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SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE STATEMENT ON GOP RECALL EFFORT

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August 10, 2017

 

SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE STATEMENT ON GOP RECALL EFFORT


Henderson, NV – Recently re-elected Nevada State Senator Joyce Woodhouse released the following statement today on the news that Republicans have started a baseless effort to recall her and elect her failed 2016 challenger, Carrie Buck.

“It has been an honor to be elected three times by the voters of Senate District 5, and I’m proud of what we accomplished for Nevada kids and families this past legislative session. This is an abuse of the recall process by individuals who are unfortunately still bitter about the results of the last election. I’m grateful to my colleagues and constituents for the outpouring of supportive calls, texts, and tweets. If Republicans do get the required signatures, I’m confident voters will make the same decision they already made last November.”

Senator Woodhouse is a retired 40-year educator and a proven champion for Nevada’s kids. From fighting to protect our access to health care, to passing a weighted funding formula for our K-12 schools and supporting critical apprenticeship and job training programs, Senator Woodhouse always puts the needs of our state’s working families first.

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NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON GOP’S BASELESS RECALL EFFORT AGAINST SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE

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August 9, 2017

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON GOP’S BASELESS RECALL EFFORT AGAINST SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE

Henderson, NV - After running a strong campaign in 2016, Nevada State Senator Joyce Woodhouse succeeded in her re-election bid -- and she won that race fair and square. Today, news reports indicate that Nevada Republicans, including recently defeated Assemblyman Stephen Silberkraus, recently started a recall petition against Senator Woodhouse. If this effort moves forward, it will be doomed to fail.

“Any partisan effort to recall Senator Woodhouse is a pitiful attempt to subvert the will of voters who cast their ballots last November in Senate District 5,” said Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford. “This is a desperate effort to change the results of the last election and steal a seat in the Nevada Senate. We demand that the individuals behind this ridiculous recall petition immediately release their intentions to the public and explain why forcing an expensive special election would not be a complete waste of money for Nevada taxpayers.”

After losing their majority in the 2016 election, Nevada Republicans have approximately zero chance of reclaiming their majority in the 2018 cycle. This baseless recall effort against Senator Woodhouse will be met with fierce opposition from the Senate Democratic Caucus and the State Democratic Party.

Senator Woodhouse is a retired 40-year educator and a proven champion for Nevada’s kids. From fighting to protect our access to health care, to passing a weighted funding formula for our K-12 schools and supporting critical apprenticeship and job training programs, Senator Woodhouse always puts the needs of our state’s working families first.

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SENATORS SPEARMAN & PARKS: GOVERNOR SHOULD ORDER NEVADA NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PERSONNEL

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July 27, 2017

SENATORS SPEARMAN & PARKS: GOVERNOR SHOULD ORDER NEVADA NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PERSONNEL

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada State Senators and veterans Patricia Spearman (D - North Las Vegas) and David Parks (D - Clark County) called on Governor Brian Sandoval to issue an executive order banning any discrimination against transgender service members in the Nevada National Guard. The senators’ call comes in response to President Donald Trump’s order barring transgender people from serving in the United States armed forces. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy issued a similar anti-discrimination order to the Connecticut National Guard yesterday. 

“President Trump’s order barring the transgender community from the armed forces is a disgrace. Not only will it keep patriotic Americans from serving their country, it puts the estimated 15,000 transgender active duty, reserve, and national guard personnel at increased risk,” said Senator Spearman and Senator Parks. “Governor Sandoval has shown significant leadership on LGBT issues during his two terms, and we hope he will make it clear that the Nevada National Guard will not discriminate against transgender Nevadans who wish to serve their state and their country.”

Senator Spearman served 29 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She has sponsored legislation to assist veterans, active duty personnel and their families, including bills to make child care more accessible for military families and to make it easier for LGBT veterans to access government benefits. Senator Parks is veteran of the United States Air Force and has sponsored numerous piece of anti-LGBT discrimination legislation in the Nevada Legislature. 

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NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON SENATOR MANENDO’S RESIGNATION

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July 18, 2017

 

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON SENATOR MANENDO’S RESIGNATION

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, the Nevada Senate Democrats released the following statement regarding the resignation of Senator Mark Manendo from the Nevada State Senate. Senator Manendo agreed to resign from the Senate after the conclusion of an independent investigation of allegations into sexual harassment.

 

Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford ordered the investigation during the 2017 legislative session after complaints against Senator Manendo were brought to his attention on April 27, 2017. On May 1, the law firm of Van Dermyden Maddux began its investigation. The firm concluded its investigation on July 13 after completing interviews with 58 individuals, including Senator Manendo.

