Nevada's Public Employees Retirement System, with more than $34 billion in assets, is overseen by a panel of seven public-sector workers appointed by the governor.
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Very low marks for the state's purchasing process, internal auditing and lobbying disclosure dragged Nevada far down in the national rankings for public integrity, coming in at 46th out of 50 in a recent survey for its overall governance and anti-corruption efforts.
It seemed like a simple rule: Don't get involved in a political campaign while serving on Nevada's Ethics Commission. After all, legislators created the commission as the main safeguard against misconduct by candidates and elected officials. To run for office while policing others would seem to be a clear conflict of interest.
In November 2014, Arkansas voters approved a ballot measure that, among other reforms, barred the state's elected officials from accepting lobbyists' gifts. But that hasn't stopped influence peddlers from continuing to provide meals to lawmakers at the luxurious Capital Hotel or in top Little Rock eateries like the Brave New Restaurant; the prohibition does not apply to "food or drink available at a planned activity to which a specific governmental body is invited," so lobbyists can buy meals so long as they invite an entire legislative committee.
Nevada counties will receive a little something extra from the federal government to compensate them for federal lands that don't generate tax revenue.
CARSON CITY — Researchers at Nevada's medical school and University Medical Center in Las Vegas will share $8 million for projects and programs aimed at improving women's health, thanks to a 2014 settlement with a major drug company, the attorney general's office announced Wednesday.
A subcommittee chaired by U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nevada, is coming to Southern Nevada on Friday to talk about the effects of federal regulations on small businesses.
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., plans to ask the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General to examine how the agency promotes and transfers regional managers after learning that the VA created a work-from-home advisory position for the former director of the embattled regional benefits office in Reno.
A conservative think tank grading Nevada lawmakers on their performance on behalf of taxpayers in the 2015 legislative session found only 20 of 63 who achieved favorable voting records.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan was elected the 54th speaker of the House last week, ending a tumultuous month of intra-party politics for House Republicans.
A group called The Coalition for Nevada's Future on Thursday filed a legal challenge to a referendum sought by GOP anti-tax advocates who want to put the new commerce tax on the 2016 general election ballot for repeal.
Angel DeFazio was cited for trespassing at a public meeting on Monday — something she did not know was possible.
The troubled Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was hit with three federal lawsuits in the past three months over the same program — one that helps poor families pay rent.
Political action groups have already put a more than half a million dollars into the three congressional district races in Southern Nevada.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats last week blocked action on a bill that would deny some federal funding from cities that shield residents from federal immigration officials.
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt on Friday defended his move for the state to join the sage grouse lawsuit over the objections of Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The House Benghazi committee took its best swings at Hillary Clinton in a day-long hearing Thursday — but the former secretary of state remained mostly calm throughout the hearing.
WASHINGTON — The House Transportation Committee approved legislation Thursday that could pave the way for construction of a highway directly linking Las Vegas and Reno.
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved legislation supported by the Nevada delegation, who say it would speed regulatory approval of mining operations for gold, silver, copper and other "strategic and critical" minerals.
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt joined a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging new land use regulations to protect sage grouse. Gov. Brian Sandoval said the state's top attorney was acting in his own "personal capacity" and does not represent the state in the matter.
North Las Vegas city workers don't know the city's seven core values. So City Council voted Wednesday night to reduce the city's core values down to three:
Sandoval is in the People's Republic this week on yet another trade mission, this time as president of a national group called the Council of State Governments.
A district court ruling making significant changes to Nevada's minimum wage law as it relates to health insurance has been put on hold until the issues are resolved by the Nevada Supreme Court, a state agency said Friday.