Updates

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.

READ FULL ARTICLE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

-30-

Read more

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.

READ FULL ARTICLE

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.


READ FULL ARTICLE

Bill would ban sexual conversion therapy for minors

LasVegasSun.com
By Cy Ryan
April 6, 2015

CARSON CITY — A bill that would prohibit therapists from counseling gay juveniles to convince them to change their sexual preference gained strong support in a Senate committee today.

The Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee heard testimony that sexual conversion therapy can lead to suicides and trauma.

READ FULL ARTICLE

UNLV planning full scholarships for new medical school's inaugural class

LasVegasSun.com
By Ian Whitaker
April 7, 2015

Organizers of UNLV’s proposed medical school knew from the start that getting students to enroll in their program before it was fully accredited might be a tough sell.

Here's what they came up with to sweeten the deal: Every student in the school’s inaugural class will receive a full-ride scholarship.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Bill extends LGBT anti-discrimination protections

RGJ.com
By Associated Press
April 2, 2015

Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would expand anti-discrimination language into parts of state law where it was omitted.

Democratic Sen. David Parks presented SB164 on Thursday. It would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Nevada Senate passes free gun background check bill

RGJ.com
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
April 2, 2015

The Senate passed a Republican-backed bill Thursday that would make background checks free for gun sales between private parties, although it wouldn’t make them mandatory.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Small pets around valley can be a target for coyotes

ReviewJournal.com
By F. Andrew Taylor
April 1, 2015

Coyotes have been in Southern Nevada longer than people and are part of the natural environment, but that can be difficult to put into perspective when they’re in your backyard with your beloved pet in their jaws.

“We had an incident a few years ago in Desert Inn Mobile Estates where a woman was walking her little dog, and a coyote snatched it up and ran off with it, leash and all,” said Nevada state Sen. Mark Manendo. “Usually, it’s more of an issue at night, but this was in broad daylight.”

READ FULL ARTICLE

[RELEASE] STATEMENT OF SENATORS SMITH, WOODHOUSE, & SPEARMAN ON FAILURE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMENDMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 2015

 

STATEMENT OF SENATORS SMITH, WOODHOUSE, & SPEARMAN ON FAILURE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMENDMENTS

CARSON CITY - Today, Senator Debbie Smith, Senator Joyce Woodhouse, and Senator Pat Spearman made the following joint statement on the failure of two amendments to Senate Bill 240 that would have expanded legal protections for survivors of domestic violence.

“Expanding legal protections for domestic abuse survivors is common-sense, and it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We are disappointed that our Republican colleagues failed to support these proposals. Nevada’s women deserve better.”

The amendments had the unanimous support of Democratic senators while Republicans voted unanimously against them. The first amendment would have required anyone subject to an order of protection for domestic violence to surrender firearms in his or her possession while the order is in effect. The second amendment added stalking to the list of convictions after which an individual is banned from possessing a firearm.

-30-

Read more

[RELEASE]: NV Democrats Work to Provide Early Childhood Help for Middle Class Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2015

NEVADA DEMOCRATS WORK TO PROVIDE EARLY CHILDHOOD HELP FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

CARSON CITY -  Today, the Assembly Taxation Committee will hear Assembly Bill 350, which would provide low income and middle class families a credit to send their children to daycare and early childhood education facilities. AB 350 will be presented by Assemblyman Nelson Araujo.

“Low income and middle class Nevadans deserve a break when it comes to the exorbitant cost of childcare and early childhood education,” said Assembly Democratic Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “One of the easiest ways to give Nevada families a head start is to help them send their child to a daycare facility that not only is safe for the child, but also provides an educational backbone to get them on the right path to learning from an early age.” 

“The high cost of early childhood education and care in our state forces parents to make a difficult decision: stay at home with their child to save money that would be spent on care, or go to work and be forced to see half of their paycheck go toward that care,” said Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford. “Passing AB 350 will give parents the ability to send their child to a reputable child care facility, while remaining at work so they can build their American dream.”

A reduced burden of childcare is one of the priorities articulated by Assembly and Senate Democrats in the Nevada Blueprint, a legislative agenda designed to grow Nevada’s middle class. The Blueprint was released in early March. 

-30-

Read more

Nevada lawmakers debate PERS bills

ReviewJournal.com
By Sean Whaley
March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY - Bills seeking modest changes to the state public employees retirement system to reduce the cost of pension benefits for new hires were debated at length Monday in a legislative hearing.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Bill allows voters to register, cast ballot on Election Day

LasVegasSun.com
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Lawmakers are reviewing four Democrat-sponsored bills that would make voting easier and add more opportunities to register.

Members of the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee held a hearing Monday for measures including SB237, a bill sponsored by Sen. Pat Spearman that would allow people to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Bill would allow Nevada cities to form own school districts

ReviewJournal.com
By Sean Whaley
March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY — A bill that would allow incorporated cities to form their own school systems by carving out a piece of a larger district using existing local government boundaries had a hearing Monday in the Assembly Education Committee.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Police, black leaders aim to improve relationship with communities

ReviewJournal.com
By Wesley Juhl
March 30, 2015

Mujahid Ramadan illustrated the relationship between police and minority communities with a telling anecdote Monday night.

Las Vegas police officers working from the Bolden Area Command center in West Las Vegas have committed to visiting schools in the area. During a recent elementary school stop, an African-American girl about 8 years old raised her hand, Ramadan said.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Here are a few ways you can help make a difference.