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STATEMENT OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER FORD ON NPRI LAWSUIT

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February 22, 2017

 STATEMENT OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER FORD ON NPRI LAWSUIT

CARSON CITY - Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement with regard to a baseless constitutional separation of powers lawsuit filed by Nevada Policy Research Institute against Senator Heidi Gansert. 

“Like NPRI’s unsuccessful attack on Senator Mo Denis a few years back, the lawsuit against my colleague, Senator Gansert, is entirely misguided. 

A simple reading of the exact language of Article 3, Section 1 makes clear Senator Gansert’s employment with the University of Nevada in no way violates the Nevada Constitution. She is not exercising the powers or functions “appertaining” exclusively to the executive branch in her job. She is doing outreach work for one of our fine public universities, and she should be commended and encouraged in that work.

 

Filing meritless, political lawsuits targeting the livelihoods of our citizen legislators is not useful or constructive, and I am confident that Nevada courts will deal with this issue properly and in short order.”

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STATEMENTS FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER FORD AND SENATOR CANCELA REGARDING PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN RED ROCK CANYON

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February 21, 2017

 

STATEMENTS FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER FORD AND SENATOR CANCELA REGARDING PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN RED ROCK CANYON

 

CARSON CITY - Today, State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding proposed development in Red Rock Canyon: 

 

"We are fortunate in Southern Nevada to have a world-renowned natural wonder like Red Rock Canyon so close to the Las Vegas Strip, with more than 2.5 million visitors to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area each year. The Outdoor Industry Association estimates that outdoor recreation is responsible for more than 148,000 direct jobs in Nevada and more than $1 billion in state and local tax revenue. Attracting new business and top talent to Nevada requires robust access to pristine recreation areas like Red Rock Canyon.

 

A proposal to build more than 5,000 homes in Red Rock Canyon would increase traffic and pollution around the Canyon and take away from the experience of both residents and tourists. I stand with the tens of thousands of Nevada residents who have signed a petition in opposition to the proposed development and in support of maintaining Red Rock's rural character."

 

Senator Yvanna Cancela, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement:

 

"The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is known as the 'crown jewel' of the BLM's conservation areas. Millions of residents and tourists each come to see our beauty in the desert, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. There are few things more rewarding than the views from a hike in Red Rock, or a Sunday picnic with friends and family at Spring Mountain Ranch.

 

Obstructing those amazing views by building more than 5,000 homes in Red Rock Canyon is the wrong move. The Clark County Planning Commission courageously voted unanimously to recommend denial of the proposed development. The County Commission should show the same courage by standing against this unwise sprawl development proposal in Red Rock Canyon."

 

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SPEAKER FRIERSON AND MAJORITY LEADER FORD STATEMENT ON SESSIONS CONFIRMATION VOTE

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February 8, 2017

SPEAKER FRIERSON AND MAJORITY LEADER FORD STATEMENT ON SESSIONS CONFIRMATION VOTE

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford and State Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson released the following statement on U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s vote to confirm Jeff Sessions: 

“We are disheartened and thoroughly disappointed that Senator Dean Heller voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. As the top law enforcement officer in the country, it is the responsibility of the Attorney General to enforce federal laws and defend the constitutional rights of all Americans, regardless of background. Based on Mr. Sessions long track record of hostility towards civil rights, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, and voting rights, we believe wholeheartedly that he should not serve.” 

Jason Frierson is the first African-American Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly. Aaron Ford is the second African-American to serve as Majority Leader of the Nevada State Senate. 

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MAJORITY LEADER AARON FORD STATEMENT ON LAS VEGAS STADIUM PROJECT

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January 31, 2017

 

MAJORITY LEADER AARON FORD STATEMENT ON LAS VEGAS STADIUM PROJECT

 

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding news that Goldman Sachs is no longer committed to financing the Las Vegas stadium project:

"Many of us supported bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas because we were guaranteed that our community would benefit in the form of new jobs and investments in neighborhoods that need it most. We expect that the community benefits plan announced in October will be honored in any new financing negotiations. If we do not receive adequate guarantees that the stadium project will hire local residents -- including low-income residents, minority communities, people with disabilities, veterans, ex-offenders, and those within the LGBTQ community -- we will act legislatively to ensure those provisions are enforced."

“If progress is not made towards financing the stadium project in a timely fashion, we will introduce legislation in the Senate to create the jobs that we were promised and contemplated by stadium construction. Our legislation will not affect the LVCVA expansion or UNLV's ability to pursue its own stadium project. It will, however, allocate the remaining revenue to create an infrastructure bank to fund construction projects in Southern Nevada. Nevadans should get the benefits they were promised from this deal.”

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SENATOR PARKS COMMENTS ON GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO REDUCE PRISON OVERCROWDING

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January 26, 2017

SENATOR PARKS COMMENTS ON GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO REDUCE PRISON OVERCROWDING

CARSON CITY - Today, State Senator David Parks (D-Clark County) released the following statement commenting on Governor Sandoval’s plan to reduce prison overcrowding and modernize some facilities. Senator Parks welcomed proposals to make the parole and supervision process more efficient, but he cautioned against relying on private prisons that have little accountability or oversight. 

“I welcome the Governor’s proposal to speed up our parole process for eligible prisoners and to invest more money into programs to reduce recidivism. In 2007, we took similar steps and saved Nevada taxpayers more than $1.2 billion in operating and construction costs,” said Senator Parks. “At the same time, I would caution against relying heavily on out-of-state private prisons to reduce overcrowding. The private prison system is plagued with poor oversight and unsafe conditions for both staff and inmates. We should instead look to community control, addiction and mental health treatment, and other services to take more of the burden off our prison system.”

The Governor’s proposed budget calls for new investments in parole and post-release supervision. These include six new staff positions to help speed up the parole process and eight new positions to help supervise parolees after they’re released. The budget also calls for sending some inmates to private, out-of-state prisons.  

In 2007, Senator Parks, then a member of the Assembly, oversaw a reform effort to reduce the prison population when he served as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Corrections, Parole, and Probation. According to the Pew Center, those reforms saved Nevada an estimated $38 million in operating costs and $1.2 billion in new prison construction costs. 

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NEVADA SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AARON FORD DELIVERS DEMOCRATIC STATE OF THE STATE RESPONSE

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January 17, 2017

NEVADA SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AARON FORD DELIVERS DEMOCRATIC STATE OF THE STATE RESPONSE

CARSON CITY - Tonight, Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford delivered the Democratic response to Governor Sandoval’s State of the State address. For the first time, the response was also delivered in Spanish by Senator Mo Denis. 

“In 2016, Nevada voters sent a clear message, giving Democrats the majority of seats in the Nevada legislature, and the ability to shape the legislative agenda on behalf of Nevada families,” said Senator Ford. “Our agenda -- the Nevada Blueprint -- will expand and protect the middle class and build a Nevada that works for everyone.”  

In the response, Senator Ford outlined Democratic legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Democrats will focus on economic fairness and job creation, continuing to improve Nevada’s K-12 education system, investing in higher education and technical education programs while keeping costs low, and protecting Nevadans’ basic rights from federal overreach. 

A full transcript of the remarks as written is attached. 

Click here for video of Senator Ford’s response. 

Click here for video of the response in Spanish. 

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MAJORITY LEADER FORD, SPEAKER FRIERSON REQUEST ANSWERS FROM SENATOR HELLER ON ACA REPEAL

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January 10, 2017

 

MAJORITY LEADER FORD, SPEAKER FRIERSON REQUEST ANSWERS FROM SENATOR HELLER ON ACA REPEAL

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada state Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson sent the attached letter to Senator Dean Heller outlining their concerns with Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

 

Specifically, they outlined questions they hope Senator Heller will answer with regards to how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who now have health care thanks to the law. 

 

According to recent reporting by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, nearly 400,000 Nevadans could lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without passing adequate replacement legislation. 

 

Senator_Heller_letter.pdf

 

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MAJORITY LEADER FORD ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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November 16, 2016

MAJORITY LEADER FORD ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford announced committee assignments for the 2017 Legislative Session. A full committee membership list and meeting schedule will be posted on the legislative website. 

