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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.

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.

Legislative Coverage

Check out our comprehensive, wall-to-wall coverage of the 2021 Legislature

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Behind the Bar: COVID in the Legislature, pot for pets, cuts to tobacco prevention and revisiting welfare reform

February 25th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: A positive COVID test comes right as the mass vaccination campaign inside the building begins. Plus, details on the “pot for pets” bill, ending a 90s-era ban on people with drug charges from accessing state welfare programs, and concerns over cuts to tobacco prevention funding. And, the return of fan-favorite feature “Carson City Restaurant Spotlight.”

Possible cuts still loom large as legislators begin parsing higher education budgets

February 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
Even as hopes remain high that new federal coronavirus relief could buoy state coffers, concerns over expected 12 percent cuts came to the fore Wednesday as members of the joint budget subcommittee on K-12 and higher education met for an initial overview of higher education funding.

Lawmakers push to add equal rights language to Nevada Constitution following long, national ERA effort

February 24th, 2021 - 3:34pm
A resolution that proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to guarantee equal rights could make its way into the 2022 general election ballot if approved this session.

Freshman Orientation: Assemblyman Andy Matthews

February 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
But beyond that, 42-year-old Matthews never really expected to end up in the political field, much less in the Nevada Legislature. Born in Massachusetts and initially trained as a sports journalist before transitioning to the political realm, he says he “took the scenic route” to the Legislature.

More than 60 advocacy groups ask lawmakers to improve ‘grossly insufficient’ participation pathways during virtual session

February 23rd, 2021 - 3:36pm
The letter, which was sent on Monday and addressed to Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, calls on lawmakers to allow at least 30 minutes for public comment during bill hearings, abandon an advance registration system to participate in a hearing and institute a “fair, standardized and uniform system” for public participation in all future virtual legislative meetings.

New coalition: Lawmakers must raise revenue for schools or new funding formula won’t work

February 23rd, 2021 - 2:13pm
The Empower Nevada’s Future campaign is kicking off with a petition to lawmakers and a billboard installed along the freeway from Reno to Carson City, within sight of legislators heading to the capital from the airport or their homes in Reno.

Behind the Bar: Stablecoin, utility regulator fines, abolishing K-12 commissions and more compensation for the wrongfully convicted

February 22nd, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: A bill on “Stablecoin” that is totally not related to Innovation Zones, increasing utility regulator fines, changes to wrongful conviction compensation and heartburn on abolishing education-focused commissions, including one created by beloved former Assemblyman Tyron Thompson.

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

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