school districts have enough money to deliver a teacher pay raise the governor promised.
Last-minute bill would severely curtail ability of businesses to leave NV Energy
Riley Snyder
May 16th, 2019 - 1:23pm
Introduced by Democratic Sen. Chris Brooks on Wednesday, SB5XX would substantially alter the state’s so-called 704B law for the first time since it was created in 2001, adding numerous new restrictions and requirements — including a new licensing structure, additional payments and more requirements for a departure — for businesses that already have or are in the process of departing NV Energy’s electric service.
As legislators weigh changes to water law, litigation and the pipeline loom
Daniel Rothberg
May 16th, 2019 - 2:15am
In the ceaseless conflict over how to use the state’s available water — and maybe then some — a varied group of water users and lawmakers sang a refrain older than Nevada last Thursday at the Legislature: “Everyone is going to court in the end.”
2-Minute Preview: Committees set to vote on bills expanding number of Clark County commissioners, capping Opportunity Scholarships
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis
May 16th, 2019 - 2:10am
Proposals to expand the Clark County Commission, exempt certain information in the Public Employees Retirement System from records requests and cap the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program are all up for committee votes on Thursday.
DOE budget bill triggers Yucca Mountain fight
Humberto Sanchez
May 16th, 2019 - 2:05am
Whether to provide funding for the licensing of a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain will be among the top issues under debate next week when the U.S. House Appropriations Committee takes up the annual funding bill for the Department of Energy.
Sisolak signs surprise emergency room billing compromise, pre-existing condition protections into law
Megan Messerly
May 15th, 2019 - 4:15pm
Two sweeping health-care bills that would prevent patients from getting hit with surprise emergency room bills and protect Nevadans with pre-existing conditions were signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday.
Much-awaited legislation lays out roadmap for marijuana regulation under thumb of Cannabis Compliance Board
Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels
May 15th, 2019 - 2:30am
Lawmakers on Tuesday dropped much-awaited legislation that would establish a board tasked with top-to-bottom regulatory authority over the marijuana industry — a promise made by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Nevada to host one of 12 Democratic presidential debates
Megan Messerly
May 15th, 2019 - 2:25am
Nevada will host one of a dozen sanctioned debates the Democratic National Committee is putting on during the 2020 presidential primary cycle, DNC Chair Tom Perez confirmed Tuesday.
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