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Major rollback of bill curbing police collaboration with immigration officials; other bills die at deadline

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Cegavske: No 'evidentiary support’ among NV GOP claims that 2020 election was plagued by widespread fraud

April 21st, 2021 - 5:59pm
“Our investigation revealed that these allegations and others are based largely upon an incomplete assessment of voter registration records and lack of information concerning the processes by which these records are compiled and maintained,” Deputy Secretary of State Mark Wlaschin wrote in a response letter.

Deadline Day: Banning ‘ghost guns,’ prohibiting cat declawing and bail reform all advance

April 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers voted out measures including a tenant’s rights bill limiting application fees, a bill requiring eggs sold in Nevada be cage-free and a measure lowering penalties for youth caught possessing marijuana.

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Nevada Democrats report $453,000 in March fundraising

April 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Following intra-party turmoil over the election of party leaders backed by the Democratic Socialists of America, the Nevada Democratic Party raised nearly $453,000 in March, including more than $370,000 from small-dollar donors, according to the party’s disclosure filed late Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.

New report finds significant decline in Great Basin sage-grouse population, offers framework to focus recovery efforts

April 21st, 2021 - 8:00am
This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at a recent report that documented significant declines in Greater sage-grouse populations, especially in the Great Basin, over the past few decades. The report also presents a framework to better focus conservation efforts.

Higher education faculty push to expand collective bargaining rights

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April 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Faculty across the state’s higher education system are pushing for a new law this year that would expand the state’s nascent public collective bargaining infrastructure to include professors and other professional staff — a sharp break from years of control of the bargaining process by the Nevada System of Higher Education itself.

Cortez Masto calls on Biden to establish task force to direct infrastructure funds to Latino, other needy communities

April 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) called for the creation of a task force to direct funds from the White House-proposed $2 trillion American Jobs Plan to Latino and other needy communities during a meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday.

After more than a year, prisons director announces plans to reopen visitation May 1

April 20th, 2021 - 5:18pm
Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) Director Charles Daniels announced Tuesday that the department is planning to reopen visitation for inmates starting on May 1. The department originally suspended visitation on March 7, 2020, when there were growing concerns that COVID-19 could be spread to the state’s prison population.

Blame for death of affordable housing bills falls on special interest groups, lack of legislative prioritization

April 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Though a majority of the bills surrounding tenants’ rights and evictions survived the first legislative deadline in early April, a cluster of affordable housing measures that supporters emphasized would give local governments more tools to address the housing crisis ended up on the cutting room floor.

The Callback: Musicians and festivals find ways back to the stage after months of no live performances

April 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
While the arts industry has collectively faced financial devastation over the course of the pandemic and the state’s most prominent performing arts centers have been plagued with uncertainty about their future, Nevada’s artists have been at the center of all the changes, constantly searching for new ways to adapt.

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Attorney general warns against scammers selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

Sean Golonka
April 19th, 2021 - 3:56pm

Attorney General Aaron Ford warned Nevadans Monday about scammers selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards and said “awareness” is the first line of defense against those scams.

Clark County School District plans for in-person schooling this fall, parents must opt out for distance learning

Jackie Valley
April 19th, 2021 - 1:48pm

The Clark County School District plans to offer in-person learning five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year, though families can choose a full-time distance learning option if they wish.

The Callback: Closed venues face long road to recovery

Sean Golonka and Joey Lovato
April 19th, 2021 - 2:00am

The months-long shutdown severely hampered the state’s hospitality and entertainment industries, as closed venues were unable to attract travelers, resulting in tens of millions fewer visitors to Las Vegas in 2020 than the year before. The loss of tourism, as well as local crowds spending on entertainment, led to thousands of lost jobs and millions in lost revenue.

Follow the Money: Energy industry donors contributed more than $400,000 to lawmakers ahead of 2021 session

Jacob Solis
April 19th, 2021 - 2:00am

Amid continuing attempts by a Democratic-led Legislature to grapple with the effects of the energy industry on the climate, a handful of Nevada’s largest energy companies shelled out more than $401,000 to legislative campaigns through the 2020 cycle.

Lawmakers look to end a lucrative green building tax abatement program

Riley Snyder
April 19th, 2021 - 9:00am

The state’s Green Building Tax Abatements program is still in heavy use — a state report estimated more than $25 million in property taxes were abated through the 2020 fiscal year, with $105 million in property taxes abated since 2010. State budget analysts say that more than 160 buildings in the state — from Park MGM, Wynn/Encore and even the T-Mobile Arena — enjoy partial property tax abatements through the program.

Lawmakers plan for enhanced federal Medicaid dollars to last through 2021

Megan Messerly
April 19th, 2021 - 9:30am

Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, during a budget subcommittee meeting on Thursday, suggested that lawmakers plan for the extra federal health care funding to exist for an additional six months beyond the current date it is set to expire, June 30. Her recommendation comes as the federal government has indicated that the current public health emergency will “likely” extend through the end of the calendar year, which would, in turn, mean that the enhanced federal matching dollars would be available through March 2022.

Nevada first in nation to pursue seed funding to open savings accounts for people with disabilities

Tabitha Mueller
April 19th, 2021 - 10:00am

The bill, AB62, passed unanimously out of the Senate on Tuesday would enable the state Treasurer’s Office to provide startup money for people with disabilities to open an ABLE account, a tax-advantaged savings account. It now awaits a signature by Gov. Steve Sisolak to become law.

Power Play: How Southwest Gas beat back efforts by environmentalists to start moving Nevada away from natural gas

Daniel Rothberg and Riley Snyder
April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am

Although Democratic lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a 2050 net-zero emissions goal two years ago, the two pieces of natural legislation — and the debates around them — show that tensions remain in the party (which controls both the legislative and executive branches) over how to best move forward on facilitating a transition toward decarbonization.

The Callback: Financial devastation fosters a sense of community within Nevada’s arts industry

Sean Golonka and Joey Lovato
April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am

Amidst the safety restrictions, the Entertainment Capital of the World went dark, with a shuttered arts industry contributing to record-breaking unemployment in Southern Nevada.