Briefs

One new rule survives state regulatory freeze, another stalled by it 

BY: - January 24, 2023

The Nevada Board of Health voted on Jan. 20 to authorize a temporary regulation implementing a 35 cent surcharge on phone bills with the proceeds going to the state’s participation in the federal 988 mental health hotline. Gov. Joe Lombardo earlier this month issued an executive order freezing new regulations and ordering a review of […]

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Tobiasson dies by suicide, says coroner

BY: - January 23, 2023

Former Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson took her own life Friday according to the Clark County Coroner, less than two years after she resigned from the bench following efforts by then-Clark County Sheriff and now Gov. Joe Lombardo to have her removed from hearing criminal cases.  In 2018, Tobiasson publicly accused Las […]

To buy or to rent? Depends where you are, says analyst

BY: - January 19, 2023

Renting a three-bedroom home is more affordable than owning a comparably sized median-priced home in 95% (210 out of 222) of the largest U.S. counties, which were included in a study by ATTOM, a real estate data analyst.  Just a year ago, it was more affordable to own than to rent in 60% of the […]

U.S. House agriculture leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill

BY: - January 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — The new Republican chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and a top Democrat on the panel on Wednesday laid out anti-hunger initiatives Congress could tackle in the upcoming farm bill. During a panel discussion, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania, the new head of the Agriculture Committee, said he believes members of […]

Ending remote work is no way to fix state government workforce vacancy problem, AFSCME warns

BY: - January 17, 2023

Gov. Joe Lombardo’s executive order instructing state agencies to return to in-person offices by July 1 is receiving pushback from at least one union representing those public workers. Lombardo in his first week in office issued an executive order directing the state workforce to return “to pre-pandemic, normal and customary office conditions” by July 1. […]

Painting contractor agrees to pay millions in overtime wages, damages for workers 

BY: - January 13, 2023

Unforgettable Coatings, a Las Vegas painting company that also operates in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona, agreed Friday to pay $3.68 million to workers it failed to adequately compensate for overtime.   “It’s an overwhelming moment that brings tears to your eyes,” Isaac Umaña, a former Unforgettable Coatings employee who is currently a member leader at Arriba […]

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Cardinal Amodei? NV Republican may be tapped for appropriations subcommittee chair

BY: - January 13, 2023

Update: Amodei’s appointment to chair the legislative branch subcommittee was made official January 16. Nevada’s Rep. Mark Amodei is expected to be recommended as chair of the legislative branch subcommittee of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, according to Politico. House Appropriations Committee Chair Kay Granger (R-Texas) is expected to finalize and submit recommendations for 12 […]

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Lombardo’s pick for Gaming Control Board chair has a beef with state’s biggest union

BY: - January 11, 2023

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship executive Kirk Hendrick is Gov. Joe Lombardo’s choice to serve as the next chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Lombardo named Hendrick to the board on Tuesday. He’s expected to replace Brittnie Watkins, who has served as chair since former chair Brin Gibson stepped down last year.  “With his sharp […]

Lawsuit seeks to expel cattle from endangered wildflower habitat

BY: - January 9, 2023

A conservation group is suing the federal government in an effort to ban cattle from grazing in the habitat of an endangered wildflower that can only be found on about 10 acres of public land in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice Monday of its intent to sue the U.S. […]

In inaugural address, Lombardo calls on Nevadans ‘to rise above’ polarization

BY: - January 3, 2023

In his first public address as Nevada’s 31st governor, Joe Lombardo said his priorities are to expand school choice, create safer streets by eliminating soft-on-crime legislation, and reenergize economic and workforce development. Gov. Lombardo, a Republican, made his comments Tuesday at the Carson City Community Center as part of an inaugural address after taking his […]

Child tax credit expansion left out of congressional omnibus package

BY: - December 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Any last hopes of resurrecting the expanded child tax credit as part of Congress’s massive spending package were dashed early Tuesday when the 4,155-page bill was released without a mention of the tax benefit. The temporary expanded child tax credit, part of a COVID-19 relief deal in 2021, allowed more low-income families, including […]

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily keeps Title 42 immigration program in effect

BY: - December 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in an order on Monday stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program, which was put in place by the Centers for […]