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PERS reform bill advances to Assembly money panel

A bill seeking to change the public employees retirement system for future hires by switching to a mostly defined-contribution plan was passed out of a Nevada Assembly committee on Wednesday on a split vote with no recommendation.

Fiscal note: Nevada PERS reform bill would cost $800 million a year

A bill seeking to change Nevada’s public employees retirement system for future hires by switching to a mostly defined-contribution plan has a hefty price tag in the neighborhood of $800 million a year, according to a fiscal note submitted for the measure.

DMV working to handle overcrowding, frustrating wait times

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is facing a perfect storm of new responsibilities and program changes that is generating a huge jump in customers and growing wait times at its offices, lawmakers were told Tuesday.

Nevada legislators urged to reject 85-mph speed limit bill

Opponents of a bill to possibly raise the speed limit on rural stretches of Nevada highways to 85 mph urged state lawmakers to put the brakes on the proposal for public safety.

Bill seeks to define ‘independent contractor’

A bill seeking to define independent contractors in Nevada ran into stiff opposition in a Senate committee hearing Monday with critics arguing it would prevent some minimum wage workers from recouping unpaid wages and help employers avoid taxes.

Democrats unveil legislative blueprint for Nevada

Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature announced their plans and priorities for the 2015 session Monday, claiming Republicans are pushing an agenda for special interests over the middle class.

Bill would require body cameras for Nevada police

A state lawmaker said Monday that equipping police officers with body cameras could resolve disputes over allegations of unreasonable force before they morph into civil unrest as happened with a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Nevada legislators are tired of springing forward too

Assemblyman Chris Edwards says his constituents are tired of springing forward and falling back every year. He wants Congress to let Nevada spring forward once more and leave it at that, keeping Nevada on daylight saving time in perpetuity.

Las Vegas woman seeks ‘Right to Try’ drugs for ailing father

A Las Vegas woman whose 86-year-old father is facing a terminal illness testified in favor Friday of a “Right to Try” bill the Nevada Legislature is considering that would make it easier for him to obtain a medication that could help prolong his life.

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