2019 Nevada Legislature

The Nevada Senate
Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

With little more than two weeks until the end of 2019’s legislative session, lawmakers in Carson City are beginning to work feverishly to put the final touches on hundreds of pieces of legislation. To break some of that down for us, I’m joined KUNR’s Political Reporter Paul Boger.

Students and supporters rally on the steps of the Capitol during National School Choice Week.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

There are more than 2,300 students currently enrolled in Nevada’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program, otherwise known as Opportunity Scholarships. It gives students from low and middle-income families aid to help pay tuition at qualified private K-12 schools. While the program has remained popular since its inception, Democratic leaders are considering a measure that would cap the program at current levels.

Lawmakers in the Nevada Assembly are set to pass a measure that could overhaul the state's criminal justice system.
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A bill aimed at making sweeping reforms to Nevada’s criminal justice system is making its way through the legislature. 

A man's arm and side of face can be seen. Behind him is a large crowd of people.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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It was supposed to be the biggest feat of the 2019 legislative session — an ambitious overhaul of Nevada’s 52-year-old education funding formula that once and for all would ensure schools are paid more for the extra cost of educating students with extra needs.

 Dos mujeres de pie fuera de un edificio.
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Se suponía que iba a ser la mayor hazaña de la sesión legislativa de 2019: una ambiciosa reforma de la fórmula de financiación para la educación en Nevada que no ha tenido cambios desde hace 52 años, y que de una vez por todas, aseguraría que a las escuelas se les pague más por el costo adicional de educar a los estudiantes que tienen más necesidades.

Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, flanked by his fellow Republicans, answers questions from reporters.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

With just a little more than a month left in Nevada's legislative session, hundreds of bills still remain up for consideration. That includes dozens of measures introduced by minority Republicans. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Assembly Minority Leader Jim Wheeler in Carson City to discuss whether Republicans are seeing the bipartisanship they were guaranteed by Democrats.

Lawmakers in Nevada are advancing hundreds of bills after a lat night deadline.
Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at appointing judges and a measure that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide were among the victims of the latest deadline in the Nevada 2019 legislative session. KUNR’s Political Reporter Paul Boger has the latest.

Lawmakers in Nevada are advancing legislation that would, among other things, increase the state's minimum wage, decriminalize abortion and require utility providers to get at least 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources. 

There are currently 52 bills sponsored by Assembly Republicans still alive in the Nevada legislature. Reno Assemblywoman Jill Tolles introduced several of them. She spoke with KUNR's Paul Boger from her office in Carson City about her take on some of that legislation and whether lawmakers have been willing to work in a bipartisan fashion this session.

The Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City.
Alexa Ard

278! That’s the number of bills and resolutions that are no longer up for consideration after a Friday night deadline killed nearly one-quarter of all the measures introduced into Nevada’s 2019 legislative session. To get the latest, we check in now with KUNR’s Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger.

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