Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Welcome to 2023!

We are all very excited for the beginning of the 2023 Nevada Legislative Session on Monday, February 6. The office will be ready, systems are in place, and in the words of the late Mills Lane, “Let’s get it on.”

Governor Lombardo laid out his budget and his vision during his State of the State Adress on January 23rd.

If you have an hour, this is must watch TV

But we’ve made it easy to review - read the written transcript here.

For an overview of the executive budget in an easy-to-read-format, click here.

The State of the State Address is an important kick off to the Legislature. Two days after the speech, meetings for the Legislative Commission’s Budget Subcommittee started (session before The Session) where they hear from Department heads about their agency budgets. No decisions are made during this time - they’re not in Session but the legislators that will decide the budget are getting a peek at what’s to come.
-Tom 

Important Dates

First Day of the 2023 Legislative Session beginsFebruary 6, 2023

until the 82nd Nevada Legislative Session begins.


ICYMI

Watch a replay of Jon Ralston interview Governor Lombardo about his SOTS

Democratic Response to the Governor's State of the State Address

Freshman Legislator Orientation series by the Nevada Independent

New dining options at the Legislative Building


ECONOMY

Tesla announces new $3.5B facility east of Sparks to build all-electric semi trucks
This week, Tesla announced plans to build a new $3.5 billion advanced manufacturing facility east of Sparks to build the company's all-electric semi trucks. The facility will be built at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center and is expected to create 3,000 jobs.

EDAWN State of the Economy: National recession likely, but northern Nevada ready to weather storm
Local economic experts said although a national recession is likely in 2023, northern Nevada will weather the storm better than other regions because of its more diversified economy. "We (won't) see many job losses associated with this recession, unlike prior recessions, because our manufacturing workforce will be working, our technology workforce will be working," said EDAWN CEO and President Mike Kazmierski.


ENVIRONMENT

Six states release consensus framework for Colorado River cuts — with California absent
Earlier this week, six of the seven U.S. states that rely on the Colorado River released a framework that outlines a potential strategy for federal water regulators tasked with making unprecedented cuts on an overused watershed that serves about 40 million people across the Southwest. 

Notably, the plan failed to gain the support of California, seen as critical to making meaningful cutbacks, as the state with the largest apportionment of the river and priority legal entitlements to use water. And it’s unclear how federal officials will regard a plan that leaves out a key state. John Entsminger, who leads the Southern Nevada Water Authority, said in a statement Monday that while the goal remains a seven-state deal, the six-state plan was a “positive step forward.” 

In the coming weeks, federal water officials will review the plan and could incorporate parts of it in an environmental review process to evaluate the short-term cuts to annual water use. The federal government will likely announce a regulatory action later this year.

General Motors conditionally investing $650M in Thacker Pass
General Motors Co. has conditionally agreed to invest $650 million in Lithium Americas Corp. in a deal that will give GM exclusive access to the first phase of a mine planned near the Nevada-Oregon line with the largest known source of lithium in the U.S. The equity investment the companies announced jointly on Tuesday is contingent on the Thacker Pass project clearing the final environmental and legal challenges it faces in federal court in Reno, where conservationists and tribal leaders are suing to block it.


GAMING

Nevada casinos close out 2022 with record gaming revenue figures
Fueled by a single-month record for the Strip in December, Nevada finished off 2022 with more than $14.8 billion in gaming revenue, blowing past 2021’s $13.4 billion by 10.5 percent, the state’s Gaming Control Board announced earlier this week. “The Strip accounted for the majority of the statewide increase in December,” said control board senior economic analyst Michael Lawton. “The state’s combined markets outside of the Strip only increased by 0.2 percent, or $914,000 compared to December 2021.”

Lombardo names ex-judge George Assad to seat on the Gaming Control Board
Former Las Vegas judge George Assad, 71, who was a Las Vegas Municipal Court judge from 2002 until 2011, will have a four-year term as a member of the board that directs the statewide agency charged with regulating and enforcing laws governing Nevada’s largest industry.

His appointment fills out the three-person board. Assad has been a commissioner with the Nevada Transportation Authority for more than a decade. The agency oversees the state’s taxicab companies, limousine services and charter transportation industry. He replaces control board member Philip Katsaros, who did not seek reappointment to his board position.


