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RELEASE: Nevada Senate Democrats Announce Executive Director Transition

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June 2, 2015

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TRANSITION

CARSON CITY - Today, the Nevada Senate Democrats announced changes in caucus staff for the 2016 election cycle. Effective June 15, 2015 Executive Director Michelle White will transition to her new role as State Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for Nevada campaign. Peter Koltak, who currently serves as the Communications Director for the Nevada Senate Democrats, will serve as Executive Director. 

Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford made the following statement:

“Michelle is one of the finest political operatives in Nevada. While we are sad that she will no longer be with our caucus, we are excited to support her in her new role with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I am confident that Peter’s extensive battleground state experience and his stellar performance as Communications Director during the legislative session make him the right person to help lead the caucus for the upcoming election cycle.”

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RELEASE: SENATE DEMOCRATIC STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HISTORIC EDUCATION FUNDING PACKAGE

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June 1, 2015

SENATE DEMOCRATIC STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HISTORIC EDUCATION FUNDING PACKAGE

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democrats voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 483, a historic revenue package that will dramatically improve education in Nevada.

Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford made the following statement:

“This is a historic day for the people of Nevada, and the Senate Democrats are proud to have done our part to finally fund education in our state. Today, we are one critical step closer to funding the programs and initiatives that my Democratic colleagues have championed for years. On behalf of the Senate Democrats, I want to thank Governor Sandoval and our Republican colleagues who came together to make today a victory for Nevada’s kids.”

 

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NEVADA SENATE CONCURS WITH ANIMAL ADOPTION BILL, SENDS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

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May 27, 2015

 

NEVADA SENATE CONCURS WITH ANIMAL ADOPTION BILL, SENDS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

CARSON CITY - Today, the Nevada Senate concurred on SB 261, a bipartisan bill that requires that dogs and cats from research facilities to be made available for adoption upon completion of their experimentation.

The law is named in honor of Calvin, a beagle that was rescued from a research facility in California, rehabilitated and placed in a caring home.  The bill will now be sent to Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk for his signature.

Democratic Senator Mark Manendo (District21-Las Vegas) is proud of the colleagues from both parties in supporting this bill which is one of the strongest in the nation.

“Animals have endured a lifetime of pain in order serve society,” said Senator Mark Manendo. “They deserve a loving home where they can live out their lives.”

Beagle dogs are the choice for all testing facilities as they are docile and easy to handle.

Charles River Labs, a large testing facility with a location in Northern Nevada, supports SB 261 and agreed to release their dogs to Nevada rescue organizations such as the Nevada Humane Society and Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary.

Republican Assemblywoman Jill Dickman (District 31 – Sparks), a strong animal lover, was glad to see the Senate concur to an Assembly amendment that requires animal to be given the chance to be adopted.

“I was proud to support this bill and make sure that people have an opportunity to adopt these precious animals,” Dickman said. “Everyone deserves a chance to be loved.”

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[RELEASE] Senate Democratic Statement on "Teach Nevada" Scholarship Program

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May 27, 2015

SENATE DEMOCRATIC STATEMENT ON “TEACH NEVADA” SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford made the following statement on Senate Bill 511, the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program. SB 511 is a bipartisan bill that is co-sponsored by the leaders of each legislative caucus. 

“Nevada’s teacher shortage is a statewide crisis, which is why Senate Democrats are proud to support Senate Bill 511,” said Sen. Aaron D. Ford. “We know that dedicated educators can enrich students’ lives, particularly in at-risk and underserved communities. This bill will put more Nevada students on the path to meeting their future goals and will help create a culture of appreciation for our educators.”

Nevada’s teacher shortage has reached a crisis level. In Clark County alone, the school district estimates having 2,600 fewer teachers than necessary in the 2015-2016 school year. The Teach Nevada program will provide scholarships to incentivize Nevadans to earn the necessary accreditation to become a licensed teacher. The program will also provide districts with funding to create a hiring incentive for up to 1,000 new teachers per year in at-risk communities.

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SENATOR MARK MANENDO: “BEAGLE BILL” TO SAVE THE LIVES OF RETIRED RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS, IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A LAW IN NEVADA

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May 19, 2015

 

SENATOR MARK MANENDO: “BEAGLE BILL,” TO SAVE THE LIVES OF RETIRED RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS, IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A LAW IN NEVADA

Dogs used in research can finally get a home, thanks to Senate Bill 261, commonly known as the “Beagle Bill.”  The bill requires testing facilities to offer dogs and cats that are appropriate for adoption to an animal shelter or rescue organization before euthanizing such a dog or cat.  SB261 is authored by Senator Mark Manendo, a Democrat representing Senate District 21 in Clark County, and supported by the only private research facility in Nevada, Charles River Laboratories.

When introduced, SB261 was co-sponsored by 45 other legislators, making it a widely supported, bi-partisan bill.  Although strong opposition has surfaced through the legislative process, Senator Manendo, joined by Kevin Ryan and Beverlee McGrath from the Nevada Humane Society, and Margaret Flint, with the Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary (CRCS,)  have fought to have the bill advance to the last steps before it becomes a law in Nevada.

SB261 is the fifth most popular bill on the legislative opinion poll and Senator Manendo urges public participation in favor of SB261: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/

Your participation will ensure final passage of the bill out of the Senate, and into Governor Brian Sandoval’s office, to enact it into law.

Thank you,

Mark Manendo

Nevada State Senator District 21

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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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[RELEASE] Statement of Senate Democratic Leader Aaron Ford on Senate Rule Changes

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May 11, 2015

STATEMENT OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON FORD ON SENATE RULE CHANGES

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement in response to a hyperpartisan change to the Senate’s standing rules. The new rules make numerous changes and would remove the ability of the minority party to offer floor amendments to bills. 

“Today, Senate Republicans have shown nothing but contempt for the Nevadans represented by the ten Democratic members of the Senate. Changing the Senate rules is an unprecedented and desperate move to silence opposition and squelch debate. The Senate should be focused on coming together to close a state budget that puts more money in classrooms, not be caught up in distracting partisan games.”

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