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.
IndyBlog | Legislature | Water & Land

Heidi Swank to leave Legislature, head new outdoor recreation division

November 18th, 2019 - 2:36pm
Swank, a four-term legislator who chaired the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining committee in the 2017 and 2019 legislative sessions, was announced on Monday as the new administrator of the state’s Division of Outdoor Recreation, created in the 2019 legislative session as a way to promote recreation businesses and promote conservation efforts.
Elections | Legislature

Group files ballot initiative to overhaul state Senate, add ranked-choice voting

November 6th, 2019 - 2:00am
According to paperwork filed with the secretary of state’s office last month, a public school teacher in Beatty named Benjamin Pennington has filed documents signaling an intent to begin collecting signatures for a proposed initiative petition that would reduce the terms for state senators from four to two years and align their districts with the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts.
Legislature | Local Government | October 1 | State Government

Humboldt residents will file to recall sheriff after commissioners signed ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ resolution

October 24th, 2019 - 2:00am
Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen’s decision to enforce new red flag laws, which allow for temporary confiscation of guns for people a judge deems “at risk." has spurred a campaign to have him recalled. Dawn Principe, owner of Sage Hill Arms gun store in Winnemucca and member of the 1,600-member Facebook group behind the recall campaign, said members plan to file a notice of intent on Thursday.
Health Care | Legislature

Indy Q&A: NAMI executive Sandy Stamates on stigma, new resources and a better way to talk about mental illness

October 21st, 2019 - 2:00am
NAMI recently marked their Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6-12, which Congress started designating in 1990 to bring attention to mental illness. NAMI offers classes for family members of those affected and highlights celebrities who have dealt with mental illness themselves, to fight the stigma that still surrounds mental health.