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2021 Nevada Legislature

Sisolak is sitting at his desk while he signs the bill. Frierson is standing over Sisolak’s left shoulder. The state seal hangs on the wall in the background.
Photo Courtesy of Governor Steve Sisolak’s Office

Nevada lawmakers approved more than 500 bills during the recent legislative session, and nearly half of those new laws went into effect this week. KUNR host Michele Ravera spoke with senior reporter Paul Boger during Morning Edition to learn more.

Sisolak is sitting as he signs the bill. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers stand behind him. They are all wearing bright blue union t-shirts.
Photo Courtesy of Governor Steve Sisolak's Office

Nevada is now the second state in the country to adopt a so-called public option health insurance law. That measure is supposed to drive coverage costs down over the next several years and was among a number of bills signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak this week. To talk about that, and more, KUNR host Michele Ravera spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

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Noah Glick / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, June 4, 2021.

Members of the Nevada Assembly are all standing and facing the center of a conference room.
Paul Boger / KUNR

The 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature is officially over after lawmakers approved one of the largest ever tax increases on the state's mining industry. The move is expected to generate millions in state revenue for education. To explain the change, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak placed a statewide eviction moratorium more than a year ago in an effort to keep people housed during the pandemic. That moratorium was lifted on Monday, but tenants may still be protected under the federal eviction ban.

The Nevada Assembly gavels out.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada lawmakers have successfully negotiated one of the largest mining tax increases in state history. The bill’s passage caps off a tumultuous session in which lawmakers added nearly hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding for schools. KUNR’s Paul Boger reports.

A bright red siren sits atop a steel frame behind the fire department in Minden, Nevada.
Paul Boger / KUNR

Many communities across the Mountain West were once known as “sundown towns.” Those are places that once had policies to force people of color to leave town by nightfall. If they didn’t, they could be arrested or worse. One town in Nevada is grappling with its racist legacy.   

An image of the Assembly in March.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local morning news headlines for Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Two people walk past a wall of framed photos in the Nevada Legislature.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

There are only four days left in Nevada's 81st legislative session, and lawmakers are scrambling to get bills out of the door and onto the governor's desk. That includes appropriating billions in state dollars to fund the government over the next two years. To talk about that, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

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Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local morning news headlines for Friday, May 28, 2021.

An image of Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson alongside Assembly Leader Jason Frierson
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local morning news headlines for Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

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David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your morning news headlines for Monday, May 24, 2021.

Multiple people are sitting in a semicircle-shaped auditorium. There is a podium at the front of the room.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Portions of Nevada’s economy have recovered faster than previously predicted, and lawmakers are using that to their advantage. This week, the legislature’s two finance committees took steps to finalize the budget. The effort includes a new education funding formula and an additional $500 million for the state’s K-12 education system. To help explain what that means for students, KUNR host Michele Ravera spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

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Lawmakers in Nevada are considering a bipartisan bill, Senate Bill 251, which would require primary care clinicians to inform their female patients about the option to screen for harmful genetic mutations that increase the risk for cancer. The bill would put federal recommendations regarding access to genetic screenings into state law.

Here are your local morning news headlines for Thursday, May 20, 2021.

An image of Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your morning news headlines for Monday, May 17, 2021.

A close-up of several photo frames from an angle. The photos inside the frames are out of focus and include headshots. The reflection cast from the glass is in focus, and an empty hall inside the Legislature is visible.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

With fewer than three weeks until the end of Nevada's 2021 legislative session, lawmakers are scrambling to make it to the finish line. KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger to get the latest from Carson City.

David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, May 14, 2021.

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson sits at her desk in the Assembly. She is wearing a red jacket and a black face mask while she speaks with someone.
(David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

Federal officials, this week, released the first guidance on how states can use billions of dollars from the latest round of coronavirus relief funds. The money is meant to keep state and local governments solvent as they deal with lagging tax revenues and greater demands on services. But Nevada's economy is recovering faster than previously expected. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson about how the session is progressing and how best lawmakers can use that money.

Senator Brooks sits in his chair on the floor of the Senate. He is wearing a face mask while someone who is not facing the camera speaks to him.
(David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

Nevada lawmakers are moving forward with a measure aimed at implementing the state’s new pupil-centered funding plan. Educators were among the bill’s toughest critics.

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