Election 2020 | Legislature | Real Estate

REALTORS pump $2 million toward legislative races, candidate recruitment amid backlash to tenants rights bills

January 15th, 2020 - 10:00am
The two political action committees — Realtor Champion PAC and Realtor Industry PAC — were each registered with the state on the same day in December and given $1 million each by the REALTORS association. It’s part of an expanded strategy by the association (already a major contributor to legislative candidates of both parties) to play a larger role in recruiting and supporting candidates in both major political parties aligned with the industry after a 2019 legislative session that association President Chris Bishop called “one of the worst legislative sessions we've been through.”
Criminal Justice | Legislature

State Supreme Court temporarily blocks lower court ruling, will hear appeal on decision over legislative attorneys role in payroll tax lawsuit

January 13th, 2020 - 10:30am
In an order issued Friday, the seven-member court granted a stay blocking implementation of Carson City District Court Judge James Russell’s order preventing the Legislative Counsel Bureau from representing individual lawmakers in a payroll tax lawsuit — filed by Republican state senators challenging a 2019 bill that removed a scheduled decrease in the state’s payroll tax rate without a two-thirds majority usually required for any change in taxes.

Legislative attorneys warn payroll tax lawsuit could threaten whole structure of Legislature’s legal system

January 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) attorney Kevin Powers last week told members of the Legislative Commission — an interim body that typically reviews and approves regulations by state agencies — that Carson City Judge James Russell’s decision in November to disqualify the legal division from representing individual legislators in a court dispute over payroll taxes could have a “significant implication” for the ability of the Legislature's nonpartisan lawyers to continue normal operations.
Criminal Justice | Legislature

Lawsuit filed to block Nevada's 'red flag' law

December 5th, 2019 - 11:47am
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Carson City District Court by NevadansCAN, a self-described “non-profit citizens action network” based in Henderson and led by Mary Rooney, a former Republican state Assembly candidate and a conservative activist. Attornies representing the group are Alan Lefebvre and William Schuller of the Kolesar & Leatham law firm.
Elections | Legislature | State Government

Lawsuit seeks to block proposal for independent commission, not Legislature, to draw political district boundaries

November 27th, 2019 - 1:08pm
The lawsuit argues that the proposed redistricting commission is not truly independent because legislative leaders could still appoint their preferred members to the group. While it excludes certain politically involved members — such as lawmakers or lobbyists — campaign volunteers might qualify, the plaintiff argued.
Immigration | Legislature

Laxalt calls for special session on ICE agreement, in spite of proposal’s bleak chances

November 22nd, 2019 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro did not respond to questions about whether they are open to the idea of convening lawmakers a year before their regularly scheduled 120-day session to work on the matter. But Democratic Sen. Yvanna Cancela, who has introduced legislation on the 287(g) topic in the past, called the push divisive and noted voters “rejected this brand of politics in 2018.”
Government | Legislature

Payday lenders attempt to ‘sneak’ into regulation-light sandbox, legal aid attorneys warn

November 22nd, 2019 - 2:00am
Comments and suggestions submitted by the Financial Service Centers of America — a trade group for high-interest, short term lenders — caused concern by attorneys with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, who warned state officials during a workshop held by the state’s Department of Business and Industry to draft regulations to implement a new law (SB161) that payday lenders should not be allowed to participate once it goes into effect next year.