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

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pet advocates seeking ban on dog breed-based discrimination for property insurance

A dog in a cage
February 24th, 2021 - 1:36pm
Supporters of a bill that would prohibit property insurers from discriminating based on dog breed gave emotional testimony during a Wednesday hearing on making the difficult decision between housing security and giving up their pet.

Claimants in a bind as unemployment extension implementation going slower than expected

February 19th, 2021 - 3:39pm
DETR officials said even before Congress and the president approved the COVID relief bill, called the Continued Assistance Act, in late December that there would be a gap in payments because the legislation was finalized so late that certain programs had already expired. But it’s taken longer to complete the process and get benefits restarted than the early February target state officials had set.

Lawmakers considering a restriction on no-knock warrants prompted by Breonna Taylor killing

February 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers are considering a bill brought forward by Attorney General Aaron Ford that would limit but not ban no-knock arrest and search warrants, though a proposed amendment with further restrictions has complicated support for the legislation.

Inside the economic blueprint helping drive Sisolak’s legislative agenda

February 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
The starting point for much of the governor’s legislative agenda comes from another source: the long-awaited update to the state’s economic development blueprint, created by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in conjunction with a cadre of think tanks — SRI International, RCG Economics and Brookings Mountain West.

Federal COVID aid has given small boost to Nevada’s underfunded mental health services

Vitality Unlimited provides substance abuse treatment in Elko
February 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
While Nevada has long struggled with a widespread lack of mental health resources, the state has recently used more than a million dollars in federal coronavirus aid funds to provide relief to some citizens most at risk from the increased stresses of the pandemic.

Sisolak signs first bill of legislative session: $50 million for small business pandemic relief

February 12th, 2021 - 10:55am
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill Friday morning that provides an additional $50 million for small businesses struggling in the pandemic.

Months before a company lobbied the Legislature to create its own county, it purchased faraway water rights that could fuel future growth

February 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cryptocurrency company Blockchains wants to build a new city in the desert. That will require water in an area where it is scarce. To get the water it needs, Blockchains is looking to rural Nevada. Last year, the company acquired water rights in northern Washoe County.

Resolution could remove offensive and outdated language about people with disabilities in Nevada Constitution

February 11th, 2021 - 2:05am
Lawmakers are taking steps to remove from the Nevada Constitution terms that describe people with disabilities but that are now considered offensive, stigmatizing, discriminatory and derogatory.

Sisolak-backed bill adding $50 million for small business grants fast-tracked, passes Assembly

Members of the Assembly in the chamber.
February 10th, 2021 - 8:20pm
State lawmakers are moving quickly to process a bill that would provide an additional $50 million for a pandemic-related grant program aimed at small businesses and nonprofits, holding a hearing and unanimously voting the measure out of the Assembly on Wednesday.

Nevada dedicates half a million dollars in CARES Act funds to stave off feared increase of foreclosures

February 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
With thousands of Nevadans facing the possibility of foreclosure at the beginning of March, the state has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds to bolster its resources for homeowners.

Victims of unemployment fraud frustrated over potential taxation of benefits they did not receive

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February 8th, 2021 - 6:30pm
Following a year in which state unemployment agencies across the nation were victims of many fraudulent claims, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) is advising people who received incorrect tax forms for unemployment benefits to immediately notify the agency upon receiving the documents.

As Sisolak administration abandons move to upend legal system for water rights cases, Supreme Court may study new specialty court

February 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
Last week, a state water official sent a letter to the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee backing away from a proposal to give the Court of Appeals original jurisdiction over water cases. As the state moves away from the proposal, Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty said that he plans to look for ways to bring more water law expertise to the judiciary.

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