Nevada

Voting Rights Effort Shifting to Ballot Box | 07-13-2018

A number of voting-rights measures are bound for states’ ballots this year. In Florida, for example, voters will weigh whether ex-felons should be allowed to vote. In Maryland, voters will decide whether people should be allowed to register to vote...

Insurers Resist Arming Teachers | 07-06-2018

Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, at least a dozen states have introduced bills dealing with the arming of teachers and other school employees, the majority of which have failed. The most...

Trump and Women Continue to Figure Prominently in State Primaries | 06-15-2018

Last Tuesday, primary elections were held in four states - Maine, Nevada South Carolina and Virginia - and a special election was held in Wisconsin. Support for President Trump continued to be a key factor in GOP primaries. Corey Stewart eked out...

Straight Up Pimpin’ | 06-15-2018

It was bound to happen. Last week GOP voters in Nevada’s Nye County nominated self-proclaimed and unapologetic pimp Dennis Hof to represent them in the Silver State Assembly. Hof is known to most folks as the owner of a string of brothels in Nye...

Governors in Brief - June 11 2018 | 06-08-2018

CARNEY MAKES FIRST DE SPORTS BET : DELAWARE Gov. Jon Carney (D) kicked off his state’s entry into legal sports wagering by making its first legal sports bet since the Supreme Court legalized the practice last month. Carney placed a $10 wager...

Sports Wagering Not a Sure Bet for States | 06-01-2018

The Supreme Court’s May 14 decision to strike down a federal prohibition on sports gambling may well turn out to be the financial boon many observers believe it can be. But getting there is going to be easier in some states than in others, and state...

More States Considering ACA Medicaid Expansion | 05-18-2018

Thirty-two states have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act but letting states decide whether or not to implement the Medicaid expansion provided for by the federal law. A budget proposal...

Some State Progress in Deadly Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Thirteen states have made progress in battling the deadly opioid epidemic while eight states have notably failed to deal with the crisis, according to a report issued this month by the National Safety Council (NSC). It comes on the heels of a report earlier...

Most States Not Doing Enough to End Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Only 13 states are currently taking five or all six of the key actions needed to end the opioid crisis, according to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate preventable deaths. The six actions are: educating...

Politics in Brief - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

NY AG SEEKS AUTHORITY TO PROSECUTE PRESIDENTIAL PARDONEES: NEW YORK Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking to change the state’s double jeopardy law to exempt cases involving presidential pardons. The change, if approved by the state’s...

States Looking for Cure to High Drug Prices | 03-30-2018

During his State of the Union speech in February, President Donald Trump declared his intention to address what he called “the injustice of high drug prices.” He repeated the promise last month in New Hampshire during a press conference on...

Governors in Brief - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

BAKER OUTLINES $300 MILLION CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN : On the heels of several massive winter storms, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) outlined a plan to borrow $300 million to put toward efforts to combat climate change in communities all along the...

Brother from Another Mother | 03-16-2018

Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof is no stranger to politics, dubious celebrity status or controversy. So then it should come as no surprise that, as the Los Angeles Times reports , Hof is making a run at the Silver State Assembly. Nor should it shock anyone...

Helping the Dreamers: The Clock is Ticking | 02-16-2018

States have a vital stake in federal action to rescue the beleaguered program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012 by executive order, DACA has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young...

Job Vacancies Taking Toll at State Agencies | 02-09-2018

Job vacancies at government agencies are up from coast to coast. About 11 percent of the positions in Maryland’s executive branch are currently unfilled, about twice the rate in 2010. Between 15 and 17 percent of the clerk positions at courts that...

Some States Act on Gun Control | 01-19-2018

Although there appears to be broad public support for some gun control measures , federal action on any of them seems unlikely in the current political climate. “The possibility of evidence-based firearm laws has become so politically toxic...

Business - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NV Tax Commission Approves Final Regulations The NEVADA Tax Commission approves final regulations for the Silver State’s nascent recreational marijuana industry. The 258 pages of regulations must still be endorsed by the Nevada Legislative Commission...

Governors In Brief - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

SANDOVAL SAYS NV GUN LAW IS A MISFIRE NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) filed court documents in early January that argue a voter-approved ballot measure that requires background checks for firearms purchases...

2018: A Year of Living Dangerously | 12-15-2017

The shadow of President Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill will hover over state governing bodies in 2018, a year of midterm elections that Tim Storey, political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says will be “a referendum...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

More Familiar Issues Likely to Draw State Lawmakers’ Attention in 2018 | 12-08-2017

As SNCJ ’s Rich Ehisen reported last week, some of the issues likely to receive the most attention from state lawmakers next year are those that are already familiar, such as health care, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment. Here are several...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

Businesses Flocking to NV Desert | 12-01-2017

In the 1990s Storey County was little more than an expanse of sparsely populated desert in Northern Nevada. Now it’s home to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, billed as the world’s largest industrial park, with over 140 tenants, including...

Budgets In Brief - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

FEDERAL SPENDING DEBATE LIKELY TO DRAG INTO 2018 The U.S. Congress will likely miss a Dec. 8 deadline for passing legislation to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2018, extending the debate between Republicans and Democrats over federal...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Sexual Harassment Prevalent Problem in Statehouses | 11-03-2017

Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving female state lawmakers, legislative staff or lobbyists have been reported recently in at least 16 states. The legislatures in all of those states have training programs or policies in place to...

