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Wrapup: Green Energy

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Charged with reworking the state's renewable energy policy, Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick had one major objective during the recent legislative session: Don't give away the farm, er, the desert.

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Wrapup: Crackdown on Gang Recruitment

Posted: 06/18/2009 - During the 2009 session, Nevada lawmakers cracked down on gang members trying to recruit minors and required school districts to establish policies barring criminal gang activity on school grounds.

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Legislative Tax Roundup

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Consumers face slightly higher sales taxes, businesses' annual fees will double and larger employers will shoulder higher payroll taxes when key elements of the 2009 Legislature's patchwork plan to raise $781 million in taxes takes effect July 1.

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Foreclosure Law Could Lead to Mediation

Posted: 06/17/2009 - A new Nevada law requiring lenders to meet with homeowners in danger of foreclosure is expected to create numerous requests for mediation.

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Session Was Good News for Green Energy Business

Posted: 06/15/2009 - With help from the 2009 Legislature, Nevada has become one of the most attractive states in the sun-drenched West for large solar plant development and other alternative energy projects.

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Problems Developing With Proposed Furloughs

Updated: 06/11/2009 - Nevada lawmakers instituted a one-day-a-month furlough for state workers as a moneysaving alternative to straight salary cuts proposed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Gibbons Signs More Laws

Updated: 06/10/2009 - A plan to roll back part of a voter-approved smoking ban and exempt tobacco trade conventions from the prohibition became law on Tuesday without Gov. Jim Gibbons' signature.

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Flood Control Bill Signed

Posted: 06/09/2009 - Gov. Jim Gibbons has signed into law a measure allowing Washoe County to create a new flood control authority with the power to raise fees needed to continue work on a $1.5 billion flood management project.

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Governor Signs Patient 'Dumping' Bill

Posted: 06/09/2009 - A bill to require reports on the possible "dumping" of patients on public hospitals in the Las Vegas area has been signed by Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Nevada Governor Signs Renewable Energy Measure

Updated: 06/09/2009 - A key renewable energy plan that was sought by Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons and was the final measure approved by lawmakers before they adjourned their 2009 session last week was signed into law on Monday by the governor.

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New Judges for Nevada Courts

Posted: 06/05/2009 - The Nevada Supreme Court succeeded in getting key measures approved by the 2009 Legislature, including one that adds more district judges in Reno and Las Vegas and a resolution to create a new appeals court.

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Governor Signs More Bills

Posted: 06/05/2009 - A bill changing rules for qualifying questions for the ballot, which prompted concerns about interference with Nevadans' constitutional rights, has been signed into law without comment by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Wrapup: 2009 Session Ends in Ethics Twists

Posted: 06/05/2009 - The end of the Nevada 2009 Legislature was marked by curious twists in legal ethics issues, including last-minute decisions that resulted in lawmakers voting on a crucial tax bill despite initial conflict concerns.

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Wrapup: ACLU Works With Eagle Forum

Posted: 06/04/2009 - An unlikely duo made for an effective lobbying team in the 2009 Nevada Legislature, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and the conservative Nevada Eagle Forum showing, once again, that politics makes for strange bedfellows.

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Gibbons Vetoes Two More Bills

Posted: 06/04/2009 - A bill granting state workers some collective bargaining rights - excluding talks on wages or other economic matters - was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Wrapup: Bills for Elderly Had Mixed Success

Posted: 06/04/2009 - Advocates for elderly Nevadans had some successes with proposals considered by the 2009 Legislature, but saw others shelved by lawmakers or vetoed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Wrapup: Record Number of Vetoes

Posted: 06/03/2009 - Gov. Jim Gibbons vetoed a record number of bills from the 2009 Nevada Legislature and was hit with a record number of veto overrides, in what some see as his lack of involvement and lawmakers' decision to largely ignore him.

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Wrapup: Seatbelt Law Dies Again

Posted: 06/03/2009 - A proposal to let police stop motorists for no other reason than not wearing seat belts died during the 2009 Legislature, and so did a last-minute plan to at least study the idea of making it a primary traffic offense to drive around unbelted.

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Wrapup: Lawmakers Use Taxes to Balance Budget

Posted: 06/03/2009 - Faced with a historic revenue shortfall, Nevada lawmakers balanced the budget by raising several state taxes - and also by approving a "tax grab" of existing levies that had been going to local governments.

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Gibbons: Legislative Process Poisoned

Posted: 06/02/2009 - Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons can claim few victories from the 2009 Legislature but that's mainly because the process was "poisoned" by the lawmakers' Democratic leaders, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.

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Election Law Bill Dies

Posted: 06/02/2009 - A major election-law bill that finally made it through the Nevada Senate died as the Assembly adjourned its 2009 session a few minutes before midnight Monday.

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Bill for Annual Sessions Dies

Posted: 06/02/2009 - A proposal for annual legislative sessions died in a Senate committee as the 2009 session ended, but lawmakers kept alive another plan that would increase their power by giving them more control over special sessions.

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Lawmakers Approve Tax Bills

Posted: 06/02/2009 - At the end of a legislative session marked by a historic drop in revenue, Nevada lawmakers approved two bills early Tuesday that could pave the way for new taxes in the future.

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Bill Bars Texting While Driving

Posted: 06/02/2009 - A plan to prohibit motorists, including police and emergency personnel, from text-messaging on cell phones while driving was resurrected Monday, the last day of the 2009 Nevada Legislature, but wound up being shelved as the session ended.

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2009 Legislature Ending

Updated: 06/01/2009 - Tired Nevada lawmakers met all weekend, overriding vetoes by Gov. Jim Gibbons, making last-minute deals and passing remaining bills as they drew closer to Monday, the final day of the 120-day-long 2009 session.

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