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Real Estate | State Government

As court consider parameters of eviction mediation program, debate over how widely to open door

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Romero is one of the many Nevadans calling on the Nevada Supreme Court to adopt regulations that would allow tenants or landlords to request mediation when an eviction looms. A Tuesday hearing to consider the two primary proposals comes nearly two months after lawmakers authorized a mediation program as a way of preventing a sudden rush of evictions when ongoing moratoriums created in response to the pandemic are lifted.

Education | IndyBlog | State Government

Nevada joins federal lawsuit challenging changes to Title IX mandate on campus sexual misconduct

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada has joined a coalition of 18 states and territories in a federal lawsuit to block the U.S. Department of Education's new Title IX mandate, which Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office said could weaken protections for survivors of sexual violence and lead to increased underreporting of sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.

Criminal Justice | State Government

Rural counties move to sue Legislature over proposed mining tax constitutional changes

September 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Lander County in Carson City District Court in early September, challenges the trio of proposed constitutional amendments raising the state’s 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of mineral taxes set in the state Constitution. Members of the Elko County Commission discussed joining the lawsuit or bringing other legal action on Thursday.

Energy | Environment | State Government

Addressing climate change, sprawl, lawmakers advance proposal expanding fuel taxes to cover ‘transportation infrastructure’

September 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
Members of the Interim Legislative Committee on Energy voted Wednesday to move forward with a potential constitutional amendment broadening existing, narrow provisions on fuel taxes to instead allow for those tax dollars to fund the broader category of “transportation infrastructure.”

Economy & Business | State Government

State approves tax incentives for Google, lithium company amid promise to raise threshold for future tax breaks

September 16th, 2020 - 3:48pm
Amid unanimous approval of the two applications during the Wednesday meeting of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board, GOED Director Michael Brown said he planned to bring recommendations to the board — composed of Gov. Steve Sisolak, other elected leaders and several business representatives — at its next meeting in December raising the threshold level needed for new or expanding businesses to receive tax abatements.

Election 2020 | Government | State Government

Nevada tribal governments join legal struggle in Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s expanded mail-in voting measure

September 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Pyramid Lake Paiute and Walker River Paiute tribes last week sought to intervene in President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s mail-in voting measure approved for the general election, saying the law provides key accommodations for tribal members who face voting challenges unique from urban areas, including a lack of mailboxes.

Economy & Business | State Government

FEMA approves Nevada for Lost Wages Assistance unemployment; state taking over call center duties from Alorica

September 11th, 2020 - 3:42pm
Updated September 11th, 2020 - 6:00pm
DETR said it was bringing on staff to work the state’s call centers, but didn’t immediately clarify whether the state was assuming all of Alorica’s duties or just some, or whether the state would have to pay for the duration of the contract in spite of the early wind-down. Alorica was brought on on a temporary basis, with the intention of sending duties back to the state by the end of the year, state officials said.

Coronavirus | State Government

White House rejects Nevada’s request for full federal funding of National Guard COVID-19 response; Sisolak says ‘no rational justification’

September 10th, 2020 - 5:47pm
Sisolak’s office announced late Thursday that its request to the White House for full federal funding for the Nevada National Guard through the rest of the calendar year had been rejected, even as five other states — Texas, Florida, California, Arizona and Connecticut — have been granted full federal funding for National Guard activities.

State Government

As deadline nears, officials fear census undercount

September 9th, 2020 - 1:30pm
A comparison of county census response rates between 2010 and 2020 shows more than half of Nevada’s counties have yet to hit response rates from the 2010 census with only a few weeks left for the count, Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall, who chairs the panel, told members of the Nevada Complete Count Committee at a Tuesday meeting. An undercount could mean less federal funding for a state facing an unprecedented budget crisis, because federal distributions are often designated on a per-capita basis using census counts.

Health Care | State Government

Audit: Group health plan for state workers ignored bidding rules, engaged in ‘wasteful spending’

September 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
An audit report released last week by the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Audit Division into the contract management practices of the Public Employees Benefits Program, or PEBP, found that leadership of the health insurance program consistently failed to follow state laws and policies requiring contracts be put out to bid every four years, choosing instead to extend contracts in violation of normal practices for state agencies.

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