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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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[RELEASE] Statement of Senate Democratic Leader Aaron Ford on Senate Bill 483

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May 8, 2015

STATEMENT OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON FORD ON SENATE BILL 483

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement on Senate Bill 483, which Democrats unanimously opposed in the Senate Revenue Committee yesterday. 

“For a decade, only one party in the Senate has cared enough for Nevada’s children to support raising revenue for schools, and that’s been the Democrats. The fact of the matter is that Senate Republicans have repeatedly failed this session to put together a revenue package that would adequately fund education and other essential services in Nevada. Every day we find a new hole in the Republican budget, and every day Republicans are forced to resort to some new gimmick to try to fill it. 

To date, no Republican revenue plan would raise enough to balance our state budget, let alone provide funds necessary to solve Nevada’s growing teacher shortage crisis. When Senate Democrats are presented with a comprehensive revenue package that we are confident will meet Nevada’s needs, we will be happy to support it. We hope that going forward our Republican colleagues will set aside their partisan bluster and remember their duty to govern responsibly. To not do so would be an embarrassment.”

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RELEASE: GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR PAT SPEARMAN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILL

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May 7, 2015

 

GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR PAT SPEARMAN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILL

 

CARSON CITY - Today, Senator Pat Spearman’s domestic violence prevention bill was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval at a ceremony at the Nevada State Capitol.

 

Senate Bill 362 authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to create educational programs surrounding domestic violence prevention. It also authorizes the department to educate the public about medical, mental health, and other social services available to abuse survivors.

 

The bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the Senate unanimously and the Assembly by a vote of 39 to 3.

 

“Preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors are bipartisan values. With these programs in place, more Nevadans will get the tools they need to prevent and recover from abuse,” said Sen. Spearman. “I’m honored to see this bill become law with the overwhelming support of my colleagues and the Governor.”

 

SB 362 is one of several Democratic proposals to protect domestic violence survivors, including Sen. Debbie Smith’s SB 187.

 

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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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