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Lawmakers look to end a lucrative green building tax abatement program

Madori Vista townhomes under construction
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.

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

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.

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

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.

Indy DC Download: House passes pay equity and workplace safety legislation as Senate takes up bill to address Asian hate crimes

The U.S. Capitol
April 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Back from its two-week recess, the House approved gender pay-equity and workplace-safety bills as the Senate began considering a measure to help address a recent rise in violent attacks against Asian-Americans.

Cortez Masto, Lee top prior first-quarter fundraising tallies as congressional campaigns eye 2022 midterms

April 16th, 2021 - 4:16pm
Congressional representatives across the state reported race-leading fundraising hauls this week, positioning each with an early money advantage more than a year in advance of next summer’s primary elections.

The eviction moratorium was extended. What should landlords and tenants be doing?

April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
So what could tenants and landlords experience during the three-month extension of the federal moratorium, which lifts June 30 (an additional layer of state protections were extended through May)? The Indy explains.

Republican-introduced bills decimated by committee passage deadline

April 15th, 2021 - 10:00am
Out of 249 bills and resolutions introduced by Republican legislators this year, 162 died at the deadline, including 121 bills that never received a committee hearing. Some of the top Republican-backed efforts that failed included election bills repealing expanded mail voting (AB134) and requiring proof of identity before voting (AB137, AB163) and attempts to curb the governor’s emergency powers (AB93, AB373).

Lawmakers approve initial DMV budget, including $20.9 million for credit card merchant fees

April 15th, 2021 - 9:30am
Legislators said during the meeting that they wanted accountability assurances from the agency, while also giving initial approval to a host of other major DMV-related budget issues, including a decision to not eliminate dozens of vacant positions and approving spending around $10 million a year in credit card fees.

Structure of Sisolak plan to fund state infrastructure bank coming into focus

April 15th, 2021 - 9:00am
Even without a bill introduced, state lawmakers are starting to get more details on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s plan to finally allocate $75 million for the state infrastructure bank — with the idea of designating it as the primary point of contact for disbursing any incoming federal infrastructure funding.

Senate advances criminal justice reform bills, including limits on police use of force, hate crimes reporting

State Senators Dallas Harris, right, and Melanie Scheible arrive at the Legislature on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
April 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the state Senate voted Wednesday to advance a trio of criminal justice reform bills sponsored by Sen. Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas) that would add more limits on police use of deadly force, require additional recordkeeping on hate crimes and place rate caps on calls made to and from inmates.

Lawmakers approve unemployment benefits for school support staff; DETR says claims backlog has improved

April 14th, 2021 - 2:15pm
“These families may still have lingering effects in finding work this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have in many cases drained that savings and investments, as a result of the economic downturn last summer,” said Jeffrey Frischmann, acting administrator of the Employment Security Division.

State task force sets sights on multimillion-dollar problem of employee misclassification

April 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
This year, members of Nevada’s new employee misclassification task force began meeting to address a problem that costs the state — and Nevada workers — millions of dollars each year. They have met four times this year, including a week ago.

Travel and tourism industry calls on Congress to enact tax subsidies, other aid to help with pandemic recovery

Senator Jacky Rosen in a striped sweater speaking to the Nevada Legislature
April 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada tourism officials said Tuesday that their industry needed more help from Congress to recover from the plunge in business triggered by the pandemic, testifying at the first hearing convened by a new panel led by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

Sisolak sets June as goal for 100 percent reopening as some counties prepare to get there on their own

April 13th, 2021 - 6:40pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak is lifting a statewide social distancing requirement on May 1 that he says will enable every county in Nevada to reopen to 100 percent by the beginning of June.

Rosen raises $340,000 in the first quarter

April 13th, 2021 - 3:42pm
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who won’t face voters again until 2024, raised over $340,000 in the first quarter of the year and has $1.8 million cash on hand, according to her campaign’s filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Nevada Assembly votes to abolish death penalty in historic move; bill’s future uncertain in Senate

April 13th, 2021 - 2:11pm
The bill faces a more uncertain climate in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas), who is a prosecutor, would not commit on Tuesday to giving the bill a hearing.

Rep. Steven Horsford announces $363,000 in first quarter fundraising

April 13th, 2021 - 12:21pm
The campaign for Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford announced $363,000 in first-quarter fundraising Tuesday, an amount that lifts his campaign war chest to more than $750,000 through the first three months of the midterm election cycle.

Indy Explains: What AJR10 would do to change Nevada’s minimum wage

April 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The main feature of the resolution is doing away with the two-level system in the state Constitution and creating a single minimum wage, even for employers that offer health insurance. Some employers who otherwise would be paying a minimum rate of $11 per hour by 2024 under the current plan in state law would have to pay $12 if the resolution passes.

Birth freedom in Nevada, only state in the west that does not license midwives

April 12th, 2021 - 10:00am
The board established by AB387, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywomen Daniele Monroe-Moreno and Sarah Peters, would create a licensure process that Nevada does not have. Bill presenters explained that the license is optional and not required to practice midwifery in the state but would create a standard of practice, close the divide between home and hospital providers, provide accountability and improve outcomes.

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