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2021 Nevada Legislature

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One month down, three to go as lawmakers in Nevada move through the 81st regular session. So far, the start of the session has been slow, but a number of large, highly anticipated pieces of legislation are set to be introduced any day now, including the measure that would create innovation zones, which would let tech companies create their own governments in undeveloped areas. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Morning Edition Host Noah Glick to break down the latest.

Nevada Legislators sit masked in tiered seating.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Election reform is shaping up to become the signature issue of Nevada's 81st legislative session. Among the measures up for consideration is a Republican bill that would gut the state's emergency mail-in voting law, among other changes. Democrats, on the other hand, say they're looking to make those mail-in ballots permanent. KUNR’s Noah Glick spoke with Political Editor Paul Boger about the latest from Carson City.

State Senators Scott Hammond walk down the hall. They are wearing masks and carrying portfolios.
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A Nevada State Senator is apologizing after using racist language during a committee hearing this week. 

As a warning, this story contains offensive language.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

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Over the past several years, misinformation and propaganda have taken over social media, creating confusion and division. That’s why Republican Assemblywoman Jill Tolles is introducing a measure aimed at promoting information literacy in public schools. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Tolles to learn more about her bill.

Assembly Republicans standing in front of the Nevada legislative building. Some are holding signs listing priority points while Dr. Robin Titus is speaking to reporters.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

They may be in the minority, but Republicans in the Nevada legislature have set an agenda that includes bolstering the economy and reopening the state's schools. They also want to enact what they're calling common sense election reform. KUNR political editor Paul Boger joined Morning Edition host Noah Glick to break down the latest developments in Carson City.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Normally, a new legislative session is cause for celebration. Families and spouses crowd the floors as they watch their lawmaker take the oath of office. Halls are filled with the excited buzz of lawmakers, lobbyists, press and members of the public chatting and catching up. But this year, Nevada's 81st Legislative Session has moved mostly online. That's raised questions about transparency. KUNR's Paul Boger has this report.

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Here are the morning news headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Week One of Nevada's 81st legislative session is in the books. And while it may be off to a slow start, lawmakers are digging into bills. KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick checked in with political editor Paul Boger for an update from Carson City.

David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

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Here are your morning news headlines for Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Tax revenues in Nevada have declined during the pandemic, which may soon force lawmakers to make some tough decisions in the months ahead, such as possibly making cuts to state services or even raising taxes. To get a sense of how this legislative session may impact the state’s business community, KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Ann Silver, who runs the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson stands in front of a group of microphones answering press questions. She is wearing a white floral dress and mask and is holding a notebook in front of her.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Nevada lawmakers say bipartisanship will be key to pulling the state through the pandemic’s economic challenges.

An image of Jason Frierson walking into the Assembly Building.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

The entrace of the Nevada Legislature.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada's 81st regular legislative session convened in Carson City Monday. Over the next 120 days, lawmakers will craft and debate hundreds of bills and draft a state budget for the next two years. While that process can be tricky by itself, the legislative session is bringing a whole new set of challenges. KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick checks in with political editor Paul Boger to discuss what that might mean for the state.