Updates

Road projects boost Reno-Sparks' economic development

RGJ.com
By Mark Robison
June 8, 2015

Transportation infrastructure — the very phrase might make you want to fall asleep.

But if roads are well-built and maintained, they strengthen a region's economy and bring short- and long-term jobs. They can also improve your life because less time will be required to get places so you can spend more time doing what you want.

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Construction underway at Switch data center site near Reno

RGJ.com
By Jason Hidalgo
June 9, 2015

The first phase in a $1 billion data center just east of Reno-Sparks is underway.

A permit filed with the Storey County Building Department shows that excavation and grading is ongoing for the Switch SUPERNAP colocation data center at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

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Nevada ranked fourth highest for U.S. gasoline prices by AAA

ReviewJournal.com
By Chase Stevens, Associated Press
June 9, 2015

Nevada’s slightly higher gasoline prices aren’t likely to stall Fourth of July holiday travel plans — even as the state ranks fourth highest among U.S. gasoline prices, AAA said on Tuesday.

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Child sex assault case highlights CCSD use of cameras on buses

ReviewJournal.com
By Wesley Juhl
June 9, 2015

The arrest of a veteran school bus driver in connection with the sexual assault of small children on his route raised questions about the safety of the roughly 90,000 Clark County School District students who ride the bus twice a day.

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Henderson residents can now text 911 in an emergency

LasVegasSun.com
By Brianna Santiago
June 9, 2015

Earlier this year a story went viral about a woman in a hostage situation who sent a secret plea for help in an online pizza order.

The Henderson Police Department might have an even better solution: Earlier this month it launched a service giving residents the ability to text 911 rather than call in emergency situations.

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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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