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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.

Supporters hope caregiver board can establish consistency in personal care industry

May 30th, 2021 - 2:00am
SB340, would establish the Home Care Employment Standards Board to set wage and working conditions for the nonmedical home caregiving industry. Neal said the board would allow the workers a “seat at the table” to discuss the issues with their employers.

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Bill setting guidelines for spending $2.7 billion from feds prioritizes backfilling lost revenue, paying unemployment loan

State Senator Chris Brooks notifies the Assembly that the Senate has convened the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature on Friday, July 31, 2020 in Carson City.
May 29th, 2021 - 3:36pm
The measure, SB461, first calls on the state to determine how much revenue the state lost because of the pandemic and putting that amount into the general fund.

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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.

IndieTalks: The Rise of the Nonpartisans in Nevada

May 26th, 2021 - 11:27am
The dramatic rise in non-major party voters will affect Nevada elections starting this cycle, and the party that figures out how to talk to and mobilize them will have a significant advantage.


Mixed signals from governor, election considerations blamed for failure of death penalty repeal effort

May 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
No single cause of death is named on the legislative coroner's report, but interviews with involved parties suggest a combination of factors — ranging from personal belief, mixed gubernatorial signals, potential election-related considerations and the fact that the two senators responsible for hearing the bill work for the Clark County district attorney — helped kill the measure and keep Nevada as one of 24 states with the death penalty.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee announces run for governor as Republican, weeks after switching parties

May 17th, 2021 - 11:49am
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee launched his campaign for governor on Monday, framing himself as a candidate who will fight socialism and cancel culture in Nevada.

Contentious bill expanding whistleblower protections passes in spite of business pushback

Senate chambers
May 14th, 2021 - 5:20pm
On Friday, committee members voted 4-3 to pass the measure with the promise that another amendment will be filed prior to a floor vote. The bill previously passed out of the Assembly on a party-line 26-16 vote in April.

Governor’s office not considering early end for federal unemployment benefits

May 14th, 2021 - 4:06pm
Many Republican governors have said programs such as the $300-per-week add-on to base benefits is harming the workforce by discouraging people from getting a job, but Sisolak’s office is taking a different tack.

Sisolak pushes effort to fund, restructure state infrastructure bank

May 13th, 2021 - 9:30am
In 2017, the Legislature voted to create the state infrastructure bank, but lawmakers have never allocated funds to get the bank off of the ground. Gov. Steve Sisolak is looking to change that.

State approves first of four state worker collective bargaining agreements, though many hurdles remain

Someone affixing a stamp on documents
May 13th, 2021 - 9:00am
Sisolak and members of the state Board of Examiners (composed of the governor, attorney general and secretary of state) voted 2-1 on Tuesday to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the state and the union representing around 110 Category II law enforcement officers, a group of positions including criminal investigators and youth parole counselors. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, voted against the motion.

TitleMax and state argue over short-term loan term limits before the Supreme Court

The exterior of a MoneyTree branch
May 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The most recent case that challenges the creative use of title loan refinancing as a way to circumvent the 210-day loan term limit allowed by the state.

Sisolak's Innovation Zone concept, repackaged as a study, gets first public hearing — without its original backer

May 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
Tuesday marked the first public hearing for the Innovation Zone proposal, a concept that was embraced by the governor and originally pushed by Blockchains. The company, which owns about 67,000 acres of land in Storey County, wanted to create a new local government.

Democrat, former Athletic Commissioner Aguilar jumps in race for secretary of state

Sign in front of the Nevada State Capitol building
May 11th, 2021 - 10:14am
Aguilar, a Democrat, rolled out his campaign on Tuesday touting endorsements from a host of high-profile Democrats and education advocates, including former Secretary of State Ross Miller, Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall, philanthropist Beverly Rodgers and tennis legend Andre Agassi. (Aguilar previously worked as general counsel for Agassi’s management company, Agassi Graf.)

Opponents of the death penalty turn up the heat as abolition bill's future remains murky

Senate chambers
May 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
Friday marks the deadline for bills to pass out of their second house committee, and many criminal justice reform advocates say they are concerned that the measure abolishing capital punishment, AB395, remains in limbo with no hearing scheduled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Flood of rental assistance, eviction bans not enough to resolve some Nevada housing conundrums

May 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
In many cases, tenants approved for the program — including Catala — have found their landlords decline to accept the money, sometimes because of a condition that landlords must not immediately evict the tenant after receiving the funds.

Sisolak: Higher tax revenue and federal dollars will help ‘transform’ state, but many details remain unclear

May 5th, 2021 - 3:30pm
Sisolak delivered prepared remarks and spoke to reporters briefly on Wednesday, just a day after the state’s Economic Forum released new revenue forecasts estimating that taxes flowing into the state’s general fund will be about $910 million more than initial forecasts in December — including a $586 million upward revision for the upcoming two-year budget.

State environmental agency defends decision to reduce the scope of tainted mine-water in cleanup report

The Anaconda Copper Mine
May 5th, 2021 - 3:01pm
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is defending a groundwater report that reduced the extent of uranium and arsenic contamination linked to the former Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, an agricultural town about 70 miles from Reno.

Rental assistance program reports slower than expected disbursements

May 3rd, 2021 - 5:27pm
Clark County’s CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) has helped another 1,500 households pay rent and other bills in the past month, although it is falling short of the pace program administrators had projected in late March.

Former DETR head opens up about the threats she received during hearing on anti-doxxing bill

April 29th, 2021 - 9:30am
It was the first time Korbulic — who left DETR in June — has spoken publicly about the personal toll of the threats she received.

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