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All Nevada high school juniors must take ACT Tuesday

RGJ.com
By Trevon Milliard, RGJ
April 27, 2015

A record-setting 33,300 Nevada high school juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday.

That’s four times the number of Nevada students who took the college entrance exam last year.

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Nevada Guard hires 1st female brigade commander

RGJ.com
By Associated Press
April 27, 2015

The Nevada Guard has hired its first female brigade commander.

Col. Joanne Farris has assumed command of the 991st Multi-Functional Brigade, overseeing more than 700 soldiers and all of the Nevada Army Guard’s aviation assets.

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Statement on Senate Bill 252 by Senator Aaron Ford

April 21, 2015

"Nevada's families deserve a public education system that will allow our children to meet their full potential, and today's vote on SB 252 is an important step in that direction. We are one step closer to having a sustainable source of revenue that will properly fund our schools and other essential services," said Senate Minority Leader Aaron D. Ford. "On behalf of the Senate Democrats, I would like to thank all of my colleagues and Governor Sandoval for their contributions towards the debate on how to best fund our education system. We look forward to the discussions that will take place over the next 6 weeks on the budget and how to fund these priorities."

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RELEASE: SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES WOODHOUSE BILL TO ASSIST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

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April 15, 2015

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES WOODHOUSE BILL TO ASSIST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

CARSON CITY - In a late night session yesterday, the Nevada Senate unanimously passed Sen. Joyce Woodhouse’s Senate Bill 268, which requires the Department of Veterans Services to create programs for military sexual assault survivors.

The bill was originally presented by Sen. Woodhouse and Sen. Pat Spearman to the Commerce, Labor, and Energy Committee on March 25th. The hearing included supporting testimony from veterans groups, domestic and sexual violence advocates, and military sexual assault survivors.

“Military sexual violence is an epidemic that affects thousands of service members, veterans, and their families every year,” said Sen. Woodhouse. “Creating these programs will put Nevada on the frontlines in working to address this issue and to help survivors heal.”

The bill creates in the State General Fund the Account to Assist Veterans Who Have Suffered Sexual Trauma to be administered by the Director of the Department of Veterans Services. The bill also authorizes the Department to apply for grants and accept gifts, grants, donations and any other source of money to fund additional programs. All money in the account will be required to be used for programs assisting veterans who have suffered sexual trauma while on active duty or during military training.

The bill is one of several pieces of legislation offered by Senate Democrats to assist military members and veterans, including a bill awaiting a final floor vote that would expand access to child care for military families.

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RELEASE: SENATE REPUBLICANS PLAY POLITICAL GAMES WITH MILITARY CHILD CARE BILL

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April 14, 2015

 

SENATE REPUBLICANS PLAY POLITICAL GAMES WITH MILITARY CHILD CARE BILL

CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Republicans refused to give Senate Bill 359 an up or down vote on the Senate Floor. The bill creates a preference in child care placement for military families and previously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously. Republicans voted down a Democratic motion to bring the bill up for a floor vote.

Sen. Pat Spearman, the bill’s sponsor and a 29 year veteran of the United States Army, made the following statement:

 

“As a veteran, I’m extremely offended that my Republican colleagues would play political games with the welfare of military families. Military families pay a high emotional and financial price while their loved ones are on active duty. The strain only gets worse if a family member goes missing or is killed. The least we can do is take basic steps to ease those families’ burden by giving them preferential access to child care.”

Senate Bill 359 requires that child care facilities give a preference for admission to children who have a parent or guardian that is 1. currently serving on active duty, 2. was killed or died as a direct result of injuries received while serving honorably on active duty, or 3. is a prisoner of war or reported missing in action while on active duty.

The Department of Defense reported to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission that, as of September 2014, more than 11,000 military children were on waiting lists for child care across the country. The lack of access to child care can lead to our troops and their families forgoing opportunities for spouse employment or education. It can also lead to difficulty in meeting demanding military work schedules.

According to the Department of Defense, April is the Month of the Military Child.

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Nevada lawmakers rush to pass bills on deadline day

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
April 10, 2015

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers rushed to get bills past their first legislative hurdle in time for a major deadline.

Bills had to pass a committee vote in the chamber where they were first proposed by Friday, otherwise they won't advance any further.

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Nevada Legislature Week 11: Scholarships, obesity and horses

NevadaAppeal.com
By Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder
April 11, 2015

Nevada lawmakers are sharpening their focus during the 11th week of the legislative session — hundreds of bills died on Friday when they were either rejected or never brought up for discussion by a deadline.

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Nevada Legislature deadline looms: What bills are through, what's not...

NevadaAppeal.com
By the Associated Press
April 10, 2015

PANEL OKS BILL ALLOWING GOVERNMENTS TO NOT WORK WITH UNIONS

A Nevada committee has passed two Republican-backed bills affecting public employee retirement payouts and allowing local governments to opt out of collective bargaining.

The Assembly Government Affairs Committee passed amended versions of AB280 and AB312 on Friday. The bills now move to the Assembly floor.

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Nevada Legislature: Bill changing early voting, registration rules move forward

NevadaAppeal.com
By The Associated Press
April 10, 2015

Several bills to change rules on early voting and voter registration have passed their first hurdles in the Nevada Legislature.

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Transgender advocates furious over Nevada 'bathroom bill'

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder, Associated Press
April 10, 2015

CARSON CITY — Transgender activists and progressive groups say they're appalled with a proposed Nevada law forcing students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.

Republican Assemblywoman Vicki Dooling is sponsoring AB375, which was discussed Friday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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Nevada measure to ratify ERA appears dead

RGJ.com
By Associated Press
April 10, 2015

CARSON CITY — A Nevada measure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment as part of the U.S. Constitution appears to be dead.

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Which bathroom transgender students use up for debate

ReviewJournal.com
By Steven Moore
April 10, 2015

Dozens showed up Friday to support or denounce a Nevada Assembly bill that would require public school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers to be used by students of one gender — and the one designated on their birth certificates.

Assembly Bill 375 would not allow students to use facilities based on the way they identify their own gender.

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Reno VA hospital improves, but there's still work to do

RGJ.com
By Ray Hagar
APril 10, 2015

Wait times for doctors' appointments at VA hospitals and clinics across the nation have been nationally scrutinized ever since a scandal over delays and a subsequent cover-up led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in April of 2014.

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NV transgender bill will get hearing, is potentially illegal

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By Trevon Milliard, RGJ
April 10, 2015

Nevada's potentially illegal bill segregating transgender students into separate school bathrooms will receive its first hearing before state lawmakers on Friday, and it's attracting national attention.

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Student leaders plan to ramp up opposition to campus gun bill

RGJ.com
By Siobhan McAndrew, RGJ
April 10, 2015

Students say lawmakers didn't ask questions.

As a bill allowing those with concealed-weapons permits to bring guns to college campuses moved forward at the legislature, student leaders said they will ramp up opposition and ask politicians to listen.

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