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Nevada Legislature offers confidential process for sexual misconduct victims

March 23, 2019 — The investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by former Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle raised questions among, in particular, women working in various capacities in the Legislature. Rule 20 of the Joint Standing Rules prohibits sexual harassment including unwelcome advances, inappropriate verbal abuse, unwanted physical conduct of

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Raiders stadium in Vegas facing delays on steel delivery

March 21, 2019 — LAS VEGAS — The partially tax-funded stadium that will become the home of the Oakland Raiders in Las Vegas in 2020 has recently faced delays with the delivery of steel components. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports substantial completion of the venue has been pushed back

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Brothel ban bill filed in Nevada, sex workers vow to fight

March 21, 2019 — A bill introduced in the Nevada Senate on Thursday seeks to ban the nation's only legal brothels by outlawing prostitution. Republican state Sen. Joe Hardy said brothels have no place in Nevada and attract women with few economic options who get stuck in an abusive

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Nevada Senate committee approves medically assisted suicide

March 21, 2019 — A measure that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in the Nevada Legislature. A state Senate committee passed the legislation in a party-line vote Wednesday afternoon. The Democrat-backed bill says life-ending

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Nevada considers allowing 14-year-old drivers in more places

March 20, 2019 — LAS VEGAS — Nevada lawmakers are considering allowing more 14-year-olds to drive under a measure backed by an assemblywoman who said that if young drivers are allowed in rural places they should also be allowed in cities. The change could give students a way to

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Nevada Democrats release plan for 2020 presidential caucuses

March 20, 2019 — LAS VEGAS — Nevada Democrats unveiled a written plan Wednesday for the party's 2020 presidential caucus that party leaders hope will heal rifts from three years ago, when supporters of Bernie Sanders felt ill treated by the delegate selection process, the state convention erupted in

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GOED interim head named

March 20, 2019 — Gov. Steve Sisolak has named veteran GOED executive Kristopher Sanchez as interim executive director of the agency. Sanchez has been with the Governor's Office of Economic Development six years including as director of international trade and Southern Nevada regional director. Sisolak said the national search

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Cohen named Nevada Assembly Health, Human Services chair

March 20, 2019 — Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen, D-Henderson, has been named to chair the Health and Human Services Committee. She replaces Mike Sprinkle of Sparks who resigned amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Cohen was appointed to the Assembly in 2012 and is now serving her third term. She's

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Ford looks to protect Teen Pregnancy Prevention program

March 20, 2019 — Attorney General Aaron Ford has filed a brief supporting the multi-state challenge to changes in the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention grants program. The Department of Health and Human Services changed the focus of that program to "abstinence-only education" rather than evidence based programs that have

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High cost of Nevada universities questioned

March 20, 2019 — Officials from the Nevada System of Higher Education told lawmakers on Wednesday their registration and fees have risen faster than inflation in most of the past decade. The system currently charges $224 per credit at UNR and UNLV. Vice Chancellor Crystal Abba said with all

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Nevada Assembly passes body cavity search bill

March 20, 2019 — The Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill making it more difficult for law enforcement to conduct body cavity searches on individuals. Existing law authorizes issuance of a warrant to search a place or person for property stolen or designed to be used to conduct

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Nevada’s Supported Living program receives clean review

March 19, 2019 — Legislative auditors have given the state's Supported Living Arrangements program a generally clean review saying the vast majority of homes inspected were generally clean, safe and in good repair. "For 76 of the 87 homes inspected, we did not observe any conditions that would affect

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Nevada lawmakers hear bill to seal low-level pot convictions

March 19, 2019 — Supporters of a bill seeking to streamline the sealing of low-level marijuana convictions told Nevada lawmakers it will help people move forward with their lives. Democratic Assemblyman William McCurdy II told legislators Tuesday that thousands of people have convictions tied to low-level marijuana possession. He

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Public defenders oppose Nevada sexual assault bill

March 19, 2019 — Assemblywoman Connie Munk, D-Las Vegas, says AB227 is designed to fix a problem she says lets some sex offenders off because the prosecution has to prove the victim didn't consent. But public defenders and the ACLU argued the bill impermissibly shifts the burden of proof

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Sen. Rosen calls for broadband expansion to rurals for Tele-Health and education

March 18, 2019 — Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., told a joint session of the Nevada Legislature on Monday that healthcare is a key issue the federal government must deal with, especially for those Nevadans in rural areas who don't have ready access to healthcare. She said 1.2 million Nevadans

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Amendment to remove regents from constitution could go to 2020 ballot

March 18, 2019 — The proposed amendment removing the Board of Regents from the Nevada Constitution is now just one step away from heading to the 2020 General Election ballot. After an hour of testimony, the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections voted unanimously to recommend "do pass"

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Resigned lawmakers’ bills to stay alive

March 18, 2019 — The political careers of Kelvin Atkinson and Mike Sprinkle are dead but the bills they had legally drafted this session aren't. Today is the deadline for introduction of measures by individual lawmakers and obviously, those two now-former Democratic members can't very well introduce any of

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Washington sworn in to replace Atkinson

March 18, 2019 — Marcia Washington was sworn in Monday to fill the vacant seat in the Nevada Senate. Washington was selected from a list of applicants by the Clark County Commission. She's a retired Clark County fire inspector who told commissioners she has no plans to run for

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Yucca can’t take waste, Nevada lawmakers told

March 15, 2019 — The director of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects told lawmakers on Friday they'll continue the fight to block the Yucca Mountain project at every possible turn. But Bob Halstead made it clear even though the Trump administration wants to restart the licensing process, Yucca isn't

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Wrongfully convicted paid for prison time under Nevada bill

March 14, 2019 — A group of Assembly Democrats led by Judiciary Chairman Steve Yeager of Las Vegas has introduced a bill that would let someone wrongfully convicted of a felony bring an action for damages. AB267 would direct a judge to award mandatory damages of $100,000 for each

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