Modern mining began in Nevada even before the Silver State joined the union, and it was the state’s dominant industry for decades.
The framers even enshrined the industry’s favorable taxation structure in the Nevada Constitution in 1864, after an earlier attempt at passing a Constitution failed in part because mines would have been taxed the same as other businesses.
When state lawmakers convened in Carson City in February 2019, one of their chief tasks was approving a budget for the biennium. It's an operation that relies on a number of variables — most notably, tax revenue. Now, they're back in the state capital again to shore up an estimated $1.2 billion budget gap caused by the pandemic.
Protesters can and should prepare for protests by understanding their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble beforehand, lawyers say. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides an outline of protester rights, and professional groups including the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association organized a webinar with four panelists in early June to clarify the details and complexity of protester rights.
Designed to reduce the exposure of poll workers and voters to the coronavirus, the mail-in primary is the first in the state's history. Officials have carried out several awareness initiatives in recent weeks, including dedicating a website and hosting virtual town halls about the new process.
Nevada is trying to conduct its June 9 primary election almost entirely by mail as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with limited options to vote in person. Wayne Thorley, deputy secretary of state for elections, took questions from the public about the process in a Facebook Live town hall on May 11.
To help keep track of the evolving situation, The Nevada Independent is compiling the latest updates on the unemployment insurance system in this explainer. Check back here for the latest on timelines for new benefits programs and initiatives meant to help ease the problems that claimants like Forman have experienced.
On Saturday, state officials announced that the second week of March brought nearly three times the number of initial unemployment claims as the first week — the largest week-over-week jump in claims since current recordkeeping began in 1987. The nearly 6,400 claims in the week ending March 14 doesn’t yet capture the tumultuous past week, during which Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered “non-essential” businesses to close their doors.
The Oct. 1 deadline is coming quickly for those who still need to get their Real ID — an upgraded driver’s license identified by a yellow or black star stamped in the upper right hand corner. The new identification card will be required for domestic travel via commercial aircraft and for entering any federal buildings or military bases.
Fears of a widespread outbreak have prompted some Nevada shoppers to stock up on cleaning products, canned food and bottled water, even before any coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Silver State. But what’s really known about the virus? How does it compare to illnesses that have been around for years? And should Nevadans alter their daily routines in response The Nevada Independent explores the facts to put the illness in perspective.
For more than 155 years, Nevada’s elected Board of Regents have been enshrined as part of the state Constitution, core to the exercise of authority over the state’s higher education system. But that could all change come election day, 2020.
With just three weeks left before lawmakers gavel out, that leaves a lot to digest before possible passage. A hearing next week will shed more light on the plan, but in the meantime, here’s a primer on the high-profile bill:
There are more than 1,000 bills drafted every legislative session, but how many of them can survive the political process? From the idea phase to when a bill is signed into law, reporters Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels and Megan Messerly walk you through what happens inside the Legislature.
Members of an advisory panel tasked with designing a Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board heard last week about the barriers that have left the multibillion-dollar America marijuana industry largely bank-less and — in some cases — literally burying their cash in the ground, pirate-style.
The Nevada Independent breaks down the complicated legal structure that governs water law in Nevada and throughout the West. We explain why water law is so fraught with difficulty and why so many water policy decisions end up in court.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Nevada lawmakers will push to increase the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard for the first time in a decade when the 120-day legislative session starts in February. But one potential obstacle is standing in the way — how to deal with the growing number of businesses that no longer purchase electricity from NV Energy, the state’s primary utility.
Veto overrides, which require a two-thirds vote, are exceedingly rare in Nevada political history — only 36 gubernatorial vetoes have been reversed since 1899, out of more than 573 bills vetoed over the last 119 years. The vast majority of them occurred in 2009, when legislators of both parties banded together to override 25 of the 48 bills vetoed by former Gov. Jim Gibbons, including budget bills and a measure recognizing same-sex domestic partnerships. But even in that record-setting session, all veto overrides were done in the same year; lawmakers declined to take up any of the eight bills vetoed after the end of the legislative session when they reconvened two year later.
The Trump administration has released a bevy of proposed and final rules over the last few weeks to try to shape the future of health-care policy as Congress has failed to make significant headway over the last two years and as a Democratic House promises to thwart any Republican efforts in the Senate.
If nothing is certain but death and taxes, it’s inevitable that some elected officials will pass away during their terms — or sometimes before they even begin. Other vacancies arise when lawmakers resign before their terms end. So what happens when there’s suddenly an empty elected seat?