 

The investigator concluded that Senator Manendo violated the Legislature’s anti-harassment policy; had engaged in multiple and repeated instances of inappropriate, offensive, and unacceptable behavior towards female staffers and lobbyists; and had attempted to interfere with the subsequent investigation into his conduct.

 

The findings cited at least 14 incidents of inappropriate conduct during the 2017 legislative session, as well as instances of misconduct from prior sessions. The investigator concluded that these allegations were credible and established a pattern of Senator Manendo creating an environment that interfered with the work performance of female lobbyists, visitors, and employees of the Legislature. The investigator found Senator Manendo’s behavior constituted repeated violations of the Legislature’s anti-harassment policy and that his unacceptable actions ranged from sexual comments and advances to aggressive, confrontational, and harassing conduct.

 

The investigator also concluded that Senator Manendo purposely acted to interfere with and undermine the investigative process, despite being warned not to do so. Specifically, the investigator concluded that Senator Manendo contacted a witness and pressured her to withdraw her previous statements and fabricate a different version of events. The investigator further concluded that Senator Manendo attempted to learn the name of an individual who brought additional allegations against him.

 

Such behavior is not tolerable in any context, let alone by an elected member of the Nevada Senate. It is in the best interests of the institutions of the State Senate and the Nevada Legislature that Senator Manendo resign from office.

 

In order to maintain the privacy and confidentiality promised to the victims and witnesses who spoke to the independent investigator, the investigative report will not be made public.

 

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NEVADA SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CALLS FOR REJECTION OF TRUMP’S VOTER SUPPRESSION TASK FORCE

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June 30, 2017

 

NEVADA SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CALLS FOR REJECTION OF TRUMP’S VOTER SUPPRESSION TASK FORCE

 

LAS VEGAS -  Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford called on Nevada elections officials to reject any requests for cooperation from President Trump’s advisory commission to investigate false claims of voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

 

“President Trump has repeatedly lied to the American people about the existence of widespread voter fraud in order to explain away his massive popular vote loss in the 2016 election,” said Majority Leader Ford. “To placate his ego, the Trump administration is now attempting to bully states, including Nevada, into handing over the sensitive personal information of every registered voter as a prelude to interfering with their constitutional right to vote. There is bipartisan agreement that Nevada has one of the best elections systems in the country. Nevada should not waste a dime of taxpayer money to validate this partisan witch hunt. Secretary of State Cegavske and local elections officials should disregard any request for cooperation from this task force beyond complying with the minimum requirements of Nevada public records law.”

 

The Wednesday letter from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requests that Secretaries of State turn over information regarding all voters’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political party, last four digits of social security numbers, voter history, felony convictions, and other identifying information. It is signed by Kansas Secretary of State and commission co-chair Kris Kobach, who has a lengthy history of enacting voter suppression laws and exaggerating voter fraud in his home state.

 

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WITH HELLER POSITIONED AS DECIDING VOTE ON GOP HEALTH CARE BILL, NEVADA’S DEMOCRATIC LEADERS PUSH FOR ANSWERS

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June 20, 2017

 

WITH HELLER POSITIONED AS DECIDING VOTE ON GOP HEALTH CARE BILL, NEVADA’S DEMOCRATIC LEADERS PUSH FOR ANSWERS

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson sent the attached letter (full text below) to U.S. Senator Dean Heller asking for answers on the latest version of the Republican health care bill. The Senate GOP bill is being crafted in secret with no public hearings or input, but previous estimates have suggested that up to 400,000 Nevadans could lose their care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. 

 

Senator Ford and Speaker Frierson made the following statement:

 

“It is imperative that Senator Heller provide answers to critical questions about how this secret legislation will affect the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who rely on the Affordable Care Act for coverage. Because he is likely the deciding vote, Senator Heller is in the unique position to force this debate out into the open. It is time for Senator Heller to make it clear that he will not support any legislation that hurts Nevadans and has not been fully vetted in a transparent, public legislative process.” 

 

Nevada’s leaders have expressed bipartisan opposition to rolling back health care coverage, with both Governor Brian Sandoval and Democratic leaders speaking out against it. Senator Ford and Speaker Frierson have previously attempted to get answers from Senator Heller’s office regarding the details of Republican health care legislation, though no answers have been forthcoming. 

