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Economy & Business | Legislature

Judge sides with state Senate GOP in lawsuit challenging extended payroll, DMV taxes

September 21st, 2020 - 4:26pm
Updated September 22nd, 2020 - 12:10pm
Carson City District Court Judge James Russell issued the ruling from the bench on Monday, saying that state lawmakers had violated the constitutional two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases in passing two bills during the last session that extended tax rates or fees that were set to expire.

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Criminal Justice | Election 2020 | Legislature

Police union launches campaign attacking Cannizzaro over alleged lack of support for law enforcement

September 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s the latest development in an acrimonious political divorce between state Democrats and the LVPPA, which broke from the ranks of most organized labor organizations to endorse President Donald Trump and a mix of other Republicans on the 2020 ballot, including congressional and state Senate Republican hopefuls.

Criminal Justice | Legislature

Lawmakers advance more than a dozen proposals reducing but not eliminating cash bail

August 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
Members of a state legislative committee studying bail and pretrial release met virtually on Monday to approve a wide variety of recommendations aimed at limiting requirements that people pay money to leave jail before their trial. It marked the end of a year-long process studying issues related to how the court system treats people who are arrested but then released before a trial.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Sisolak signs COVID liability bill granting protections to many Nevada businesses, excluding schools and health services

August 11th, 2020 - 4:05pm
Updated August 11th, 2020 - 4:21pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill on Tuesday that shields most Nevada businesses from “frivolous lawsuits” related to COVID-19 — a measure backed by some of the state’s most influential political voices including the tourism and gaming industry and the Culinary Union, but opposed by progressive groups and the entities that were left out.

Coronavirus | Legislature

Elections, mining taxes, and civil liability; everything that passed in the Legislature’s special session

The session comes after lawmakers convened for 12 days in July to rework a state budget pummelled by the pandemic. Sponsors of the bills in the latest session argued that they addressed issues too pressing to wait for the regular session set to start in February, although the results didn’t satisfy everyone — Republican Sen. Ira Hansen called the unemployment bill “window dressing” on a massive problem of delays in benefit payouts.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Special session draws to a close as lawmakers pass COVID liability bill exempting hospitals, schools

Members of the Assembly, after a five-hour hearing Wednesday night, voted 31-10 to grant final approval to SB4, the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session. It mandates certain health and safety protections for hospitality workers, in addition to granting broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols.

Coronavirus | Legislature

Nevada’s urban health districts not ‘engaged at all’ on bill mandating regular inspections of hotels for COVID-19 protocol compliance

August 5th, 2020 - 12:40pm
Updated August 5th, 2020 - 5:15pm
The Washoe County Health District was not consulted on a bill that will newly require health districts in the state’s two urban counties to conduct regular inspections and enforcement of COVID-19 health protocols at hotels, District Health Officer Kevin Dick said Wednesday.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Senate approves COVID-19 liability protections legislation that excludes hospitals, schools

August 5th, 2020 - 12:38pm
Updated August 5th, 2020 - 4:56pm
The bill, which is expected to be the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session, gives broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols. Under the legislation, health care facilities and, now, K-12 schools are exempt from those enhanced protections.

Coronavirus | Education | Legislature

School districts to be excluded from major COVID liability shield bill

August 5th, 2020 - 9:55am
The amendment, which was obtained by The Nevada Independent and is expected to be introduced and adopted in the Senate on Wednesday, will specifically exclude public and charter schools from the enhanced litigation shield created as part of SB4, which otherwise covers nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state.

Criminal Justice | Economy & Business | Legislature

Assembly passes bills reversing police misconduct protections, addressing unemployment delays

August 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nobody spoke in favor of the bill on Tuesday, with many activists opposing because they said people affected by police shootings were not involved in its creation and arguing that the measure should fully repeal SB242. Some opponents said the language that remains in the law and grants authority to police unions means officers are still insulated from consequences.

Election 2020 | Legislature

Trump campaign sues Nevada over bill expanding mail-in voting for general election

August 4th, 2020 - 9:14pm
Updated August 4th, 2020 - 9:51pm
The bill, AB4, passed on party lines over the last few days and was signed into law on Monday. It specifies that in the November general election, and any others that happen in the wake of a statewide emergency or disaster directive, election officials will send all active registered voters a mail-in ballot.

Coronavirus | Criminal Justice | Legislature

Contentious COVID business liability, worker protection bill advances in Senate in early morning vote

August 4th, 2020 - 2:46am
The bill, which is likely to be the last piece of legislation introduced during the special session, cleared the Senate Committee of the Whole early Tuesday morning, 18-3, with Republican Sens. Ira Hansen, Joe Hardy and Pete Goicoechea in opposition. The legislation, SB4, has dominated the behind-the-scenes conversations during the session and is the culmination of a deal between some of the state’s most powerful political interests, including casinos, business groups and the Culinary Union.

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