HEALTH CARE

Nearly 100,000 Nevadans signed up for health insurance this year
Nevada Health Link has announced that nearly 100,000 Nevadans have enrolled in qualified, affordable health insurance plans during this year’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which ran from November 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023.

Out of those who enrolled, about 18,000 were new enrollees, meaning they were not previously enrolled in a plan on the marketplace.


INFRASTRUCTURE

Senator Cortez Masto says Nevada will receive over $3.5 million to help road safety
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Southern Nevada will receive $3,539,000 through the Safe Streets and Roads for All program to support projects that will improve road safety and prevent roadway deaths across the Las Vegas valley. Senator Cortez Masto funded this program through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.


2023 Legislative Session Resources

Click here to view a list of Bills for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

Click here to view the list of Senate and Assembly Committees.


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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Preparing for a new year, a new Governor and the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.  

There is A LOT of stuff going on during this already busy holiday season.  

Governor-Elect Joe Lombardo and his team are busy preparing and planning the transition of power in January. There is a lot to do in a short amount of time, but with naming Ben Kieckhefer as his Chief of Staff and selecting experienced leaders to his transition team, the Governor-Elect has set himself up for success. We look forward to celebrating with the Governor-Elect and his entire team at their Gubernatorial Inauguration Ball in January! 

With the first day of the 82nd Session just two months away, we are starting to see how the Session will shape up: the Assembly has announced their Committee Chairs, the Senate has announced full Committee appointments, and the deadline to submit BDRs for legislators is this Saturday. Also, in stark contrast to 2021, the social events calendar is quickly filling up. Though there is a lot going on, we are so excited for February!  

This will be our last newsletter of the year. (It always goes by so fast.)  We’d really appreciate your feedback on how we can improve it for our readers. If you have any ideas or suggestion, please feel free to send me an email
Also, if you still have some gift shopping to do, why not gift your friends and family something that celebrates Nevada. Travel Nevada has provided this great Nevada Pride Shopping Guide to get you started. 

Have a wonderful rest of your year and keep an eye out in your inbox for our newsletter in January.

Important Dates

First Day of the 2023 Legislative Session beginsFebruary 6, 2023

until the 82nd Nevada Legislative Session begins.


ICYMI

Asm. Rochelle Nguyen to be appointed to fill Sen. Chris Brooks’ vacancy

Joe Lombardo announces Chairs of Transition Team Working Committees

Jill Tolles named Guinn Center Executive Director


ECONOMY

Economic Forum: Lombardo, lawmakers will have $11.4 billion for two-year budget

Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo and Nevada lawmakers will have $11.4 billion in projected tax revenues to construct the next two-year general fund budget covering July 2023-June 2025, marking a nearly $2.3 billion increase over the current two-year budget set in 2021.

The Economic Forum projects a 2.9% increase in state tax revenues over the next two years, beginning July 2023. The major increase in the size of the budget was driven by soaring collections from sales and gaming taxes, which have boomed amid an ongoing period of high inflation and relatively strong consumer spending.

Nevada announces winners of provisional cannabis lounge licenses
This week, the Cannabis Compliance Board awarded 20 entities with “prospective” independent consumption lounges, including 10 “social equity” applicants. These applicants were chosen through a random selection process out of a pool of 80 submitters.  


EDUCATION

Washoe school board appoints new trustee to serve District E

The Washoe County School Board has appointed Alex Woodley as the next trustee for District E, which covers the northwest section of Reno and parts of Lemmon and Panther Valleys. Woodley was sworn into office right after the votes were tallied Tuesday at a special board meeting. Woodley emerged as the favorite after the six trustees participated in a ranked-choice voting-like system.

Woodley is replacing former Board President Angie Taylor, who was recently elected to the Nevada Assembly. Woodley will serve out the remainder of Taylor’s term, which ends Jan. 5, 2025.


ENVIRONMENT

Biden pledges to designate Avi Kwa Ame monument in Nevada honoring tribes

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that he would designate the Avi Kwa Ame monument through a proclamation. 

The proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument will protect sacred land and connect sensitive desert landscapes, spanning from the Mojave National Preserve in California to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Avi Kwa Ame, or Spirit Mountain, is considered a spiritual center and a sacred area for 10 Yuman-speaking tribes, in addition to the Hopi and Chemehuevi Paiute. 


