FACING DEADLINE, NEVADA ASSEMBLY PASSES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION PRIORITIZING HARDWORKING NEVADANS

CARSON CITY — 248 bills passed the Assembly as the First House Passage Deadline hit the Nevada Legislature. Legislators worked late into Tuesday night passing bills to make Nevada the best place to live, work, and raise a family.  

“At a time when heated rhetoric and hyper-partisanship have defined politics in Washington D.C., we showed the country what a citizen’s legislature is capable of accomplishing,” said Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson. “By setting aside our differences, we saw bipartisan efforts—passing both Democratic and Republican sponsored bills— to improve the lives of hardworking Nevadans. We are united by our common desire to serve the people of Nevada.”

Throughout the session so far, approximately 92% of the bills were passed with bipartisan support and 55% received unanimous support in the Assembly.

 

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NEVADA ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FRIERSON HOLDS HELLER ACCOUNTABLE FOR RESTRICTING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FROM THOUSANDS OF NEVADANS

CARSON CITY— Today, Nevada Senator Dean Heller voted to revoke Nevadans’ access to quality, affordable healthcare by slashing the Title X program.

“Senator Heller had the opportunity to lead in protecting Nevada’s hardworking women and men—and he failed. Senator Heller’s complete disregard for the needs of Nevada is increasingly disappointing,”  said Nevada Assembly Speaker Frierson. “Planned Parenthood provides thousands of Nevada women and men with access to affordable, quality, and life-saving healthcare. His vote to repeal funding from the Title X program will have drastic effects on our state and the hardworking people who call our state ‘home.’ That’s why I’m proud to have submitted legislation that will help protect access to life-saving healthcare despite Senator Heller’s decision to abandon so many Nevada families.”

Speaker Frierson has sponsored legislation that will create a state program similar to Title X.

 

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ASSEMBLYWOMAN CARLTON AND SENATOR WOODHOUSE INVITE ATTORNEY GENERAL LAXALT TO ATTEND BUDGET HEARING

CARSON CITY— Ahead of the Attorney General Office budget hearing scheduled for Wednesday, March 8th, Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton and Senator Joyce Woodhouse, co-chairs of the Joint Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Committee, formally invited Attorney General Laxalt to attend his office’s budget hearing:

 

“Traditionally, constitutional officers appear in person to present their office’s budget to the legislature’s joint appropriations committee meetings out of respect for the Legislature’s constitutional oversight responsibilities. We are pleased that the Treasurer, Controller, and Secretary of State have all appeared before the joint committee this session to explain and answer questions regarding their proposed budgets. We are hopeful that Attorney General Laxalt can find the time to do the same.”

 

Nevada’s State Treasurer, Controller, and Secretary of State have all presented their budgets to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means this session. Despite having numerous bills sponsored by his office come up for hearing, Attorney General Laxalt has not appeared before any legislative committee so far during the 2017 Legislative Session.

 

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STATEMENT FROM ASSEMBLY NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE AND MINING COMMITTEE CHAIR HEIDI SWANK REGARDING DEVELOPMENT IN RED ROCK CANYON

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2017

sarah@nvassemblydems.com

CARSON CITY – Today, State Assemblywoman and Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee Chair Heidi Swank released the following statement regarding proposed development in Red Rock Canyon.
“My husband Scott and I love to hike and camp, and we are fortunate in Las Vegas to have such an amazing and beautiful area like Red Rock Canyon so close to town. Red Rock is not just a place for locals to enjoy, but rather an important draw for tourists who come to Las Vegas and want to get off the Strip for the day. Recreational tourism not only creates tens of thousands of jobs in our community, but also provides important tax revenue to fund service at the state and local level.
With that backdrop, it is troubling that the Clark County Commission would even consider a proposal by developer Jim Rhodes to build a small city of more than 14,000 residents in Red Rock Canyon, surrounded by the Conservation Area. Building in Red Rock Canyon will not only detract from the experience of visitors, but will also encourage more leapfrog development in surrounding rural areas. I strongly urge County Commissioners to deny Rhodes’ proposed sprawl development and instead preserve Red Rock Canyon for future generations to enjoy.”

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