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Education | Legislature

Proposed Battle Born Opportunity Grant would offer need-based aid to university students; demand pegged at $126 million

Lawmakers discussed that steep price as they considered SB145, a bill to create the Battle Born Opportunity Grant. The program would fill a gap in the state’s financial aid offerings, which currently include the merit-based Millennium Scholarship and two need-based programs geared primarily toward community college students.
Health Care | Legislature

After bitter 2017 session, pharmaceutical companies host lawmakers in Napa, double down on campaign contributions

Drug companies, on the heels of a bitter fight over insulin pricing transparency legislation two years ago, more than doubled the campaign cash they doled out to Nevada lawmakers and parties in the 2018 election cycle and extended an invitation to legislative leaders to attend a biennial private fundraiser in California’s Napa Valley.

After background checks bill, lawmakers prepare wide variety of gun bills

Several Democratic lawmakers are working on proposals to ban bump stocks — a firearm accessory that mimics automatic weapons fire, used in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas — as well as creating penalties for leaving a firearm accessible to children and allowing municipalities to set their own regulations on guns. But it’s still unclear whether lawmakers will move to address Sisolak’s campaign promises to ban assault rifles and silencers.
IndyBlog | Legislature

Bill seeks to fix background checks law that unintentionally thwarted school volunteers

“It was really meant for volunteers that were there on an ongoing basis and that were unsupervised,” Gansert said in an interview about her 2017 bill. “And when that went out to the school districts, when it was to be enforced, there were all sorts of different interpretations of who should be getting background checks among the volunteers.”