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.
Election 2020 | Legislature
Terms limits, higher ambitions mean at least 11 open seats in the Legislature in 2020
October 28th, 2019 - 2:00am
About a dozen seats in the Legislature will have no incumbent in the race in the 2020 election, setting the stage for some fierce competition when candidates formally file to run in March, according to an analysis from The Nevada Independent.
Election 2020 | IndyBlog | Legislature
Appointed lawmakers Marcia Washington and Greg Smith will not run for Legislature in 2020
October 25th, 2019 - 2:00am
Democratic Sen. Marcia Washington, whom county commissioners appointed in March to serve the remainder of former Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson’s term after he resigned, says she will not run for re-election. Democratic Assemblyman Greg Smith also will not seek re-election.
Criminal Justice | IndyBlog | Legislature
Democratic Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo to run for Nevada Supreme Court
October 24th, 2019 - 5:17pm
Fumo, a criminal defense attorney whose experience includes work as one of O.J. Simpson’s defense attorneys when the former football player appealed his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction, was first elected to the swingy Assembly District 21 in Las Vegas in 2016.
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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.
Elections | Legislature
GOP state Senate candidate asked 2016 opponent for forgiveness on recall efforts, help with job search
October 24th, 2019 - 2:00am
Buck, who ran against Woodhouse in 2016 and announced her intent to run for the term-limited senator’s seat again last week, was listed on documents filed by recall organizers in late 2017 as the candidate to replace the incumbent in a drawn-out and ultimately failed recall effort.
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Sen. Mo Denis to face fellow lawmaker McCurdy in Clark County Commission race
October 23rd, 2019 - 12:56pm
Democratic Sen. Mo Denis said he will file in March to run for termed-out Lawrence Weekly’s Clark County Commission seat, setting up a face-off with his Democratic colleague, Assemblyman William McCurdy II, who announced this summer that he would also be running.
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 | Legislature
Change to firearms law means domestic violence crimes serious enough for jury trial, Nevada Supreme Court rules
September 12th, 2019 - 1:52pm
In a unanimous decision published Thursday, the seven members of the Court ruled in favor of a petitioner, Christopher Anderson, who had appealed charges of battery offense constituting domestic violence on the grounds that he was erroneously denied the right to a jury trial.
Rural Republican lawmakers top American Conservative Union’s legislative scorecard
September 11th, 2019 - 8:39am
The scorecard released was this week ahead of the organization’s Conservative Political Action Conference spinoff, CPAC West, which is scheduled for Friday in Reno. Its overall score for the Assembly — 29 percent — reflects the fact that Democrats have a two-thirds majority in the chamber and advanced legislation that ACU strongly opposes.
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.
Legislature | State Government
Business, education meetings dominated Sisolak's calendar amid legislative session
August 25th, 2019 - 2:00am
Those meetings and others held between Sisolak with high-powered lobbyists, legislators with major pending bills, federal government officials and a slew of well-known business leaders were revealed in a public records request submitted by The Nevada Independent for the governor’s calendar through the legislative session.
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.