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Tuesday deadline weeds out bills

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers face another big deadline in the 12th week of their 2009 session, which starts Monday, with most Assembly bills having to cross over to the state Senate and vice versa, or else.

State shifts course on stimulus funds

CARSON CITY — Reversing an earlier announcement, the Gibbons administration said Friday afternoon that it will submit an application next week to the U.S. Department of Education to seek nearly $400 million in federal stimulus funds.

Mental health funds sought

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers were told Thursday the state needs to upgrade and expand its mental health facilities to ensure that they are safe and that federal funds aren’t jeopardized.

Bill would let hybrid cars use high-occupancy vehicle lanes

CARSON CITY — A Nevada Senate panel voted Thursday for a measure that would help promote plug-in hybrid cars by letting them use car pool highway lanes even if only one person is in the vehicle.

Lobbyists have spent $95,975 so far

CARSON CITY — The economy is down but spending is up for Nevada’s legislative lobbyists, who have forked over $95,975 at dinners, receptions and other events during the first half of the 2009 session.

Save program, Senate chief asks

CARSON CITY — Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford struggled to hold back tears Thursday as he pleaded with fellow lawmakers to restore funding to a library program for disadvantaged youth in his district.

State faces largest budget deficit in U.S.

CARSON CITY– Nevada faces the largest budget deficit in the country for the upcoming fiscal year, according to a recent survey of states by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington, D.C., think tank.

Legislators make case for lottery resolution

CARSON CITY — A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize a Nevada state lottery cleared a hurdle Wednesday when the Assembly backed the plan on a 31-11 vote.

Titus criticizes Gibbons, urges legislators to take stimulus funds

CARSON CITY — Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., a longtime state legislative leader before winning her U.S. House seat last year, said Wednesday that state lawmakers should take all the federal stimulus funds they can get to ensure that essential services aren’t wiped out.

School funding accepted

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers voted Wednesday to accept $35 million in federal stimulus funds for K-12 schools that have a high percentage of students from low-income families.

Legislators seek to set pay of nuclear agency workers

CARSON CITY — A Nevada Senate bill would change the salary structure in the state Agency for Nuclear Projects, which has led the fight against federal plans for a radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain, so that staffers’ pay would be set by lawmakers.

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