Democrats hold the advantage in Carson City. But as the session nears its end, big pieces of their ambitious agenda could falter due to lack of votes, money or time.
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.
People gathered Tuesday night in front of the Nevada Legislature building in Carson City for a vigil for Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, who died last week.
The Nevada Legislature has passed a law writing federal protections on pre-existing health conditions into state law, sending the bill to the governor for his signature.
Presidential candidate Eric Swalwell said he supports Medicare for all, legalizing marijuana and a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan during a stop in Reno Monday.
The Legislature begins its final month in session Monday with Senate and Assembly finance committees working to resolve budget differences and close budgets while bills that have passed in one house move through their second round of committee hearings.
A bill to cap funding for a popular private-school scholarship program — passed by the Assembly last month on a party-line vote — got its second legislative hearing Thursday, again drawing parents of current or would-be recipients to oppose the proposed limit.
CARSON CITY – A revised state revenue forecast gives lawmakers $42.8 million more to work with for the two-year budget cycle that begins in July, a nominal increase equal to 0.3 percent of general fund state spending through mid-2021.
A bill to ban involuntary microchipping of people, unanimously passed earlier this month by the Assembly, ran into a skeptical Senate committee Friday where members raised concerns that its prohibitions were too broad.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made two appearances on a campaign swing through Northern Nevada on Thursday.
Democratic and Republican leaders from both houses Wednesday gave similar and largely conciliatory assessments of lawmakers’ efforts to pass a combined 180 bills Tuesday to meet a deadline for first house passage — a cutoff that saw just 18 bills fail to advance.
The Senate and Assembly worked late into the evening Monday ahead of a Tuesday deadline for bill passage, with senators narrowly approving new confidentiality requirements around public employee retirement records among two dozen Senate bills passed.
The Nevada Supreme Court Friday unanimously rejected a legal appeal by Republicans pressing to recall two Las Vegas Valley Democratic state senators.
Gov. Steve Sisolak — the first Democrat to hold the office in 20 years — reflects on his first 100 days in office.
Democrats and Republicans saw the same number of bills perish last week after Friday’s deadline for legislation to move beyond out of committee.