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What Happened Here: Facing a brighter, though hazy, future, Nevada grapples with vaccines, variants and the road to recovery

ByMegan Messerly

Debate over land grant status has renewed the north-south divide in Nevada higher education

April 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
A proposed bill that would recognize UNLV and DRI as land grant institutions in addition to UNR has renewed old divisions over perceived equity and fairness in higher education funding.

Nevada Republicans vote to censure SOS Cegavske over voter fraud allegations

April 10th, 2021 - 4:50pm
Members of the central committee voted to approve the censure on a 126-112 vote on Saturday during the party’s spring meeting in Carson City, sources told The Nevada Independent. The censure also banned Cegavske from party membership, endorsements or resources for “the intense dishonor her failures brought upon the Nevada Republican Party.”

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Raiders ticket tax, affordable housing bills and conservative election proposals die at deadline

April 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
But when the frantic, all-day rush of virtual committee meetings finally ended, more than 280 measures had failed to meet the deadline — nearly a third of the roughly 925 bills and resolutions introduced so far this session. Casualties included a host of affordable housing measures, ticket taxes on major sports teams, paying inmates the minimum wage, Republican-backed election bills and a host of other dashed legislative dreams.

Legislative building to re-open to public on April 15

The Nevada Legislature Building
April 10th, 2021 - 8:36am
In an email sent late Friday, Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Brenda Erdoes announced that the physical legislative building in Carson City would be reopened to lobbyists or members of the public on an appointment basis starting on Thursday, April 15. The building has been closed to everyone save staff, lawmakers and a small press pool since the session started in February.


Cortez Masto said she supports capitalism, predicts strong campaigns for Democrats under new Democratic Socialist state party leadership

April 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cortez Masto said she supports capitalism while predicting strong campaigns for Democrats under new Democratic Socialist state party leadership

Deadline Day: Death penalty abolition, physician aid-in-dying and gun control bills advance

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Friday marks the do-or-die moment for hundreds of legislative proposals — bills must pass out of their first committee unless they have a special exemption.

Legislative committee advances water authority proposal aimed at removing decorative turf to conserve Colorado River water

April 9th, 2021 - 4:59pm
The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources voted Friday to advance a legislative proposal, pushed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, to require the removal of about 5,000 acres of unused grass, an action that could save billions of gallons of Colorado River water each year.

Cortez Masto raised $2.3 million last quarter

April 9th, 2021 - 12:13pm
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) raised $2.3 million in the first quarter of the year, a Nevada record for federal office this early in the campaign cycle, leaving her re-election campaign with $4.66 million in cash on hand, her campaign will announce later Friday.

Proposed economic development overhaul calls for affordable housing investment, limits on abatements

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson, right, speaks with Deputy Minority Whip Robin Titus, on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
AB449, sponsored by Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D-Reno), would place the office under stricter oversight, shift the focus of the office to championing “mom and pop” businesses and generate more funding for affordable housing by requiring that businesses receiving tax incentives make payments into a state fund for affordable housing.

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Coronavirus Contextualized, 46th edition: Cases, hospitalizations see small increase as vaccine rollout expands

Megan Messerly
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am

Welcome to the 46th installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized.” For more than a year now, 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.

Lawmakers advance bill that could make Nevada first presidential nominating state, but many challenges remain

Riley Snyder
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am

Members of the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee voted along party-lines to approve AB126 on Thursday, the bill from Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to end Nevada’s presidential caucus and replace it with a primary election that would leapfrog other states to the front of the nominating calendar.

Senate committee advances bill to create ‘988’ mental health hotline, set plan for allocating opioid settlement funds

Sean Golonka
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am

A legislative committee unanimously passed a bill that would create a state fund to house proceeds from opioid settlements, such as those against prominent pharmaceutical companies accused of helping fuel the opioid crisis.

Student protesters push for police-free schools, more funding for mental health support and guidance

Jannelle Calderon
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am

Clark County students rallied on Wednesday outside of the district administrative building demanding changes to police presence at schools, ending the use of pepper spray on students and putting more funding toward mental health resources.

Legislation requiring online travel companies to pay a greater share of hotel taxes replaced with study

Tabitha Mueller
April 8th, 2021 - 2:08pm

Assemblywoman Heidi Kasama (R-Las Vegas) told members of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee that her bill AB408, which would have required county commissions to adopt ordinances requiring online travel booking companies to pay a greater share of taxes, was being amended to become an interim study. She told lawmakers that she wants to take more time to understand the bill’s implications.

Lawmakers debate bill allowing terminally ill patients to take life-ending drugs

Tabitha Mueller
April 8th, 2021 - 2:00am

"This is not a question about choosing between living and dying," Assemblyman Edgar Flores (D-Las Vegas) told members of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee during a Wednesday hearing. "This bill is about having control, and a choice at the moment of dying."

In Clark County, fewer older students opt for in-person learning

Jackie Valley
April 8th, 2021 - 2:00am

More than half of elementary students — 56 percent — have returned to school campuses, according to school district data, but that percentage shrinks considerably for the upper grades. Districtwide, only 36 percent of students in middle and high school chose the in-person hybrid model.

Eliminating barriers for paraprofessionals heralded as another way to address teacher shortage

Jackie Valley
April 8th, 2021 - 9:00am

SB352 aims to eliminate barriers that prevent paraprofessionals — support staff who often work with students as classroom aides or tutors — from becoming licensed educators. The bill, which is sponsored by the Senate Education Committee, would allow paraprofessionals to continue working while student teaching.

Clean energy advocates want more energy efficiency investments; NV Energy pushes back

Riley Snyder
April 8th, 2021 - 9:30am

That axiom is a favorite of energy efficiency advocates, who say the concept of not only increasing electric supply but also decreasing demand through better insulation, more efficient air conditioners or heating systems, and other projects will help reduce strain on the state’s electric grid and help consumers save money on their power bills.