2015 Legislative Session

Gov. Brian Sandoval creates Nevada drought forum

NevadaAppeal.com
By Geoff Dornan
April 9, 2015

Governor Sandoval creates Nevada drought forum

WASHOE VALLEY — Standing amid the tufts of grass poking through the sandy bottom of what used to be Washoe Lake, Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday announced the creation of the Nevada Drought Forum.

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GOP lawmakers propose abolishing Nevada health exchange

LasVegasSun.com
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
April 6, 2015

CARSON CITY — Several Nevada Republicans are trying to scrap the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange launched as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying the program is expensive, suffered a rocky start and is another example of federal overreach.

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Nevada lawmakers vet bill requiring paid sick leave

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder, Associated Press
April 6, 2015

CARSON CITY — A Democrat-backed bill requiring Nevada businesses to offer paid sick leave is meeting staunch opposition from several state business groups.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford and Assemblywoman Dina Neal presented SB 259 to the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee on Monday.


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Bill would ban sexual conversion therapy for minors

LasVegasSun.com
By Cy Ryan
April 6, 2015

CARSON CITY — A bill that would prohibit therapists from counseling gay juveniles to convince them to change their sexual preference gained strong support in a Senate committee today.

The Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee heard testimony that sexual conversion therapy can lead to suicides and trauma.

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Bill extends LGBT anti-discrimination protections

RGJ.com
By Associated Press
April 2, 2015

Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would expand anti-discrimination language into parts of state law where it was omitted.

Democratic Sen. David Parks presented SB164 on Thursday. It would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

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Nevada Senate passes free gun background check bill

RGJ.com
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
April 2, 2015

The Senate passed a Republican-backed bill Thursday that would make background checks free for gun sales between private parties, although it wouldn’t make them mandatory.

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Nevada lawmakers debate PERS bills

ReviewJournal.com
By Sean Whaley
March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY - Bills seeking modest changes to the state public employees retirement system to reduce the cost of pension benefits for new hires were debated at length Monday in a legislative hearing.

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Bill allows voters to register, cast ballot on Election Day

LasVegasSun.com
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Lawmakers are reviewing four Democrat-sponsored bills that would make voting easier and add more opportunities to register.

Members of the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee held a hearing Monday for measures including SB237, a bill sponsored by Sen. Pat Spearman that would allow people to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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Bill would allow Nevada cities to form own school districts

ReviewJournal.com
By Sean Whaley
March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY — A bill that would allow incorporated cities to form their own school systems by carving out a piece of a larger district using existing local government boundaries had a hearing Monday in the Assembly Education Committee.

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Deadly Nevada prison shooting prompts legislative concerns

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
Las Vegas Review-Journal Capital Bureau
March 27th, 2015

CARSON CITY — Civil libertarians raised new concerns Friday over a bill sought by the Nevada Department of Corrections to make all agency records confidential following this week’s revelations that an inmate was shot and killed by a state prison guard four months ago.

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Senator presents alternative tax plan to hike school funding

LasVegasSun.com
by Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
March 24, 2015

CARSON CITY — Democratic Sen. Pat Spearman presented a tax plan Tuesday that she said gives one more route toward the goal of raising Nevada education funding by several hundred million dollars each year.

Spearman's bill, SB378, joins Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposal and a plan from Assembly Republican leaders, all of which aim to help raise about $7.3 billion in state revenue during the next two years. All three groups with a tax bill have shied away from publicly criticizing the other proposals, saying they simply want to promote a robust discussion.

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Nevada bill pushes animal adoptions from labs

RGJ.com
by Associated Press
March 24, 2015

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would require laboratories to put animals up for adoption after they’re done using them for research.

Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo and others are sponsoring SB261, which is up for a hearing Tuesday in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

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Rally against 'campus carry' bill set at UNR

RGJ.com
by Marcella Corona
March 24, 2015

Protesters fighting the 'campus carry' bill are set to rally at the University of Nevada, Reno with many arguing allowing students to carry guns would make school unsafe.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee voted to approve AB 148 and other gun-related bills earlier this month with unanimous Republican support.

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3 Nevada tax plans are on the table. How do they compare?

LasVegasSun.com
by Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
March 23, 2015

CARSON CITY — Assembly Republican leaders unveiled a tax plan of their own Monday, less than a week after Gov. Brian Sandoval presented the details of his bill to restructure the state's business license fee and Democratic Sen. Pat Spearman released her own tax proposal. Spearman and the Republican leadership insist they aren't trying to undermine the governor, but want to spark discussion and offer different options for arriving at the same goal: More money for education.

How the three proposals would affect Nevada's major streams of revenue:

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Nevada Legislature: Bill would update school safety standards, add therapists

NevadaAppeal.com
By Nevada Appeal Associated Press
March 23, 2015

Nevada Democrats are proposing updated school safety standards based on lessons learned from the Sparks Middle School shooting.

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson is sponsoring AB218 and testified for the bill on Monday in the Assembly Education Committee.

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