In a major legal test of a landmark 2019 law that allowed state workers to unionize, a Carson City judge ruled against Nevada’s largest state worker union Thursday, preserving a veto from Gov. Joe Lombardo that scuttled a $25 million appropriation funding a now-2-year-old state worker arbitration agreement.
The former Clark County sheriff’s victory — bolstered by $8.1 million in big-money contributions ($200 or more) — made him the only Republican to unseat a Democratic governor last year, even though he was outraised by a 3-2 margin through Election Day by his opponent, incumbent Gov. Steve Sisolak.
The 56-year-old represented Senate District 18 in Las Vegas for a decade before resigning Oct. 26 and accepting the governor’s appointment to lead the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (GOWINN) effective last Wednesday. Hammond’s tenure in the Senate was set to end in 2024, and was prohibited from running again due to term limits.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 4041 alleged in a Friday statement that the plan from Gov. Joe Lombardo’s administration would “unlawfully” exclude thousands of state workers from longevity pay, an incentive program designed to boost salaries for some of the state’s longest tenured employees.
Friends, family and elected officials say Munford leaves behind a legacy of service dedicated to the Historic Westside, championing educational and economic progress in his community and overcoming racism as a Black man in Las Vegas in the 1960s and ’70s.
First elected to the Senate in 2012, Hammond was also elected to one term in the Assembly in 2010. In that time, Hammond twice served on the Republican Senate leadership team, including a stint as the co-majority whip in 2015 and the co-minority whip in 2019.
Miller, 43, shared the news with The Nevada Independent in an interview Friday, saying his growing family and a plan to move was the motivation behind the decision. He will be the 13th lawmaker so far who is not expected to return to their legislative seat in 2025, either because of term limits, a resignation or a run for another office.
The teacher union-led PAC “Schools Over Stadiums” announced Thursday that its referendum petition to repeal public funding for a new Major League Baseball stadium in Las Vegas has been legally challenged.
By the end of 2021, Nevada’s incarcerated population reached its lowest level in two decades at less than 10,400 people, down from a recent peak of more than 14,000 in 2016, according to data published by the Nevada Department of Sentencing Policy.
AAA Scholarship Foundation CEO and President Kim Dyson told The Nevada Independent in an email this week that the organization received 270 self-identified transfer applications between Aug. 10 and Sept. 11.