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From the classroom to the Legislature, Reno teenager champions solutions to ‘period poverty’

June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
When Samantha Glover's high school English teacher assigned her an argumentative essay on any subject of her choice, the 16-year-old never imagined the classwork would inspire her to launch a nonprofit or become the driving force behind a bill requiring Nevada’s public schools to carry menstrual products in restrooms.

Indy Explains: What happens now that traffic tickets are decriminalized?

Trooper Brian Eby traffic stop
June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Although there is a provision in the bill to cancel all bench warrants for minor traffic infractions in 2023, the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen (D-Las Vegas), said that people with unpaid traffic tickets should still seek to pay and clear them or risk arrest.

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Culinary Union workers celebrate the passage of ‘Right to Return’ bill with Sisolak

June 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
Taufa described herself as being “in heaven” after she had learned that the measure passed. She said that though she only has a few years of work left, she also fought to give other people hope for the future.

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As the state’s economy continues its recovery, The Nevada Independent will track the most important economic indicators across the state on this page, including unemployment numbers, gaming revenue and housing prices.

Analysis: Which lawmakers were least likely to toe the party line?

June 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
From permanent expanded mail voting to the state public health option, the 2021 Legislature saw no shortage of headline-grabbing partisan disagreements — but a look at actual vote totals reveals that the vast majority of bills were passed with at least some bipartisan buy-in.


Nevada Indian Country celebrates wins at the Legislature, including greater access to higher education for students

June 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The legislation prioritized by Native leaders that cleared the lawmaking session include measures that waive fees at Nevada colleges and universities for Native students; prohibit racially discriminatory language or imagery in schools; and provide environmental protection for sacred sites, among others.

Sisolak rejects four bills including legislative ethics commissions and housing discrimination changes

June 12th, 2021 - 4:00pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak said late Friday he vetoed four bills passed during the recently concluded Legislature, including measures that would have created legislative ethics commissions, amended Nevada’s housing discrimination laws, revised the state’s tourism improvement districts and established a dental oversight committee.

Sisolak celebrates bills that expand voting access during ceremonial signing

June 11th, 2021 - 1:03pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday held a ceremonial signing of a handful of bills designed to make casting ballots easier in Nevada, marking a deviation from other states where lawmakers have passed more restrictive voting laws.

Sisolak signs bill making Nevada the second state to adopt a public health insurance option

June 9th, 2021 - 2:28pm
Nevada became the second state in the nation to enact a state-managed public health insurance option on Wednesday, with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s signature transforming a bill that hadn’t even been made public until six weeks ago into law.

Sisolak signs much-debated ‘Right to Return’ legislation into law

June 8th, 2021 - 6:20pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation on Tuesday that guarantees the rights of laid-off gaming and tourism industry workers to return to their jobs.

With new law, Las Vegas water agency bets on ‘aggressive municipal water conservation measure' to remove decorative turf, conserve Colorado River supply

June 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Southern Nevada Water Authority, which serves the Las Vegas metro area, is tasked with implementing what its general manager said is probably “the most aggressive municipal water conservation measure that's been taken in the western United States.”

How many tests are too many? The state wants to find out.

June 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Recently approved legislation directs the Nevada Department of Education to review the tests students are taking for their educational benefits, their costs and any redundancies in the information, skills or abilities measured.

Behind the Bar: How the mining tax compromise deal came to be

June 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
The final deal was sealed up in a Sunday morning meeting in the state Capitol — all four legislative leaders, budget committee chairs and top Republicans on those committees (Sen. Ben Kieckhefer and Assemblywoman Jill Tolles) met with Gov. Steve Sisolak and his staff, agreeing to the rough contours of the “deal” to pass the mining tax with enough Republican votes in tow.

Sisolak signs permanent expansion of mail-in voting, mining tax compromise, dozens of other bills

June 2nd, 2021 - 5:46pm
“At a time when State legislatures across the country are attempting to roll back access to the polls, I am so proud that Nevada continues to push forward with proven strategies that make voting more accessible and secure,” Sisolak said in a statement.

Sisolak ‘damn proud’ of Legislature, will sign state public option bill, explains death penalty decision

June 1st, 2021 - 5:48pm
The first-term Democrat rattled off a list of accomplishments during the 120-day session that ended Monday, including distributing $100 million in grants to small businesses, earmarking federal funds to modernize the unemployment system, passing a bill that guarantees many hospitality workers the “right to return” to their old jobs and passing measures that expand voting opportunities.

Gun free zones in casinos, increasing justice court fees and licensing midwives among many casualties of legislative session

June 1st, 2021 - 2:59pm
Lawmakers ended the 81st session of the Legislature on Monday night passing dozens of high-profile measures but many others, including an effort to license midwives and a bill allowing casinos to prohibit firearms, failed to advance.

PHOTOS: Countdown to sine die in Carson City

May 31st, 2021 - 6:29pm
The 120-day session of the 81st Legislature is winding down on this Memorial Day in Carson City. Lawmakers are constitutionally obligated to finish their work by the stroke of midnight, meaning a mad dash to the finish line with fewer than six hours to go.

Legislature live blog: Lawmakers pass bills expanding mail voting, authorizing cannabis lounges, short-term rental taxes

May 31st, 2021 - 3:58pm
The final hours of the Legislature traditionally see a host of last-minute amendments, compromises and changes to legislation — something already readily apparent on Monday.

Lawmakers advance mining tax deal; Republicans who voted in favor explain why

May 31st, 2021 - 3:42pm
The deal involved a complicated trade of bills — including commitments to kill certain bills and pass others — and some challenges reining in the multiplying requests of lawmakers being courted for votes.

Public option likely all but a done deal after Assembly approves bill on party lines

May 30th, 2021 - 10:41pm
Nevada’s bid to establish a state-managed public health insurance option appeared all but certain to become a reality late Sunday evening after the Assembly voted on party lines to approve legislation setting the process for establishing such a plan in motion.

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