The court issued a unanimous ruling, upholding a decision from Carson City District Court to amend and otherwise allow the 200-word “description of effect” for a ballot question that would raise the state sales tax as a push for more K-12 funding sought by the CCEA.
Nobody spoke in favor of the bill on Tuesday, with many activists opposing because they said people affected by police shootings were not involved in its creation and arguing that the measure should fully repeal SB242. Some opponents said the language that remains in the law and grants authority to police unions means officers are still insulated from consequences.
The bill, which is likely to be the last piece of legislation introduced during the special session, cleared the Senate Committee of the Whole early Tuesday morning, 18-3, with Republican Sens. Ira Hansen, Joe Hardy and Pete Goicoechea in opposition. The legislation, SB4, has dominated the behind-the-scenes conversations during the session and is the culmination of a deal between some of the state’s most powerful political interests, including casinos, business groups and the Culinary Union.
Both bills, AB3 and SB2, were introduced during the special session amid promises by Gov. Steve Sisolak and legislative leaders to tackle criminal justice reform issues in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, which sparked protests around the world and in Nevada.
A bill that restricts police use of chokeholds, allows recording of law enforcement and calls for drug testing of officers involved in shootings passed the Assembly with bipartisan support, in spite of criticism that lawmakers could have gone further to address police brutality.
Cannizzaro said the bill was “really straightforward, timely and much-needed in these ever-changing times.” She had acknowledged an openness to changes as Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation in recent months.
As libraries across the country issue statements responding to calls for addressing systemic racism and police violence, the Douglas County sheriff published an open letter threatening not to respond to emergency calls from Douglas County Public Library staff because of a statement of diversity the library was considering adopting during an upcoming public meeting.
No written order denying the church’s petition was authored by the prevailing justices, which included Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The remaining justices, in three blistering dissents, argued against what they framed as state-backed discrimination against religious institutions.
Officials say people generally learn about the situation when they receive a letter from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) about an application they never filed, or their employer gets similar correspondence.
The Nevada Department of Corrections and Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office has not yet confirmed the total or provided comment after several requests from The Nevada Independent. But Hawaiian media reported on Saturday that Nevada inmates’ tests came back positive and Hawaiian inmates, who make up the majority of inmates at the private facility run by CoreCivic, are in quarantine as a result of the Nevada inmates’ diagnoses.
Although lobbyists and members of the public have been barred from the physical legislative building, a host of interest groups are making their demands known and pushing for their priorities to be included in the proclamation that will establish the parameters of what lawmakers can consider in their second special session. Gov. Steve Sisolak is expected to call the next session once lawmakers finish finalizing cuts to the state budget during the first special session, which started Wednesday.
The final decision now holds that state-employed law enforcement officers cannot display any “Punisher,” skull type or “symbols of extreme groups” for personnel on duty, but excludes the “thin blue line” and blue-striped American flag from the order.
The 5-2 decision, which was published on Friday, will allow attorneys for the nonpartisan legal division of the Legislature to represent Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Senate Secretary Claire Clift in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an extended payroll tax (about $100 million over two years) approved in the 2019 legislative session without a two-thirds vote normally required for any tax increase.
The Nevada Department of Corrections says the prisoners, who are housed at the 1,926-bed Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, have not been tested. CoreCivic, which runs the facility, said no inmates and three staff members have tested positive so far but were either not working with offenders or hadn’t been to the facility for a while.
But on Saturday, Piro found himself in the same place as many of his indigent clients — hands behind his back and facing down a court date. Piro is charged with “pedestrian intentionally in a roadway” stemming from an arrest that happened at a Saturday protest in Las Vegas while he was wearing a red shirt emblazoned with the words “legal observer.”
The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners, chaired by Gov. Steve Sisolak, voted unanimously to approve a resolution pardoning the decriminalized offense. Records show that 15,592 were convicted of the misdemeanor from 1986 through the end of 2016, and there were 31,124 arrested for the offense. Recreational use became legal in 2017.