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Nevada Lawmakers Hit Another Deadline for Bill Action

Updated: 04/22/2009 - Nevada legislators took action on dozens of measures, including a vote to approve a domestic partners bill, in efforts to meet a Tuesday deadline for approving the bills or seeing them end up on the 2009 session's scrap heap.

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Ethics Commission Power Debated

Posted: 04/20/2009 - Efforts to overturn a lower court ruling that limited the Nevada Ethics Commission's power to discipline legislators prompted numerous questions Monday from state Supreme Court justices.

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Measures Voted In to Meet New Deadline

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Nevada legislators voted Monday for about 80 measures, on subjects ranging from identity theft to sex traffickers, in efforts to meet another deadline and keep the bills from ending up on the 2009 session's scrap heap.

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Week 12 Begins Monday

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Nevada lawmakers face another big deadline in the 12th week of their 2009 session, which starts Monday, with most Assembly bills having to cross over to the Senate and vice versa - or else.

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Senate Panel Votes on Plan Allowing Hybrid Cars

Posted: 04/16/2009 - A Nevada Senate panel voted Thursday for a measure that would help to promote plug-in hybrid cars by letting them use car pool highway lanes even if only one person is in the vehicle.

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Budget Panel Agrees on Culture Plan

Posted: 04/16/2009 - Members of a Senate-Assembly budget panel made funding decisions Thursday that keep state cultural programs, museums and libraries operating at essential levels by erasing at least $1.5 million in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Stimulus Fund Measure Signed

Posted: 04/16/2009 - One of the measures needed to ensure Nevada gets nearly $300 million in federal stimulus funding to help jobless Nevadans was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Solar Tax Break Bill Being Revised

Posted: 04/16/2009 - A pending Nevada Senate bill could hurt state and local government coffers by granting a 75 percent property and sales tax break to home and business owners who install enough solar panels on their roofs.

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Assembly Approves Lottery Plan

Updated: 04/16/2009 - The Nevada Assembly voted Wednesday for a lottery in the nation's No. 1 gambling state, despite arguments that it would compete with slot machines and other games of chance.

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Assembly Approves Death Penalty Study

Updated: 04/16/2009 - A plan to study the costs of the death penalty in Nevada, amended to delete an execution moratorium while the study is being completed, won approval on a 30-12 state Assembly vote.

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Lawmakers Vote to Accept Funds for Education

Updated: 04/16/2009 - Nevada lawmakers voted Wednesday to accept $35 million in federal stimulus funds for K-12 schools that have a high percentage of students from low-income families.

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Regent Plan Rejected

Posted: 04/15/2009 - The state Senate voted along party lines to reject a measure that would have amended the Nevada Constitution to end direct elections of the state's university system regents.

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Assembly Discusses Seatbelt Law

Updated: 04/15/2009 - The Assembly Transportation Committee took testimony on a bill making failure to wear a seat belt reason enough for a policeman to make a traffic stop.

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Assembly Approves Annual Sessions Plan

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Two plans to put more power into hands of Nevada legislators were approved and sent Tuesday to the Senate on split state Assembly votes that pitted Democrats favoring the plans against Republican opponents.

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Veterans' Court Proposed

Posted: 04/14/2009 - A Nevada Senate panel has been urged to support an Assembly-approved plan that would set up a specialized court for military veterans charged with nonviolent crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life.

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Senator Seeks Tax Study

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio on Monday pitched the need for a state-financed tax study, noting that one hasn't been done in 20 years and lawmakers can't rely on the old information.

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Low-Income Housing Database Considered

Updated: 04/14/2009 - Nevada lawmakers are considering creating a database that would make it easier for the state's residents to find low-income housing.

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Teachers Rally in Support of Education

Updated: 04/14/2009 - As lawmakers voted Monday on several education measures, Nevada teachers rallied outside, urging the legislators to reject cuts proposed for the state's K-12 teachers by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

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Ex-Felon Rights Bill Moves to Assembly

Posted: 04/13/2009 - The Nevada Senate has passed a bill that would expedite the restoration of civil rights to ex-felons under certain circumstances.

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Centers Proposed for Low-Risk Offenders

Posted: 04/13/2009 - The Nevada Senate's top Democrat told lawmakers Monday that a new program for low-risk parole violators and drug and alcohol offenders would reduce the state's prison population and save millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

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