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  • New regulations for evaluating Nevada teachers win approval
    June 14, 2013
    The Nevada Board of Education unanimously adopted legislative changes to a new teacher evaluation system rolling out this fall. In 2011, state lawmakers mandated a four-tiered rating system that grades teachers as being "highly effective," "effective," "minimally effective" or "ineffective" based on student test scores and how well teachers model good teaching practices.
  • Sandoval says yes to tax-free comped meals, no to legislative committee
    June 13, 2013
    Gov. Brian Sandoval wrapped up his work Thursday on bills passed by the 2013 Legislature, signing six into law, including the agreement that the state could not collect sales or use tax on complimentary meals given to some players in casinos or on the free food provided to their employees.
  • Bill allows sales tax hike to pay for police
    June 13, 2013
    Gov. Brian Sandoval Thursday signed the five bills enacted during a special session of the Legislature, including the one permitting an increase in the sales tax in Clark County to pay for police.
  • Mark Heitz, of Tactical Firearms in Kingston, N.H., looks over a civilian version of the Colt M4 carbine during the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show in the Sands Expo Center Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Gun dealers at the show are reporting booming sales resulting from worries about possible gun control legislation. STEVE MARCUS
    Governor vetoes gun bill, says it would erode rights
    June 13, 2013
    Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed a bill requiring background checks for gun sales between private parties, saying it “imposes unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms.”
  • Why even a little progress in addressing mental health is worth applauding
    June 13, 2013
    On Sunday, I expressed disappointment that the Legislature didn't make more progress on mental health issues. In fairness, I want to lay out what the Sandoval administration feels it accomplished during the recently completed legislative session.
  • Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore inspects the product and learns about the different uses for and varieties of marijuana during a trip to a dispensary in Arizona on Friday, March 22, 2013.
    Sandoval shouldn't let last-minute snafu snuff medical marijuana bill
    June 12, 2013
    In what seemed like a rare stroke of legislative competence, Nevada lawmakers passed a bill this year allowing the establishment of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, however, the measure's future is in doubt.
  • Governor’s office swamped with calls over gun background checks
    June 11, 2013
    Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office has been flooded with telephone calls for and against a bill expanding gun background checks, but the governor is standing firm on his promise to veto the legislation. On Monday alone, there were 44,000 calls — 33,000 of them against the bill.
  • Governor OKs $19 billion to run state, restores employee pay
    June 11, 2013
    Governor Brian Sandoval has approved bills to spend $19 billion in the next two years to run state government, conduct an audit on the cost of the death penalty and restore pay to state workers.
  • State Sen. Mo Denis
    With legislative successes, Hispanic caucus enjoying its newfound strut
    June 11, 2013
    The new driver privilege law marks only one of the achievements of a Hispanic legislative caucus that has begun to show its strength as a major player in Nevada politics.
  • Bill expected to raise gas tax 3 cents a gallon in Clark County
    June 10, 2013
    Gov. Brian Sandoval said Monday he will sign a bill permitting the Clark County Commission to raise the gasoline tax. There were estimates in the Legislature that this could raise the tax about 3 cents per gallon starting in January.
  • Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore inspects the product and learns about the different uses for and varieties of marijuana during a trip to a dispensary in Arizona on Friday, March 22, 2013.
    Marijuana dispensary bill must clear $2 million hurdle
    June 10, 2013
    State Sen. Tick Segerblom says he’s optimistic Gov. Brian Sandoval will sign his medical marijuana dispensary bill, even though it could cost Nevada some $2 million.
  • A label is applied to a bottle of Nevada Gin at a bottling station during the Historic First Edition Day at the Las Vegas Distillery in Henderson Saturday, November 17, 2012. The event marks the first bottling of several new spirits and the grand opening of the Booze Brothers Beverage distribution company and the Half Full Artisan Shop at the Distillery, a retail store. The spirits include Nevada vodka, whiskey, gin, rum and moonshine.
    Henderson distiller ready to toast success at bill-signing in Carson City
    June 10, 2013
    When George Racz moved his “Copper Angels,” a gigantic pair of German-made pot stills, into a warehouse in Henderson in 2011 to start the state’s first craft distillery, no one but Racz was sure his distillery could make it.
  • How NLV's sewer fund may help restore scrapped city services
    June 9, 2013
    The Legislature passed a bill in the final moments of its special session on Tuesday that would allow North Las Vegas to take money from its sewer and utility funds and use it to restore some of its dwindling services. Money typically spent on sewer and utility projects could be used to bolster the libraries, provide more overtime hours for firefighters and open up Craig Ranch Park, which the city hopes will bring in additional revenue.
  • Clockwise from top left, Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, R-Reno, and Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas.
    The success and failure of the Nevada Legislature's four new leaders
    June 9, 2013
    For the first time in recent history, four party leaders who had never experienced a leadership position ran the Nevada Legislature. Each had ups and downs: Democrats stuck together to push through a progressive agenda while Republicans stayed united enough to block a significant tax increase and hand Gov. Brian Sandoval his $6.6 billion budget largely intact.
  • Nevada Sens. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, top, and Greg Brower, R-Reno work during a break on the Senate floor at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Lawmakers continue working long hours as the final, end-of-session deadline of midnight Monday approaches.
