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Off-Road Vehicle Registration Endorsed

Posted: 05/19/2009 - A state Assembly panel voted Tuesday for a bill requiring owners of off-road vehicles, or ORVs, to register their rigs with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Bill Erases Nevada Newspaper Publication Requirement

Posted: 05/19/2009 - The Nevada Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill to let officials around Nevada publish an annual list of property taxpayers and their property values on an Internet Web site rather than in local newspapers.

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Domestic Violence Program Funding Approved

Posted: 05/18/2009 - A measure adding $5 to the cost of Nevada marriage licenses and official copies of marriage certificates, to help fund programs aimed at stopping domestic violence, was signed into law Monday by gov. Jim Gibbons.

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55 Bills Die on Deadline in Nevada Legislative Committees

Posted: 05/16/2009 - With the deaths of 55 bills on a Friday deadline for action on the measures, Nevada lawmakers have killed about a third of nearly 1,000 proposals that they've considered since the 2009 session opened in early February.

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Washoe Gas Tax Plan Approved

Posted: 05/15/2009 - The Nevada Assembly ignored Gov. Jim Gibbons' veto threat and voted 34-5 Friday for a bill to let Washoe County commissioners enact a voter-approved motor fuel tax increase.

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Lawmakers Fret about Higher Ed Budget

Posted: 05/15/2009 - Voting Friday for higher education funding, Senate Finance Committee members made it clear they're unhappy with a 12.5 percent cut for Nevada's state universities and colleges even though it's far below a 36 percent cut sought by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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More Bills Die

Posted: 05/15/2009 - A plan to roll back a voter-approved ban on smoking in many public places, sought by Nevada bars, restaurants and casinos but opposed by public health advocates, died Friday without an Assembly committee vote needed to keep it alive.

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Lobbyist Spending Amounts Released

Posted: 05/14/2009 - Three-quarters of the way through the 2009 Nevada Legislature, lobbyists have spent $124,858 on food and drinks at dinners, receptions and other events held to promote their clients' interests.

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Several Bills Die as Session Nears End

Posted: 05/14/2009 - A construction defect bill sought by Nevada's powerful but struggling construction industry and a measure to loosen caps on medical malpractice awards have died in key legislative committees.

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Nevada Toll Roads Debated

Posted: 05/14/2009 - The Assembly Transportation Committee heard testimony Thursday on a Senate-approved plan that would establish a framework for toll road construction in Nevada.

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Smoking Ban Amendment Debated

Posted: 05/13/2009 - A hearing Wednesday on a plan to roll back a voter-approved ban on smoking in many public places pitted lobbyists for Nevada bars, restaurants and casinos against a former casino employee and public health advocates.

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Senate Panel Approves Sex Crime Lawsuit Bill

Posted: 05/13/2009 - A Nevada Senate panel voted unanimously Wednesday for an Assembly-approved proposal allowing civil lawsuits when victims of childhood sex crimes learn there's pornography depicting the crimes against them.

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Plan Would Allow Surveillance of Patients

Posted: 05/13/2009 - A Nevada Assembly panel was urged Wednesday to support a Senate-approved plan to let patients in care facilities or their families or guardians install surveillance devices in the patients' rooms.

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Judge Protection Bill Approved by Senate

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The Nevada Assembly voted Tuesday for a judge-protection bill that was sought by a Reno judge wounded by a man who was going through a contentious divorce and had just killed his estranged wife.

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Compromise Reached on Education Budget

Updated: 05/13/2009 - After two days of stalled negotiations, Nevada lawmakers voted Tuesday on a compromise that calls for cuts of up to 12.5 percent in state funding for higher education - far below the 36 percent reductions sought by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Nevada Legislative Panel Endorses Domestic Partner Bill

Posted: 05/12/2009 - On a party-line vote, the Assembly Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday for a bill to give domestic partners, whether gay or straight, many of the rights and benefits that Nevada offers to married couples.

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Senate Endorses DUI Measure

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The Nevada Senate has passed an Assembly-approved bill that tightens state laws to ensure that people convicted of drunken driving in urban areas attend meetings with victims or family or close friends of DUI victims.

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Higher Education Budget Talks Continue

Posted: 05/12/2009 - After two days of stalled negotiations on funding for Nevada's higher education system, lawmakers say they plan to continue budget discussions today.

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County Heads Oppose Tax Grab

Posted: 05/12/2009 - Representatives from Nevada's two biggest counties are fighting a proposal to redirect property taxes from the county to the state. The measure is one of several on an "ugly list" lawmakers are considering to help fill the state's budget hole.

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Panel Finishes Work on Medicaid Budget

Posted: 05/11/2009 - A Senate-Assembly panel wrapped up work on a more than $900 million Nevada Medicaid budget, rejecting some of Gov. Jim Gibbons' moneysaving plans and modifying others.

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Legislature Still Stalled on Education Budget

Posted: 05/11/2009 - Negotiations for closing the state budget stalled again late Monday when key Nevada lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on funding for higher education.

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Green Energy Plans are High Priority

Posted: 05/11/2009 - Behind dealing with a gaping budget hole, jump-starting a renewable energy economy in Nevada has emerged as a top priority for Nevada lawmakers.

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Nevada Lawmakers Start 15th Week

Posted: 05/10/2009 - Nevada lawmakers have their hands full as they start their 15th week of the 2009 session on Monday, trying to resolve remaining differences in a state spending plan that must be balanced by new taxes and other revenue sources

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Sex Crime Bill Debated

Posted: 05/08/2009 - A proposal allowing civil lawsuits when victims of childhood sex crimes learn there's pornography depicting the crimes against them was challenged Friday by a critic who said that as written it offers a "field day" to defense lawyers.

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