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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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Experts predict continued recovery in Nevada

RGJ.com
By The Associated Press
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY – Analysts predict continued recovery and good times ahead for Nevada’s economy.

The mostly sunny outlook came Friday during the twice-yearly meeting of the Economic Forum, which projects the state’s revenue and helps lawmakers set a budget for the next two years.

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Things to start popping at Legislature with revenue forecast

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
May 3, 2015

CARSON CITY — The beginning of the end game is about to ratchet up in the Nevada Legislature.

The Economic Forum has made its prediction of how much tax revenue the state can expect under existing law over the next two years. Legislative money committees are closing budgets.

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Nevada lawmakers given $6.3 billion revenue projection to work with

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s Economic Forum on Friday projected $6.3 billion in general fund tax revenue for the upcoming two-year budget cycle, a forecast that changed little since the panel last met in December.

The forecast from the five-member forum of independent fiscal experts must be used by state lawmakers to balance the budget before the 2015 Legislature adjourns June 1.

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Nevada expected to bring in $6.2B in taxes in next two years

LasVegasSun.com
By John Fritz
May 1, 2015

A panel of fiscal experts determined the state will collect about $6.2 billion in taxes in the next two fiscal years — a baseline figure lawmakers will use to finish the biennium budgeting process.

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Nevada Lawmakers Approve CARE Act

PublicNewsService.org
By Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada lawmakers are saying yes to legislation that supporters say will dramatically improve the ability of caregivers to help those in their care.

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Nevada Supreme Court chief justice wants statewide review of guardianship

ReviewJournal.com
By Colton Lochhead
May 1, 2015

Nevada’s top judge wants to dig into problems plaguing the guardianship system far beyond the Las Vegas Valley.

The Clark County Commission recommended April 21 that a local blue ribbon panel examine issues that have left some of its most vulnerable constituents destitute. But Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty said the issue is affecting more than just the state’s most populous county.

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Eldorado fuels graduation rate gains with what students want, need

ReviewJournal.com
By Chris Kudialis
May 2, 2015

When John Anzalone walked into Eldorado High School as the new principal in 2012, the graduation rate that met him at the door was just 45 percent.

The 38-year-old administrator told himself there was nowhere to go but up.

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Big price tag on Clark County School District breakup study

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder, Associated Press
April 27, 2015

CARSON CITY — Lawmakers are considering shelling out close to $1 million on a study that could help break up the Clark County School District.

Assembly members reviewed the financial details of AB394 on Monday in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

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Las Vegas police to gain 101 jobs, reopen stations to public

ReviewJournal.com
By Colton Lochhead
April 27, 2015

Las Vegas police could see a $28 million operating budget increase for the next fiscal year, a move that would restore a total of 55 officer positions previously lost to attrition.

In addition to more officers, the increased funding would provide 46 civilian positions for the department, allowing it to reopen front desks at four area command stations that had been closed to the public due to budget constraints.

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Lake Mead water levels, records continue to fall

ReviewJournal.com
Henry Brean
April 27, 2015

The new record low arrived at Lake Mead a little earlier than first thought — and it happened during a rainstorm.

The reservoir east of Las Vegas briefly dropped to a new low water mark between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, when pelting rain couldn’t stop the surface of the lake from falling to 1,080.18 feet above sea level for the first time since it was first being filled in May 1937.

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Students honored for spreading awareness about teen driving fatalities

LasVegasSun.com
By Ian Whitaker
April 27, 2015

Nevada schools and students that participated in a state driving safety program took home nearly $14,000 for their efforts earlier this month.

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