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Nevada expects to be $162 million short of budget by July

Las Vegas Sun
By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
Dec. 8, 2014

Gov. Brian Sandoval is again calling for changes to Nevada's tax system after receiving more bad news about the state budget.

Members of the Interim Finance Committee heard Monday that the state expects to be $162 million short of expectations by the end of the fiscal year in June. Gambling and mining tax revenues are lagging, and thousands more students are enrolled in public schools than projected.

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State budget woes mounting

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Sean Whaley
Dec. 8, 2014

CARSON CITY - State lawmakers heard some bad budget news Monday that will add to the difficulties facing Gov. Brian Sandoval in submitting a balanced spending plan to the Legislature for the coming two years.

Officials with Sandoval’s administration told lawmakers that lower revenues and higher school enrollment than anticipated could dramatically affect the current fiscal year 2015 budget as well, and could even make it difficult to pay the state’s bills if corrective actions aren’t taken.

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Nevada Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford Announces Leadership Team

Las Vegas, NV—Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford announced his decision to re-appoint Senator Debbie Smith as Assistant Leader of the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Aaron Ford also announced today that Senator Kelvin Atkinson and Senator Ruben Kihuen will be appointed as Co-Democratic Whips. In announcing this team, Senator Ford noted that "our Nevada constituency is diverse in several respects, and our Leadership Team reflects this diversity."

“I am proud to re-appoint Senator Debbie Smith as the Assistant Democratic Leader of the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus for a second term," said Senator Aaron Ford. "Senator Smith has consistently proven her commitment to working in a collaborative manner with members of the Caucus and other public officials. I look forward to working alongside her, as well as all members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, to continue fighting for Nevada's working families and improving education for Nevada's future generation.”

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Nevada Senate Democrats elect Aaron D. Ford as Minority Leader post-2014 General Election

Las Vegas, NV—Today, Senator Moises Denis announced his decision not to seek re-election as the leader of the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus. In light of his decision, the Caucus members elected Senator Aaron D. Ford to lead their 10-member minority. While the shift in majority and leadership may have changed, our priorities as Democrats have not. We will continue to focus on fighting for Nevada’s working families and improving our education system so all of Nevada’s kids have an equal opportunity to succeed.

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Nevada State Senator Tapped to Lead NCSL

smithMinneapolis– State Senator Debbie Smith became the 42nd President of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the group's annual legislative summit.

Senator Smith, a Democrat, succeeds Republican Bruce Starr of the Oregon State Senate. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves the nation's 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country, alternates its leadership between the two parties annually.

"This organization has built such an impressive reputation over forty years and I am honored to serve as president," Smith says, "Having been involved with NCSL for many years, I know firsthand the important role NCSL plays in providing legislators, just like myself, with support, ideas and connections to help us lead in our own states. I appreciate the trust my peers from around the country have placed in me to lead this organization.

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NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 192

Feb. 26, 2014

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 192

The Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus is made up of one of the most diverse group of legislators in the nation. It was because of our majority in the State Senate that SJR13, the marriage equality bill, passed last session – paving the way for all Nevadans to be treated fairly and equally under the law. It was our Caucus member, Senator Pat Spearman, who introduced Senate Bill 139, which extends hate crime protections to include crimes motivated by a victim’s gender identity or expression. Our entire Caucus joined Senator Spearman in pushing for this landmark legislation and voted in full support of this bill.  

The vote in favor of Senate Bill 192 by some of our Caucus members was not intended to put into law the same discriminatory measures as outlined in the Arizona legislation. In fact, SB192 contained specific language not included in the AZ legislation making clear that it did not trump federal or state civil rights. SB192 was the consequence of trying to find a balance between protecting religious rights in our State, while also making sure we expand equal rights under the law for all Nevadans.

Looking at the landscape since Senate Bill 192 was passed in the Senate last year and some of the consequences seen in other states with similar laws, we want to make clear that our members who voted in favor did not do so with the intention to discriminate against any group of people. If similar legislation were to be introduced in future legislative sessions, the Nevada Senate Democrats would stand together to unanimously oppose it. 

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I-Team: New Law Protects Struggling Nevada Homeowners

Channel 8 News Now
By Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter
By Alex Brauer, Photojournalist

23583323 BG1LAS VEGAS -- Nevada homeowners get additional protections from foreclosure as a new statewide bill of rights went into effect Oct.1. This comes one day after a record breaking number of foreclosure notices were filed in Clark County.

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I-Team: Students Head North in Hopes of Smaller Class Sizes

Senate Democrats Statement on NV Legislature Opening Day

Carson City-Nevada Senate Democrats released the following statement on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.  Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis stated:

“Today marks the beginning of months of work by our legislators and staff.   Opening Day is special for all of us, particularly our newest members-Senators Atkinson, Segerblom, Spearman, Woodhouse, Jones, Ford and Smith. We have said since the November election that this session will be different than years past.  As a first step to opening a dialogue and articulating a clear agenda, we’re proud to release www.BuildingABetterNevada.com, a website in partnership the Assembly Democratic Caucus that highlights our joint agenda."

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