Criminal Justice | Legislature

Advocates say many courts not adhering to Supreme Court decision that restricted cash bail

June 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
The two Clark County public defenders who argued the case — Nancy Lemke and Christy Craig — told lawmakers during a Wednesday meeting of an interim committee studying pretrial detention that multiple changes in law, and potentially enhanced court system funding, were needed to see the state fully comply with the court’s decision and new framework for assessing cash bail.

Coronavirus | Legislature | State Government

Nevada to ramp up contact tracing efforts and hire 250 people to track COVID-19 outbreaks

June 1st, 2020 - 6:03pm
Members of the Interim Finance Committee — a group of lawmakers that oversees spending and grants between legislative sessions — met on Monday to officially approve more than $118.5 million dollars in federal grants to help fund the response to COVID-19, including a sizable $96 million for contact tracing and expanded laboratory testing.

Coronavirus | Legislature

2021 special session needed for redistricting after COVID-19 related delays in census activity

May 27th, 2020 - 4:21pm
Attorneys for the Legislative Counsel Bureau told lawmakers on an interim redistricting commission on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent delays in scheduled 2020 census activities, meant that the state would not receive demographic data needed for the redistricting process until after the end of the 120-day legislative session in 2021.

Coronavirus | Legislature | State Government

Lawmakers transfer $401 million of ‘Rainy Day’ funds to help battered budget in party-line vote

May 18th, 2020 - 12:23pm
Members of the Interim Finance Committee (a committee of lawmakers that oversees and approves state spending during the interim period between legislative sessions) voted to approve moving the reserve funds during its meeting on Monday morning — a process that began last week with the declaration of a “fiscal emergency” and estimation that the state was facing between a $741 million and $911 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year ending on June 30.

Election 2020 | Legislature

What to watch in the 2020 primary election: Assembly and state Senate races

Of the 42 seats in the state Assembly, almost a quarter will be decided in the primary election. Four races will actually be decided in the primary — including three incumbent Republicans fending off challengers — because no other candidates filed to run in those districts. Another five races will effectively be decided in the primary, given vast disparity in voter registration totals making it all but impossible for the opposing party to gain a foothold.

Coronavirus | Legislature | State Government

Lawmakers declare fiscal emergency, accept federal coronavirus aid for child care, mental health and arts

May 13th, 2020 - 1:59pm
Democratic Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, chair of the committee, said the move was a first for the panel under a new process created last legislative session. It comes after Gov. Steve Sisolak declared a fiscal emergency on Monday on the basis that the state could face a shortfall of between $741 million to $911 million, or about a fifth of the state’s budget for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Coronavirus | Legislature | State Government

Nevada’s newly flush Rainy Day Fund closely eyed as coronavirus fears squeeze economy

March 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
Empty casinos and shrinking hotel occupancy rates caused by fears of the spreading novel coronavirus will have ripple effects beyond mass layoffs and plummeting stock prices — the pandemic also threatens to kneecap state tax revenue and threaten funding levels for education, health care and a host of other government services.

Legislature | State Government

Advocates aim for more and better-paying jobs for people with disabilities, who sometimes make less than minimum wage

March 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
With help from a state grant, disability rights advocates along with the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities are convening roundtables with employers to discuss roadblocks to hiring people with disabilities. Beginning in August, they plan to work with legislators to submit bill draft requests addressing wage and employment challenges.

Election 2020 | Legislature | Local Government

Candidate filing closes, sets battlegrounds for control of Legislature, congressional races

Dozens of candidates — including 52 in populous Clark County — waited until the final day of the filing period to declare their candidacy. The end of filing means that campaign season — though hampered by the spread of the novel coronavirus — is officially underway ahead of the June 9 primary election and Nov. 3 general election.