GAMING

California developer plans to build a casino resort near Reno convention center

San Diego-based Elevation Entertainment submitted plans to the City of Reno for a 200-room hotel-casino to be constructed on a long-touted but still empty 20-acre site near the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, at the intersection of South Virginia Street and Kietzke Lane.

The project carries the working title of Firecreek Crossing Resort-Casino, which incorporates the name of the neighboring retail and entertainment complex. The developer said the project’s cost is being determined. The plans include a 65,000-square-foot casino, restaurants and an outdoor pool deck atop the hotel tower.  They hope the city can approve the project by next summer, with construction beginning in 12 – 18 months.

Vici To Take Full Ownership of MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay Real Estate in Deal Valued at $5.5 Billion

Another change in ownership on the Las Vegas Strip. Vici Properties is set to become full owner of the MGM Grand Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino real estate, following its acquisition of the remaining interest in the properties from Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust.

Gaming real estate investment trust Vici currently holds 50.1% interest in the joint venture, which it shares with BREIT, that owns the MGM Grand Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay properties. Through this deal, Vici will acquire BREIT's 49.9% interest in the joint venture for a cash consideration of roughly $1.27 billion. It also will assume Blackstone's pro-rata share of existing property debt. The deal values the properties at $5.5 billion and represents another step in the ownership of these Las Vegas Strip properties.


HEALTH CARE

Nevada to receive over $35 million after Opioid Litigation Settlements

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Nevada entered two additional opioid litigation settlements, bringing in tens of millions of dollars to assist with abating the opioid crisis in the state. Nevada will receive $32.2 million from a multistate settlement with Walmart and $1.5 million from a settlement – not negotiated as part of a multistate deal – with American Drug Stores. In addition, the Mallinckrodt bankruptcy plan has been finalized, resulting in $1.8 million for Nevada.


HOUSING

State of Nevada completes awards for $500 million Home Means Nevada initiative

This week, Governor Sisolak and the Nevada Housing Division announced the final awards for the $500 million Home Means Nevada affordable housing initiative, completing the singe-largest investment into affordable housing seen by the state.

This program was initially launched in April. The full is of awardees can be viewed at the link above.


2023 Legislative Session Resources

Click here to view a list of Bills for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

Click here to view the list of Senate and Assembly Committees.


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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

The 2022 Mid-Term General Election has been decided even though election officials in each Nevada county continue to finalize the outcome. Mail ballots have been counted, uncertain ballots have been “cured” and the final canvass will be delivered to each County Commission for certification.

Yes, it took a long time to count the ballots and people were anxious to get the results, but the prolonged announcement was due to process, not politics. For example, it took time to count every vote that was mailed or dropped off at election centers. If a signature on a mail-in ballot was questionable, the voter was notified, and the ballot needed to be “cured” by the voter.

I suspect the Nevada Legislature will try and address these issues when they convene in February 2023.

Election Outcome

Nevada was again the focus of a lot of national attention, especially the race for the US Senate. Incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto faced a difficult challenge from former NV Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, Adam Laxalt. Majority control of the US Senate once again hinged on the outcome of the race. Catherine Cortez Masto was declared the winner and Adam Laxalt conceded on November 15, 2022.

Nevada 2022 General Election result for U.S. Senate

The race for Governor was hotly contested between Incumbent Democrat Steve Sisolak and Republican Sheriff from Clark County, Joe Lombardo. The Nevada electorate is known to split their ballot, and this was evidenced by Joe Lombardo winning the contest over the incumbent by nearly 15,000 votes.

Nevada 2022 General Election result for Governor

To view the rest of the 2022 election results, visit our updated 2022 Election Candidate List.

All 17 counties will canvass their votes on Friday, November 17, a statutorily required process to declare, examine, and certify the election results. 

To learn more about canvassing the vote in Nevada, check out this handy dandy infographic the Legislative Counsel Bureau Research Division has provided. 


POST-ELECTION STORIES

Laxalt Concedes to Cortez Masto: "Any challenge would not alter the outcome."

