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Follow the Money: Energy industry donors contributed more than $400,000 to lawmakers ahead of 2021 session

April 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Amid continuing attempts by a Democratic-led Legislature to grapple with the effects of the energy industry on the climate, a handful of Nevada’s largest energy companies shelled out more than $401,000 to legislative campaigns through the 2020 cycle.

Power Play: How Southwest Gas beat back efforts by environmentalists to start moving Nevada away from natural gas

April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Although Democratic lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a 2050 net-zero emissions goal two years ago, the two pieces of natural legislation — and the debates around them — show that tensions remain in the party (which controls both the legislative and executive branches) over how to best move forward on facilitating a transition toward decarbonization.

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The Callback: Financial devastation fosters a sense of community within Nevada’s arts industry

April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Amidst the safety restrictions, the Entertainment Capital of the World went dark, with a shuttered arts industry contributing to record-breaking unemployment in Southern Nevada.

Indy DC Download: House passes pay equity and workplace safety legislation as Senate takes up bill to address Asian hate crimes

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April 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Back from its two-week recess, the House approved gender pay-equity and workplace-safety bills as the Senate began considering a measure to help address a recent rise in violent attacks against Asian-Americans.

'Shock and awe': School districts mull uses for massive federal funding infusion

April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
Heavy infusions of federal funding — courtesy of three coronavirus relief packages approved by Congress — have flipped the script In Nevada schools and others across the country. Suddenly, school districts’ financial outlooks aren’t so bleak.

Cortez Masto, Lee top prior first-quarter fundraising tallies as congressional campaigns eye 2022 midterms

April 16th, 2021 - 4:16pm
Congressional representatives across the state reported race-leading fundraising hauls this week, positioning each with an early money advantage more than a year in advance of next summer’s primary elections.

The eviction moratorium was extended. What should landlords and tenants be doing?

April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
So what could tenants and landlords experience during the three-month extension of the federal moratorium, which lifts June 30 (an additional layer of state protections were extended through May)? The Indy explains.

Senate advances criminal justice reform bills, including limits on police use of force, hate crimes reporting

State Senators Dallas Harris, right, and Melanie Scheible arrive at the Legislature on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
April 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the state Senate voted Wednesday to advance a trio of criminal justice reform bills sponsored by Sen. Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas) that would add more limits on police use of deadly force, require additional recordkeeping on hate crimes and place rate caps on calls made to and from inmates.

Structure of Sisolak plan to fund state infrastructure bank coming into focus

April 15th, 2021 - 9:00am
Even without a bill introduced, state lawmakers are starting to get more details on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s plan to finally allocate $75 million for the state infrastructure bank — with the idea of designating it as the primary point of contact for disbursing any incoming federal infrastructure funding.

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Lawmakers approve initial DMV budget, including $20.9 million for credit card merchant fees

Riley Snyder
April 15th, 2021 - 9:30am

Legislators said during the meeting that they wanted accountability assurances from the agency, while also giving initial approval to a host of other major DMV-related budget issues, including a decision to not eliminate dozens of vacant positions and approving spending around $10 million a year in credit card fees.

Republican-introduced bills decimated by committee passage deadline

Sean Golonka
April 15th, 2021 - 10:00am

Out of 249 bills and resolutions introduced by Republican legislators this year, 162 died at the deadline, including 121 bills that never received a committee hearing. Some of the top Republican-backed efforts that failed included election bills repealing expanded mail voting (AB134) and requiring proof of identity before voting (AB137, AB163) and attempts to curb the governor’s emergency powers (AB93, AB373).

After governor announces 100 percent June reopening goal, some counties share plans to get there faster, others take a ‘measured’ approach

Megan Messerly
April 14th, 2021 - 2:40pm

Three counties have signaled to the state their intent to open to 100 percent capacity as soon as possible after assuming responsibility for pandemic health and safety decision making at the beginning of May.

Lawmakers approve unemployment benefits for school support staff; DETR says claims backlog has improved

Michelle Rindels
April 14th, 2021 - 2:15pm

“These families may still have lingering effects in finding work this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have in many cases drained that savings and investments, as a result of the economic downturn last summer,” said Jeffrey Frischmann, acting administrator of the Employment Security Division.

State task force sets sights on multimillion-dollar problem of employee misclassification

Sean Golonka
April 14th, 2021 - 2:00am

This year, members of Nevada’s new employee misclassification task force began meeting to address a problem that costs the state — and Nevada workers — millions of dollars each year. They have met four times this year, including a week ago.

Sisolak sets June as goal for 100 percent reopening as some counties prepare to get there on their own

Megan Messerly and Tabitha Mueller
April 13th, 2021 - 6:40pm

Gov. Steve Sisolak is lifting a statewide social distancing requirement on May 1 that he says will enable every county in Nevada to reopen to 100 percent by the beginning of June.

Travel and tourism industry calls on Congress to enact tax subsidies, other aid to help with pandemic recovery

Humberto Sanchez
April 14th, 2021 - 2:00am

Nevada tourism officials said Tuesday that their industry needed more help from Congress to recover from the plunge in business triggered by the pandemic, testifying at the first hearing convened by a new panel led by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

Natural gas legislation, water bills fail to advance after legislative deadline

Daniel Rothberg
April 14th, 2021 - 8:00am

This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at what natural resources legislation died and what bills are still alive after a major deadline in the Legislature last week.

Nevada Assembly votes to abolish death penalty in historic move; bill’s future uncertain in Senate

Michelle Rindels and Tabitha Mueller
April 13th, 2021 - 2:11pm

The bill faces a more uncertain climate in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas), who is a prosecutor, would not commit on Tuesday to giving the bill a hearing.