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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

RGJ.com
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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Nevada Sen. Smith cheered upon return after brain surgery

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
April 8, 2015

CARSON CITY — State Sen. Debbie Smith made her session debut in the Nevada Senate on Wednesday and was welcomed by ovations, cheers and tears following her treatment for a malignant brain tumor.

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Nevada law would hold back struggling third-graders

RGJ.com
By Trevon Milliard
April 8, 2015

One in three Washoe County third-graders could be held back if state lawmakers pass a bill retaining students in this grade who fail reading.

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Sen. Smith receives rousing welcome back at Legislature

RGJ.com
By Ray Hagar
April 8, 2015

State Sen. Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, returned to the Nevada Legislature Wednesday, two months after having a malignant brain tumor removed at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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Gov. Brian Sandoval creates Nevada drought forum

NevadaAppeal.com
By Geoff Dornan
April 9, 2015

Governor Sandoval creates Nevada drought forum

WASHOE VALLEY — Standing amid the tufts of grass poking through the sandy bottom of what used to be Washoe Lake, Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday announced the creation of the Nevada Drought Forum.

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Nevada VA officials say doctor shortage leads to long waits

NevadaAppeal.com
By Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press
April 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS — In the months after lawmakers and federal officials vowed to do something about long waits for care in the Veterans Affairs health care system, many people who served in uniform are still waiting.

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RELEASE: UPDATE FROM SENATOR DEBBIE SMITH UPON HER RETURN TO THE SENATE

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April 8, 2015

 

UPDATE FROM SENATOR DEBBIE SMITH UPON HER RETURN TO THE SENATE

CARSON CITY - Today, Sen. Debbie Smith made the following statement upon her return to the Nevada State Senate:

“I’ve been feeling better every day since my surgery, and I’m excited to be back to work today after several weeks of treatment and rest. I want to thank my family, friends, colleagues, and supporters from across Nevada and the country who have been a source of strength throughout this process.”

Senator Smith had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor in February. She has recently returned to Nevada after completing several weeks of post-surgery treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Her first day back at the Nevada State Senate is today.

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GOP lawmakers propose abolishing Nevada health exchange

LasVegasSun.com
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
April 6, 2015

CARSON CITY — Several Nevada Republicans are trying to scrap the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange launched as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying the program is expensive, suffered a rocky start and is another example of federal overreach.

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Nevada lawmakers vet bill requiring paid sick leave

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder, Associated Press
April 6, 2015

CARSON CITY — A Democrat-backed bill requiring Nevada businesses to offer paid sick leave is meeting staunch opposition from several state business groups.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford and Assemblywoman Dina Neal presented SB 259 to the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee on Monday.


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