Updates

Titus presses anew to move VA claim center to Vegas

Las Vegas Sun
By Steve Tetreault
Stephens Washington Bureau
Jan. 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Rep. Dina Titus on Wednesday pressed anew for the Department of Veterans Affairs to relocate its regional benefits office from Reno to Las Vegas, saying the move would help the agency fill jobs and improve services.

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6 legislative committees to watch in 2015

Las Vegas Review-Journa
By Steve Sebelius
Jan. 28, 2015

As all observers of the legislative process know, the real work of the Legislature gets done in the various committees, where lawmakers break into smaller groups to tear apart legislation, debate it, amend it, and either pass or kill it.

The 120-day legislative calendar, in fact, is built around committee deadlines, and the rules force legislation through the committee process: Either the bills keep flowing, or they die.

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How the Legislature could affect the way you vote

Reno Gazette-Journal
By Anjeanette Damon
Jan. 27, 2015

After this session, you may have to remember to bring your driver's license when you go to vote.

One of the sleeper battles shaping up in the legislative session that begins Feb. 2 will be over whether to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

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School district chief wants money for more classrooms

KSNV My News 3 Las Vegas
Reported by: Jeff Gillan
Jan. 26, 2015

LAS VEGAS (KSNV My News 3) – The head of Clark County schools said challenges lie ahead, but the district is moving in the right direction.

Pat Skorkowsky, superintendent of the Clark County School District, delivered the annual snapshot Monday of how the nation’s fifth largest school system is performing.

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Governor Sandoval Wants New Taxes...Who's With Him?

KUNR 88.7 Reno Public Radio
By Will Stone

In his State of the State address, Republican Governor Brian Sandoval promised bold action for Nevada’s struggling education system and outdated tax structure:

“We live in a state that is transforming before our eyes – with 21st Century companies, jobs and technologies that place us at the forefront of innovation and the new economy. Yet we still operate with decades-old funding systems and an education structure that will eventually grind us to an inevitable halt.”

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Nevada looks to change economic incentives

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Sandra Cherub
Jan. 26, 2015

CARSON CITY — Four years ago, the focus of Nevada economic development was creating jobs. With tens of thousands of people out of work, almost any job was welcome as the state tried to claw its way out of the Great Recession.

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Democrats place priority on schools

Las Vegas Sun
By Senator Aaron Ford and Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick
Jan. 25, 2015

Bipartisan agreement is often hard to achieve. But Republicans and Democrats across Nevada agree that our state’s education system is broken. For too long, we’ve approached funding education as if we were stuck in the 1950s rather than addressing the current needs of our students and preparing for Nevada’s future. Indeed, as Gov. Brian Sandoval noted in his state of the state speech, many of our educational policies and the way we fund them are based in the last century. The results have been ugly: Our classrooms are overcrowded, our teachers lack the resources necessary to educate our students and our children are woefully unprepared to face the 21st century.

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Sandoval: Despite improved economy, more poor people in Nevada

Las Vegas Sun
By Cy Ryan
Jan. 22, 2015

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval says the economy is getting better, but his budget predicts there will be more impoverished Nevadans needing government help to cover medical bills, secure food for their family and qualify for welfare assistance.

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Traffic safety group talks DUIs, hit-and-runs, pedestrian deaths

Las Vegas Sun
By Ana Ley
Jan. 20, 2015

Tackling topics like hit-and-run wrecks, pedestrian deaths and DUI arrests, a group of traffic safety experts gathered Tuesday to brainstorm ideas to make Las Vegas roads safer.

“Traffic affects people more than any other thing,” Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the group of about 30 police personnel and community members who gathered for the meeting at Metro’s downtown headquarters. He urged them to offer suggestions because “a key component to making sure we are being effective is through community engagement.”

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Progressive group lays out agenda ahead of governor’s state-of-state

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Laura Myers
Jan. 13, 2015

Two days before GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval gives his “state of the state” address, a progressive group on Tuesday delivered its own version, calling for tax reform and a boost in education spending.

It’s two big priorities that Sandoval himself is expected to propose Thursday in Carson City in addressing Nevada lawmakers, who begin their 120-day biennial legislative session on Feb. 2.

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Sandoval’s education improvement plans draw praise, concerns

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Sean Whaley
Jan. 16, 2015

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval’s ambitious plans to reform and improve Nevada’s public education system have much to like, but plenty to be concerned about as well for parents, lawmakers, teachers, the business community and school officials.

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Nevada’s big businesses waiting for Sandoval budget details

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Sandra Chereb, LVRJ Capital Bureau
Jan. 17, 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.1 billion tax package to fund education and other state services caught some industry groups off guard, but the state’s largest business organizations say they will await specifics of the proposal before passing judgment.

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Democratic leader Kirkpatrick urges courage, compromise to raise taxes

Las Vegas Sun
Associated Press
Jan. 15, 2015

CARSON CITY — Democratic Assembly Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick is urging members of both parties to have the courage to make the hard choices Republican Gov. Sandoval outlined in a broad plan to raise taxes to improve education.

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SENATE DEMOCRATS RENEW PUSH FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, CALL FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE ACTION

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January 12, 2015

SENATE DEMOCRATS RENEW PUSH FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, CALL FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE ACTION

LAS VEGAS– At the Las Vegas NewsFeed today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford called on legislative leaders to commit to making funding for school construction the first priority for the upcoming session.  Specifically, Senate Democrats are pushing for a bipartisan bill expanding rollover bond authority for local school districts to be the first piece of legislation sent to the governor’s desk.  

“On the heels of last week’s Southern Nevada Forum and this morning’s Las Vegas NewsFeed breakfast, it is clear that there is bipartisan support for Senator Debbie Smith’s proposed school construction legislation,” said Senate Democratic Leader Aaron Ford. “We invite our Republican colleagues and Governor Sandoval to join us in pledging to make school construction the first thing we accomplish this session.”

In the special legislative session last year, Senate Democrats proposed adding the rollover of bonding authority to the proclamation. Had this been passed, it was projected that school construction would have begun within 6 months. 

Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, a member of the Senate Education Committee and 40 year educator, made the following statement:

“When we invest in safe, modern school facilities, we’re investing in the long-term success of Nevada students. Nevada’s children can’t reach their full potential in overcrowded schools that lack basic amenities, like air conditioning and heat. Leaders of both parties must come together and commit to immediately passing this school construction bill.”

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NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS HIRE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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January 8, 2015

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS HIRE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION

CARSON CITY – Today, the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus announced that it has hired Peter Koltak to serve as Communications Director for the 2015 legislative session. This marks the first time that the caucus has hired dedicated communications staff for a legislative session. 

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