 

FULL TEXT OF SENATOR FORD AND SPEAKER FRIERSON’S LETTER:

 

June 20, 2017

 

The Honorable Dean Heller

324 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510                                                        

 

Dear Senator Heller:

 

As the leaders of the Nevada legislature, we are deeply concerned about the U.S. Senate’s plan to advance legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act, considering its expected impact on individuals and families across Nevada. We have attempted to express our concerns to you on several occasions. Despite promises of a detailed reply, in the last seven months neither your office nor the Trump administration has provided any satisfactory answers to ease our concerns. Since you are likely to be a deciding vote on this legislation, we are writing to you again with the hope that you will respond to our serious concerns.

 

Among state leaders, there is bipartisan opposition to any legislation that would reduce health coverage in Nevada. Governor Sandoval has made it clear that he also opposes changes, particularly to Medicaid expansion, that could cause hundreds of thousands of Nevadans’ to lose their access to affordable health care. During the most recent legislative session, we passed two resolutions calling on Congress to maintain the coverage afforded to Nevadans under the Affordable Care Act.

 

This bill, as passed by the House of Representatives, would drastically reduce coverage for millions of Americans—including many low-income families and disabled individuals who rely on Medicaid in our state—and increase out-of-pocket costs for the sickest and oldest here in Nevada. In particular, the AHCA’s cuts to Medicaid threaten the biggest source of federal funding coming into our state. These massive cuts would put even greater pressure on our state budget and make it difficult to fund other important priorities such as education, infrastructure, mental health, and efforts to address the opioid epidemic. If Congress moves forward with these huge cuts to Medicaid, our state will be forced to consider lowering payments to doctors and taking away health coverage from children, seniors, and people with disabilities. 

 

Despite the Senate Republicans’ initial claims that they would start from scratch with their own bill, it appears that the Senate is poised to pass the House version of the AHCA with only minor changes. However, it is impossible to confirm this or to know how the Senate version of this bill will impact our mutual constituents because it is being secretly drafted by a small number of Senators behind closed doors. 

 

Therefore, we are again writing to you today to express our objections and to ask that you not vote on this bill until you come back to Nevada to answer the following questions about its impact on our state:

 

  • How many people in Nevada will lose health insurance coverage?

 

  • How will this bill impact Nevada’s Medicaid budget?

 

  • What will it cost our state to maintain our current level of coverage and current Medicaid benefits?

 

  • How many of the thousands of individuals in Nevada who require care will continue to have access to substance abuse disorder and mental health services, maternity care, and other critical services?

 

  • Does the bill protect those in Nevada with preexisting conditions from spikes in premium costs or other out-of-pocket cost increases, based on the status of their health or the types of services they need?

 

  • What will be the bill’s impact on jobs in the state, and how many jobs will be lost as a result of this bill?

 

  • How will the bill affect premiums and out-of-pocket costs for older senior citizens in Nevada?

 

We ask that you stand up for Nevadans and remember your obligation to them. You should not vote on a bill until you can answer these questions and share that information with state elected officials and constituents, so that we have time to analyze the impact and provide meaningful input. As elected officials, it is our job to protect the coverage that so many depend on for life-saving health care. We urge you to work toward solutions that will ensure people in Nevada and across the country have access to affordable, quality health care coverage that meets their needs.  

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Aaron D. Ford         Jason Frierson

Majority Leader Speaker

Nevada State Senate Nevada State Assembly

 

 

 

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FORD STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET, MARIJUANA TAX & OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS EXPANSION

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June 5, 2017

FORD STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET, MARIJUANA TAX & OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS EXPANSION

CARSON CITY, NV - Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford issued the following statement on bipartisan negotiations with Governor Brian Sandoval that ensured passage of the Capital Improvement Program budget, an excise tax on retail marijuana sales, and an expansion of the Opportunity Scholarships program for low-income kids:

Nevadans expect their legislators to stand up for their values while finding common ground and reaching across the aisle for the good of this state. I’m proud that we’ve been able to work in a bipartisan fashion to close out this session with these important pieces of legislation.

“With strong consumer protections in place, our recreational marijuana industry is poised to become a critically important source of revenue for Nevada. The capital improvements budget will create good-paying jobs while moving forward on key projects including the Northern Nevada Veterans Home, safety repairs to keep our corrections officers safe, continued support for UNLV’s College of Hotel Administration, and a new engineering building at UNR. Additional funding for the Opportunity Scholarship program will expand educational opportunities for lower and middle-income families. These bills are the product of good-faith cooperation across party lines and represent important steps forward for Nevada.”

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STATEMENT OF SENATOR FORD ON SENATE BILL 265 VETO

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June 2, 2017

STATEMENT OF SENATOR FORD ON SENATE BILL 265 VETO

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford responded to Governor Brian Sandoval’s decision to veto Senate Bill 265. This landmark pharmaceutical transparency bill was supported by a broad coalition of employee organizations and employers, including much of Nevada’s gaming industry. 

