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SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS STATEMENT ON SPECIAL SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

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December 10, 2015

 

SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS STATEMENT ON SPECIAL SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding a special legislative session and potential economic development opportunity at the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas.

“Senate Democrats support sensible efforts to strengthen our economy, which is why we voted unanimously in favor of the education funding and reform package passed during the 2015 Legislative Session and supported bringing Tesla to Nevada in 2014,” said Sen. Ford. “Economic incentives are most powerful when they’re used as a tool to invest in Nevadans. We look forward to evaluating whether this new opportunity in North Las Vegas fits within our Nevada Blueprint to grow the middle class by creating high-paying jobs for local workers, expanding opportunities for other Nevada-based businesses, and further diversifying our state economy.”


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RELEASE: STATE SENATOR DAVID PARKS TO SEEK REELECTION

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December 2, 2015

 

STATE SENATOR DAVID PARKS TO SEEK REELECTION

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, State Senator David Parks announced he will seek a third term in the Nevada Senate in 2016. Throughout his career, Sen. Parks has been an advocate for Nevada’s working families, a better healthcare system, improved funding for education programs, and fair and equal treatment for all of the state’s residents.

 

“I’m proud of the work my Democratic colleagues and I have done to make Nevada a better place for families. This past session, we took historic steps to improve our state’s education system, but we need to keep building on those gains," said. Sen. Parks. "We must continue to improve our higher education system, grow wages for middle and lower income families, and ensure that all our laws treat all Nevadans fairly, regardless of their backgrounds.”

 

During the 2015 Legislative Session, Sen. Parks introduced several pieces of important legislation, including anti-bullying legislation, help for local and state governments to hire more law enforcement officers, and a revision of Nevada’s anti-discrimination laws. Sen. Parks served on the Government Affairs, Natural Resources, and Finance Committees.

 

Sen. Parks represents Senate District 7, which includes parts of Henderson and unincorporated Clark County. Prior to his election to the State Senate in 2008, Sen. Parks served from 1996 to 2008 in the State Assembly.

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RELEASE: STATE SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE CALLS FOR REVIEW OF TEACHER LICENSING TO EASE TEACHER SHORTAGE

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November 11, 2015

 

STATE SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE CALLS FOR REVIEW OF TEACHER LICENSING TO EASE TEACHER SHORTAGE

 

LAS VEGAS -  Today, State Senator Joyce Woodhouse called for a review of teacher licensing in Nevada. Specifically, Senator Woodhouse called for the Legislative Committee on Education to begin a study of potential legislative changes that could be implemented during the 2017 Legislative Session in order to expand flexibility for local school districts, attract more qualified teachers to Nevada, and better equip teachers to provide a high quality education to students.

Senator Woodhouse made the following statement regarding her proposal:

“The teacher shortage in Clark County is a crisis that is putting students and their long-term educational success at risk. Modernizing our approach to licensing teachers could help us put more teachers in classrooms, reduce class sizes, and improve educational outcomes.”

“However, we should also be mindful of the fact that teacher licensing is a complex issue that deserves a thorough review. It will require us to draw on the expertise of our teachers, school administrators, and local communities, while also taking a look at the experiences of other states. That’s why I’m calling on the Legislative Committee on Education to begin this process now so that we will have at least a year to complete this important work.”

 

As part of its review of Nevada’s teacher licensing practices, Senator Woodhouse proposed that the committee should consider the following areas:

 

1. Exploring potential options for reciprocity in teacher licensing so that qualified teachers who are currently licensed in other states can more easily move to Nevada. This would include a review of the experiences of other states that already grant reciprocity.

2. Examining the process for out-of-state licensure applications to look for possible areas of improvement that would expedite the review and reduce the burden on applicants. The current process has been criticized for being too tedious and for taking too long to complete.

3. Reviewing possible regulatory adjustments that would be required at the Department of Education in order to implement any changes to existing licensure requirements.

4. Ensuring that any changes are made in a way that preserves Nevada’s ability to ensure that only qualified teachers are licensed in the state.

Joyce Woodhouse has served on the Senate Education Committee during four legislative sessions, including as the committee chair in 2013. She also chaired the Legislative Committee on Education during the 2013-2015 interim. Woodhouse spent 40 years working for the Clark County School District as a first grade teacher and an elementary school principal. Throughout her career, she also held leadership positions with the Nevada State Education Association.

