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Guinn Center Legislative Update: March 30, 2015

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Halfway Point and Salary Cutoff Thursday, April 2nd, marks the 60th day and halfway point of the 120-day limit on the length of the regular 2015 legislative session. That date also is notable because it is the last day on which legislators will receive a salary. That compensation is set by statute, tied to any… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: March 23, 2015

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Budget Closings Set to Begin Since the beginning of session, the Senate Committee on Finance (SFIN) and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, known as the “money committees,” have been meeting almost daily to review the Governor’s recommended budget. SFIN has completed its hearings on 100 percent of the 442 budget accounts in the… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: March 16, 2015

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2015 Legislative Manual Now Available The 2015 Legislative Manual, published by the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB), became available online last week on the Legislative website. This detailed reference manual contains biographies of all legislators, and chapters on legislative structure, procedures, the LCB, and additional resources for the legislators and the public. It includes legislative district,… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: March 9, 2015

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Videos Now Available on Legislative Website A major innovation appeared last week on the Nevada Legislature’s website with the addition of video access to the committee meetings and floor sessions of the 2015 session. On the right side of the website, at the bottom under the heading “78th (2015) Session,” is a new link for… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: March 2, 2015

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Special Sessions Due to the Limitation on Length of Session The Nevada Constitution (Article 4, Section 2) limits the length of a regular biennial session of the Legislature to 120 calendar days. That limit was approved by the voters with an amendment adopted in 1998. Prior to that adoption, regular sessions in Nevada were unlimited… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: February 23, 2015

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Legislative Guide Now Available The Guide to the Nevada Legislature 2015-2016 is now available online. Printed copies may be obtained at the Legislative Building in Carson City and at the Las Vegas Office of LCB in the Grant Sawyer State Office Building. This free, colorful, 33-page booklet, published by LCB’s Research Division around the beginning… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: February 16, 2015

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How to Contact Legislators and Voice Your Opinion The legislative website at www.leg.state.nv.us allows anyone, anywhere to follow Nevada’s legislative actions and reach their representatives through the Internet. Contact information for legislators, including email addresses, are readily available on the site (through the “Contact Information” link midway on the right side of the website; or… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update: February 9, 2015

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Understanding the Committee Process Most standing committees (e.g., Senate Committee on Health and Human Services) do not take action on a bill at its initial hearing, unless it is noncontroversial or deemed to require prompt action. Time is provided for Committee members to review testimony, and consult on possible amendments with their colleagues, lobbyists and… Read more

Guinn Center Legislative Update

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Introduction The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities will be publishing regularly a “Legislative Update” to help inform readers about activities and actions during the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature. In our nonpartisan manner, we will (1) summarize committee hearings and actions, and recap floor actions in both houses, (2) provide an overview of the… Read more

Federal spending–Nevada’s rankings among the states

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Federal spending in Nevada, which amounts to 17.7 of the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is slightly below the national average of 19 percent, ranking the Silver State 30th among the 51 states and District of Columbia. Nevada ranks lower, however, in both the total amount and per capita Federal spending at 36th and 48th,… Read more