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DMV to ask for four-year extension on $1 transaction fee to help fund shift to more online services, system upgrades

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
DMV leadership briefed state lawmakers on an interim state budget panel Monday on their plans for an estimated $54.3 million initiative establishing a “Virtual Field Office,” designed to transition the bulk of DMV operations and customer services over the next four years to a primarily online platform.

Follow the Money: Ahead of legislative session, sitting lawmakers report raising more than $10.6 million in combined big-money donations

The Nevada Legislature building
January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
With just one week to go before the start of the 2021 legislative session, a Nevada Independent analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state show the state’s 61 sitting lawmakers raised more than $10.6 million in big-money donations (those greater than $200) in the 2019-2020 campaign cycle.


Pandemic budget woes dim optimism about major funding infusion for K-12 education

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
When the pandemic hit, schooling changed, businesses temporarily closed and state revenue cratered. In the process, the school funding discussions adopted a more measured tone. Now, restoring and preserving funding has emerged as the immediate concern.

Welfare division requests more staff to help with ‘overwhelming’ number of applications for public assistance

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January 22nd, 2021 - 2:16pm
Increased caseloads prompted the state's division of welfare to petition for an additional 226 staffing positions to the field services section in the upcoming biennium. The new additions are projected to cost about $25 million over the biennium, according to the governor’s proposed budget.

IndyTalks: Top lawmakers won’t back teacher union tax proposals; redistricting likely in special session

January 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The lawmakers touched on a wide range of topics, including the recent news that the Legislature will be largely closed to the public at the start of session, Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposed $8.68 billion budget, major planned changes to K-12 education funding, the redistricting process and taxes — including the proposed initiatives backed by the Clark County Education Association.

Legislative building will be closed to public at start of session, is expected to open more after vaccinations

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.
January 21st, 2021 - 4:57pm
Members of the public can watch hearings through the legislative website and through livestreams on YouTube, and those who want to participate in hearings will do so by reservation and through Zoom. Public comment can be made by phone, or through videoconference at designated sites that are being developed in locations across the state.

Price tag for state collective bargaining agreements likely to come after session starts

Someone affixing a stamp on documents
January 21st, 2021 - 10:00am
During a Wednesday meeting of the legislative budget subcommittee, state Department of Administration Director Laura Freed said the agency was still in the process of negotiating with the seven bargaining units (represented by four employee unions) who had organized to collectively bargain with their employer — the state.

Former regent, political operatives among 19 candidates seeking to fill state Senate vacancy

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
January 19th, 2021 - 4:41pm
The applications will go before the Clark County Commission during its Feb. 2 meeting. The board is designated under state law to select a replacement lawmaker of the same political party who resides in the district to carry out the remainder of Cancela’s term.

Lawyers battle over lawsuit seeking halt to mining tax hike proposals

January 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Carson City District Court Judge James Russell said on Thursday that he’ll take the request to halt the proposed constitutional amendment under advisement, after attorneys representing the Legislature, secretary of state, mining companies and a handful of small rural counties spent nearly three and a half hours locked in oral arguments.

Advocates give Nevada a ‘D’ for kids’ well-being, call for expanding Medicaid, investing in Pre-K and foster care

January 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The group's priorities for the 2021 legislative session are centered on the health and access to health care for children of all ages, including those not yet born.

Democratic Assemblyman Assefa resigns, citing residency issue that is subject of criminal probe

January 12th, 2021 - 10:01am
Alexander Assefa, who was re-elected to a second term in November, submitted his resignation to Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday citing a “mistaken” understanding of residency requirements for holding legislative office.

Cancela stepping down from state Senate to take health position in Biden administration

January 11th, 2021 - 10:45am
Democratic state Sen. Yvanna Cancela is resigning her legislative seat to take a position with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the new Biden administration.

Lawmakers asking for essential legislative staff to be prioritized for COVID vaccines ahead of session

State Senator Yvanna Cancella getting her temperature taken as she arrives at the Legislature
January 8th, 2021 - 10:35am
In a joint statement on Friday, legislative Democratic leaders (Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson) said they are focusing “first and foremost” on protecting staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, the Legislature’s nonpartisan agency that provides fiscal, research, legal and other services to state lawmakers.

Sisolak modifying State of the State speech tradition with pre-recording, early release of budget

Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference
January 5th, 2021 - 4:45pm
State law requires the governor to submit a copy of his proposed budget to the Legislature no later than 14 calendar days before the start of the 120-day legislative session, which will begin on Feb. 1.

From more family court judges to a tracking program for evidence kits, new laws take effect in Nevada on Jan. 1

January 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
With the new year, a new set of laws is once again taking effect. Of the hundreds of bills the Legislature passed in 2019, nine finally became effective either in whole or in part on Friday with the start of the new year and as the next legislative session is set to begin in February.

Lawmakers grant final approval to payday lending database plans, over industry concerns

The exterior of a MoneyTree branch
December 28th, 2020 - 5:14pm
Members of the Legislative Commission — composed of state lawmakers who give final approval to state agency regulations — met Monday to approve the regulations submitted by the state’s Financial Institutions Division (FID), which will oversee and manage operations of the database. The majority-Democratic committee voted along party lines, 7-5, to approve the regulations.

Nevada breaks gun sale record in 2020 amid pandemic, social unrest and contentious elections

December 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
Through the first week of November, the state Point of Contact Firearms Program has conducted more than 160,000 background checks for gun purchases, according to records kept by the state Department of Public Safety. In 2019, the background checks program processed fewer than 102,100 checks statewide.

Lawmakers rush to approve spending on $207 million in federal coronavirus funds before money reverts back to feds

December 18th, 2020 - 4:49pm
During a Friday meeting of the Interim Finance Committee, a body composed of legislators that make budget and fiscal decisions when the Legislature is not in session, lawmakers signed off on the plan recommended by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s budget office to allocate remaining federal dollars largely to salaries and equipment costs that have played a role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sales, gaming tax proposals backed by CCEA headed to Legislature after clearing signature thresholds

Two teachers with signs kneeling in front a crowd during a rally
December 15th, 2020 - 12:16pm
County officials verified 148,605 of the 201,935 submitted signatures for the gaming tax increase petition, or about 73.6 percent, and 137,791 of the 190,192 submitted signatures for the sales tax increase petition, about 72.4 percent. The county-level signature verification process is one of the last stops before initiative petitions are deemed successful or unsuccessful. The secretary of state’s office will next certify the results and transfer them to the Legislature, assuming no legal challenges are filed.

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