All 3 ballot questions approved by Nevada voters

Governor-Elect Lombardo Announces Transition Team

Lombardo pledges to be education governor

Nevada’s three vulnerable House Democrats survive re-election challenges


2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Democrats will maintain control of both houses in the Nevada Legislature:

Senate: 13 Democrats, 8 Republicans
Assembly: 28 Democrats (2/3rds Super Majority), 14 Republicans

Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem, Steve Yeager, is expected to take the helm as Speaker of the Assembly. The Senate will continue to be led by Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. Senator Heidi Seevers Gansert has been chosen as Minority Leader. PK O'Neil has been chosen as the Assembly Minority Leader. 

Further reading:

Democrats expected to retain control of Legislature, remain short of supermajority

After election, new faces make up bulk of 2023 legislative leadership



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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Now we wait. 

Being a Battle Ground State is exciting. Being one of the last states to count, cure and report results is not.

Registrars in the urban counties (Washoe and Clark) have reported that tens of thousands of ballots that were dropped off at voting locations remain to be counted. That’s frustrating but I give our Registrars, their staff and the many, many volunteers a lot of credit for working long hours to make sure that the outcome is credible, that EVERY vote matters and must be counted. We don't expect results for several key races, like U.S. Senate and Governor, to be known until Saturday.

The shift we will see in the next couple of days will make many people very suspicious of the outcome. Mail and drop off ballots tend to favor Democrats and we’re already seeing that trend as the lead Republicans have eroding. 

The world is watching the Silver State very closely. National media organizations get very excited as new numbers are reported. The power balance of the US Senate is at stake. As Jon Ralston, CEO of the Nevada Independent and a regular on MSNBC and other national news channels likes to say, “We Matter.”

We do matter and we need to be patient so that we can have confidence in the outcome regardless of who wins and loses.

The Nevada Secretary of State's office has regular updates, but we are keeping a closer eye on the individual county websites, especially Clark and Washoe. You can find links to all of them below.

Or, watch the national news. They’re watching us. 👀


ELECTION RESULTS

Clark County


Washoe County


Nevada Secretary of State (for cumulative totals and county by county breakdowns)


PROJECTED WINNERS

The Nevada Independent has projected several winners up and down the ballot. Notably Aaron Ford (D) is anticipated to prevail over Sigal Chattah (R) and win reelection to the Attorney General's office. 

Click here for the complete list of projected winners. 



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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

The best poll is about to occur. 

For the past several months, there have been countless polls doing their best to predict the outcome of this year's election. Well now the time has come for the last, most definitive poll: election night. We'll see just how "purple" Nevadans are feeling this election, as there are some predictions we will elect a split ticket, a growing possibility as the active Non-partisan registered voter share is now, albeit narrowly, larger than registered Republicans in the state

As I've said last week, this will be an unprecedented, unpredictable election. We expect some races to be called election night, but the general mantra of the firm is "election night is not results night." Remember, the polls don't close until the last voter standing in line (given they reached their polling place before the 7 p.m. cutoff) casts their ballot. That line could take hours. In addition, all mail ballots postmarked by November 8 will need to be counted, and that could take several days. 

Regardless of when the official general election results are posted (which you can find links to on our 2022 Election page), Tom Clark Solutions will keep you updated of all results and decisions.  

Important Dates

General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

until the General Election.


ICYMI

Reno City Council appoints Miguel Martinez to open Ward 3 seat
 
The sleeper county that could decide the Senate (Spoiler: It’s Washoe County.)
 
Washoe County interim registrar reflects on the state of election officials as Election Day approaches
 
Fed approves 0.75-point hike to take rates to highest since 2008


ECONOMY

Up to 40 cannabis consumption lounges coming to Nevada
This week, the Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) announced it received 100 completed state licensing applications during the 10-day application window earlier this month.

The CCB will issue two types of cannabis consumption lounge licenses: retail (attached/immediately adjacent to a cannabis-retail store) and independent. Upon receiving final inspection, licensure, and approval by the Board, retail cannabis consumption lounges
may open.

Per state law, the CCB may issue 20 independent cannabis consumption lounge licenses, half of which are designated for social equity applicants. The CCB anticipates conducting two drawings via a random number selector in early December to determine the issuance of independent cannabis consumption lounge licenses for non-social equity and social equity applicants.

The first lounges are anticipated to be open early 2023.


