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A new law passed after the recent legislative session will cut down on the routine shackling of children in Nevada courtrooms. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Nevada has joined a growing national movement to rethink what's called presumptive shackling of kids in court. Dr. Shawn Marsh is with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, based in Reno. He's seen children as young as ten in handcuffs, shackles, and belly chains.

Dr. Ben Carson Talked Taxes At UNR

Jun 19, 2015
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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson stopped in Reno earlier this week to continue his call for major changes to the country's tax code and a more prominent American role in world affairs.

After speaking to Latino leaders in Las Vegas Thursday, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in Reno to talk about veterans issues. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Instead of giving a formal speech, Clinton held a roundtable at a VFW in Reno with local panelists who voiced their concerns for veterans in Nevada.

"I think that there are two words that should never be in the same sentence," said Democratic State Senator Pat Spearman, "and that's 'homeless veteran.'"

The Nevada legislature has wrapped up its 120-day session after making the historic decision to approve more than a billion dollars in tax hikes for K-12 education. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reached out to Fred Lokken, professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College, to learn how such a controversial tax package gained so much momentum and support.

According to Lokken, passage of this bill really came down to two things: Sandoval's leadership and fracturing of the state Republican party. 

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Governor Brian Sandoval's plan to raise taxes by more than a billion dollars for K-12 education has cleared both legislative houses. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports on Monday's vote for the state's largest tax increase ever. 

The state senate broke into loud applause after the final vote count on SB483 was announced as 18-3. Democratic Senator Aaron Ford called the decision "historic."

The Nevada legislature is more than halfway through its 120-day session. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with Fred Lokken, professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College, to discuss what he says is one of the most unproductive and dysfunctional sessions in state history. 

Lokken has been studying Nevada politics for 24 years and says that with Republicans in charge of both the Assembly and Senate, this session has brought to light an embarrassing amount of infighting.

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The Nevada Assembly rejected a bill last night (Tuesday) that would have required students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex.

The highly controversial AB375 was marginally voted down in a 22-20 vote with five Republicans and all Democrats opposed.

Republican Assemblywoman Vicki Dooling was the bill's main sponsor.

"This bill will bring privacy and safety for all children," Dooling said.

Lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at helping Nevada collect more tax revenue from online retailers.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill yesterday (Tuesday), and the Assembly passed an identical measure.

The U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause prevents states from requiring a merchant to collect and turn over sales tax unless the business has a substantial base in that state.

Governor Brian Sandoval's tax plan has cleared the Senate. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the proposal now heads to the Assembly where it'll face tough opposition.

Only four senators voted against the proposal, while 17 came out in support. That's more than the required two-thirds majority vote needed, and it's a margin that surprised even Governor Sandoval.

The Nevada Assembly has approved a measure requiring parental notification before a minor can receive an abortion. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that lawmakers passed AB 405 in a 24-17 party-line vote on Friday.

The bill would require physicians to send written notification to the parents or guardians of a minor seeking an abortion. It also requires a 48-hour wait time before the procedure.

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