And now here is a picture of legislators and dogs

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Assemblyman Richard Carillo twitter
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Assemblyman Richard Carrillo twitter

Whether the Nevada Legislature is going to the dogs is a matter of opinion. But Friday at least some dogs went to the Legislature.

Nevada lawmakers in 1989 established something called the Account for Low-Income Housing, which is a trust fund to help finance “the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of housing for eligible families by public or private nonprofit charitable organizations, housing authorities or local governments through loans, grants or subsidies.”

Senate Bill 367 amends the law to assure that tenants who end up living in such housing can have pets “in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances” — pick up their messes, no excessive barking, etc. The program is funded by a small share of the real estate property transfer tax, and has been budgeted to disburse $5.7 million a year since fiscal 2017.

The bill is sailing through the Legislature, having already passed the Senate unanimously, and got it’s first hearing in the Assembly Friday. So there were dogs.

Ed. note: The Current has an informal policy of publishing pictures of dogs whenever available or appropriate — HJ

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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