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Power Play: How Southwest Gas beat back efforts by environmentalists to start moving Nevada away from natural gas

April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Although Democratic lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a 2050 net-zero emissions goal two years ago, the two pieces of natural legislation — and the debates around them — show that tensions remain in the party (which controls both the legislative and executive branches) over how to best move forward on facilitating a transition toward decarbonization.

Republican-introduced bills decimated by committee passage deadline

April 15th, 2021 - 10:00am
Out of 249 bills and resolutions introduced by Republican legislators this year, 162 died at the deadline, including 121 bills that never received a committee hearing. Some of the top Republican-backed efforts that failed included election bills repealing expanded mail voting (AB134) and requiring proof of identity before voting (AB137, AB163) and attempts to curb the governor’s emergency powers (AB93, AB373).

Legislative Coverage

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Lawmakers approve initial DMV budget, including $20.9 million for credit card merchant fees

April 15th, 2021 - 9:30am
Legislators said during the meeting that they wanted accountability assurances from the agency, while also giving initial approval to a host of other major DMV-related budget issues, including a decision to not eliminate dozens of vacant positions and approving spending around $10 million a year in credit card fees.

Structure of Sisolak plan to fund state infrastructure bank coming into focus

April 15th, 2021 - 9:00am
Even without a bill introduced, state lawmakers are starting to get more details on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s plan to finally allocate $75 million for the state infrastructure bank — with the idea of designating it as the primary point of contact for disbursing any incoming federal infrastructure funding.

Senate advances criminal justice reform bills, including limits on police use of force, hate crimes reporting

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.
April 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the state Senate voted Wednesday to advance a trio of criminal justice reform bills sponsored by Sen. Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas) that would add more limits on police use of deadly force, require additional recordkeeping on hate crimes and place rate caps on calls made to and from inmates.

Lawmakers approve unemployment benefits for school support staff; DETR says claims backlog has improved

April 14th, 2021 - 2:15pm
“These families may still have lingering effects in finding work this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have in many cases drained that savings and investments, as a result of the economic downturn last summer,” said Jeffrey Frischmann, acting administrator of the Employment Security Division.

Nevada Assembly votes to abolish death penalty in historic move; bill’s future uncertain in Senate

April 13th, 2021 - 2:11pm
The bill faces a more uncertain climate in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas), who is a prosecutor, would not commit on Tuesday to giving the bill a hearing.

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.

Birth freedom in Nevada, only state in the west that does not license midwives

April 12th, 2021 - 10:00am
The board established by AB387, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywomen Daniele Monroe-Moreno and Sarah Peters, would create a licensure process that Nevada does not have. Bill presenters explained that the license is optional and not required to practice midwifery in the state but would create a standard of practice, close the divide between home and hospital providers, provide accountability and improve outcomes.

Old arguments emerge once more as lawmakers resurrect measure to pull regents from the state Constitution

April 12th, 2021 - 9:30am
Almost as soon as the dust had settled on Question 1, proponents of the change had zeroed in on a likely cause for the failure: the language was too complicated for thousands of voters to understand what they were voting on.

Bill would require that eggs sold in Nevada come from cage-free hens by mid-2024

April 12th, 2021 - 9:00am
The bill doesn’t require “free range” setups, but does call for something more generous than the 67-square-inch “battery cages” that are standard in the industry. It requires farmers to provide at least 144 square inches of floor space if the hens have unrestricted access to elevated platforms in a multi-tiered aviary or partially slatted housing system, and at least 324 square inches if using a flat, single-level layout with litter covering the floor.

Follow the Money: Tracking more than $607,000 in legislative campaign contributions from lawyers, legal groups

April 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
With nearly a quarter of the Legislature holding legal day jobs or with a J.D. on their wall, it comes as little surprise that law firms, legal groups and lawyers contributed more than $607,000 to legislative campaigns last cycle.

Legislative building to re-open to public on April 15

The Nevada Legislature Building
April 10th, 2021 - 8:36am
In an email sent late Friday, Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Brenda Erdoes announced that the physical legislative building in Carson City would be reopened to lobbyists or members of the public on an appointment basis starting on Thursday, April 15. The building has been closed to everyone save staff, lawmakers and a small press pool since the session started in February.

Raiders ticket tax, affordable housing bills and conservative election proposals die at deadline

April 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
But when the frantic, all-day rush of virtual committee meetings finally ended, more than 280 measures had failed to meet the deadline — nearly a third of the roughly 925 bills and resolutions introduced so far this session. Casualties included a host of affordable housing measures, ticket taxes on major sports teams, paying inmates the minimum wage, Republican-backed election bills and a host of other dashed legislative dreams.

Legislative committee advances water authority proposal aimed at removing decorative turf to conserve Colorado River water

April 9th, 2021 - 4:59pm
The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources voted Friday to advance a legislative proposal, pushed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, to require the removal of about 5,000 acres of unused grass, an action that could save billions of gallons of Colorado River water each year.

Deadline Day: Death penalty abolition, physician aid-in-dying and gun control bills advance

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Friday marks the do-or-die moment for hundreds of legislative proposals — bills must pass out of their first committee unless they have a special exemption.

Senate committee advances bill to create ‘988’ mental health hotline, set plan for allocating opioid settlement funds

Pills spilling from bottle
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
A legislative committee unanimously passed a bill that would create a state fund to house proceeds from opioid settlements, such as those against prominent pharmaceutical companies accused of helping fuel the opioid crisis.

Lawmakers advance bill that could make Nevada first presidential nominating state, but many challenges remain

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee voted along party-lines to approve AB126 on Thursday, the bill from Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to end Nevada’s presidential caucus and replace it with a primary election that would leapfrog other states to the front of the nominating calendar.

Proposed economic development overhaul calls for affordable housing investment, limits on abatements

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson, right, speaks with Deputy Minority Whip Robin Titus, on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
AB449, sponsored by Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D-Reno), would place the office under stricter oversight, shift the focus of the office to championing “mom and pop” businesses and generate more funding for affordable housing by requiring that businesses receiving tax incentives make payments into a state fund for affordable housing.

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