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Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Indy Explainers

Indy Explains: What unemployment insurance can — and can’t — do to ease coming wave of joblessness

March 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

Indy Explainers | State Government

Indy Explains: New requirements that Nevadans adopt Real ID licenses

March 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
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.


Coronavirus | Health Care | Indy Explainers

Indy Explains: Fact vs. myth on the coronavirus

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.


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Government | Indy Explainers | Legislature

The Indy Explains: How a bill becomes a law

March 14th, 2019 - 2:20am
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.


Indy Explainers | Marijuana

The Indy Explains: Can marijuana companies use banks?

March 3rd, 2019 - 2:15am
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.


Energy | Indy Explainers

The Indy Explains: Do businesses that leave NV Energy have to meet renewable standards?

January 2nd, 2019 - 2:00am
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.

Indy Explainers | Legislature

The Indy Explains: Handful of veto overrides possible, but unlikely, for 2019 Legislature

November 28th, 2018 - 2:00am
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.




Election 2018 | Health Care | Indy Explainers

The Indy Explains: Where Sisolak, Laxalt stand on protections for pre-existing conditions

October 31st, 2018 - 2:10am
Deciding whether to protect or dismantle the Affordable Care Act is increasingly being left up to individual states as Congress appears unlikely to take action on the health-care law in the near future and the federal government has refused to defend it in court, meaning that Nevada’s next governor is likely to play a critical role in shaping the future of health-care policy. Republicans who have long opposed the Affordable Care Act — including some who actually voted against it or backed repealing it — have suddenly advocated for the law’s protections for pre-existing conditions this election cycle.




Election 2018 | Energy | Indy Explainers

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

October 8th, 2018 - 2:05am
If approved, the measure would raise Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, to 50 percent by 2030. The state’s current RPS is set at 20 percent and will increase to 25 percent by 2025. The only group to contribute funds to the PAC supporting the ballot measure is NextGen Climate Action, which has transferred more than $2 million to the organization since the last required campaign finance reporting deadline in June.

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