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The Big Switch: Senator Patricia Farley on Her Next Moves in the Nevada Legislature

Last November, Senator Patricia Farley (R-Summerlin South) made huge news… By simply switching out a few letters. So how’s life for Senator Patricia Farley (NP-Summerlin South) this legislative session? And why is she directing so much energy into children’s issues? I spoke with the Senator on her big move last fall, and what she hopes to accomplish this year. (more…)

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Dollars and Sense: “Filling the Pothole”, or Why Marijuana Is Front and Center This #NVLeg Session

Governor Brian Sandoval (R) and Nevada Legislature leaders are “seeing green” in more ways than one this year. Not only are they looking at ways to balance the budget, but they’re particularly turning to one “magical herb” to “fill the pothole”. Below the fold, we’ll examine the heightened importance of marijuana to the State of Nevada. (more…)

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The State of Renewable Energy in #NVLeg: A Conversation with Chris Brooks

Last session, the Nevada Legislature passed SB 374 to punt the future of rooftop solar net metering to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC then made a decision in December 2015 that resulted in a sharp downturn in Nevada’s rooftop solar sector. Can the current Legislature right what renewable energy advocates feel went horribly wrong in 2015? (more…)

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Adam Laxalt’s a No Show to the Nevada Legislature (Again)

Like the first budget hearing for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Attorney General (AG) Adam Laxalt again declined to explain himself before the Nevada Legislature. Instead, several staff appeared in Carson City and Las Vegas to explain what they’ve been up to. Today’s hearing seemed like smoother sailing at first, but there were eventually hiccups along the way. (more…)

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Dollars and Sense: A Crash Course on Nevada’s Education Budgets

Education first: It’s technically the law here in Nevada. Legislators must approve the K-12 public education budget before deciding anything else in the overall final budget. Does that actually have an effect on how much funding goes into classrooms? And what kind of challenges lie ahead in deciding the budget for higher education? Below, we speak with two legislators with experience in public education and major say in how these budgets come together. (more…)

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Dollars and Sense: How Could Trump’s Health Care Actions Reverberate in Nevada?

$12 billion: That seems like a large sum of money. Yet look at all the programs stuffed in Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) proposed health care budget. Medicaid. Mental health services. Nevada Check-up. The list goes on. Is his budget stretched too thin? And how can President Donald Trump and Congress make it worse? Let’s take a closer look at how much we truly value health care in Nevada. (more…)

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Immigrant Rights Debate Takes #NVLeg by Storm with Senator Yvanna Cancela’s SB 223

It’s already one of the hottest bills in the Nevada Legislature, even though it will likely be amended to apply statewide what multiple police departments claim they are already doing. So why are opponents quick to label SB 223 “controversial”? I asked Senator Yvanna Cancela (D-Las Vegas) directly. See for yourself what the pro-immigrant bill’s sponsor has to say. (more…)

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Nevada Legislature Votes to Ratify ERA with Final Passage of SJR 2

“We’ve come a long way, baby… But we’re not all the way.” That’s how Former State Senator Helen Foley (D) described the progress of women’s rights in Nevada up until now. She testified in support of SJR 2 in the Assembly earlier this month. Today, the Senate took the final step needed for Nevada to officially be put on record in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). (more…)