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Lawmakers Told of Solar Energy Potential

Posted: 04/06/2009 - Lawmakers were told Monday the solar energy industry will have a major impact on Nevada's economy, assuming that tax abatements are offered to attract such companies to the state.

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Alternative Energy Bill Advances

Posted: 04/06/2009 - The Nevada Senate voted Monday for an alternative energy bill that would ensure a homeowner association can't restrict a homeowner's right to install and use solar energy systems.

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Cultural Affairs Revision Proposed

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Secretary of State Ross Miller asked Nevada lawmakers on Monday to put the Department of Cultural Affairs back in his office - where it was until getting department status under the administration of his father, then-Gov. Bob Miller, in 1993.

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Shortfall Nearly $3 Billion

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Accounting changes by Nevada lawmakers created a revenue shortfall estimate of $2.2 billion that, while grim, is less than a nearly $3 billion gap to close if government services stay at current levels, the state's budget chief said Monday.

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Lawmakers Debate Medical Negligence Bill

Posted: 04/06/2009 - Dozens of Nevadans have packed legislative hearing rooms in Carson City and Las Vegas to support a bill that would allow for bigger lawsuit awards as a result of negligence by doctors.

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Panel OKs Toll Road Bill

Posted: 04/03/2009 - A key Senate panel voted Friday for a bill to establish a framework for toll road construction in Nevada, after cutting out wording that favored a state pilot project for pay-to-drive lanes on some existing Las Vegas-area freeways.

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Lawmakers Debate Pharmaceutical Gift Bill

Posted: 04/03/2009 - Nevada lawmakers debated a bill Friday that would require more reporting from pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers who try to promote their products by giving money or gifts to health care providers.

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Nevada Lawmakers Start 10th Week

Posted: 04/03/2009 - Nevada lawmakers start the 10th week of their 2009 session on Monday by reviewing a plan stemming from the Hepatitis C outbreak in southern Nevada that would allow bigger lawsuit awards as a result of negligence by medical professionals.

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Nevada Lawmakers Asked to Ease Voter-Approved Smoking Ban

Posted: 04/03/2009 - Lobbyists for Nevada bars, restaurants and casinos clashed Friday with public health advocates during a legislative hearing on a plan to ease terms of a voter-approved measure that banned smoking in many bars and other public places.

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Legislature: Proposed Parole System Changes

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Nevada lawmaker testified Thursday that the main consideration in granting paroles to inmates should be their potential to stay out trouble and contribute positively to society once they're back on the street.

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Construction Defects Bill Debated

Posted: 04/02/2009 - Builders and subcontractors are at odds with advocates for homeowners over a plan to change the way Nevada resolves the homeowners' claims of construction defects.

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Panel Votes to Accept Stimulus Money for Jobless

Posted: 04/01/2009 - A Senate committee voted Wednesday for two measures that will enable the state to accept nearly $300 million in federal stimulus funding to help jobless Nevadans.

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Smoking Ban Debated

Posted: 04/01/2009 - One of the leaders in a successful 2006 initiative petition to ban smoking in bars and other public places has gone to court to block Nevada lawmakers from holding a hearing Friday on a plan to ease terms of that ban.

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Nevada Lawmakers Hear More Green Energy Bills

Posted: 04/01/2009 - Nevada lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a Gibbons administration bill aimed at reducing energy use in state buildings, and another that would explore possible use of Hoover Dam as a hydropower source.

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State Revenue Projections Down

Updated: 04/01/2009 - After a closed-door budget meeting, Nevada lawmakers said Tuesday that projections for state revenue for the next two fiscal years are down by at least 30% compared with the current biennium.

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Termed-out Nevada Lawmaker Wants to Abolish Limits

Posted: 03/31/2009 - A term-limited state lawmaker in his final session urged a Senate panel Tuesday to support a constitutional amendment to erase the 12-year cap on service in the Nevada Legislature.

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Governor Touts Energy Plan

Posted: 03/31/2009 - Gov. Jim Gibbons has told lawmakers his energy development plan would position Nevada for economic growth by changing its status from an importer to exporter of energy.

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Fire-Safe Cigarettes Pushed in Assembly

Posted: 03/30/2009 - A lawmaker who also is a firefighter testified Monday that "fire-safe" cigarettes would save lives by preventing blazes caused by unattended smokes.

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Green Jobs Initiative Advances

Posted: 03/30/2009 - A "green jobs" initiative sought by Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford now moves to the full Senate following approval of amendments Monday by a key legislative committee.

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