Politics and Policy

Alexa Ard

Lawmakers are one step closer to the end of the 2017 Legislative Session. Tuesday was the deadline to pass bills out of their house of origin if they were to move further into the legislative process. That means lawmakers had to approve hundreds of bills in relatively short order.

Below is a list and short description of the measures passed between the dates of April 17-25, 2017

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Paul Boger

Nevada lawmakers are facing yet another deadline in the 2017 legislative session. According to the rules of both the Senate and Assembly, lawmakers are required to pass legislation out of their house of origin by Tuesday, lest the bills die.

However, lawmaker’s actions were not necessarily the top news of the week.

Illegal Voting Investigation

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Nevada’s largest public utility, NV Energy, recently announced it is on track to surpass the state’s renewable energy mandate. Current policy requires utility providers to generate 25 percent of their power from renewables by 2025, but some say that’s not enough. Lawmakers are considering legislation to make the state greener.

It’s fair to say David Gibson’s home in Reno is a shrine to energy efficiency. All you have to do is look in his back yard to find out.

Paul Boger

More than one thousand people took to the streets of Reno this weekend as part of an effort to support and defend the role science and reasoning play in governmental policy.

Carrying signs that read "science is not an alternative fact" and "make America smart again," hundreds of lab coat wearing demonstrators called on policy makers to protect science from political whims.

The March for Science, as it was dubbed, took place in hundreds of cities around the country and for hundreds of different reasons whether it’s protecting grant funding or combating climate change.

Noah Glick

The city of Reno unanimously approved a plan that the council hopes will increase affordable housing options and economic opportunities within the downtown core.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

Paul Boger

Republican members of Nevada's Congressional Delegation, Senator Dean Heller and 2nd District Representative Mark Amodei, got an ear-full from voters Monday during a combative town hall event.

University of Nevada, Reno

As Donald Trump closes in on his 100th day in office, many of his critics continue to claim that his administration is threatening protections under the First Amendment. A forum taking place Tuesday night at the University of Nevada, Reno explores that idea.

Hundreds of bills introduced into the 2017 Legislative Session in Nevada are officially dead. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick spoke to our political reporter, Paul Boger, about the latest. 

Nearly a quarter of the proposed bills introduced into the 2017 Legislative Session are officially dead. Before last week, there were more than one thousand bills up for consideration, but last Friday marked the deadline for lawmakers to advance legislation through a committee in its house of origin.

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A bill that would mandate fluoridating the water in Truckee Meadows is receiving heavy opposition. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more. 

KUNR: Who is proposing this bill and what reasons have they given?

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One bill in the Nevada legislature aims to protect small waste haulers against the exclusive contracts that many cities have with larger companies. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more. 

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