“With this veto, the Governor put the interests of major pharmaceutical companies ahead of one million Nevadans who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Insulin is a life-saving drug that too many Nevadans simply can’t afford because of outrageous and inexplicable price hikes,” said Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford. “Senate Bill 265 had significant bipartisan support because it would have finally lifted the shroud and shined some light on the skyrocketing costs of insulin. Tonight, one million Nevadans and their families have a reason to be disappointed in their state government.” 

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FORD & FRIERSON STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF EDUCATION BUDGET

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June 1, 2017

FORD & FRIERSON STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF EDUCATION BUDGET

CARSON CITY - Today, the Nevada Senate approved an education budget, Senate Bill 544, that funds Nevada’s public school system without funding for private school vouchers. During consideration of the bill, Senate Republicans fled the Legislative Building and failed to vote on the K-12 education budget. Senate Bill 544 passed 12-0 with all Democrats and one Independent in support. 

Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson issued the following joint statement:

“Over the past several weeks we have attempted to maintain an open dialogue and good-faith negotiations with Republicans working towards what we hoped could be a bipartisan compromise on education funding. Unfortunately, time and time again Republicans have undermined these discussions by moving the goalposts and refusing to meet us halfway. Our Democratic majorities in both chambers have said loud and clear from day one that we believe in keeping public dollars in public schools. We continue to have deep concerns about how diverting public money to subsidize wealthy families would weaken our education system and threaten our children’s future.

“Our next step must be to move forward where we can agree and pass an education budget that funds our public schools, including key investments in improving college and career readiness, turning around low-performing schools, and enhancing teaching and support for gifted students, young English-language learners and kids with special needs. It’s our sincere hope that the Republicans will not play politics with this critical school funding.”

On Monday, Democratic Assemblyman Justin Watkins offered a $30 million compromise proposal on the controversial issue of school vouchers that would have provided meaningful choice for more of Nevada’s families. The proposal would have instituted an income-based sliding scale to ensure money went to students with the highest needs, prioritized at-risk and lower-performing kids, and set reasonable eligibility and accountability standards. The proposal also would have required that schools comply with Nevada’s anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws. Republicans rejected the proposal outright.

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MAJORITY LEADER FORD ANNOUNCES FIRST RESPONDER LEGISLATION AT NEVADA LEGISLATURE

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May 18, 2017

MAJORITY LEADER FORD ANNOUNCES FIRST RESPONDER LEGISLATION AT NEVADA LEGISLATURE

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford joined police and fire representatives to announce legislation for Nevada’s first responders.

Senate Bill 540 will create a memorial for Nevada firefighters at the Capitol Complex in Carson City, and Senate Bill 541 creates a sentencing enhancement for certain felony offenses when the victim is targeted because he or she is first responder. 

“Today, we’re sending a clear message that Nevadans honor and appreciate our first responders who dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Ford. “These bills will give the fallen firefighters the respect and recognition they deserve and will send a message that Nevada will not tolerate targeted attacks against our brave first responders.”   

“Every day, our police officers, firefighters, and other first responders are willing to risk injury and even death to serve the public,” said Richard McCann, Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers. “Senate Bill 541 will send a message that the state of Nevada has no tolerance for those who seek to harm law enforcement and first responders, and those who do will face significant penalties.”

“Nevada’s fallen firefighters deserve to be honored at the seat of state government.” said Angelo Aragon, President of the Professional Firefighters of Nevada. “We are proud to support Senate bill 540 which will place the Nevada Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the Capitol Complex to let our brave firefighters and their families know that we greatly appreciate the service of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.”

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WITH SANDOVAL’S SIGNATURE, NEVADA BECOMES EIGHTH STATE TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS

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May 17, 2017

 

WITH SANDOVAL’S SIGNATURE, NEVADA BECOMES EIGHTH STATE TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS

 

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 201, which bans the use of LGBTQ conversion therapy on minors. Senate Bill 201 was sponsored by State Senator David Parks (D - Las Vegas).

 

Senator Parks made the following statement:

 

“Nevada has a long record of passing progressive legislation to protect the LGBTQ community with bipartisan support, and I want to thank Governor Sandoval for signing this critical legislation to protect LGBTQ youth. Banning conversion therapy makes Nevada a safer place for children who are at a higher risk for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. This bill is a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state.”

 

Conversion therapy is a discredited practice that falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It is opposed by mainstream mental health practitioners and organizations. Nevada is the eighth state to pass a law banning the practice.  

