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Amid brutal fire season, inmate firefighters see obstacles, wages described as ‘a form of enslavement’

In an Executive Branch Audit Committee meeting in June, then-Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall said she believed the current rate of pay, $24 per day of work, was “a form of enslavement.”

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Lawmakers considering bill to ensure rural counties appoint public defenders independently from the judiciary

Across the state, there have long been issues with the legal defense provided to indigent defendants — people with low incomes who are unable to obtain qualified, competent legal counsel on their own without substantial hardship. The state has been sued in the past over its sparse public defender system in its rural counties and has dealt with disparities in indigent defense from county to county.

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Despite changes, Las Vegas police argue traffic stop data collection bill would cost millions

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) at first indicated that the bill would cost the agency an estimated $22.6 million for the biennium to implement, but Harris said the agency informally, through emails, had submitted an updated fiscal note that would bring down that amount to about $7 million after the bill was amended to only include traffic stops, not all kinds of stops. All other police agencies that had submitted fiscal notes on the bill withdrew them after the amendment was adopted.

Sisolak, Democrats spike efforts to repeal the death penalty in Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak said there is “no path forward” for efforts by Democratic lawmakers to move forward on abolishing capital punishment, striking a blow to the hopes of criminal justice reform advocates that the state’s Democratic trifecta in the Legislature and governor’s office would finally take steps to end the death penalty.

Various handguns as seen on display inside Discount Firearms & Ammo in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Contentious bill banning ‘ghost gun’ assembly kits sees heated hearing

The bill has attracted the typical amount of partisan fervor and impassioned testimony on firearm-related legislation — attracting the most opinions of any bill this legislative session and passing out of the Assembly on a party-line 26-16 vote in April. Still, Jauregui said the legislation was a necessary step to address the “rising epidemic of unmarked untraceable guns, also known as ghost guns.”

Senator governing fate of death penalty bill points to governor’s office, but recently expressed support for abolition

“The lingering question about AB395 is whether the governor is going to be supportive, and so I know that he’s expressed publicly some concerns about it,” Scheible said in an interview on Wednesday. “If the sponsor can work with him to address those concerns and bring me an amendment, that would be an important step in the process, otherwise I’m still evaluating it.”

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