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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. 

State lawmakers make few promises after California request to further restrict gun sales

August 21st, 2019 - 12:50pm
More than two dozen California legislators sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson on Monday urging the state to adopt new laws restricting gun access, including a ban on assault weapons and prohibiting gun sales to people younger than age 21. The letter comes weeks after a 19-year-old gunman legally bought a semiautomatic rifle in Fallon less than three weeks before his July 28 attack at the Gilroy Garlic festival that killed 3 people and wounded 13.
Education | Legislature

Lawsuit: Bill capping Opportunity Scholarships private school program violates two-thirds rule for raising revenue

August 15th, 2019 - 9:00am
Opportunity Scholarships receive funding when businesses donate to approved scholarship organizations, which then offer awards to individual students that can be worth more than $8,000 a year. As enacted in 2015, the amount of tax credits authorized each year grows by 10 percent. But AB458 caps the size of the program at existing levels, largely preventing new enrollees or accommodating inflation in tuition.
IndyBlog | Legislature | State Government

Ford launches campaign to publicize automatic voting rights restoration bill

June 20th, 2019 - 3:01pm
Ford’s office is planning a “multi-pronged” public information campaign to educate Nevadans regarding the changes in AB431, a bill by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson that automatically restores the right to vote to any Nevadan previously incarcerated without requiring any court approval. The bill, which takes effect on July 1, passed the Legislature on a mostly party-line vote and was signed into law by Sisolak on May 29.

Q&A: Sen. Scott Hammond on being in the minority and sending public funds to non-public schools

June 20th, 2019 - 2:00am
Between casting votes and attending committee meetings, GOP state Sen. Scott Hammond offered his perspective as a member of the Republican minority — and the reason for his staunch opposition to extending the payroll tax rate. As the sponsor of the bill in 2015 that created the Education Savings Account, he also discussed his support of the Opportunity Scholarship program — another school choice initiative — and other topics.