Commerce, Labor, and Energy*:

Senators Atkinson, Spearman, Cannizzaro, Settelmeyer, Hardy, and Gansert

Education:

Senators Denis, Woodhouse, Spearman, Segerblom, Hammond, Gustavson, and Harris

Finance:

Senators Woodhouse, Parks, Denis, Ford, Kieckhefer, Goicoechea, and Harris

Government Affairs:

Senators Parks, Manendo, Ratti, Goicoechea, and Hardy

Health and Human Services:

Senators Spearman, Ratti, Woodhouse, Hardy, and Hammond

Judiciary:

Senators Segerblom, Cannizzaro, Ford, Denis, Roberson, Harris, and Gustavson

Legislative Operations and Elections:

Senators Cannizzaro, Segerblom, Atkinson, Settelmeyer, and Gansert

Natural Resources*:

Senators Manendo, Ratti, Settelmeyer, and Goicoechea

Revenue and Economic Development:

Senators Ratti, Ford, Parks, Farley, Roberson, Kieckhefer, Gansert

Transportation:

Senators Manendo, Atkinson, Farley, Hammond, and Gustavson

*Indicates a vacancy to be filled at a later date

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MAJORITY LEADER FORD ANNOUNCES SENATOR FARLEY WILL CAUCUS WITH DEMOCRATS IN 2017

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November 14, 2016

MAJORITY LEADER FORD ANNOUNCES SENATOR FARLEY WILL CAUCUS WITH DEMOCRATS IN 2017

Las Vegas - Today, Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford announced that Senator Patricia Farley (Dist. 8 - Summerlin) has changed her party affiliation to non-partisan and will caucus with the Senate Democrats during the 2017 Legislative Session. 

“As senators, our first obligation is to ensure that we’re creating jobs and providing quality educational opportunities to Nevadans, and Senator Farley is committed to collaboration and cooperation to make that happen.” said Senator Ford. “In the past, Senator Farley has demonstrated a desire to work across party lines to accomplish our shared goals. We are excited that she will now work directly with our caucus for the betterment of the state of Nevada.” 

“Nevada has a long tradition of legislators working across party lines to make positive change for our state, “ said Senator Farley. “I am choosing to serve as an independent in the 2017 session because my constituents come before party labels, and I believe this is the best way to represent them. I look forward to a productive session working together with Senator Ford and Senate Democrats.”

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NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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November 11, 2017

 

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford announced committee chairs for the 2017 legislative session. 

 

Commerce, Labor, and Energy:

Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Chair

Senator Pat Spearman, Vice Chair

 

Finance:

Senator Joyce Woodhouse, Chair

Senator David Parks, Vice Chair

 

Judiciary: 

Senator Tick Segerblom, Chair

Senator Nicole Cannizzaro, Vice Chair

 

Education:

Senator Mo Denis, Chair

Senator Joyce Woodhouse, Vice Chair

 

Revenue and Economic Development:

Senator Julia Ratti, Chair

Senator Aaron Ford, Vice Chair

 

Transportation:

Senator Mark Manendo, Chair

Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Vice Chair

 

Government Affairs:

Senator David Parks, Chair

Senator Mark Manendo, Vice Chair

 

Legislative Operations and Elections: 

Senator Nicole Cannizzaro, Chair

Senator Tick Segerblom, Vice Chair

 

Health and Human Services:

Senator Pat Spearman, Chair

Senator Julia Ratti, Vice Chair

 

Parliamentary Rules and Procedures:

Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Chair

 

The chair and vice chair of the Committee on Natural Resources will be announced at a later date. 

 

 

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NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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November 10, 2016

 

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford announced the Nevada State Senate Democratic leadership team for the 2017 Legislative Session. Senator Ford was unanimously elected to serve as Majority Leader by the Senate Democratic Caucus yesterday. 

 

“Our leadership team brings a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of the legislative process to their positions,” said Senator Ford. “This team also reflects the diversity of the state of Nevada, and Nevadans will be well-served by these leaders.”  

 

The following senators will serve in leadership positions:

 

Senator Kelvin Atkinson - Assistant Majority Leader

 

Senator Joyce Woodhouse - Co-Majority Whip

 

Senator Pat Spearman - Co-Majority Whip

 

Senator Mo Denis - President Pro Tempore

 

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LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT FOR LAS VEGAS STADIUM PROJECT

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October 27, 2016

LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT FOR LAS VEGAS STADIUM PROJECT

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford, Assembly Democratic Leaders, and Democratic legislators joined representatives of the Adelson Family to announce a Community Benefits Agreement for the Las Vegas Stadium Project. The agreement, which will be formalized at a later date, will ensure that the benefits of the stadium are felt by a diverse population. It will also lead to a more than substantial additional investment in community programs.

“This Community Benefits Agreement is the best of its kind anywhere in the country, and it will be a model for future public-private partnerships nationwide,” said Senator Ford. “The principles that the stadium operators have agreed on are a bold step to ensure that the entire community benefits from the significant public investment in the stadium project. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this agreement possible.”

