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.

Legislature | Local Government

Tensions over newly enacted Las Vegas homeless ordinance flare up at legislative forum for seniors

February 13th, 2020 - 5:45am
A member of the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum was abruptly dismissed from a meeting when she kept pressing a Clark County social services manager about the impact of Las Vegas ordinances outlawing sitting and sleeping in public. An estimated 42 percent of the more than 5,500 homeless in Southern Nevada are 50 or older.

Criminal Justice | Legislature

Legislative lawyers’ role in GOP-backed payroll tax lawsuit questioned ahead of oral arguments

February 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
The dispute came during a Thursday meeting of the Legislative Commission — an interim body that reviews and approves regulations by state agencies — to approve a short resolution that essentially ratifies a decision made by the body in December to appeal a lower court’s decision barring legislative attorneys from participating in the case.

Legislature | October 1 | State Government

Still largely untested, Nevada’s new red flag law and expanded background checks rankle gun show attendees

At a gun show last weekend in Carson City, where handguns and scopes and rifles were on display at a community center, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was a bit of a persona non grata. Gun control bills the governor signed out of the 2019 legislative session — including one requiring background checks on private sales and transfers and another authorizing temporary gun confiscation for people showing behavioral “red flags” — just took effect this month.

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.