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Community | Local Government

With just over a week of counting left, local leaders make a final push to increase responses to the U.S. census

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
More than half of the state’s counties have not hit response rates from 2010 with just over a week remaining to complete those counts. Local leaders across the state have been implementing programs that help them engage in the community in order to encourage participation in the census and educate residents about what the purpose of the census is.


Real Estate | State Government

As court consider parameters of eviction mediation program, debate over how widely to open door

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Romero is one of the many Nevadans calling on the Nevada Supreme Court to adopt regulations that would allow tenants or landlords to request mediation when an eviction looms. A Tuesday hearing to consider the two primary proposals comes nearly two months after lawmakers authorized a mediation program as a way of preventing a sudden rush of evictions when ongoing moratoriums created in response to the pandemic are lifted.

Education | IndyBlog | State Government

Nevada joins federal lawsuit challenging changes to Title IX mandate on campus sexual misconduct

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada has joined a coalition of 18 states and territories in a federal lawsuit to block the U.S. Department of Education's new Title IX mandate, which Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office said could weaken protections for survivors of sexual violence and lead to increased underreporting of sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.

Economy & Business | Legislature

Judge sides with state Senate GOP in lawsuit challenging extended payroll, DMV taxes

September 21st, 2020 - 4:26pm
Updated September 22nd, 2020 - 12:10pm
Carson City District Court Judge James Russell issued the ruling from the bench on Monday, saying that state lawmakers had violated the constitutional two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases in passing two bills during the last session that extended tax rates or fees that were set to expire.



Criminal Justice | State Government

Rural counties move to sue Legislature over proposed mining tax constitutional changes

September 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Lander County in Carson City District Court in early September, challenges the trio of proposed constitutional amendments raising the state’s 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of mineral taxes set in the state Constitution. Members of the Elko County Commission discussed joining the lawsuit or bringing other legal action on Thursday.


Energy | Environment | State Government

Addressing climate change, sprawl, lawmakers advance proposal expanding fuel taxes to cover ‘transportation infrastructure’

September 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
Members of the Interim Legislative Committee on Energy voted Wednesday to move forward with a potential constitutional amendment broadening existing, narrow provisions on fuel taxes to instead allow for those tax dollars to fund the broader category of “transportation infrastructure.”

Economy & Business | State Government

State approves tax incentives for Google, lithium company amid promise to raise threshold for future tax breaks

September 16th, 2020 - 3:48pm
Amid unanimous approval of the two applications during the Wednesday meeting of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board, GOED Director Michael Brown said he planned to bring recommendations to the board — composed of Gov. Steve Sisolak, other elected leaders and several business representatives — at its next meeting in December raising the threshold level needed for new or expanding businesses to receive tax abatements.

Coronavirus | Government

Sisolak rebukes Trump’s decision to host in-person rallies in Nevada, says president showed ‘callous disregard’ for health measures

September 16th, 2020 - 2:04pm
The letter, addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, called out the president for violating state emergency directives and federal public health guidelines, potentially increasing the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Trump held an outdoor rally at the Minden airport on Saturday and an indoor event in Henderson on Sunday; many of the thousands of attendees were seen congregating close together and without masks.


Criminal Justice | Election 2020 | Legislature

Police union launches campaign attacking Cannizzaro over alleged lack of support for law enforcement

September 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s the latest development in an acrimonious political divorce between state Democrats and the LVPPA, which broke from the ranks of most organized labor organizations to endorse President Donald Trump and a mix of other Republicans on the 2020 ballot, including congressional and state Senate Republican hopefuls.

Election 2020 | Government | State Government

Nevada tribal governments join legal struggle in Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s expanded mail-in voting measure

September 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Pyramid Lake Paiute and Walker River Paiute tribes last week sought to intervene in President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s mail-in voting measure approved for the general election, saying the law provides key accommodations for tribal members who face voting challenges unique from urban areas, including a lack of mailboxes.

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