 

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FORD, FRIERSON INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN NEVADA INTERNET PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

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May 11, 2017

FORD, FRIERSON INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN NEVADA INTERNET PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson released the following statement after introducing Senate Bill 538. The bill makes changes to Nevada’s Internet privacy laws that are designed to give consumers more notice when personal information is being collected online.

“For generations, privacy has been an essential Nevada value and that should not change in the Internet age. This bill takes the simple step of requiring that consumers receive fair notice when their personal information is being collected. It’s important that Nevada’s privacy laws reflect the fact that we are all conducting more and more of our lives online.”

Senate Bill 538 requires operators of Internet websites or online services to provide notice of users’ personal information that is collected by the site or service. Knowing or willful failure to provide required notice or making a material misrepresentation within a notice is a violation subject to civil penalties. If the bill becomes law, the Attorney General would be empowered to bring actions against violators. 

Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation rolling back federal Internet privacy protections that required service providers to disclose when private information was being collected and obtain consent before such information was sold. The federal rollback legislation was co-sponsored by Nevada’s senior U.S. Senator, Dean Heller. 

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SENATOR PARKS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF CONVERSION THERAPY BAN

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May 9, 2017

SENATOR PARKS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF CONVERSION THERAPY BAN

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada State Senator David Parks released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 201 by the Nevada State Assembly. Senate Bill 201 would ban the practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy on minors in the state of Nevada. The Assembly passed the bill 31-8. 

“I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly for their bipartisan support of Senate Bill 201. Conversion therapy is a dangerous, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide amongst LGBTQ youth. By enacting this ban, Nevada will join six other states in taking a strong stand to protect young people from psychological and physical abuse. I look forward to seeing this bill become law in Nevada.”

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by mainstream medical associations, including the American Psychological Association. Senate Bill 201 passed the Nevada State Senate by a bipartisan vote of 15-5 on April 4th. The bill will return to the Senate today for a procedural vote and will be transmitted to Governor Sandoval for signature. 

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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR SPEARMAN AND ASSEMBLYMAN SPRINKLE ON AHCA PASSAGE

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May 4, 2017

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR SPEARMAN AND ASSEMBLYMAN SPRINKLE ON AHCA PASSAGE

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada State Senator Patricia Spearman and Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle released the following statement upon the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Today’s outrageous vote in Washington throws hundreds of thousands of Nevadans under the bus. It guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, allows insurers to discriminate, and will spike premiums so high that many Nevadans won’t be able to afford insurance. We are particularly disappointed that Congressman Amodei caved to partisan pressure and sided with Washington Republicans over working families in Nevada. Senator Heller must immediately stop trying to help Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act and commit to doing everything he can to kill this bill in any form in the Senate.”

Nearly 400,000 Nevadans stand to lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. According to the Center for American Progress, the American Health Care Act would create a shortfall of $144 million in funding needed to insure high-risk individuals. The bill would also roll back Medicaid expansion funding that hundreds of thousands of Nevadans rely on to receive care.

Senator Spearman chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and Assemblyman Sprinkle chairs the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee. 

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NEVADANS SHARE THEIR STORIES AS NEVADA DEMOCRATS TACKLE HIGH COST OF DIABETES MEDICATION

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April 20, 2017

 

NEVADANS SHARE THEIR STORIES AS NEVADA DEMOCRATS TACKLE HIGH COST OF DIABETES MEDICATION

 

CARSON CITY - Yesterday, people from across Nevada came to Carson City for Diabetes Day to share their stories with state lawmakers about living with diabetes and the high cost of insulin. Diabetes affects 12% of Nevada’s adult population. An estimated one million Nevadans suffer from diabetes or are pre-diabetic. The cost of insulin rose an estimated 387% between 2006 and 2013. 

 

State Senator Yvanna Cancela (D - Clark County) and Senate Democrats have introduced Senate Bill 265, which seeks to control the high cost of insulin for Nevadans suffering from diabetes. SB265 would make pricing for diabetes medications more transparent and would require manufacturers to reimburse patients if drug costs exceeded certain standards. 

 

“We can no longer ignore the fact that diabetes is a public health crisis that affects hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. The cost of life-saving medications continues to explode, putting more and more Nevadans at risk of serious complications or death," said Senator Yvanna Cancela. "Senate Bill 265 will finally give patients some relief by forcing transparency in diabetes drug pricing and protecting them from inexplicable price increases.” 

 

Coverage of yesterday’s Diabetes Day at the Nevada Legislature:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Families who live with diabetes lament medication high costs

 

KOLO: Nevadans visit legislature to support SB265

 

KTVN: Concerns about SB265 discussed at Diabetes Day Press Conference

 

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