A measure strengthening Nevada public records laws, backed by information access advocates but worrisome to government agencies fearing new penalties, survived a pending legislative deadline for action Friday and will get more work in another committee.
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.
A bill to help patients with out-of-network emergency room bills didn’t have many fans, but might be the start of a reluctant consensus in fixing a longstanding problem.
Pushing back on a bill to give state employees the right to engage in collective bargaining, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has released a study saying the move could add $1.7 billion to the annual cost of state government in 20 years.
The administrator for the state agency that licenses health care facilities and oversees health programs ranging from nutrition and immunizations to substance abuse treatment and prevention, resigned Friday, the division confirmed.
A Henderson state senator’s bill to ban beekeeping in urban and suburban areas ran into — ahem — a swarm of opposition before a Senate committee Thursday.
Government representatives from across Nevada turned out Wednesday to oppose a bill that would put muscle behind state laws on public access to records with potential court-ordered penalties for violations and other provisions to spur timely compliance.
Nevada would become the 15th state to restore full voting rights to felons upon their release from prison under a bill heard in committee Wednesday.
A bill that would withhold from public disclosure parts of internal police reviews of critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings ran into a skeptical Senate committee Tuesday.
Local elected officials could be removed from office for on-the-job sexual harassment under a bill heard Monday by an Assembly committee – a measure aimed at one embattled county sheriff who has retained his elected post despite numerous complaints.
Gun control legislation, which made its first appearance early in this legislative session, returns to the Legislature first thing this week with two bills set to be heard before a joint Senate-Assembly committee hearing Monday.
A bill to create a centralized, state-level database to help law enforcement combat gang-related crime would also make provisions for suspected or former gang members or their affiliates to formally refute the label and get removed from the list.
Vaping products would be taxed like tobacco, at 30 percent of their wholesale cost, under a bill heard in committee Thursday. Health advocates said they were trying to reverse a rise in teenage vaping while shop owners said the tax would kill their business.