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Cy Ryan

Carson City Bureau Chief

Cy has been a reporter at the state capitol in Carson City for a half-century. He has reported on nine governors. He has worked for the Sun 21 years.

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Bill advances to eliminate state worker longevity pay
Thursday, May 21, 2015
An Assembly committee voted today to strip state workers of longevity pay, but members talked about providing cost-of-living raises for employees. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee ...
Bill sets up Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A bill aimed at accelerating the process of establishing a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California is on its way to the desk of Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The Assembly voted ...
Governor signs anti-bullying bill
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed an anti-bullying bill that carries a price tag of more than $17 million over the next two years.
It requires that parents be notified of ...
Nevada Senate passes experimental-drug bill
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Nevada Senate voted 20-0 today for a bill giving terminally ill patients the option of trying experimental drugs to prolong their lives or possibly cure them.
The bill gives a patient the right to ...
Guards at Nevada prison to be issued rubber shotgun rounds
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Officers at High Desert State Prison will be armed with guns that fire rubber pellets to break up disturbances before resorting to firing more dangerous birdshot, a prison official said.
The state Department of Corrections outlined the new security measure today to ...
Number of first-time unemployment claims hits 7-month low
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The number of people in Nevada filing initial claims for unemployment benefits fell in April to its lowest point in seven months. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported ...
Legislature approves bill to preserve historic Nevada State Prison
Monday, May 18, 2015
A bill to preserve the historic Nevada State Prison in Carson City and turn it into a tourist attraction is on its way to Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The Senate on Sunday approved ...
Committee OKs funding for building at UNLV, replacing DMV office
Monday, May 18, 2015
A joint budget subcommittee today approved a state construction program of more than $234 million that includes funding for a new hotel college building at UNLV and replacing ...
Nevada Senate passes police camera bill
Legislation now goes to governor for his signature
Sunday, May 17, 2015
By unanimous vote, the Senate passed a bill Sunday permitting law enforcement agencies to require their uniformed officers to wear a camera in encounters with the public.
Court overturns death sentence in Las Vegas slaying
Friday, May 15, 2015
A federal appeals court has overturned the death penalty for Billy Ray Riley, convicted in Las Vegas of the shotgun killing of a reputed drug dealer.
But Riley is not getting ...
Committees pass big part of governor’s $7.4 billion budget
Friday, May 15, 2015
A big part of Gov. Brian’s Sandoval’s $7.4 billion budget was approved by Legislative money committees today, including two-year spending programs for the Nevada System for Higher Education, Medicaid, welfare, prisons, and ...
Nevada Senate passes reading, language bills
Thursday, May 14, 2015
he state Senate today approved bills requiring children to be able to read by third grade and putting more money into schools with large populations of students who speak limited English.
Both bills are part of ...
Nevada lawmakers OK skill-based casino video games
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Nevada Assembly today gave final legislative passage to a bill aimed at improving the sluggish slot machine industry. The bill, approved by a 41-0 vote, allows state gaming regulators to ...
Committees OK more workers to reduce lines at DMV offices
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Nearly 60 new workers would be hired by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to alleviate long lines and wait times under a plan approved today. “We need to get bodies behind the desks ...
Treasurer seeks to increase yield on investments
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Seeking to yield more interest on a nearly $1 billion in state investments, Treasurer Dan Schwartz is moving to hire private companies to handle ...
Sandoval not planning disciplinary action for spokeswoman arrested on DUI count
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Mari St. Martin was picked up by sheriff’s deputies for going the wrong way on a one-way street. She was released from jail Saturday ...
Court overturns teen’s murder conviction
Monday, May 11, 2015
The first-degree murder conviction of a 14-year-old Nevada boy has been overturned by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a killing nearly 20 years ago. The court, in a 2-1 decision, said ...
Carson City highway bypass contract awarded
Monday, May 11, 2015
The board of the Nevada Department of Transportation today awarded a $42.2 million contract to ...
Court finds schools can’t force students to agree to locker searches
Friday, May 8, 2015
The court said a 17-year old student did not waive his constitutional right to an illegal search even though he signed an agreement to be subject to random searches by school administrators in order to get into the school ...
Bill to allow video game-style gambling passes committee
Friday, May 8, 2015
It has the support of companies that hope to manufacture the games and the state Gaming Control Board, which argues Nevada should lead in the development of new attractions.
Budget subcommittee votes to end foreclosure mediation program
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
A legislative budget subcommittee voted Wednesday to eliminate the Foreclosure Mediation Program in the next two years because of its declining use ...
Committee OKs extra officers at youth correctional center
Thursday, April 30, 2015
A joint budget subcommittee voted today to add six officers to the staff when the Summit View Youth Correctional Center in Las Vegas reopens in September. Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick said ...
Committee OKs more lawyers for highway project
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
An Assembly committee agreed today to a request by Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt to spend more than $900,000 to hire additional lawyers to handle legal cases involving Project Neon, the widening of ...
Court rejects appeal in strangling death of woman
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Nevada’s Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a Las Vegas man convicted in the death of woman who was handcuffed and strangled with a dog leash. Nicholas A. Navarrette was sentenced to ...
Nevada taxable sales up 9.1 percent in February
