Posts By: Nancy Brune

What Is Nevada’s Current Capacity to Respond to Disasters?

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by Meredith A. Levine Readiness, preparedness, and coordination are the hallmarks of a comprehensive, proactive disaster plan that anticipates the unthinkable and can be executed with urgency. As first responders—including law enforcement agencies and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), amongst others—deployed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest… Read more

Graham-Cassidy: “Repeal and Replace,” Revisited

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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… Read more

Nevada’s Health Care System: An Opportunity for Improvement

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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… Read more

Financial Security in Nevada Lags Other States

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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… Read more

State Lawmakers Work Across Party Lines to Pass Criminal Justice Reforms

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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,… Read more

A Tale of Two Districts

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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… Read more

Major Legislation Approved During the 2015-2017 Legislative Session

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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;… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: Week of June 1, 2015

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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… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: May 25, 2015

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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… Read more