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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.

Indy Explains: Legislative Democrats’ plan for permanent expanded mail-in voting

March 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
The bill is the the fulfilment of a promise that Frierson made earlier in the session to make the state’s pandemic-induced change to mail balloting in the 2020 election permanent, but is also likely to draw staunch opposition from Republican lawmakers who have denounced the expansion of mail voting and have introduced many of their own election-related proposals.

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Indy Explains: The changes DETR is trying to make to unemployment taxes

February 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
The legislation proposes changes that are likely of more interest to employers who pay into the state system than the claimants who are — or in many cases, aren’t — receiving benefits.

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Indy Explains: Clark County begins five-day recount process in race determined by 10 votes

December 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
Clark County Election Department staff were on site bright and early at 5 a.m. on Monday to start a recount for the District C seat on the county commission — a process that election staff expect to take five days and that cost losing candidate Stavros Anthony nearly $80,000.

Indy Explains: The Electoral College: How a candidate can lose the presidency after winning a majority of votes

November 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
When a voter casts a ballot, then, it doesn't directly count in the presidential election. Instead, the vote is tallied with those of others who live in the same state, and the candidate with the most votes wins what is known as the “popular vote.” The designated electors for each state then cast their votes in mid-December. The results from that count determine who becomes president.

The Indy Explains: What to do if the wrong mail ballot is sent to your address

October 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
State and county officials say that ballots are sent to the wrong address because of issues with keeping voter rolls up to date. Election officials are typically not informed when someone moves out of state or to a different in-state residence (unless they register to vote at that new address), so there is sometimes a lag between addresses listed on the rolls and actual residences of voters.

The Indy Explains: What are the deadlines to register to vote in Nevada for the 2020 general election?

October 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
The deadline —- which applies to mail and in-person voter registration — is most important for recent arrivals to Nevada or people who don’t have a Nevada driver’s license or ID card, according to Washoe County Registrar Deanna Spikula. State identification is key for registering to vote online or getting registered at a polling place on Election Day or during early voting, which begins Oct. 17.

The Indy Explains: Question 6, raising renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent

An array of solar panels at the Copper Mountain Solar 3 facility
October 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
If approved, the measure would raise Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, to 50 percent by 2030. Lawmakers in the 2019 Legislature approved a bill (SB358) that gradually raises that standard to 50 percent by 2030, in line with the proposed constitutional amendment.

The Indy Explains: Question 4, enshrining voting rights in the state Constitution

September 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
If approved, it would add a list of 11 voting rights and privileges — known as the Voters’ Bill of Rights — to the state Constitution.

The Indy Explains: Question 3, changing Nevada’s pardons and sentence commutations process

Guards walk inside High Desert State Prison as seen on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
September 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
Backers of the ballot question (in a digest submitted to the secretary of state’s office) say that the changes in Question 3 will allow the Board of Pardons Commissioners to process its work “in a more timely and efficient manner.”

The Indy Explains: Question 2, removing same-sex marriage ban from Nevada’s constitution

September 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
If approved, this ballot question would overturn an (unenforced and deemed unconstitutional) section of the Nevada Constitution holding that “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.”

The Indy Explains: Question 1, a measure that would strike the Board of Regents from the Constitution

The Nevada Legislature building
September 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Indy breaks down arguments for and against Question 1, a constitutional amendment that seeks to take the Board of Regents out of the state Constitution.

How ahead-of-schedule energy storage adoption could help Nevada avoid blackouts, electric supply issues

August 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
But there’s a positive sign; combined under-construction and pending storage projects will see NV Energy surpass a 100 megawatt energy storage goal seven years ahead of schedule.

The Indy Explains: Everything to know about Nevada’s expanded mail-in election

August 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Nevada Independent has compiled and answered a list of frequently asked questions regarding the state’s changes and modifications in place for the 2020 election.

Indy Video: How is mining taxed in Nevada?

Trucks at mine site.
July 16th, 2020 - 1:23pm
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.

Indy Explains: How the pandemic altered the state budget and led to a special legislative session

July 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

The Indy Explains: Your First Amendment rights as a protester

July 1st, 2020 - 2:05am
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.

The Indy Explains: What happens to my ballot after I mail it in?

A ballot cast in a mailbox
June 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

Indy Q&A: How do I participate in Nevada’s mostly mail primary election?

May 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

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