Lawmakers look to end a lucrative green building tax abatement program
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.
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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.
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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
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
Travel and tourism industry calls on Congress to enact tax subsidies, other aid to help with pandemic recovery
Sisolak sets June as goal for 100 percent reopening as some counties prepare to get there on their own
Rosen raises $340,000 in the first quarter
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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.