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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…

The State of Reform: A Conversation on Criminal Justice in #NVLeg with Assembly Member Daniele Monroe-Moreno

There’s been plenty of talk about the sharp focus on criminal justice reform in the Nevada Legislature this session. Why does this matter? Why should our state spend any more time on criminal justice? And why has a bill banning private prisons attracted attention? I spoke with that bill’s sponsor about private prisons and criminal justice reform in Nevada. (more…)

Who Can You Trust? #NVLeg Senate Majority Leader Aims to Answer That with SB 383

Who can you trust? Before he left office, President Barack Obama answered a question many investors ask with a new fiduciary rule requiring all financial advisers to put their clients’ interests first. Yet since President Donald Trump has taken office, he’s been trying to prevent this rule from being implemented. With the federal fiduciary rule in limbo, one state legislator wants to place this in Nevada law. (more…)

Nevada Legislature Tackles “Pink Tax” with SB 415 and AB 402

Remember the “pink tax”? This refers to the inequity women face in pricing of consumer products. The most notorious “pink tax” is the sales tax charged on feminine hygiene products. Two bills in the Nevada Legislature offer Silver State women relief from perhaps the most onerous “pink tax”. I watched the hearing for one of them, then the press conference for the other. (more…)