ASSEMBLYWOMAN CARLTON AND STATE SENATOR WOODHOUSE STATEMENT FOLLOWING GAMING CONTROL BOARD HEARING

CARSON CITY— Assembly Ways and Means Chair Maggie Carlton and Senate Finance Chair Joyce Woodhouse released the following statement after tonight’s hearing on Assembly Bill 513, a bill that will provide the Gaming Control Board with its own independent counsel.

“After this evening’s hearing, it is clear that Attorney General Laxalt’s attempt to pressure the Gaming Control Board to intervene in a private civil lawsuit on behalf of his biggest donor has created an irreconcilable conflict. In fact, Mr. Laxalt admitted on the record tonight that the Board has gone so far as to ask him to recuse himself from representing their interests in this particular matter. Further, Mr. Laxalt failed to provide any compelling explanation as to why he felt the need to override his own office’s advice to the Board not to intervene in the private suit.

Nevada sets the gold standard in gaming regulation, and the Legislature is responsible for ensuring that the integrity of the state’s largest industry remains intact. Because of Mr. Laxalt’s actions, we remain convinced that we must take steps to provide independent counsel to the Board and pass Assembly Bill 513.”

 

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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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