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Week 15 Starts Monday

Posted: 05/08/2009 - 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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Lawmakers Try to Wrap up Higher Education Budget

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Legislative leaders huddled behind closed doors Friday, working on a spending plan for Nevada's higher education that's expected to have cuts far below the 36 percent reductions proposed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Gibbons Signs Bills Into Law

Posted: 05/07/2009 - More than 30 bills have been signed into law by Gov. Jim Gibbons, including one to allow for specialized courts for military veterans charged with nonviolent crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life.

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Nevada's Version of Patriot Act Debated

Posted: 05/07/2009 - Nevada's version of the USA Patriot Act has stalled in an Assembly committee and may die there without some major revisions.

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Prison Spending Proposal Higher Than Governor's

Posted: 05/06/2009 - A key legislative budget panel voted Wednesday on final details of a $515.1 million, two-year spending plan for Nevada's prison system that's about $30 million higher than Gov. Jim Gibbons' proposal.

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Governor Proposes New Budget

Posted: 05/06/2009 - Gov. Jim Gibbons, faced with more state revenue slumps but unwilling to call for any higher taxes, on Wednesday outlined a plan to cover a $900 million hole in what's already a bare-bones, $6.2 billion spending plan.

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Bill Changes Nuclear Office Pay

Posted: 05/06/2009 - The Nevada Senate unanimously voted for a bill to change the salary structure in the Agency for Nuclear Projects, which oversees the state's fight against federal plans for a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain.

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State Energy Agency Could Switch Banners

Posted: 05/05/2009 - Representatives from both the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and the state Energy Office raised concerns Tuesday over a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford to put the energy agency under the PUC.

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Death Penalty Cost Debated

Posted: 05/05/2009 - Death penalty opponents joined with advocates of more funding for schools and other services in arguing Tuesday for a plan to determine how costly it is to continue the death penalty in Nevada.

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Lawmakers Differ From Gibbons on Cuts

Posted: 05/04/2009 - Nevada lawmakers proposed pay reductions ranging from 4 percent to 4.6 percent for educators and government workers on Monday, rejecting Gov. Jim Gibbons' plan for deeper cuts.

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Nevada State Bug Bill Approved

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A measure designating the Vivid Dancer Damselfly as Nevada's official state bug was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Legislature Passes Bills on Weekend

Posted: 05/02/2009 - Nevada lawmakers, in their first weekend floor session of the 2009 session, advanced several bills on Saturday, working to meet their deadline of completing the session by June 1

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Big Brother Bills Debated

Posted: 05/01/2009 - In a state where citizens value small government and little intervention in their private lives, the Nevada Legislature is considering several bills that would increase the power of authorities to collect and store sensitive information on the people they seek to protect.

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Legislature Week 14 Begins Monday

Posted: 05/01/2009 - With a vital revenue report in hand, Nevada legislators start the 14th week of the 2009 session on Monday with a joint meeting of Senate and Assembly budget panels trying to resolve their differences in proposed spending for the next two fiscal years.

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Nevada Bill Steps Up Efforts to Keep Guns Away from Mentally Ill

Posted: 05/01/2009 - A Senate panel was told Friday a bill stepping up state record-keeping to help keep guns away from the mentally ill has been revised to deal with earlier criticism that it didn't protect Nevadans' constitutional due-process rights.

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Bill Would Let Taxpayer List Skip Press in Favor of Web

Posted: 04/30/2009 - The Senate Taxation Committee heard a bill Thursday that would 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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Lawmakers Endorse DUI Measure

Posted: 04/30/2009 - A key Senate panel voted Thursday for a bill that tightens Nevada 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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Legislative Panel Rejects Merger

Posted: 04/30/2009 - A legislative panel voted as expected to go against Gov. Jim Gibbons' recommendation to merge the Nevada Commission on Tourism with the Commission on Economic Development.

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Nevada Budget Hole Grows

Posted: 04/29/2009 - Analysts calculating a revenue hole in Nevada's budget have increased the figure by at least $300 million, bringing a total estimated shortfall to $3 billion or more if lawmakers wanted to maintain current government service levels over the next two fiscal years.

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Plan Would Attract Energy Projects

Posted: 04/29/2009 - An initiative aimed at attracting large-scale renewable-energy industries and promoting small-scale projects such as rooftop solar systems in Nevada was outlined Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford.

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Bill Would Prevent Some Consultant Use

Posted: 04/29/2009 - The Nevada Assembly voted Wednesday for a bill aimed at blocking unwarranted use of high-priced consultants by state government agencies.

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