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RELEASE: SENATE DEMOCRATS ENDORSE NICOLE CANNIZZARO FOR SENATE DISTRICT 6

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September 28, 2015

 

SENATE DEMOCRATS ENDORSE NICOLE CANNIZZARO FOR SENATE DISTRICT 6

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford and the Nevada Senate Democrats announced their endorsement of Clark County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Cannizzaro for Senate District 6 in Las Vegas. Senate District 6 covers parts of northwest Las Vegas, including the Summerlin area.

“Nicole is tough, fair, and a dedicated public servant. In the courtroom, she has proven time and time again that she fights for those who need it most,” said Sen. Ford. “No other candidate in this race can match her record of service to our community, and we are proud to endorse her for State Senate.”

“Growing up, I attended Clark County Schools, went to college on a Guinn Millennium Scholarship, and earned my law degree here at UNLV,” Cannizzaro said. “I’m living proof that when Nevada invests in Nevadans, we give people a fair shot to make their own lives better. In the State Senate, I’ll fight to make sure we give even more Nevadans that same opportunity to succeed.”  

Cannizzaro is a lifelong Nevadan. Her parents were Culinary Local 226 members who worked in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. Cannizzaro attended Chaparral High School and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. Following college, she earned her juris doctor from UNLV Boyd School of Law and was admitted to the Nevada State Bar.

Cannizzaro began her legal practice in civil litigation before moving to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in 2011. As a prosecutor, Cannizzaro has had an active and varied case-load, ranging from overseeing juvenile matters to handling cases of child abuse, sexual assault, homicide, and other violent crimes.  

She and her husband reside in Summerlin.

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The Voting Rights Act at 50 -- The Fight Continues

A blog from Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford:

 

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most consequential pieces of civil rights legislation of the 20th Century. The Act outlawed many of the practices, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, that were designed to make it more difficult for African-Americans to vote.

As President Johnson said, “It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.”

Those words still ring true today.

While some have claimed that the VRA is an outdated relic of another era, it is clear that we still have work to do to protect free, fair, and open elections across this country. The VRA is still a critically important piece of legislation. Just yesterday a federal court used it to strike down a Texas law that unfairly restricted minority communities’ access to the polls.

Nevada is no stranger to attacks on our basic right to vote. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Republicans made several attempts to make it harder to vote in Nevada, including cutting hours for early voting and limiting the ability to vote on weekends. Despite those efforts, my colleagues and I were able to beat back attempts to limit your access to the ballot box.

As a State Senator, I will always stand up for the rights of Nevadans regardless of economic class, racial and ethnic background, education, sexual orientation, gender, or religion. Among those many rights that I will continue to defend is the right of all of us to vote. I hope you’ll stand with me in that fight.

 

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STATEMENT OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON D. FORD ON CLEAN POWER PLAN

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August 3, 2015

 

STATEMENT OF SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON D. FORD ON CLEAN POWER PLAN

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan:

“I am proud to say that Nevada is ahead of the EPA on curbing carbon pollution from our electricity generation infrastructure. Through development of an aggressive state plan addressing the EPA’s carbon pollution restrictions on existing power plants, Nevada continues to lead the nation in renewable energy development and use.

Due to Nevada’s foresight, we are in a good position not only to comply with the rule, but also to prosper from it. Nevada has been on the forefront of clean energy through a rigorous Renewable Portfolio Standard, an aggressive tax abatement program, and the 2013 passage of Senate Bill 123, which schedules the closure of most in-state coal-fired power plants. This leadership has helped place Nevada among the top states in clean and solar job creation, attracted more than $5.5 billion in renewable energy investment and positioned our renewable energy industry to take advantage of the Clean Power Plan by supplying clean energy to neighboring states.”


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Nevada students to face another year of heavy testing

RGJ.com
by Trevon Milliard
July 14, 2015

Last school year was anything but normal for Washoe County students.

From elementary to high school, every state-required standardized test was replaced with a new one designed to demand more of students, including the exit exams required to graduate in Nevada.

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Electric highway will link state with charging stations

RGJ.com
by Jessica Garcia
July 13, 2015

Businesses or government entities along U.S. 95 between Las Vegas and Reno have the opportunity to participate in electrifying Nevada’s highways. NV Energy and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy are looking for partners in key communities to provide electric vehicle owners the ability to drive and charge their vehicles between Reno and Las Vegas. This effort will include “fast-charge” technology, which is important for long-distance travel.

