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Indy DC Download: House and Senate slowly start the lame duck session
Humberto Sanchez
November 17th, 2018 - 2:10am
With the election over, Congress was back for a few days this week with the Senate advancing a bill reauthorizing the Coast Guard, while the House approved a bill to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
First batch of bills ahead of 2019 session ramps up sex trafficking penalties, sets stage for remote-control cars
Jacob Solis
November 17th, 2018 - 2:00am
Though the 2019 legislative session is still more than two months away, the first crop of bills have already been pre-filed. In all, 56 bills — 24 in the Assembly and 32 in the Senate — have been submitted, and they run the gamut. The latest batch is the first of many Nevadans can expect. Typically, there are more than 1,000 bills drafted each session. Below is a short list of some of the bills that could have an impact once state legislators convene in February.
Sexual harassment investigation finds Rep. Ruben Kihuen violated House code of conduct
Megan Messerly, Michelle Rindels, Humberto Sanchez and Riley Snyder
November 16th, 2018 - 12:32pm
A nine-month House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct made against Rep. Ruben Kihuen last year has determined that the freshman congressman “made persistent and unwanted advances toward women who were required to work with him” in violation of House rules.
Trump administration rule on public benefits having 'chilling effect' on immigrant health insurance enrollment
Megan Messerly
November 16th, 2018 - 2:10am
A proposed Trump administration rule that could put immigrants who receive public benefits at risk of losing legal status is having a “chilling effect” on those seeking to purchase health insurance on the state’s exchange, the exchange’s executive director said this week.
DSCC Chair Cortez Masto sees lessons in Nevada Democrat's success
Humberto Sanchez
November 16th, 2018 - 2:05am
Although the map is a little easier for Democrats in 2020, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said that she will not take anything for granted as the party’s new campaign chair and sees a model for the nation in Nevada where Democrats were able to win big in the midterms.
Las Vegas man who claimed he would make Elko Bitcoin capital arrested for fraud
Daniel Rothberg
November 16th, 2018 - 2:00am
Less than six months after Las Vegas bitcoin trader Morgan Rockcoons pledged to create a bitcoin utopia outside of Elko, federal prosecutors arrested the embattled Bitcointopia leader for wire fraud.
MSG Sphere project becomes latest business filing to leave NV Energy
Riley Snyder
November 15th, 2018 - 11:58am
Developers behind MSG Sphere Las Vegas, the planned 18,000-seat entertainment venue housed inside a 360-foot tall sphere on the Las Vegas Strip, have become the latest major business to file an application with state energy regulators to purchase power on the open market and apart from NV Energy.
IndyMatters: Aaron Ford on gun background checks, 'dog-whistling' campaign ads and standing up to Trump
Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder
November 15th, 2018 - 2:15am
Ford discussed his plans to try enacting a stalled voter-approved gun background check law — which could involve a lawsuit in federal court — and to defend the state’s marijuana industry against any potential federal crackdown. He also said it was likely the state could get involved in various legal challenges throughout the country, including defending the Affordable Care Act from a Texas-backed lawsuit that Laxalt declined to engage with.
Google planning to build $600 million data center in Henderson with help from state tax breaks
Michelle Rindels
November 15th, 2018 - 2:10am
The project is expected to create 50 permanent jobs over five years with an average annual wage of $65,000. It’s also expected to yield a capital investment of $300 million and create more than 3,000 temporary construction jobs by the time it opens in late 2020.