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The U.S. Attorney General Revokes Previous Guidance on Federal Enforcement of State Marijuana LawsRead More

Nancy Brune

January 6th, 2018 -

On Thursday, January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he is revoking a directive, issued by the U.S. Department of Justice during President Obama’s administration, that provided guidance to federal authorities regarding the prioritization of resources used to enforce federal laws regarding the possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana. This policy guidance…

Cassidy-Graham: “Repeal and Replace,” RevisitedRead More

Nancy Brune

September 11th, 2017 -

By Meredith A. Levine Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 have consumed a substantial portion of the legislative agenda of the 115th Congress (2017-2018). One recent proposal, Cassidy-Graham, which is co-sponsored by Nevada’s senior senator, Dean Heller, has garnered renewed interest in modifying the ACA this fall, after a…

Nevada’s Health Care System: An Opportunity for ImprovementRead More

Nancy Brune

August 25th, 2017 -

Earlier this month, WalletHub released its ranking of Best and Worst States for Health Care. Nevada ranked #42 out of 51 states and the District of Columbia, and behind all Intermountain West states (see Table 1). States were assessed along three measures: cost, access, and outcomes. Nevada ranked #47 in cost, #50 in access, and…

Financial Security in Nevada Lags Other StatesRead More

Nancy Brune

August 16th, 2017 -

Last month, Prosperity Now (formerly Corporation for Enterprise Development or CFED) released its annual Prosperity Now scorecard, as discussed in the companion report, On Track or Left Behind. Nevada’s cumulative rank was #46, based on scores in 5 policy areas: (1) Financial Assets and Income (rank #43), (2) Businesses and Jobs (rank #45), (3) Homeownership and Housing (rank…

State Lawmakers Work Across Party Lines to Pass Criminal Justice ReformsRead More

Nancy Brune

August 9th, 2017 -

Congressional representatives in our nation’s capital continue to battle it out over health care and tax code reform, leaving some observers to call it the least productive session in recent memory following the election of a new government. In stark contrast, recent criminal justice reforms in half a dozen states – including Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada,…

A Tale of Two DistrictsRead More

Nancy Brune

January 30th, 2016 -

By Seth Rau–As the AB 394 Legislative and Technical Advisory Committees continue their charge to determine the ideal structure for the Clark County School District, it is valuable to study other similar regions around the country to see how they have proceeded in establishing their school districts. Having moved to San Antonio in the past…

Major Legislation Approved During the 2015-2017 Legislative SessionRead More

Nancy Brune

June 10th, 2015 -

During the 2015-2017 Legislative Session, 1,013 bills were proposed. At last count, 474 bills had been approved by both Houses and 433 had been signed by Governor Brian Sandoval. Below, the Guinn Center provides a summary of the major pieces of legislation in the Guinn Center’s five research areas: (1) Governing Nevada; (2) Growing Nevada;…

Guinn Center Legislative Update: Week of June 1, 2015Read More

Nancy Brune

June 4th, 2015 -

The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned “sine die” shortly following the midnight deadline on June 1 after which no further legislative measures could be acted upon. Sine die literally means “without a day” and signifies the end of the legislative session since it does not set a time for reconvening. Bipartisanship At the…

Guinn Center Legislative Update: May 25, 2015Read More

Nancy Brune

May 24th, 2015 -

Budget Bills to be Introduced On or by Wednesday, May 27, the five major budget bills to implement the legislatively-approved Executive Budget are scheduled to be introduced, and exempt bills must be passed from committee. The major budget bills are: the Appropriations Act to provide general funds for the operation of state government; the Authorizations…

Guinn Center Legislative Update: May 18, 2015Read More

Nancy Brune

May 18th, 2015 -

Conference Committee Meetings Conference committees start appearing more often near the end of session as one House makes changes to a measure from the other House. If an amendment to a bill in the second House does not receive concurrence from the House of origin, and the second House does not recede from its amendment,…

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