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Nevada’s drug transparency program could get two years of funding as lawmakers consider expanding its scope

ByMegan Messerly

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee announces run for governor as Republican, weeks after switching parties

May 17th, 2021 - 11:49am
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee launched his campaign for governor on Monday, framing himself as a candidate who will fight socialism and cancel culture in Nevada.

Nevada lawmaker calls into question the history of Native American massacres, causing backlash from advocates

May 17th, 2021 - 9:00am
But Hansen pushed back on the historical accuracy of the massacres described in Spilsbury’s testimony and by Steele in a letter of support for the bill. During the hearing, Hansen argued that there were anomalies between the testimony and the historical record, including indications that U.S. Cavalry divisions were involved in the 1897 massacre while saying there was no cavalry in the region at that time.

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$2 million price tag divides correctional officials and lawmakers over bill enrolling released prisoners in Medicaid

Guards walk inside High Desert State Prison as seen on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
May 17th, 2021 - 9:30am
AB358, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D-Las Vegas), would in theory help alleviate medical expenses that the Nevada Department of Corrections currently covers with general fund dollars by signing up eligible members for Medicaid before release, Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen said as she presented the bill Tuesday during an Assembly Ways and Means Committee meeting.

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Lawmakers seek greater oversight of billions in opioid settlement funds projected for the state

Pills spilling from bottle
May 17th, 2021 - 10:00am
SB390, a bill presented by Sen. Julia Ratti (D-Sparks) and sponsored by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, would create a state fund to house proceeds from opioid settlements, such as the $45 million Nevada is set to receive from the settlement of a lawsuit against consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which provided services for opioid manufacturers.

Lawmakers add back $93 million to higher ed budget for faculty, staff positions, though millions more in cuts remain

The Nevada Legislature building
May 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
With just two weeks to go before the end of the 2021 legislative session, state lawmakers boosted the Nevada System of Higher Education’s (NSHE) budget with the allocation of more than $93 million in federal COVID relief dollars aimed at lifting a system-wide hiring freeze.

Lawmakers and advocates seek to keep youth offenders from adult criminal system through juvenile justice reforms

May 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers this session are seeking to further separate the juvenile justice system from the adult criminal justice system at nearly every level, with legislation aimed at reducing referrals into the system, promoting rehabilitation programs and housing young offenders separately.

Lawmakers finalize budgets, but expect restoring many of their cuts

May 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Even as lawmakers have voted to approve painful cuts, they have hinted that they’re putting sticky notes on certain accounts with the intention of filling them back up.

PHOTOS: In-person graduations cap-off a year of tumultuous online learning for Nevada college students

May 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Roughly 14 months after campuses shut down, a return to normalcy appeared a bit closer this week as thousands of students across Nevada’s seven degree-granting higher education institutions eschewed the virtual pomp and circumstance and were handed their certificates in person.

Indy DC Download: The House approved debt collection and pregnant workers protection bills

May 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Debt collectors would be barred from threatening to reduce the rank of military service members, and pregnant workers would see increased anti-discrimination protections under legislation approved by the House this week.

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Deadline Day: Lawmakers advance dozens of bills as death penalty repeal, tenant protection measures fail

Tabitha Mueller, Sean Golonka, Jannelle Calderon, Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels
May 14th, 2021 - 2:00am

Friday at midnight marks the deadline for most bills and resolutions to pass out of their second committee, typically a major legislative culling with less than two weeks left before lawmakers must adjourn the state’s 120-day session.

Governor’s office not considering early end for federal unemployment benefits

Michelle Rindels
May 14th, 2021 - 4:06pm

Many Republican governors have said programs such as the $300-per-week add-on to base benefits is harming the workforce by discouraging people from getting a job, but Sisolak’s office is taking a different tack.

Contentious bill expanding whistleblower protections passes in spite of business pushback

Jannelle Calderon
May 14th, 2021 - 5:20pm

On Friday, committee members voted 4-3 to pass the measure with the promise that another amendment will be filed prior to a floor vote. The bill previously passed out of the Assembly on a party-line 26-16 vote in April.

Coronavirus Contextualized, 48th edition: Cases, hospitalizations in Nevada remain steady as CDC announces vaccinated people can go without masks in most places

Megan Messerly
May 14th, 2021 - 2:00am

Welcome to the 48th installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized.” For more than a year, we have brought you the latest COVID-19 numbers in Nevada, including COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and provided context to them on a near-weekly basis through this series.

In split vote, Clark County School Board extends Jara's employment contract

Jackie Valley
May 14th, 2021 - 2:00am

Superintendent Jesus Jara's new contract, approved by the trustees in 4-3 vote Thursday night, runs through Jan. 15, 2023. The decision further exposed the rift on the board, with Trustees Linda Cavazos, Lisa Guzman and Danielle Ford voting in opposition to the extension.

Sisolak, Democrats spike efforts to repeal the death penalty in Nevada

Michelle Rindels
May 13th, 2021 - 1:09pm

Gov. Steve Sisolak said there is “no path forward” for efforts by Democratic lawmakers to move forward on abolishing capital punishment, striking a blow to the hopes of criminal justice reform advocates that the state’s Democratic trifecta in the Legislature and governor’s office would finally take steps to end the death penalty.

Major clean energy bill expanding transmission capacity, electric vehicle charging finally introduced in Legislature

Riley Snyder
May 13th, 2021 - 12:41pm

Beyond the two themes of transmission and electrification of transportation, the bill makes a host of other energy policy related changes, including expansion of tax credit programs to energy storage facilities, allowing multi-family or commercial buildings to use the state’s rooftop solar net metering program and reopening a 2013 economic development rate rider program aimed at giving new large businesses a discount on energy costs.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Republicans, finds 2019 bills generating tens of millions in tax revenue unconstitutional

Riley Snyder, Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez and Michelle Rindels
May 13th, 2021 - 8:38am

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in favor of state Senate Republicans in a 2019 dispute over extended payroll taxes and DMV fees, setting clear limits on legislative efforts to avoid the constitutional two-thirds majority requirement for tax increases while also blowing a substantial hole in the state budget.

Budget subcommittee votes to roll back Medicaid rate decreases approved during summer special session

Megan Messerly
May 13th, 2021 - 2:00am

Lawmakers on a budget subcommittee voted Wednesday to recommend rolling back a 6 percent Medicaid rate decrease, approved by the Legislature during a budget-slashing special session last summer, in a major victory for Nevada’s health care providers who had pilloried the reductions.