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SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON D. FORD STATEMENT ON 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

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July 8, 2015

 

SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON D. FORD STATEMENT ON 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding the race for the 3rd Congressional District.

“I would like to thank the many people who encouraged me to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. While I deeply appreciate the support, I can best serve my friends, neighbors, and fellow Nevadans by running for reelection in Senate District 11. Raising four boys, I know how important it is that Nevada’s state senators focus on the kitchen-table economic issues that families all across the state deal with every day.

Unfortunately, Republican leadership killed important bills in the 2015 Session that would have guaranteed a parent time off work to care for a sick child, helped our graduates refinance their student loans, and ensured that women earned equal pay for equal work. I’m committed to helping my party retake the State Senate majority in 2016 so that we can renew our focus on the issues that will help grow Nevada’s middle class.”

Sen. Ford was elected to represent Nevada Senate District 11 in 2012. He has served as Senate Democratic Leader since December 2014.

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State issues guidelines for private school scholarships

ReviewJournal.com
by Neal Morton
June 29, 2015

The Nevada Department of Education avoided angering the private school community on Monday when it issued temporary regulations to establish a new scholarship program for students to attend private schools.

Private school operators previously criticized draft regulations which would have granted priority access to the scholarships for students currently attending a public school, which they viewed as a disadvantage to private school students from low-income households.

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Licensing open to Uber, others, but hailing a ride months away

ReviewJournal.com
by Richard N. Velotta
June 29, 2015

Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies can now apply for licensing through the state, thanks to action taken Monday by the Nevada Transportation Authority.

But don’t expect to be hailing a ride with those companies with an app any time soon. There’s still a lot of work to do before that happens.

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Pahrump pets need new home as shelter’s funding dries up

LasVegasSun.com
by Katie Visconti
June 29, 2015

Dozens of dogs, cats and other pets are seeking new owners after Pahrump's only animal shelter, Tails End, closes Tuesday.

Tails End, an animal welfare organization, opened 15 months ago under the supervision of Nye County and with $140,000 in funding. Susan Cronin, director, and her team of mostly volunteer staff worked to keep the shelter going, bringing their own supplies and working six days a week.

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STATEMENT OF SENATORS PARKS, SPEARMAN, AND ATKINSON ON SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE RULING

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June 26, 2015

 

STATEMENT OF SENATORS PARKS, SPEARMAN, AND ATKINSON ON SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE RULING

 LAS VEGAS - Today, Sen. David Parks, Sen. Pat Spearman, and Sen. Kelvin Atkinson released the following statement with regard to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court ruled that under the 14th amendment states may not deny marriage rights to same-gender couples.  

“As members of Nevada’s LGBT community, we are overjoyed that all of our fellow citizens across the country will finally enjoy the same marriage rights that we recently won in Nevada. The road to marriage equality has been long, but through the courage of so many activists from diverse and faith-based communities, civic leaders, and ordinary citizens, we have achieved this historic victory. We hope that all Nevadans and all Americans will join us today in celebrating equality.”

 

In 2013, the Nevada Senate Democrats voted unanimously in favor of SJR13, a resolution that would have put marriage equality on the ballot. In 2014, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals legalized same-gender marriage in Nevada.

 

Senate Democrats continued fighting for LGBT Nevadans in the 2015 Legislative Session, including with legislation introduced by Sen. Parks to expand Nevada’s anti-discrimination protections and to ban conversion therapy for minors.

 

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2-year northwest Las Vegas flood control project is done

ReviewJournal.com
by Knowles Adkisson
June 24, 2015

Las Vegas, Clark County and Nevada officials on Wednesday lauded the completion of a two-year project to improve flash flood control in the northwest valley, plus a law intended to deter drivers from braving floodwaters.

The Kyle Canyon Detention Basin, overwhelmed by flash floods in 2013 following the Carpenter 1 wildfire on Mount Charleston, has been connected to an expanded network of underground channels at an estimated cost of nearly $17 million.

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Conservatives Are Upset With Nevada Republicans For Failing To Pass A Voter ID Bill

HuffingtonPost.com
By Samantha Lachman
June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Nevada conservatives are disheartened that another attempt to pass a voter identification measure out of the legislature failed this session, even though the GOP has full control of the state government for the first time since 1929.

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