EDUCATION

About one-third of federal COVID relief funds for Clark County schools spent or committed
The Clark County School District is about a third of the way through spending or committing its nearly $778 million in federal pandemic relief assistance.
 
During a board meeting last Thursday, district officials presented an annual report on use of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ARP ESSER III) funding it was awarded last year.
 
The Clark County School District is further along in spending its ESSER III funding than the Washoe County School District, the state’s second-largest school district, according to data collected by Edunomics, an education finance group at Georgetown University. But other smaller Nevada school districts such as ones in Elko, Lander and Storey counties, which received less ESSER III funds than Clark, have already spent more than half of their money.


GAMING

Wynn shares jump after Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta buys a 6.1 percent stake
Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Golden Nugget casinos, is now the second-largest individual shareholder in Wynn Resorts after acquiring more than 6.9 million shares.

According to a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Fertitta purchased the 6.1 percent stake in Wynn on Oct. 19. Wynn’s stock rose more than 11 percent Monday morning on the Nasdaq following news of the stock acquisition and closed at $63.90, up 9.61 percent.

Boyd expands nationally; Red Rock focused on Southern Nevada
The Nevada Independent provides an interesting overview and the contrast of Boyd and Red Rock expansion strategies. For Boyd Gaming, if Boyd Gaming has designs on expanding its Las Vegas footprint, CEO Keith Smith is keeping it quiet.  Recently, Smith was asked “Are you looking for me to slip up and give you a scoop?” to which Smith responded, “[w]hen we have something to talk about, I’ll tell you.”

As to Red Rock, the approach is different for Red Rock Resorts. The company, Boyd’s largest competitor in the neighborhood casino market, has visions of doubling its footprint in the Las Vegas Valley by 2030. Red Rock, the corporate parent of operator Station Casinos, owns 630 acres of developable land across Southern Nevada.

For now, the under-construction $750 million Durango Station in southwestern Las Vegas, near the 215 Beltway, is the focus. It’s scheduled to open late next year. But Red Rock CFO Stephen Cootey told analysts on the company’s third-quarter conference call last week that sites in the Henderson community of Inspirada and Sky Canyon in northwest Las Vegas are moving “through the planning entitlement and zoning processes."


HEALTHCARE

Open Enrollment period begins for Nevada Health Link
The open enrollment period began Tuesday for Nevada Health Link. Those who don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid can sign up for coverage through the Silver State Exchange.
 
Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023. Learn more about Open Enrollment here.


HOUSING

Governor Sisolak, Nevada Housing Division announce first round of funding awardees for $500 million Home Means Nevada initiative
Last week, Governor Sisolak and the Nevada Housing Division announced an initial set of funding awards for the $500 million Home Means Nevada initiative. Funded by American Rescue Plan dollars, this initiative will create lasting and generational change for Nevadans. Today’s awards total $155.7 million in funding, representing about one-third of the initiative.

The initiative includes four categories of funds that will be administered by the division – Multi-family Development, Multi-family Preservation, Land Acquisition and Home Ownership: New Development/Rehabilitation. The full list of the initial awards can be found at the link above.

Reno-Sparks median home prices fall as inventory, interest rates rise
 The Northern Nevada housing market has finally slowed down; the Reno-Sparks area is seeing higher inventory and lower median home prices, which means buyers have a little more room to breathe. The median home price in Reno is $535,000 as of September 2022, down from $615,000 in May.

There are currently more than 1,300 listings on the market which is nearly double compared to near-record lows earlier in the year. Importantly, industry experts say the one thing buyers are going to want to look out for this year is higher borrowing costs as the Federal Reserve continues to implement interest rate hikes.


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.

Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

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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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

It’s happening (finally).

Ballots have been mailed and received, early voting has started and we can see the light at the end of this tunnel.

Let’s hope it’s not a train.

This is also the time when we get asked about candidates that are running and while we do have our personal suggestions, during these vitriolic times I usually point people to our Candidate List where you can click on a candidate’s name to view the campaign website, bio or other link.

Or Google.

