2019 Nevada Legislature

Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Ban Underage Marriage

Mar 13, 2019
Wedding Rings

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Sara Tasneem said she was 15 years old when she was forced into a “spiritual marriage” with a 28-year-old man she had only met hours earlier. When she was 16 and pregnant, she was taken to Reno, where the marriage was solemnized in Nevada.

The Nevada Legislative Building
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The 2019 Nevada Legislature had a bit of a shake-up last week when Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned from office. To talk about his resignation and other news from the legislature, KUNR’s Political Reporter Paul Boger spoke with Morning Edition Host Bree Zender to talk about the latest from Carson City.

The Democratic leader of the Nevada Senate has stepped down amid federal charges for misappropriating campaign funds. 

Paul Boger

Lawmakers in Nevada are officially one month into the 2019 Legislative Session. KUNR's News Director Michelle Billman sat down with our political reporter Paul Boger to learn more about the latest from Carson City.

El Gobernador Steve Sisolak habla con un preso
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

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Esta nota fue traducida al español y editada para mayor claridad a partir de una versión en inglés que aparece en la página de The Nevada Independent.

Governor-elect Steve Sisolak speaks with an inmate
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Even after a push to help inmates obtain their birth certificates, more than half of the people who are released from Nevada prisons have no form of identification when they leave — and it severely hinders their chances of success in the community, the head of the Nevada Department of Corrections told lawmakers.

Paul Boger

UPDATE: Nevada's Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak has signed into law a bill that would require background checks on nearly all private gun sales and transfers.

Krysta Scripter

When Nevada's Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak gave his State of the State address, he laid out an agenda that called for more education funding, increasing the minimum wage and implementing background checks on gun sales. Now with the session in full swing, lawmakers are turning some of that agenda into legislation. KUNR's Political Reporter Paul Boger sat down with Governor Sisolak in his office in Carson City to talk about his priorities as lawmakers get to work.

Paul Boger

The first week of Nevada's 2019 Legislative Session is in the books, and to help us make sense of the goings-on in Carson, KUNR's Political Reporter Paul Boger sat down with News Director Michelle Billman to discuss the latest from the capital city.

Paul Boger

Nevada’s 2019 Legislative Session is now underway, and for the first time in U.S. history, women will make up the majority of lawmakers in a state legislature.