    Legislators’ few hits offset by embarrassing misses
    June 9, 2013
    I’ve been accused of being a Kenyan-born, Muslim socialist. The truth is, however, my aims are far more moderate — for Nevada to be a little more like Massachusetts, though of course retaining our cherished ideal of ready access to guns, booze and the craps table. Insofar as Nevada’s Democratic majority shares this modest goal of mine, how did they perform during the recently ended legislative session?
  • Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison, R-Elko, naps after lawmakers failed to meet their midnight deadline for the end of the 77th Legislative session in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
    How the past 120 days in Carson City might affect your life
    June 9, 2013
    It can be pretty easy to ignore a bunch of politicians getting together in Carson City to pass bills. Life is hectic, and if you paid absolutely no attention to what happened during the 120-day legislative session or did not know a legislative session had occurred, that’s all right. So what, exactly, did Nevada’s 63 legislators do that might affect you during these past four months? Here’s the abbreviated, condensed rundown of what happened and how it might affect you.
  • Thirty-five fourth-grade students in Ms. Fennoy's class utilize tables instead of desks to tolerate the overcrowding and tight quarters of their portable classroom, which exceeds the average of 30 students, at William V. Wright Elementary School, Friday, March 22, 2013.
    How your child's school could change now that the Legislature has adjourned
    June 7, 2013
    It makes for good politics when legislators say they're doing everything for the kids, but sometimes they're right. Parents with children in the Clark County School District can expect some major changes as a result of bills the Legislature passed during the past few months.
  • UNLV President Neal Smatresk speaks during the Palladium Society Awards Ceremony during the UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
    UNLV president's contract renewed, base pay restored to prerececession level
    June 6, 2013
    Nevada's higher education leaders on Thursday unanimously renewed UNLV President Neal Smatresk's contract for another four years. Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich recommended Smatresk remain at the helm of UNLV after an outside consultant found wide community support for the popular university president. Smatresk's total annual compensation will be $447,424.
  • Medical marijuana bill might have unexpected extra $2 million cost for state
    June 6, 2013
    There may be a $2 million unanticipated cost to the state in the bill to create a distribution system for medical marijuana in Nevada.
  • Sandoval signs series of health-related bills
    June 6, 2013
    One bill that will save some cancer patients thousands of dollars and another to require the state to pay extra for kidney dialysis have been signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
  • Regents to provide $2.6 million 'bridge' for Northern Nevada colleges facing cuts under state's new funding formula
    June 6, 2013
    Nevada's higher education leaders unanimously approved $2.6 million in "mitigation" funding to help Northern Nevada community colleges transition to a new funding formula. Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget, approved by the Nevada Legislature just a few days ago, includes a new funding formula for Nevada's seven colleges and universities.
  • Boys line up backstage during the Chaparral High School commencement ceremony at the Orleans Arena on Friday, June 15, 2012.
    Nevada High School Proficiency Exam likely out for students in Class of 2016 and beyond
    June 5, 2013
    The dreaded high school proficiency exams are being phased out. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, thousands of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors no longer will have to take the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam.
  • Going to miss the Nevada Legislature? You're in luck: Sessions could become annual
    June 4, 2013
    The 2013 Legislature, which cost $20 million, could not complete its business by the 120-day time limit and were called into special session. But on the final day of the regular session, the lawmakers were able to complete work on a constitutional amendment that permits annual sessions and scraps the prohibition they be paid for only 60 days during the regular meetings.
  • Governor signs bill banning sports kiosks in small casinos
    June 4, 2013
    A bill stopping small casinos and slot bars from running sports and race books has been signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
  • Four Nevada laws that politicians adopted but Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed
    June 4, 2013
    Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed four bills including a measure to require some restaurants to post nutritional information and another on ward-only voting.
  • Lawmakers, lobbyists and staff members nap after lawmakers failed to meet their midnight deadline for the end of the 77th Legislative session Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Carson City.
    Failure to pass More Cops bill forces Legislature into special session
    June 4, 2013
    In a twist of political irony, Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has vowed to not raise taxes, called a short special session early Tuesday to do just that.
  • Legislators run out of time, opening door for special session
    June 4, 2013
    The final day of the Legislature ended in as hectic a manner as it began. When the clock struck midnight, some bills survived. Many didn’t, leaving Gov. Brian Sandoval to call a special session.
  • NV Energy's Reid Gardner power station near Moapa is shown on Friday, Dec. 10, 1999.
    NV Energy bill wins passage, signaling state's shift from coal
    June 4, 2013
    Legislators have officially moved Nevada out of the coal business. In a vote Monday night, the Assembly approved a shift away from coal-fired power plants and mandated investment in renewable energy and natural gas.
  • A view of the concourse at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
    Lawmakers OK money for Thomas & Mack upgrades, Nevada State College
    June 3, 2013
    More money has been poured into construction for UNLV and the Nevada State College in Clark County by the Legislature that also gave the go-ahead for a study for building a large events center at UNLV.
  • Washoe County schools legislation is approved
    June 3, 2013
    The bill to allow Washoe County to raise its property and sales tax to make repairs on its aging schools cleared the Senate 16-4 Monday on the last day of the Legislature.
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