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.
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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.
Government | Health Care | Legislature | Local Government

Letters reveal tension between local governments on how to address homelessness, even as Legislature called for collaboration

October 17th, 2019 - 2:00am
When the City of Las Vegas sent a letter to other local governments suggesting its homelessness services were being strained by those outside their jurisdiction, county commissioners replied: How do you know where they are from if they don’t have addresses? The exchange is the latest show of tension between the two governing bodies struggling to address homelessness.
Legislature | Local Government

Counties, cities spent millions lobbying the Legislature

October 13th, 2019 - 2:00am
The report, which was compiled by the state Department of Taxation, is the product of a law that requires all local governments — everything from cities and counties to police departments, school districts and hospitals — to disclose any expenditures above $6,000 on “activities designed to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation.”

Governor, Democratic lawmakers ask court to toss Republicans’ lawsuit challenging tax rate extension

September 19th, 2019 - 8:21pm
Republicans say that passing the tax extension on a simple majority vote “creates a dangerous precedent,” and they argue in the lawsuit that the decision hurts Republicans because it nullifies plaintiff senators’ votes against the tax. Democrats were one vote shy of having a supermajority in the Senate this spring.
Criminal Justice | Health Care | Legislature

UNLV Medicine hosts panel to address widespread Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Nevada

September 11th, 2019 - 2:00am
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a developmental and behavioral condition that affects more than 10,000 children under the age of 18 in Clark County, making it more prevalent than autism, according to UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center. A panel hosted by Ackerman Autism Center on Monday focused on meeting the challenges of living with FASD.
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SEIU executive board member announces campaign for McCurdy’s open Assembly seat

September 5th, 2019 - 2:29pm
Summers-Armstrong has served as chief steward for Regional Transportation Commission. Since May, she has been an executive board member of SEIU Nevada, which represents thousands of health care workers and public employees in the state. According to her campaign announcement, advocating for cash bail reform is one reason Summers-Armstrong decided to run for office.
Education | Legislature

Students losing Opportunity Scholarships following legislative changes, in spite of efforts to soften blow

August 30th, 2019 - 2:00am
Parra’s family is one of many thrown into uncertainty by the Legislature’s changes to Opportunity Scholarships, which were created in 2015 and help low- to middle-income families afford private school. The tax credit-based program has broad support from Republicans, but Democratic leaders who argue Nevada should be laser-focused on funding its cash-strapped public schools took steps to rein in the program.
Education | Legislature | State Government

Sisolak lambastes school district, Jara over looming strike; district serves mediation letter to teachers' union

August 23rd, 2019 - 4:53pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak excoriated Clark County School District leaders during a press conference Friday over a breakdown in negotiations for additional pay for teachers who completed certain professional development — an impasse that has led the Clark County Education Association to call for a strike next month.