‘Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights’ faces opposition from cities, counties, law enforcement

BY: - March 4, 2023

Lobbyists representing cities, counties and law enforcement told lawmakers they support the idea of ensuring the rights of people experiencing homelessness – just as long as that person can’t sue to ensure those rights.  Referred to as “Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights,” Senate Bill 142 was heard by lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday. […]

Bills would increase penalties for buying sex, living off earnings of a prostitute

BY: - March 3, 2023

A measure before Nevada lawmakers would allow police to arrest a person for buying sex on the first offense, and double the minimum fine from $400 to $800. A provision that would have changed the offense from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor was removed by Assemblywoman Elaine Marzola (D-Henderson), who sponsored Assembly Bill 145.  […]

Bill would make it easier for street vendors to get permits 

BY: - March 2, 2023

Lawmakers are proposing a measure that would simplify the rules for street vendors to obtain health permits, easing bureaucratic barriers for vendors who face criminalization due to outdated policies that deny them access to food vending permits.  The bill, introduced by Sen. Fabian Doñate, D-Las Vegas, would lessen the equipment requirements and design a framework […]

Police, DAs oppose bill to prohibit lying to juveniles during interrogations

BY: - March 1, 2023

A bill before Nevada lawmakers would prohibit police and others in law enforcement from knowingly lying to juveniles during interviews, and from making promises that would appear to benefit the child.  The measure, Assembly Bill 193, is opposed by the state’s largest police departments and by prosecutors. It is sponsored by Assemblywoman Cecilia Gonzalez and […]

Food banks brace for ‘tsunami’ of food insecurity as SNAP emergency benefits end in March

BY: - February 28, 2023

When a pandemic-era emergency food assistance allotment ends in March, a senior who had been receiving nearly $300 a month in supplemental benefits will instead get about $20. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients have received a supplemental emergency allotment for the last two years, but the additional monthly payments providing extended assistance will […]

Culinary Union urges lawmakers to consider rent caps tied to cost of living

BY: - February 24, 2023

The Culinary Union wants the Legislature to tie rent increases to the cost of living and fund mental health services for children, and they warned lawmakers mulling action to “ignore this at their own peril.” Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union, spoke Thursday to outline the union’s legislative priorities, which includes passing reforms to […]


Why Nevada needs to outlaw fake electors

BY: - February 23, 2023

Here’s the thing about sending a fake electoral certificate to Congress, according to Democratic state Sen. Skip Daly: “We don’t have any measure that actually prohibits that, per se.” Daly was speaking at a legislative committee hearing this week on Senate Bill 133, which would make being a fake elector a crime in Nevada, punishable […]

State treasurer proposes baby bonds to reduce ‘prolonged effects of generational poverty’

BY: - February 22, 2023

Citing costs inflicted on state program and Nevada households by generational poverty, state Treasurer Zach Conine asked lawmakers to fund a baby bond program designed to help children born into financially stressed households get a boost out of poverty. Conine, who presented Assembly Bill 28 to lawmakers Tuesday morning, is proposing the state invest $80 […]

Revenue chair calls on GOED to delay vote on Tesla abatement package

BY: - February 21, 2023

Democratic state Sen. Dina Neal is calling on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to delay voting on a new tax abatement package for Tesla. GOED’s board is scheduled to vote on an abatement package on March 2. Details of the electric car company’s request are not expected to be public until early next week […]

Legislative panel hears testimony on codifying protections for abortion

BY: - February 21, 2023

A hearing on a new bill to codify former Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolok’s protections for abortion providers and out-of-state patients was marked by passionate opposition from anti-abortion rights activists, many making statements that were far afield of the bill’s scope.  Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, who introduced Senate Bill 131 earlier this month, presented the […]

Language, cultural barriers pose a challenge for Nevada’s 988 system

BY: - February 17, 2023

Nevada’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population has been one the fastest growing in Nevada for decades and stands at roughly 380,000, nearly 12% of the state’s population. But there is no language or cultural competency training specific to the AAPI community in Nevada’s rollout of 988, the national hotline for mental health established […]

Assembly Democrats, Culinary propose funding mental health with a lottery

BY: - February 16, 2023

Nevada Assembly Democrats announced Thursday that Assemblyman Cameron C.H. Miller is proposing a state constitutional amendment to establish a lottery to pay for youth mental health services. “The last few years have shown us how critical mental health care is and that our current infrastructure is woefully inadequate,” said Miller, the Assembly assistant majority floor […]