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Deadline Day: What Survived and What Died in #NVLeg This Week

Another day, another deadline… Except that this was no ordinary deadline. Due to the constrained schedule of the Nevada Legislature, the vast majority of bills needed to pass their first house Tuesday to live another day. So which bills made it? We got you covered below the fold. To keep things relatively orderly, let’s break down the most important bills by category. Climate and Energy: SB 65, Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) integrated resource plan bill, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday.…

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New RPS bill will make Nevada a clean energy leader

By Elspeth DiMarzio, Sierra Club - Beyond Coal Campaign This year is the 20th anniversary of the state’s first renewable portfolio standard (RPS) bill. In 1997, NV got less than 5% of its electricity from renewable sources. As of December 2016, the state gets about 20% of its electricity from renewables. This surge in clean energy generation is a big reason why over 20,000 people work in clean energy and energy efficiency – four times the number of people employed…

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The Monumental Fight to Protect Nevada’s Public Lands

This week, President Donald Trump is ordering a review of the past 21 years of his predecessors’ declarations of National Monuments. Yet before the Trump Administration announced its plans to the national media, we were following along as Nevada local leaders have expressed commitment to continue protecting our public lands. It’s another fascinating twist in the ongoing monumental fight to protect public lands. (more…)

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How to Put “The New Nevada” to Work: A Conversation with Nevada DETR Director Don Soderberg

Governor Brian Sandoval (R) has spoken often and glowingly about “The New Nevada”. How is that working? And what changes may be coming to the state’s workplaces? I spoke with someone Governor Sandoval has entrusted with a host of workforce development programs… And someone many in Nevada Legislature expect to implement the workplace equality bills they’re working to pass. (more…)

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Sparks Fly at #NVLeg Assembly Hearing on SB 201 LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban

Ever since Senator David Parks (D-Paradise) first introduced SB 353 in 2015, the Nevada Legislature has been in a heated debate over conversion therapy. Should LGBTQ youth be forced to undergo “treatment” to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression? Parks is carrying SB 201 this session. And for the first time ever, a conversion therapy bill was heard in the Assembly. (more…)

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Every Voice Matters: Catherine Cortez Masto Opens up at Her Las Vegas Town Hall

Within 36 hours, Nevada had both its U.S. Senators do town halls on both ends of the state. The twist? On Monday, Senator Dean Heller (R) made a rare public appearance in Reno and struggled to provide clear answers to constituents’ questions. On Tuesday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) promised more accessibility and transparency during her freewheeling conversation with constituents at Las Vegas City Hall. (more…)

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Notes from the Town Hall: Dean Heller Finally Faces His Constituents

After months of requests from constituents across the state, the Senator finally budged. Yesterday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) finally held his first public town hall of 2017. He joined forces with Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) to welcome about 600 of their constituents to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center to answer questions… Or at least, Rep. Amodei answered quite a few questions. What did Senator Heller have to say for himself? (more…)

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Dirty Situation: The Hidden Costs of Methane Emissions

Last year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced new rules for methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The rules were to limit methane emissions from new fossil fuel infrastructure and require operators to submit to periodic monitoring. But this past February, the U.S. House passed a resolution to rescind the BLM rule. And last month, the Trump-era EPA announced the withdrawal of its methane rule. Were these Obama-era methane rules just…