Education | Legislature
Budget committees approve bumps to neonatal, pediatric intensive care unit rates requested by hospitals
May 17th, 2019 - 1:45pm
Legislative budget committees approved on Friday boosting neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit rates to the tune of about $26 million over the biennium as recommended by Gov. Steve Sisolak and pushed for by hospitals.
Harris takes aim at Trump's new immigration plan during Las Vegas campaign stops
May 17th, 2019 - 2:05am
Jackie Valley and Luz Gray
Sen. Kamala Harris slammed President Donald Trump’s proposal for a merit-based immigration system Thursday while she campaigned in Las Vegas, calling it as a “shortsighted” plan that would unfairly categorize people.
Podcast: What's good, what's bad, what's missing in Nevada's education funding formula overhaul
May 17th, 2019 - 10:52am
The Nevada Independent Staff
Reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with ENN’s education funding experts for a conversation about why the funding formula overhaul was necessary in the first place, what looks good and what’s missing from the bill that just dropped, as lawmakers gear up for the bill’s first hearing next week.
Indy Environment: Fire restoration in the Great Basin, fluid water bills and plutonium accountability
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
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
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
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
May 16th, 2019 - 2:10am
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis
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
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.