2015 Legislative Session

Lawmakers split on funding new execution chamber in Ely

LasVegasSun.com
By Associated Press
May 18, 2015

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers are split on whether to spend $860,000 to build a new execution chamber at Ely State Prison.

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Assembly OKs 'beagle bill;' puts lab animals up for adoption

LasVegasSun.com
By Associated Press
May 18, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has passed a bill requiring laboratories to put dogs and cats up for adoption when they're done performing research on them.

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Three immigration bills to watch at the Nevada Legislature

LasVegasSun.com
By Ana Ley
May 19, 2015

State legislation seldom impacts immigration policy, but several measures aiming to help people living in the U.S. illegally are making great strides in the Nevada Legislature.

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Bill would give sexual assault victims added time to report crime

Fox5Vegas.com
By Tiffany Murphy
May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A bill that would extend Nevada's statute of limitations for sexual assault has cleared the Assembly. The bill would increase the reporting deadline for rapes from four to 20 years.

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New rule: Efficiency trumps debate on Senate Floor

ReviewJournal.com
By Steve Sebelius
May 13, 2015

New rule: From now on, Democrats can’t bring amendments to bills on the Senate floor!

That’s not officially the wording of a brand-new set of rules governing the Nevada state Senate, but Democrats are saying it may as well be, as acrimony in the upper house rises with the approach of the end of the 2015 Legislature.

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Governor signs bill easing rules for immigrant teachers

LasVegasSun.com
By Associated Press
May 13, 2015

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license.

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Legislature approves anti-bullying bill backed by governor

WashingtonTimes.com
By Riley Snyder
May 13, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Legislature has passed an omnibus anti-bullying measure supported by Gov. Brian Sandoval despite some lawmakers concerned that the process was rushed.

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Drones may drive debate on personal privacy, experts say

ReviewJournal.com
By Richard N. Velotta
May 13, 2015

Not only could unmanned aerial systems deliver packages to a home or office some day, they may also drive the conversation on the issue of personal privacy, a panel of drone experts agreed Wednesday.

Richard Jost, a director with Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas and a legal expert in unmanned aerial systems, said drone technology “could light the fuse” on the debate about how to protect privacy rights without trampling on First Amendment freedoms.

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Nevada campus carry proposal brought back to life

ReviewJournal.com
By Sean Whaley
May 13, 2015

CARSON CITY — A “campus carry” bill believed to be dead in the Senate will be amended into another Second Amendment measure on Friday, Assembly Judiciary Chairman Ira Hansen said Wednesday.

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Senate OKs bill allowing teacher license for more immigrants

LasVegasSun.com
By Associated Press
May 5, 2015

CARSON CITY — A bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license has passed the Senate.

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No reason to oppose ban on anti-gay therapy

By STEVE SEBELIUS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
May 6, 2015

What’s the holdup with Senate Bill 353, anyway?

That bill, sponsored by state Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, would ban what’s called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy for people younger than 18, basically a psychological assault intended to turn a gay person into a straight one. It’s been widely discredited by mental health professionals, but it still happens. The bill had a hearing back on April 6, but it hasn’t moved since.

Why?

It’s not the opposition: Only one witness opposed it, one who’s known for somewhat exotic testimony. In this instance, the word salad ranged from musings about where the Regional Transportation Commission puts bus stops to preferences for red apples over yellow.

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Experts predict continued recovery in Nevada

RGJ.com
By The Associated Press
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY – Analysts predict continued recovery and good times ahead for Nevada’s economy.

The mostly sunny outlook came Friday during the twice-yearly meeting of the Economic Forum, which projects the state’s revenue and helps lawmakers set a budget for the next two years.

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Things to start popping at Legislature with revenue forecast

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
May 3, 2015

CARSON CITY — The beginning of the end game is about to ratchet up in the Nevada Legislature.

The Economic Forum has made its prediction of how much tax revenue the state can expect under existing law over the next two years. Legislative money committees are closing budgets.

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Nevada lawmakers given $6.3 billion revenue projection to work with

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s Economic Forum on Friday projected $6.3 billion in general fund tax revenue for the upcoming two-year budget cycle, a forecast that changed little since the panel last met in December.

The forecast from the five-member forum of independent fiscal experts must be used by state lawmakers to balance the budget before the 2015 Legislature adjourns June 1.

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Nevada expected to bring in $6.2B in taxes in next two years

LasVegasSun.com
By John Fritz
May 1, 2015

A panel of fiscal experts determined the state will collect about $6.2 billion in taxes in the next two fiscal years — a baseline figure lawmakers will use to finish the biennium budgeting process.

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