Politics and Policy

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow local governments to decide whether adults will be able to use recreational marijuana in public places.

Nevada could soon become the first state to legalize the consumption of marijuana in public places. Senate Bill 236 would allow city and county officials to decide to permit short or long-term pot consumption at casinos, bars, outdoor events and other public places as long as they are not within 1000 feet of a school or community facility.

A bill making substantial changes in how Reno residents elect city council members is making its way through the legislature.

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State leaders, law enforcement and representatives from the state’s medical marijuana industry are working to create a set of recommendations on how to best regulate recreational marijuana.

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Nevada could soon become the first state in 35 years to vote in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment – a measure that would place legal protections for women in the U-S constitution. 

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Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrators.

Assembly Bill 145 would give residents 20 years after they turn 18 to seek restitution from a person who sexually assaulted them. Under the state's current statute of limitations, victims have until they are 28.

The bi-partisan legislation was introduced into the Assembly by Democrat Irene Bustamante-Adams of Las Vegas and Republican Lisa Krasner of Reno.

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Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate the offices of State Controller and Treasurer. 

 

AJR6 would for all intents and purposes do away with the offices as elected positions and would instead make them appointees by the governor.

The measure’s primary sponsor is Democratic Assemblyman Elliot Anderson of Las Vegas. 

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Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address.

Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 6:00 PM Pacific Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

Nevada's two Congressional Republicans have been confronted by protestors seeking answers on where they stand on a variety of issues, but most especially the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP has vowed to repeal. However, Nevada's Second District Congressman Mark Amodei says lawmakers need to examine the health care law piece-by-piece and evaluate each issue independently. 

"Wiping the whole thing out and starting over again invites that whole roll-out disaster that we had with the ACA, websties are crashing and all that other sort of stuff," says Amodei.

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With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, lawmakers are working to tackle a variety of issues. Democrats are presenting a united front to ease access to the polls, increase the minimum wage and protect heath care. For Republicans, the goal seems to be to protect and enhance the reforms made during last session.

Nevada lawmakers have been working for about three weeks now, and as bills make their way through the committee process, legislative priorities are becoming clear.

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