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Analysis: Which lawmakers were least likely to toe the party line?

June 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
From permanent expanded mail voting to the state public health option, the 2021 Legislature saw no shortage of headline-grabbing partisan disagreements — but a look at actual vote totals reveals that the vast majority of bills were passed with at least some bipartisan buy-in.

Nevada Indian Country celebrates wins at the Legislature, including greater access to higher education for students

June 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The legislation prioritized by Native leaders that cleared the lawmaking session include measures that waive fees at Nevada colleges and universities for Native students; prohibit racially discriminatory language or imagery in schools; and provide environmental protection for sacred sites, among others.

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Sisolak rejects four bills including legislative ethics commissions and housing discrimination changes

June 12th, 2021 - 4:00pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak said late Friday he vetoed four bills passed during the recently concluded Legislature, including measures that would have created legislative ethics commissions, amended Nevada’s housing discrimination laws, revised the state’s tourism improvement districts and established a dental oversight committee.

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Indy DC Download: Senate passes tech innovation bill while House takes steps on infrastructure

June 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Senate approved legislation to spur technological innovation as a House panel approved $547 billion transportation infrastructure legislation that included $54.5 million requested by Nevada's House members for 11 state projects.


Sisolak celebrates bills that expand voting access during ceremonial signing

June 11th, 2021 - 1:03pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday held a ceremonial signing of a handful of bills designed to make casting ballots easier in Nevada, marking a deviation from other states where lawmakers have passed more restrictive voting laws.

Nevada Supreme Court upholds narrow victory in Clark County Commission race

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June 10th, 2021 - 4:25pm
The state Supreme Court Thursday upheld a 15-vote victory last November by now-Clark County Commissioner Ross Miller, denying the legal challenge by former Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony, who was seeking a new election.

Sisolak signs bill making Nevada the second state to adopt a public health insurance option

June 9th, 2021 - 2:28pm
Nevada became the second state in the nation to enact a state-managed public health insurance option on Wednesday, with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s signature transforming a bill that hadn’t even been made public until six weeks ago into law.

Sisolak signs much-debated ‘Right to Return’ legislation into law

June 8th, 2021 - 6:20pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation on Tuesday that guarantees the rights of laid-off gaming and tourism industry workers to return to their jobs.

With new law, Las Vegas water agency bets on ‘aggressive municipal water conservation measure' to remove decorative turf, conserve Colorado River supply

June 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Southern Nevada Water Authority, which serves the Las Vegas metro area, is tasked with implementing what its general manager said is probably “the most aggressive municipal water conservation measure that's been taken in the western United States.”

Indy DC Download: Democrats praise Biden budget; Amodei worried about debt; Cortez Masto concerned about tax hike on rural assets

June 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2020 budget blueprint largely drew praise from Nevada’s congressional Democrats for providing free universal preschool, free community college and funding rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

How many tests are too many? The state wants to find out.

June 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Recently approved legislation directs the Nevada Department of Education to review the tests students are taking for their educational benefits, their costs and any redundancies in the information, skills or abilities measured.

Behind the Bar: How the mining tax compromise deal came to be

June 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
The final deal was sealed up in a Sunday morning meeting in the state Capitol — all four legislative leaders, budget committee chairs and top Republicans on those committees (Sen. Ben Kieckhefer and Assemblywoman Jill Tolles) met with Gov. Steve Sisolak and his staff, agreeing to the rough contours of the “deal” to pass the mining tax with enough Republican votes in tow.

Sisolak signs permanent expansion of mail-in voting, mining tax compromise, dozens of other bills

June 2nd, 2021 - 5:46pm
“At a time when State legislatures across the country are attempting to roll back access to the polls, I am so proud that Nevada continues to push forward with proven strategies that make voting more accessible and secure,” Sisolak said in a statement.

Secretary of state opens up about threats she received after no evidence of ‘widespread’ voter fraud found

June 2nd, 2021 - 5:24pm
Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske opened up Wednesday about her experience on the job after the November presidential election sparked allegations of voter fraud in Nevada, as well as about threatening emails and phone calls she and her family and staff received.

Sisolak ‘damn proud’ of Legislature, will sign state public option bill, explains death penalty decision

June 1st, 2021 - 5:48pm
The first-term Democrat rattled off a list of accomplishments during the 120-day session that ended Monday, including distributing $100 million in grants to small businesses, earmarking federal funds to modernize the unemployment system, passing a bill that guarantees many hospitality workers the “right to return” to their old jobs and passing measures that expand voting opportunities.

Gun free zones in casinos, increasing justice court fees and licensing midwives among many casualties of legislative session

June 1st, 2021 - 2:59pm
Lawmakers ended the 81st session of the Legislature on Monday night passing dozens of high-profile measures but many others, including an effort to license midwives and a bill allowing casinos to prohibit firearms, failed to advance.

PHOTOS: Countdown to sine die in Carson City

May 31st, 2021 - 6:29pm
The 120-day session of the 81st Legislature is winding down on this Memorial Day in Carson City. Lawmakers are constitutionally obligated to finish their work by the stroke of midnight, meaning a mad dash to the finish line with fewer than six hours to go.

Legislature live blog: Lawmakers pass bills expanding mail voting, authorizing cannabis lounges, short-term rental taxes

May 31st, 2021 - 3:58pm
The final hours of the Legislature traditionally see a host of last-minute amendments, compromises and changes to legislation — something already readily apparent on Monday.

Lawmakers advance mining tax deal; Republicans who voted in favor explain why

May 31st, 2021 - 3:42pm
The deal involved a complicated trade of bills — including commitments to kill certain bills and pass others — and some challenges reining in the multiplying requests of lawmakers being courted for votes.

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