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Taxes about to increase

CARSON CITY — This July 1 forever might be remembered as Black Wednesday in the annals of Nevada state government. Most of the record $1 billion in tax increases approved by the 2009 Legislature will go into effect on that day. And for the first time since the end of World War II, state employees will be hit with pay cuts.

Couples celebrate law

They came to celebrate the passage of Nevada’s domestic partnership law, but many simply viewed the event as a celebration of equality.

State Senate’s Hardy resigns post

State Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, resigned from the Legislature on Tuesday in order to focus on lobbying for the builders association he works for.

Police deal with tax setback

Three months ago, the leaders of the Las Vegas Valley’s three largest police forces sat side-by-side in a Carson City hearing room and implored lawmakers to raise the county sales tax again to fund more officers.

Session concludes with cuts

It would seem the Nevada Legislature is finally finished taking a scouring pad to the state’s shiny image as the Southwest’s friendliest place to do business. Indeed, the 2009 biennial session of the state Assembly and Senate is over, its patchwork of cuts in services and taxes on businesses passed to prop up the skeletal remains of a once booming landscape. The tax increases were pushed through over the very vocal objections of the state’s beleaguered governor; the cuts were orchestrated to make the wounds less deep for businesses, which appear to have meekly gone along with the program.

Lawmaker is miffed about loan bill’s veto

CARSON CITY — Assembly Ways and Means Chairman Morse Arberry said Wednesday he is stunned by Gov. Jim Gibbons’ veto of his bill to fund low-interest loans for small- business owners.

Bill changing police contract negotiating is vetoed

CARSON CITY — Gov. Jim Gibbons on Tuesday vetoed five more bills, including one to make the Clark County sheriff or his designee the sole negotiator for contracts with the police officers union.

Governor may call special session

CARSON CITY — Gov. Jim Gibbons said Tuesday there is a good chance he will have to call a special session of the Legislature sometime over the next year and a half because he doubts the tax increases approved by lawmakers will produce the revenue they expected.

Gibbons signs Internet child pornography bill

CARSON CITY — Gov. Jim Gibbons signed into law Monday a bill that makes it a felony to intentionally view child pornography over the Internet.

Rules for foreclosure mediation in works

CARSON CITY — The state Supreme Court has begun developing rules to carry out the just-approved law that could save some Nevadans from losing their homes to foreclosure.

Raggio, Buckley honored

CARSON CITY — Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, has been selected the best Assembly member for the sixth consecutive session, while state Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, was named best senator.

Bargaining rights bill vetoed by Gibbons

CARSON CITY — A bill granting state workers some collective bargaining rights — excluding talks on wages or other economic matters — was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Seniors won, lost in Legislature

CARSON CITY — Advocates for elderly Nevadans had some successes with proposals considered by the 2009 Legislature, but saw others shelved by lawmakers or vetoed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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