Criminal Justice | Economy & Business | Legislature
Assembly passes bills reversing police misconduct protections, addressing unemployment delays
August 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nobody spoke in favor of the bill on Tuesday, with many activists opposing because they said people affected by police shootings were not involved in its creation and arguing that the measure should fully repeal SB242. Some opponents said the language that remains in the law and grants authority to police unions means officers are still insulated from consequences.
PHOTOS: A late night of action, then votes to address jobless crisis, police misconduct on Day 5 of special session
August 4th, 2020 - 9:14pm
After the Senate stayed up late to consider a bill that addressed business liability protection during the pandemic, members of the Assembly passed bills Tuesday that address an unemployment backlog and repeal some recently enacted protections for law enforcement accused of misconduct.
Coronavirus | Criminal Justice | Legislature
Contentious COVID business liability, worker protection bill advances in Senate in early morning vote
August 4th, 2020 - 2:46am
The bill, which is likely to be the last piece of legislation introduced during the special session, cleared the Senate Committee of the Whole early Tuesday morning, 18-3, with Republican Sens. Ira Hansen, Joe Hardy and Pete Goicoechea in opposition. The legislation, SB4, has dominated the behind-the-scenes conversations during the session and is the culmination of a deal between some of the state’s most powerful political interests, including casinos, business groups and the Culinary Union.
Modified bar exam leaves bar examiners, law school grads split as Supreme Court mulls how to handle testing amid pandemic
August 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
Updated August 4th, 2020 - 8:04am
Dozens of lawyers, law school graduates and other legal professionals inundated the state Supreme Court with more than 60 comments Monday ahead of a decision this week on whether plans for a modified bar exam will move ahead amid lingering technology and safety concerns.
Bill Tracker: Unemployment, police misconduct, liability protections still pending in Legislature
July 31st, 2020 - 8:46am
Updated August 2nd, 2020 - 4:56pm
To help readers understand where bills stand in the sometimes chaotic world of the Legislature, The Nevada Independent is maintaining this viewer’s guide with brief overviews and status updates on the measures.
PHOTOS: On fourth day of special session, lawmakers vote out police reform, eviction mediation measures
August 3rd, 2020 - 9:43pm
The hallways of the Legislative Building and the Senate and Assembly chambers were empty for much of the day on Monday before lawmakers reconvened to vote out police reform and eviction mediation measures on the fourth day of a special session.
Sisolak announces new, targeted approach to COVID-19 mitigation in counties deemed at ‘elevated risk’
August 3rd, 2020 - 6:13pm
Updated August 3rd, 2020 - 7:04pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday unveiled a targeted approach for combating COVID-19 by assessing county data each week and forming action plans that would go after the root cause.
Criminal Justice | Legislature
Bills banning police chokeholds, rolling back 2019 law protecting police under investigation clear Senate hurdle
August 3rd, 2020 - 7:54pm
Both bills, AB3 and SB2, were introduced during the special session amid promises by Gov. Steve Sisolak and legislative leaders to tackle criminal justice reform issues in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, which sparked protests around the world and in Nevada.