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Taxable sales in Nevada jumped 9.1 percent in February, with strong performances in car and electronics sales, the Nevada Department of Taxation reported Tuesday. Total sales reached ...
Hotel college building at UNLV inches forward
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
A new hotel college building at UNLV, first conceived in 2009, is inching toward approval of a financing proposal in the Nevada Legislature. Under a plan submitted to ...
Bill would set stage for skill-based gaming machines
Monday, April 27, 2015
Nevada needs to attract younger gamblers and installing video game-like gambling devices may be the answer, the Assembly Judiciary Committee was told today. Samuel McMullen, representing ...
Court upholds sentence in child-pornography case
Monday, April 27, 2015
A federal appeals court has upheld the 14-year prison term handed down to a 69-year-old Las Vegas man convicted in 2013 of possessing 1,400 images of child pornography on his home computer. Steven Byington was convicted of ...
Official: Nevada mental health system crisis has faded
Thursday, April 23, 2015
A crisis that plagued the state’s mental health system in Las Vegas two years ago has faded, as more private hospitals are ...
Governor’s breakfast program for low-income students moves forward
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s plan to provide school breakfast to more students of low-income families was approved today by the Senate Finance Committee.
The committee already approved ...
Las Vegas jobless rate in March unchanged from previous month
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The Las Vegas jobless rate in March remained stable at 7.2 percent compared to the previous month, with an estimated 73,800 people out of work, the state reported today.
But the rate was 1.2 percent lower than ...
Senate passes bill to change public employee pension plan
Monday, April 20, 2015
A proposed pension plan that would trim benefits for those who become government workers after July 1 was approved today by the Senate 19-0. Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, said ...
Committee rejects expenditures requested by state treasurer
Monday, April 20, 2015
State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who earlier criticized the budget of Gov. Brian Sandoval, got some rough treatment today by the Senate Finance Committee.
The committee rejected requests by ...
Nevada Supreme Court says cabbies entitled to minimum wage
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that taxicab drivers are entitled to be paid the minimum wage. The court reversed a ruling by ...
Senate OKs bill prohibiting sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Friday, April 17, 2015
The state Senate today unanimously approved a bill prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Under the proposed bill, a person who sells e-cigarettes to ...
Lawmakers want more disciple at new juvenile detention center
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Legislators want tougher discipline when the Summit Youth Correctional Center for juvenile offenders reopens in Clark County. “This facility has a bad reputation,” Assemblyman James Oscarson, R-Pahrump, said, noting ...
Hospitals want more money to treat Medicaid patients
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Nevada Hospital Association told a joint budget subcommittee today that the state is reimbursing hospitals only 56 percent of their cost to treat Medicaid patients. Bill Welch, president of ...
Gun bills move forward in Legislature despite Democrat worry
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
AB-100 was passed on a 27-14 vote and now heads to the Senate. It was one of three gun bills that were approved by a similar vote on near party lines, with Republicans supporting the trio ...
Committee considers new retirement system for public employees
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Supporters and opponents of a proposed new public employee pension system debated for more than three hours today whether it would help new workers. Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, told ...
Nevada jobless rate holds steady at 7.1 percent in March
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Nevada’s unemployment rate remained at 7.1 percent in March, the third consecutive month it has not moved. The adjusted jobless rate was down ...
Regulators shifting focus to deal with high-tech gaming
Monday, April 13, 2015
With a growing threat of computer hacking and new types of video games on the horizon, the state Gaming Control Board is shifting its focus to keep up with the changing casino environment.
“There is more technology than ...
Bill advances for school construction
Friday, April 10, 2015
A Senate panel approved legislation Friday aimed at eliminating overcrowding in school districts ...
Summit View Youth Correctional Center
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A legislative committee today approved $674,000 to rehabilitate the closed Summit View Youth Correctional Center in Las Vegas. Amber Howell, administrator of the state Division of Child and Family Services, told the ...
State prison inmate collects unemployment behind bars
Monday, April 6, 2015
A state prison inmate was able to collect $4,450 in unemployment compensation, Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt said today. Todd Allan Schwarting, 40, of Las Vegas pleaded guilty last week to ...
Bill would ban sexual conversion therapy for minors
Monday, April 6, 2015
A bill that would prohibit therapists from counseling gay juveniles to convince them to change their sexual preference gained strong support in a Senate committee today.
The Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee heard testimony that ...
State ordered to reconsider jobless benefits for teacher in marijuana case
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered the state to reconsider its decision to deny unemployment payments to a school teacher who pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana.
Clinton Hohenstein was a teacher in ...
Sandoval makes appointments to fill two vacant judgeships
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named a private attorney from Boulder City and an assistant U.S. attorney to the two vacant judgeships in Clark County. The governor selected ...
Senate passes bill to raise Nevada speed limit
Thursday, April 2, 2015
By a 16-4 vote, the state Senate today approved a bill to allow the maximum speed limit in Nevada to be raised from 75 to 80 mph. Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, said ...
Senate bill aims to open sports betting to out-of-state gamblers
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
SB-443 would allow for the creation of companies that connect out-of-state bettors with Nevada managers who could make wagers for them.
Sandoval’s tax plan clears first hurdle
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The governor's proposal would restructure the state's flat business license fee into a tiered system with rates ranging from $400 to $4 million annually. Sandoval said the plan would raise around $437 million over two years to help fund K-12 education ...

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