Business - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 1209 Citing its “ambiguous” details, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1209 , which would have required large companies in California to disclose data on how they’re paying men and women differently (LOS...

Governors In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

SNYDER SIGNS MI POLICE MICONDUCT LAW Looking to prevent police agencies from hiding misconduct that leads to terminations, MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week that requires law enforcement agencies to keep records of the circumstances...

Governors In Brief - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

SANDOVAL DECLARES NV HEALTH EMERGENCY AFTER MASS SHOOTING In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that saw 59 people killed and more than 500 injured, NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) issued an executive order temporarily suspending...

Vegas Shooting Unlikely To Change Some US Gun Numbers | 10-06-2017

The mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas last week that left 59 people dead has displaced the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last year, in which 49 people were killed, as the deadliest such attack in modern U.S. history...

Governors In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

BAKER TO FORM MA TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE Responding to a business group’s report that called for an independent review of state transportation infrastructure needs, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said he will issue an executive order...

Governors In Brief - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

ABBOTT ORDERS FREE REPLACEMENT GUN CARDS: TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to waive the cost of replacing licenses to carry handguns for residents who lost their cards as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Residents...

Autonomous Vehicle Enactments Accelerating In States | 09-08-2017

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles on its roads in 2011. A few states, including California, Florida and Nevada, enacted laws dealing with such vehicles over the next few years, with the exception of 2014,...

Regulation Of Self-Driving Cars Picking Up Speed In States | 09-08-2017

Early last year SNCJ reported that while the development of autonomous, or self-driving, car technologies by Google, Uber, Tesla Motors and others was “progressing rapidly,” state efforts to regulate the testing and operation of such vehicles...

Business - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Business In Nevada Faced with overwhelming demand and limited supply, the NEVADA Department of Taxation votes to begin issuing marijuana distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers. The ballot measure endorsed last November by...

NV Gov Sandoval Gets Innovative | 08-04-2017

Saying he wants to help his fellow governors manage what some are calling the “fourth industrial revolution,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has announced a new initiative aimed at helping state leaders “better prepare for the ongoing...

Republican Governors Torpedo Obamacare Repeal | 07-21-2017

Republican governors played a leading, perhaps decisive, role in the collapse of their party’s long-promised legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. With Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada...

Governors In Brief - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

RAIMONDO ISSUES RI OPIOID EXECUTIVE ORDER Citing an “alarming rate of deaths” from opioid abuse, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued an 18-point executive order aimed at coordinating state and local government efforts to combat the...

States Address Insurance Requirements For TNC Drivers | 07-14-2017

Eleven states have enacted legislation in 2017 dealing with insurance requirements for drivers of transportation network companies, or TNCs, like Uber and Lyft, according to LexisNexis State Net’s Legislative Tracking System . Two states also failed...

Budgets In Brief - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

NV PENSION FUND GROWS BY DOUBLE DIGITS NEVADA’s public employee pension fund grew 11.8 percent, well over its 8 percent target rate, to $38.5 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Last fiscal year the fund’s rate of return was...

Business - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

New York Approves SB 3898 The NEW YORK Senate approves SB 3898 , which would legalize online poker in the Empire State. It moves to the Assembly (NEWSDAY). Nevada Signs SB 344 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signs SB 344 , which requires edible...

Crime & Punishment - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

Nevada Gov Vetoes AB303 & AB259 Citing his belief that the bill infringed upon executive branch authority, NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) vetoes AB 303 , which would have barred the Silver State from utilizing private prisons (LAS VEGAS SUN...

Business - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Nevada Signs SB 240 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signs SB 240 , which adds e-sports events – such as competitive video gaming - to the list for which betting is allowed (U.S NEWS & WORLD REPORT). Nevada Signs AB 113 Staying in NEVADA...

Potpourri - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Rhode Island Approves SB 555 The RHODE ISLAND Senate approves SB 555 , which would require parents to take an online driving course ahead of their children obtaining a driver’s license. It moves to the House, which passed a similar bill last...

Governors In Brief - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Greitens Calls MO Abortion Special Session MISSOURI Gov. Eric Greitens (R) said he will call a special session this week to consider new abortion regulations, in part to counter a St. Louis city ordinance he said made it an “abortion sanctuary...

Business - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves AB 168 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 168 , so-called “gender equity” legislation that would bar Golden State employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Education - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves AB 406 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 406 , which would ban for-profit companies from owning or managing charter schools in the Golden State. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Nevada Signs AB 64 NEVADA Gov...

Social Policy - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Nevada Signs SB 201 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval(R) signs SB 201 , which makes it illegal for a physician or other health professional to perform so-called gay conversion therapy, which seeks to change the sexual orientation of patients, on individuals...

Potpourri - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Nevada Approves SB 538 The NEVADA Senate approves SB 538 , which would require Internet providers to disclose what types of personal information they collect from users. The bill, which would also require providers to publish information on any third...

Business - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

Nevada Approves SB 106 The NEVADA Senate approves SB 106 , which would raise the Silver State minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022. The measure, which would hike the wage standard by .75 cents every year for the next five years, moves to the Assembly...