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Behind the Bar: Just how slow is the start of session? NV GOP alleges election fraud (again), unemployment updates and bills to watch for this week

March 8th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Has this session started slower than others? Plus, the Nevada Republican Party turns in election complaints, unemployment updates and related GOP indignation, plus a look at upcoming major bill hearings.

Behind the Bar: Should inmates get minimum wage? Plus plans to address learning loss, an esports commission and Carson City Restaurant Spotlight

March 4th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Can either Assemblywoman Annie Black or a federal lawsuit open the Legislature to the public? Plus, details on a bill to pay inmates the minimum wage, a proposed esports commission and legislative Democrats’ plan to offset educational losses during a year of COVID. Carson City Restaurant Spotlight makes a triumphant return.

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Behind the Bar: Mining tax Q&A, legislators go viral on TikTok and more Native representation in naming geographical sites

March 1st, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Recapping a Q&A with the head of the state mining association, how one lawmaker went viral on TikTok and details on a bill aimed at getting more Native American involvement in the naming of geographical places. Plus, a look ahead at this week’s major bill hearings.

Behind the Bar: COVID in the Legislature, pot for pets, cuts to tobacco prevention and revisiting welfare reform

February 25th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: A positive COVID test comes right as the mass vaccination campaign inside the building begins. Plus, details on the “pot for pets” bill, ending a 90s-era ban on people with drug charges from accessing state welfare programs, and concerns over cuts to tobacco prevention funding. And, the return of fan-favorite feature “Carson City Restaurant Spotlight.”

Behind the Bar: Stablecoin, utility regulator fines, abolishing K-12 commissions and more compensation for the wrongfully convicted

February 22nd, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: A bill on “Stablecoin” that is totally not related to Innovation Zones, increasing utility regulator fines, changes to wrongful conviction compensation and heartburn on abolishing education-focused commissions, including one created by beloved former Assemblyman Tyron Thompson.

Behind the Bar: Homeschoolers vs. Department of Education, plus bills raising the smoking age to 21, making it easier to fire principals and licensing all charter school teachers

February 18th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: How lobbying might look once the legislative building re-opens, a controversial home-schooling bill, raising the smoking age to 21 and education bills making it easier to fire principals and requiring all charter school teachers be licensed. Plus, the debut of ‘Carson City Restaurant Spotlight.’

Behind the Bar: Following the Blockchains money trail, Capitol Police severely understaffed and return of ‘Death with Dignity’

February 15th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: We track campaign contributions from Blockchains LLC, including to a PAC run by Treasurer Zach Conine. Capitol Police are also severely understaffed, and the “death with dignity” bill is back after falling short in 2019.

Behind the Bar: Big plans, less funding for state grants office, police changes after summer Black Lives Matter protests and Sisolak Promise Tracker update

February 11th, 2021 - 7:00am
In this edition: major updates from state grants office initiatives, criminal justice updates, how Vegas police have changed policies after Black Lives Matter protests this summer, a Sisolak Promise Tracker update and some noteworthy numbers from the higher education system.

Behind the Bar: Education investments pay off, apprehension on gas stoves and federal stimulus dollars come to Nevada

February 8th, 2021 - 9:00am
That’s why the state’s Interim Finance Committee is meeting this Monday, and is set to accept more than $633 million in federal grant dollars from the federal CRRSA bill to go toward emergency rental assistance and education spending.

Behind the Bar: Why there’s no registered lobbyists + Woodhouse’s return + Remembering Robin Bates

February 4th, 2021 - 9:00am
Welcome to the second edition of Behind the Bar, which digs into why lobbyists aren’t having to register so far this session, the return of Joyce Woodhouse, a push for environmental justice and COVID vaccine for Department of Corrections staff and inmates. We’re also sharing remembrances of former Assembly Sergeant at Arms Robin Bates, who passed away from COVID-19 complications this week.

Behind the Bar: Welcome to the 81st Nevada Legislature + deeper dive into the budget

February 1st, 2021 - 10:15am
Whether you’re a lobbyist, staffer, interested citizen or just looking to learn more about the Legislature itself, I hope you find value in this newsletter. This is a new format for me, but I believe it has the potential to be more conversational and get you news you need to know in a different way than the normal, 700-word news story format.

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