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Effort to add Equal Rights Amendment to U.S. Constitution after deadline shut down by federal judge

March 5th, 2021 - 5:31pm
A federal judge has ruled that the states that ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in recent years were too late for the amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

Freshman Orientation: Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
The ability to shape the state's direction following a society-altering pandemic ultimately gave Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller the impetus to run for office.

Legislative Coverage

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Bill to give tenants more notice before evictions faces pushback from landlords who say it makes renting unviable

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
The discussion, which laid bare starkly different visions of how the state should be intervening in housing policy during the pandemic, comes at a time when home values are at record highs and homes are in short supply.

Inmate advocates and family members seek to lower deductions from offender accounts

A two inmate cell
March 4th, 2021 - 5:56pm
Inmate advocates and family members are concerned that a proposed bill on victim restitution would allow the Nevada Department of Corrections to continue to deduct up to 50 percent of funds deposited in an offender’s account — a policy that has drawn strident criticism from families in recent months.

Behind the Bar: Should inmates get minimum wage? Plus plans to address learning loss, an esports commission and Carson City Restaurant Spotlight

March 4th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Can either Assemblywoman Annie Black or a federal lawsuit open the Legislature to the public? Plus, details on a bill to pay inmates the minimum wage, a proposed esports commission and legislative Democrats’ plan to offset educational losses during a year of COVID. Carson City Restaurant Spotlight makes a triumphant return.

Mining gave half a million dollars to Sisolak-affiliated PAC shortly before session that could raise tax on industry

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March 3rd, 2021 - 4:44pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Home Means Nevada political action committee raised more than $830,000 in the last three months of last year, including $500,000 from Nevada Gold Mines — a joint venture between mining giants Barrick and Newmont — and another $260,000 from the pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

Storey County board, water district oppose effort to let technology company form local government

Horses at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center
March 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Storey County commissioners voted to oppose “separatist governing control” within their jurisdiction after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak backed a legislative effort that could result in a private technology company and major donor forming its own local government.

Lawmakers considering formation of a statewide human trafficking task force that could open access to federal grants

March 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
The bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to form the task force, AB143, also includes a provision for developing a statewide plan for the delivery of services to victims of human trafficking.

Titus, Cortez Masto introduce bill to give Nevada a veto over Yucca Mountain

March 2nd, 2021 - 11:02am
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced legislation Tuesday that would require consent from state, local and tribal governments to construct a national nuclear waste repository, including at Yucca Mountain about 90 miles Northwest of Las Vegas.

DETR says backlog of unscheduled PUA appeals is close to 2,000; new hires coming on board to help

March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The state has received nearly 1.1 million PUA claims through last week, and several hundred thousand have been denied. But advocates for the unemployed say the slowness of appeals for those who believe they were wrongly rejected is among their top concerns within DETR right now.

Freshman Orientation: Democratic Assemblywoman Natha Anderson

March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Natha Anderson followed her parents’ footsteps in another significant way — as a fourth generation educator. She initially resisted the career after seeing her parents spend weekends at their schools trying to get everything done, but it was a required college class in English education leadership that shifted her view.

Years-long legal battle over Opportunity Scholarship growth freeze continues in the Nevada Supreme Court

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March 1st, 2021 - 2:50pm
A scholarship program for students attending private K-12 schools in Nevada is at the center of a tangled legal debate about whether the Legislature’s decision to freeze the program’s growth two years ago ran afoul of a high bar for raising taxes.

Behind the Bar: Mining tax Q&A, legislators go viral on TikTok and more Native representation in naming geographical sites

March 1st, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Recapping a Q&A with the head of the state mining association, how one lawmaker went viral on TikTok and details on a bill aimed at getting more Native American involvement in the naming of geographical places. Plus, a look ahead at this week’s major bill hearings.

Indy Q&A: Nevada Mining Association President Tyre Gray on taxes and the Legislature

The front of the Nevada Legislature Building on a sunny day
March 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Independent spoke with Gray for a 30-minute conversation on the mining industry’s priorities this session, and what it would consider a victory when lawmakers adjourn in about three months.

Follow the Money: Real estate, development industries gave legislators more than $1.3 million ahead of 2021 session

March 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
Through the 2020 election cycle, no industry gave more money to Nevada’s legislators than real estate companies, developers and the PACs funded by those companies, which combined to contribute more than $1.3 million over the last two years.

Continued expansion of mail voting, straight-ticket ballots among election proposals on Legislature’s docket

February 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
With the dust mostly settled from the 2020 election — which saw a record number of votes cast and nearly half submitted through mail or a drop box — Nevada Democrats are now doubling down on mail-in voting.

Indy DC Download: The House sends $1.9 trillion pandemic bill to the Senate

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February 27th, 2021 - 2:00am
The House passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-aid package late Friday as Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) unveiled a series of hospitality and tourism industry tax breaks that they hope to include in the next stimulus bill.

Sisolak urges Nevadans to keep ‘open mind’ about plan for autonomous Innovation Zone run on cryptocurrency

February 26th, 2021 - 3:12pm
“I just ask that all involved understand that the end goal is a massive economic development investment in Nevada, and a chance ... to set down a marker that Nevada is the blockchain technology center of the world.”

Lawmakers introduce bill to prevent the poor from losing license for unpaid traffic tickets

February 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers have proposed a bill to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid minor traffic fines and fees, which generally are assessed on poorer Nevadans.

What Happened Here: A six-part series on COVID-19 in Nevada

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