Nevada Political Roundup April 13

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I was pleased to receive my Voter Notification Card from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters. I was going to insert a pic of it, but after redacting ALL of the information I felt it pointless. I wonder how many people (or their puppy) received one by surprise and if it will trigger them to change their party affiliation.

The 2022 candidate list has been updated! Our always dependable, rock star Associate, Zoë Houghton has added the March 2022 voter registration statistics from the Secretary of State’s office. Fun fact: if you click on the name of the candidate you’ll be taken to their website (if it’s available) and you can learn everything (kinda) about them.    

If you haven’t watched the Nevada Newsmakers debate hosted by Sam Shad between incumbent Congressman Mark Amodei and Republican Challenger (and Douglas County Commissioner) Danny Tarkanian, you should: Battle for CD2

They came. They filed. They stayed. Now it’s time for candidates to brush up on campaign practices. The Secretary of State has a tool for that: Campaign Guide 2022.  

Normally, the date to file your federal taxes is April 15. Thanks to a Washington D.C. holiday, Emancipation Day, the date was moved to the next business day, April 18th. The holiday celebrates legislation passed in 1862 that ended slavery in Washington. However, April 15th is still an exciting day in Nevada Politics: Campaign Contribution and Expense (C&E) Reports are due. 

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

Lawmakers OK $600 Million in American Rescue Plan Spending
The Nevada Independent provided a great overview of the most discussed items during last week’s Interim Finance Committee. “The state has $1.3 billion in unobligated funds out of the $2.7 billion in ARP state general aid.” (I’m going to miss Vice Chair Carlton's ability to analogize fiscal procedures to baseball. Catchers and pitchers apply to state funds too! - Zoë)

Governor Sisolak's Dignitary Protection Detail Adds Three Positions
The State Board of Examiners, a panel that ratifies and oversees state contracts and spending, unanimously approved a funding request for three new dignitary protection positions assigned to Governor Sisolak amid a rise in verbal and physical threats toward public officials across the nation.

Bidens Boos Bolster GOP in Nevada according to RGJ Poll
According to a Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal poll released on Tuesday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Steve Sisolak are trailing their Republican rivals for their seats. “Any time an incumbent polls under 50%, he or she is deemed vulnerable because they are established brands,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston."


Healthcare News

The Department of Health and Human Services has been allocated $43 million to “support behavioral health needs throughout Nevada.” According to a press release by the Department, the funding, made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is divided into 10 categories, with over 40 organizations receiving funds.

  1. Criminal Justice and Diversion - $7,557,618
  2. Crisis Services and Stabilization- $14,896,203
  3. Early Serious Mental Illness - $2,200,000
  4. Forensic Assertive Community Treatment - $2,200,000
  5. Suicide Prevention Media/Messaging - $24,000
  6. Peer Services/Workforce/Education/Treatment - $4,290,671
  7. Prevention, including School Based - $3,130,668
  8. Direct Services and Treatment - $4,891,646
  9. Pregnant Women and Women with Children Services - $3,120,155
  10. Behavioral Health Care Workforce Development - $1,558,903

Infrastructure News

Reno-Tahoe International Airport to upgrade concourses, add parking in $1 billion project
This expansion project, dubbed MoreRNO, will be the largest construction project undertaken by the airport; the first phase of construction will be the ticketing area expansion and roadway upgrade and are expected to break ground this fall.

Last Thursday, Governor Sisolak formally launched his “Home Means Nevada” initiative in Las Vegas after Nevada lawmakers approved half of the planned $500 million investment during the Interim Finance Committee meeting. 

Workforce report identifies the most in-demand jobs/industries in Southern Nevada
According to a regional "2022 Workforce Blueprint" released last week, the top 5 "high demand occupations" for Southern Nevada are software developers, civil engineers, managers, and veterinarians.
The report lists the following as target industries within Southern Nevada: general and advanced manufacturing, creative industries, information and communication technologies, transportation and logistics technologies, business and financial services, health care services and clean technologies.


Environmental News

Western U.S. housing crisis leads some to live on public lands
"A super-charged housing market has pushed yet another wave of people to live on Western public lands. Andres says it’s different than the economic downturn 14 years ago. This time, it's not just people losing their jobs, but instead includes many gainfully employed people who simply can’t find an affordable place to live."


What we’re doing this Interim

The 2021 Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 443, Legislation that fundamentally changed the way the Legislature operates between Sessions. The newly formed Interim Standing Committees have begun meeting, hearing overviews of their mission and setting agendas for the next eleven months.

They continue to meet via video conference but we’re hopeful that by Spring some will begin to meet in person. Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

2021 Redistricting Maps

The new boundaries would give 14 of the 21 state Senate districts and 27 of the 42 Assembly districts a voter registration advantage for Democrats over Republicans of more than 4.5 percent.

The Nevada Independent

Please see the links below to view the new district lines for Nevada Assembly, Senate and Congressional delegation.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
SenateSenate
Congressional Congressional

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