Even amid Trump’s Nevada loss, PAC led by former Lt. Gov. Hutchison touts success for down-ballot Republicans

November 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Though election results are being contested (including a request for a special election in one close state Senate race), a substantial amount of credit for Republican success in down-ballot races is being attributed to a well funded political action committee called “Stronger Nevada PAC.”

Judge tosses separation of powers lawsuit challenging government-employed lawmakers over lack of standing

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
November 18th, 2020 - 5:43pm
“It is an organization, rather than a particularly-aggrieved individual, harmed by any alleged dual employment,” Crockett wrote in a brief order. “It is quite clear that Nevada Policy Research Institute does not allege any particularized harm beyond that of any ordinary taxpayer and that is simply not enough to give standing to Nevada Policy Research Institute to bring this suit.”

Nevada grows majority-female Legislature after 2020 election, with more than 60 percent of seats to be filled by women

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson, right, speaks with Deputy Minority Whip Robin Titus, on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
November 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
In total, the 42-seat state Assembly will have 27 female lawmakers and 14 male lawmakers, including 19 female Democrats and eight female Republicans. In the 21-member state Senate, men will hold 10 seats and females will hold 11 (two Republicans and nine Democrats). Women held 33 of the 63 seats in the 2019 Legislature, hitting the majority mark after two female Assembly members (Rochelle Nguyen and Bea Duran) were appointed to vacant positions by the Clark County Commission in December 2019.

Judge issues major separation of powers ruling in DUI case brought by Clark County prosecutor, state senator

November 10th, 2020 - 2:03pm
In an order published on Monday, Judge Richard Scotti overturned a Henderson woman’s 2018 drunken-driving conviction on the grounds that one of the prosecutors — Melanie Schieble — is an elected state senator and, thus, cannot legally enforce or execute “powers that fall within the executive branch of the government of the State of Nevada.”

Election Preview: State Senate races will determine Democrats’ chances at reaching a super-majority

October 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s unlikely Republicans will gain a majority in the Senate without a major wave that gives them victory over essentially all seats in play and a fifth seat that’s considered generally out of reach. Democrats enjoy a 13-8 advantage in the Senate, and Republicans are aiming to both pick up seats and defend potentially vulnerable districts to ensure that Democrats don’t obtain a supermajority.

Election Preview: Librarian Rudy Leon seeking to oust incumbent Oscar Delgado in Reno Council’s Ward 3 seat

October 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
In the Ward 3 council race, incumbent Oscar Delgado far outstrips Rudy Leon in fundraising. His challenger, however, criticizes the two-term incumbent for his lack of presence in or engagement with the community and says that campaign funds are just a piece of the puzzle.

Casino, business groups seeking to block sales, gaming tax initiatives file to intervene in abortion ballot question lawsuit

October 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
The NRA and BizPAC filed the joint motion to intervene in federal court on Tuesday, a request to take part in the lawsuit filed by pro-life group “Protect Our Girls PAC” last month seeking an extension on signature-gathering deadlines for a proposed ballot question that would require parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor.

Judge sides with state Senate GOP in lawsuit challenging extended payroll, DMV taxes

Senate chambers
September 21st, 2020 - 4:26pm
Carson City District Court Judge James Russell issued the ruling from the bench on Monday, saying that state lawmakers had violated the constitutional two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases in passing two bills during the last session that extended tax rates or fees that were set to expire.

Police union launches campaign attacking Cannizzaro over alleged lack of support for law enforcement

State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro on Friday, July 31, 2020, during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
September 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s the latest development in an acrimonious political divorce between state Democrats and the LVPPA, which broke from the ranks of most organized labor organizations to endorse President Donald Trump and a mix of other Republicans on the 2020 ballot, including congressional and state Senate Republican hopefuls.

Lawmakers advance more than a dozen proposals reducing but not eliminating cash bail

August 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
Members of a state legislative committee studying bail and pretrial release met virtually on Monday to approve a wide variety of recommendations aimed at limiting requirements that people pay money to leave jail before their trial. It marked the end of a year-long process studying issues related to how the court system treats people who are arrested but then released before a trial.

Medicaid pushes ahead with 6 percent rate decrease proposed during budget-slashing special session

August 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada Medicaid is moving forward with a planned 6 percent across-the-board rate reduction approved by lawmakers during a special session last month to balance a billion dollar shortfall in the state’s budget.

Sisolak signs COVID liability bill granting protections to many Nevada businesses, excluding schools and health services

August 11th, 2020 - 4:05pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill on Tuesday that shields most Nevada businesses from “frivolous lawsuits” related to COVID-19 — a measure backed by some of the state’s most influential political voices including the tourism and gaming industry and the Culinary Union, but opposed by progressive groups and the entities that were left out.

Elections, mining taxes, and civil liability; everything that passed in the Legislature’s special session

August 6th, 2020 - 12:46pm
The session comes after lawmakers convened for 12 days in July to rework a state budget pummelled by the pandemic. Sponsors of the bills in the latest session argued that they addressed issues too pressing to wait for the regular session set to start in February, although the results didn’t satisfy everyone — Republican Sen. Ira Hansen called the unemployment bill “window dressing” on a massive problem of delays in benefit payouts.

Special session draws to a close as lawmakers pass COVID liability bill exempting hospitals, schools

August 6th, 2020 - 12:10am
Members of the Assembly, after a five-hour hearing Wednesday night, voted 31-10 to grant final approval to SB4, the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session. It mandates certain health and safety protections for hospitality workers, in addition to granting broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols.

PHOTOS: Sixth day of special session focused on bill shielding business from COVID-19-related lawsuits

August 5th, 2020 - 8:16pm
The end of the special legislative session seemed near on Wednesday evening, with just one bill left to take up in the Assembly — a measure extending partial immunity from COVID-19 related lawsuits to some businesses but not all.

Indy Q&A: Deputy Secretary of State Wayne Thorley on what Nevada’s controversial elections bill does and doesn’t do

August 5th, 2020 - 2:00pm
A bill passed by Nevada lawmakers during a special session that calls for mail-in ballots to be sent to all active registered voters when an election comes in the wake of a statewide emergency or disaster declaration has stirred a flurry of reaction, all the way up to President Donald Trump.

Nevada’s urban health districts not ‘engaged at all’ on bill mandating regular inspections of hotels for COVID-19 protocol compliance

August 5th, 2020 - 12:40pm
The Washoe County Health District was not consulted on a bill that will newly require health districts in the state’s two urban counties to conduct regular inspections and enforcement of COVID-19 health protocols at hotels, District Health Officer Kevin Dick said Wednesday.

Senate approves COVID-19 liability protections legislation that excludes hospitals, schools

Senate chambers
August 5th, 2020 - 12:38pm
The bill, which is expected to be the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session, gives broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols. Under the legislation, health care facilities and, now, K-12 schools are exempt from those enhanced protections.

School districts to be excluded from major COVID liability shield bill

August 5th, 2020 - 9:55am
The amendment, which was obtained by The Nevada Independent and is expected to be introduced and adopted in the Senate on Wednesday, will specifically exclude public and charter schools from the enhanced litigation shield created as part of SB4, which otherwise covers nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state.