Freshman Orientation: Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller
Bill to give tenants more notice before evictions faces pushback from landlords who say it makes renting unviable
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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
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
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
Follow the Money: Real estate, development industries gave legislators more than $1.3 million ahead of 2021 session
Continued expansion of mail voting, straight-ticket ballots among election proposals on Legislature’s docket
Sisolak urges Nevadans to keep ‘open mind’ about plan for autonomous Innovation Zone run on cryptocurrency
Lawmakers introduce bill to prevent the poor from losing license for unpaid traffic tickets
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
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
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.