Senator Kelvin Atkinson, who was instrumental in the process, added: "I am pleased to be able to ensure that all Nevadans will benefit from the opportunities arising out of the stadium development. I look forward to final consummation of the CBA."

Highlights of the Community Benefit Agreement include:

  • Youth recreation facility and programs targeted towards at-risk youth
  • Community impact grants providing substantial financial investments in traditionally underserved communities for the life of the stadium
  • An agreement that jobs created through stadium operations will pay a living wage and a project labor agreement for the construction of the stadium and related infrastructure improvements
  • Investments in workforce development and job training to help Nevadans learn the skills needed for jobs created at the new stadium
  • Hiring goals for diverse populations, including low-income Nevadans, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, the LGBT community, and ex-offenders
  • Opportunities for minority, women, and veteran-owned certified business enterprises

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STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON FORD DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM HECK, NEVADA GOP FOR RACIST TWEET

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September 22, 2016

STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON FORD DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM HECK, NEVADA GOP FOR RACIST TWEET

LAS VEGAS - Today, State Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford demanded an apology from Congressman Joe Heck and the Nevada Republican Party for a staffer’s racist tweet. In the tweet, Nevada GOP Rapid Response Director John Burke attacked State Senator Kelvin Atkinson, who is African-American, with false allegations, mistaking him for another African-American politician. Within minutes KTNV reporter Riley Snyder immediately fact-checked Burke, and Burke’s tweet was quickly deleted.

“In a year in which Donald Trump has used outright racism as a tool for political gain, I am disappointed to see that Nevada Republicans think so little of African-American leaders that they can’t even tell us apart. Congressman Heck and the Nevada Republican Party should immediately publicly condemn their staffer’s reckless behavior and issue an apology to Senator Atkinson. It is imperative that Congressman Heck and the Nevada GOP make it clear that this type of racism has no place in Nevada.”

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NEW AD: DEVON REESE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES FIRST TV AD IN COMPETITIVE STATE SENATE RACE

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September 7, 2016

 

NEW AD: DEVON REESE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES FIRST TV AD IN COMPETITIVE STATE SENATE RACE

RENO - Today, Devon Reese, Democratic candidate for Nevada Senate District 15, launched his first television ad of the fall campaign. The ad, entitled “Not Easy,” features Reese and his mother Virginia discussing their Reno family values and Reese’s priorities as a legislator. In the ad, Reese details plans to expand health services and job training for veterans and protect seniors from fraud and abuse. The ad, which first aired this morning, is running on Reno broadcast stations.

Watch the ad here: https://youtu.be/rqnsbBd2eBw

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“Growing up in a family with eight kids, our parents taught us that we could only succeed if everyone pitched in,” said Devon Reese. “As a community, we do better when we all pitch in to support our veterans, protect seniors, and take steps to improve our neighborhood schools. Those are the values that I learned growing up right here in Reno, and those are the values I’ll take to Carson City next year.”

Devon was born in Northern Nevada and grew up in the heart of Senate District 15. After college and law school, Devon returned to Reno to start a family and raise his three children in the same neighborhoods where he grew up. He has continued to stay involved with his community as a youth pastor, a debate coach at McQueen High School, and as a commissioner for the Sierra Youth Football League. As an attorney, Devon has fought on behalf of police officers, firefighters, educators, nurses, and other working Nevadans. He's also a businessman, having helped run a large contracting and construction firm that employed hundreds of people locally.

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RELEASE: SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE AT LEGISLATURE

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August 30, 2016

SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE AT LEGISLATURE

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leadership announced plans to form a Subcommittee on Energy if Democrats regain the majority in the Nevada State Senate for the next legislative session. Housed within the Senate Commerce, Labor, and Energy Committee, the subcommittee will be the starting point for all energy policy legislation before consideration by the full committee and the Senate as a whole. 

“We recognize the depth and complexity of energy issues that will face the Legislature in 2017 which is why we are announcing that we will form a new subcommittee to help direct energy policy,” said Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford. “Energy policy is about more than just whether or not the lights come on. It’s about jobs, it’s about our environment, it’s about price stability for consumers, and it’s about whether Nevada can secure its long-term future as the country’s clean energy leader. ” 

The 79th session of the Nevada Legislature will begin on February 6, 2017. 

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