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Who’s Vouching for What? How Does the ESA Voucher Program Work?

Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) came ready to rumble at last month’s Assembly Ways and Means Committee budget hearing for his office. So did Chris Daly from the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA). Daly produced a letter from the Henderson International School that suggest the private school was in contact with the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) and the Treasurer’s Office as they encourage people to use fraudulent information in applying for ESA vouchers. What was that about? And…

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Guest Blog: Union Fights Decertification Effort Aided by National Anti-Labor Group

Universal Health Services (UHS) bills itself as one of the “largest and most respected hospital management companies in the nation,” operating 240 acute care hospitals and behavioral health facilities worldwide. Now, UHS, which owns six acute care hospitals in Southern Nevada, is benefiting from the efforts of a national anti-union group working to eliminate SEIU Nevada as the bargaining representative for hundreds of employees at Valley and Desert Springs, UHS’ only unionized acute care hospitals. (more…)

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Three LGBTQ Civil Rights Bills Advance in Nevada Legislature

While this is Women’s Week in the Nevada Legislature, we’re also seeing movement on LGBTQ civil rights. The Senate passed a bill yesterday to ease the name change process for transgender Nevadans. And today, the Assembly passed a foster care bill and a constitutional amendment to protect Nevada’s marriage equality. Which bill passed unanimously, and which two mostly passed along party lines? (more…)

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Adam Laxalt’s a No-show for #NVLeg Budget Hearing

Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) had been scheduled to appear at the Nevada Legislature today for a joint money committee hearing. This was supposed to be a normal run-through of the Attorney General’s Office budget accounts. Laxalt himself failed to appear. And in light of the controversies swirling through his office, his no-show only raised more questions on what he’s doing with his power. (more…)

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SJR 2 ERA Ratification Moves to Assembly During Nevada Women’s Week

After its dramatic debut in the Senate, “The People’s House” of the Nevada Legislature got its first crack at SJR 2 to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Continuing the Nevada Women’s Week theme, the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee held its hearing on SJR 2. Will the HERstoric bill continue to blaze its trail all the way to final passage?   (more…)

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Two Contraception Bills Kick Off #nvwomensweek in the Nevada Legislature

Yesterday, two Nevada Legislature committees heard two critical health care bills. Not only will these bills protect women’s access to contraception regardless of what Congress does to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but they also aim to expand that access. These hearings kicked off Nevada Women’s Week, during which the Legislature will likely move forward several women’s rights bills. (more…)