The list of accomplishments includes new laws that strengthen the state’s domestic violence penalties, create a sexual assault survivors bill of rights and add permanent funding for rape kit testing at the state level.
Based in Reno, Bill Dentzer covers government and politics and related state news out of the Review-Journal’s capital bureau in Carson City. He joined the RJ in October 2018 after similar assignments at the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah and the Idaho Statesman in Boise. He earlier covered state and local government in his home state of New York, where he graduated from Hamilton College.
Andrea “Ande” Engleman, a longtime Nevada journalist and head of the state’s press association, has died. She was 79.
President Andrzej Duda of Poland, in the first visit to Nevada by a head of state from the European Union, stopped in Reno on Saturday as part of a six-day U.S. visit.
Defying Republican promises of a lawsuit, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill that extends a business payroll tax to pay for education and social services.
Gov. Steve Sisolak touted a long list of accomplishments in the 2019 Legislature, and said he’s confident an extension of the payroll tax would withstand legal scrutiny.
By 9 p.m., three hours before the end of the 2019 session, the drama was over as the bill to extend the state’s business payroll tax passed the Assembly after passing the Senate earlier in the day.
The Nevada Legislature passed the first of five budget bills on Sunday, a move that signals the beginning of the end of the 2019 session that’s set to close at midnight Monday.
The Nevada Legislature approved a bill that would compensate people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes for the time they spent behind bars.
The Senate on Sunday approved a much-debated bill aimed at making it easier for the public to obtain or view official records from government agencies, sending the bill to the Assembly with a unanimous vote.
The third-term U.S. senator from Minnesota, one of 23 declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, was making her first visit to northern part of the state.
The funding bill, Senate Bill 543, now heads to the Assembly for action with five days remaining in the session. The Senate voted 18-3 to approve it after debate.
The sponsor of a public-records reform bill says he’s not giving up yet, although the bill has yet to have a vote and the 2019 session ends on June 3.
Senate Democrats introduced a new bill Monday that ties revenue from the tax extension directly to education funding.
A funding bill that is key to balancing Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposed $8.8 billion two-year budget got expedited action in committee Thursday, as well as another measure anchoring Democrat-backed efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage.