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Six file to fill vacant Assembly seat ahead of legislative session

January 26th, 2021 - 3:56pm
Six people have applied to fill a Las Vegas area Assembly seat left vacant when Democrat Alexander Assefa resigned his post amid a criminal investigation.

DMV to ask for four-year extension on $1 transaction fee to help fund shift to more online services, system upgrades

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
DMV leadership briefed state lawmakers on an interim state budget panel Monday on their plans for an estimated $54.3 million initiative establishing a “Virtual Field Office,” designed to transition the bulk of DMV operations and customer services over the next four years to a primarily online platform.

State budgeting $6 million to treat life-threatening hepatitis C after inmates sue, say they were denied care

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
The proposed expenditure comes after inmates lodged a class-action federal lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Corrections, arguing that they were being denied treatment. The state struck a settlement over the summer, agreeing to treat all the affected inmates by October 2023.

About a quarter of prison employees vaccinated against COVID-19 as virus takes heavy toll behind bars

January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
The rate of cases and deaths among inmates is more than triple that in the general population in Nevada, according to a tracker of prison COVID cases maintained by The Marshall Project.

Follow the Money: Ahead of legislative session, sitting lawmakers report raising more than $10.6 million in combined big-money donations

The Nevada Legislature building
January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
With just one week to go before the start of the 2021 legislative session, a Nevada Independent analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state show the state’s 61 sitting lawmakers raised more than $10.6 million in big-money donations (those greater than $200) in the 2019-2020 campaign cycle.

Pandemic budget woes dim optimism about major funding infusion for K-12 education

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
When the pandemic hit, schooling changed, businesses temporarily closed and state revenue cratered. In the process, the school funding discussions adopted a more measured tone. Now, restoring and preserving funding has emerged as the immediate concern.

Indy DC Download: Freshly inaugurated, Biden calls for unity, but Trump’s Senate impeachment trial strikes discordant note

The U.S. Capitol
January 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Despite former President Donald Trump’s Senate looming Feb. 8 impeachment trial, President Joe Biden’s inauguration sought to try to begin to stitch the nation back together following a bitter election cycle, with members of the state’s congressional delegation in attendance.

Welfare division requests more staff to help with ‘overwhelming’ number of applications for public assistance

Nevada state seal
January 22nd, 2021 - 2:16pm
Increased caseloads prompted the state's division of welfare to petition for an additional 226 staffing positions to the field services section in the upcoming biennium. The new additions are projected to cost about $25 million over the biennium, according to the governor’s proposed budget.

IndyTalks: Top lawmakers won’t back teacher union tax proposals; redistricting likely in special session

January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The lawmakers touched on a wide range of topics, including the recent news that the Legislature will be largely closed to the public at the start of session, Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposed $8.68 billion budget, major planned changes to K-12 education funding, the redistricting process and taxes — including the proposed initiatives backed by the Clark County Education Association.

Waiver for Biden’s defense secretary nominee splits Nevada’s congressional Democrats

January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada’s congressional Democrats split Thursday over whether to give Gen. Lloyd Austin, President Joe Biden’s nominee for defense secretary, a waiver from the law that requires the Pentagon’s chief be at least seven years past active duty.

Amazon surpasses Walmart for most Nevada employees and dependents on Medicaid

A sign for an Amazon distribution center, including the company's logo
January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The number of Nevada Amazon employees and dependents on Medicaid nearly doubled year over year, increasing from 4,040 to 7,892, despite statements on the company’s website that they offer medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage to all of their employees, regardless of their level or position.

Legislative building will be closed to public at start of session, is expected to open more after vaccinations

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.
January 21st, 2021 - 4:57pm
Members of the public can watch hearings through the legislative website and through livestreams on YouTube, and those who want to participate in hearings will do so by reservation and through Zoom. Public comment can be made by phone, or through videoconference at designated sites that are being developed in locations across the state.

Price tag for state collective bargaining agreements likely to come after session starts

Someone affixing a stamp on documents
January 21st, 2021 - 10:00am
During a Wednesday meeting of the legislative budget subcommittee, state Department of Administration Director Laura Freed said the agency was still in the process of negotiating with the seven bargaining units (represented by four employee unions) who had organized to collectively bargain with their employer — the state.

The Indy Explains: How the governor’s proposed budget compares to the one he put forward two years ago

January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a two-year budget this week that restores significant cuts lawmakers made to the state’s budget over the summer as tax revenues plummeted and the state struggled to stay financially afloat amid the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevada Democrats praise Biden executive orders on mask mandate, DACA and climate action

January 20th, 2021 - 5:28pm
President Biden set the pace for his administration with executive orders that include cutting the funding for the construction of the border wall with Mexico and re-enlisting the U.S. in the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization, garnering praise from Nevada Democrats and progressives.

Full transcript, annotations of Sisolak’s 2021 State of the State address

January 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak laid out a modest proposal ahead of the upcoming legislative session during his biennial State of the State address Tuesday evening as the state continues to deal with the consequences of economic upheaval and continued uncertainty in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Extremism, with roots in the West, casts unease over Inauguration Day festivities

January 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
The images pouring out of the Capitol had echoes of armed confrontations seen in the West — and Nevada — throughout 2020 and during the past several years. In Nevada and elsewhere, these conflicts, like the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014, have often centered on disputes over federal public land.

Sisolak sets vision of a future Nevada economy in State of State address amid economic, health crisis

January 19th, 2021 - 6:34pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak told Nevadans experiencing some of their darkest hours of economic and public health devastation that he has a plan to create more than 165,000 jobs over the next decade, launch new initiatives to retrain displaced workers and build out an economy based on clean energy, blockchain and other futuristic technologies.

Former regent, political operatives among 19 candidates seeking to fill state Senate vacancy

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
January 19th, 2021 - 4:41pm
The applications will go before the Clark County Commission during its Feb. 2 meeting. The board is designated under state law to select a replacement lawmaker of the same political party who resides in the district to carry out the remainder of Cancela’s term.

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