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Indy Environment: A snow survey, a military expansion and a big solar deal
Daniel Rothberg
January 16th, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment newsletter looks at the recent snow survey and the military's plan to expand the Fallon Naval Air Station. It also looks at the state's greenhouse gas inventory and the proposed legislation for a Clark County Lands Bill.
Clark County Education Association's second initiative petition targets sales tax
Jackie Valley
January 15th, 2020 - 5:03pm
Sales tax is the second revenue stream targeted by a Clark County teachers union to significantly bolster education funding, according to an initiative petition filed Wednesday. The petition calls for raising the Local School Support Tax — part of the overall sales tax — from 2.6 percent to 4.1 percent, which would be a 58 percent increase
Nevada's House Democrats help kick off Senate impeachment trial
Humberto Sanchez
January 15th, 2020 - 12:40pm
Nearly a month after the vote to impeach President Donald Trump, House Democrats, including the three from Nevada, voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, setting in motion a long-awaited and historic trial.
Sisolak campaign raises $1.6 million in 2019, has $2.3 million in cash more than three years before next election
Riley Snyder
January 15th, 2020 - 2:06pm
Sisolak’s Contributions and Expenses report was released on Wednesday and shows the incumbent governor’s campaign spent $164,000 throughout the year while pushing his cash on hand total to more than $2.3 million. The report covers all contributions and expenses in 2019.
REALTORS pump $2 million toward legislative races, candidate recruitment amid backlash to tenants rights bills
Riley Snyder
January 15th, 2020 - 10:00am
The two political action committees — Realtor Champion PAC and Realtor Industry PAC — were each registered with the state on the same day in December and given $1 million each by the REALTORS association. It’s part of an expanded strategy by the association (already a major contributor to legislative candidates of both parties) to play a larger role in recruiting and supporting candidates in both major political parties aligned with the industry after a 2019 legislative session that association President Chris Bishop called “one of the worst legislative sessions we've been through.”
Climate change, conservation and development: Reshuffling the deck on the Las Vegas lands bill
Daniel Rothberg
January 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is working to change the conversation around the Clark County lands bill proposal, especially as it relates to conservation. To do that, the senator’s staff began floating legislative language — known as a “discussion draft” — Tuesday that aims to resolve some of the most controversial aspects of the county’s plan.
Vegas council votes to extend criminal penalties to sidewalks not covered by encampment ordinance
Shannon Miller and Kristyn Leonard
January 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday is expected to vote on an ordinance to allow city officials to “designate hours of sidewalk cleaning” in areas that are not already covered by an approved ordinance that makes it illegal to sit or lie down in many parts of town. Deputy City Attorney Jeff Dorocak says that the ordinance is intended to give allow the city to clean areas where encampments would be "still available," such as sidewalks or parking lots in commercial or industrial areas.
Advisory commission finds 'failure points' that shut certain students out of advanced coursework
Jackie Valley
January 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
Students attending the Clark County School District can’t necessarily expect the same opportunities as their peers across town, down the street or even in the same building. That’s the gist of a report unveiled Tuesday by a superintendent-created advisory commission, which found four “failure points” regarding equity and access.
Clark County teachers union seeks to boost gaming taxes through ballot measure
Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley
January 14th, 2020 - 7:59am
The Clark County Education Association is seeking to raise the state’s gaming tax rate on the largest companies from 6.75 percent to 9.75 percent by placing a measure on the 2022 ballot.