Here are some other resources:

Voter Guides

I am also asked for my predictions for US Senate, Congress, and the Constitutional offices.  I have them. They are sealed in an envelope that will be opened after the Election. Only my family, close friends, and clients are privy to such valuable information, not that it really maters…


My most public predictions, that I’ve made before: This will be an unprecedented, unpredictable election. Lawsuits will be filed, outcomes will be delayed, fraud will not be a factor.
 
Let us not forget that October 31st is NEVADA DAY! It is observed by the State on Friday, 10/28 and the best damn parade in the country is in Carson City on Saturday. Every candidate that matters will be there, beyond that the tradition is a lot of good ole Nevada style fun! You really need to witness Single Jack Rock Drilling to call yourself a true Nevadan.
 
Not feeling the Nevada Day vibe? Watch this: Home Means Nevada music video
 
Please, be kind to your poll workers.

Important Dates

General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022


ICYMI

Update: Washoe County ballots not missing — they're still in the mail

How rural Nevada became the next battleground for the ‘Big Lie’
 
Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Nevada Legislature Rating Changes Favors Republicans


ECONOMY

5 things to know about Nevada’s economy
Last week, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation gave a presentation to the Economic Forum with updates about the state of Nevada’s economy. The Economic Forum is required to provide a forecast of general fund revenue for the next couple of fiscal years, which the governor uses in developing the executive budget. A subsequent meeting in May will guide the Legislature in finalizing that budget. Below are five key takeaways from DETR’s presentation.

  1. Employment has fully recovered from the pandemic
  2. Unemployment is generally low
  3. Wages are rising significantly
  4. People are quitting their jobs at high rates
  5. With concerns of national recession, Nevada in a ‘better spot’ than other states

2023 State Business Tax Climate Index: Nevada Ranks Seventh
The Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems and provides a road map for improvement.


EDUCATION

Nevada lieutenant governor wants cities, counties to add school board members
Nevada's lieutenant governor is proposing that county commissions and cities have the ability to add members to school district boards. Lisa Cano Burkhead filed a bill draft request that would have each county commission appoint a school board president, who would set the agenda and govern trustees, a spokesman for her office announced Thursday.
 
If the bill were to be passed, four more trustees could be added to the Clark County School District Board of Trustees. Clark County commissioners would appoint a school board president, while the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson would be able to appoint their own trustees.


ENVIRONMENT

Lithium Americas signs agreement with local tribe
The Elko Free Daily Press reports that Lithium America Corp., the company working toward developing the Thacker Pass lithium mine north of Winnemucca, announced last week that it has entered a Community Benefits Agreement with the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe. The CBA establishes a framework for continued collaboration and defines the long-term benefits for the tribe, the largest Native American community within the vicinity of the project.

Lithium Americas said the CBA is a product of years of engagement, job training and relationship-building between the company and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe. The CBA states that Lithium Americas will continue to provide additional training and employment opportunities, and the company will support cultural education and preservation.

Also, Lithium Americas has agreed to build an 8,000 square foot community center for the tribe that includes a daycare, preschool, playground, cultural facility and communal greenhouse to support reclamation efforts and provide income for the tribe.

State puts $100M toward water conservation
Last week, the Interim Finance Committee approved $100 million in funding for water conservation projects across the state and another $6.4 million to modernize the state’s data on groundwater basins.

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be tasked with allocating those funds for individual projects, and the department’s director, Jim Lawrence, said he plans to move fast to get things moving to meet the urgent water needs across the state. The department will set up a technical advisory committee immediately to create the criteria that will be used to award funding to those projects.


GAMING

More rules coming on esports wagering
The eight-member committee guiding the Nevada Gaming Control Board on developing regulations for wagering on esports unanimously voted to forward a regulatory proposal to the board and the Nevada Gaming Commission.
 
The Esports Technical Advisory Committee on Monday recommended amendments to Regulation 22, the board’s regulation overseeing race books and sports pools.
 
If the amendment is adopted by the board and commission, bettors in Nevada will soon be allowed to wager on a variety of video game competitions staged online or in Nevada venues.


HOUSING

Amid grad student pay crunch, UNR looks to private sector for housing solution
Last week, the Board of Regents approved a three-year lease agreement between UNR and Reno City Center (formerly the old Harrah’s tower) that could pave the way for at least some affordable housing units dedicated to Northern Nevada graduate students. By the fall of 2023, the Reno City Center will host 85 graduate students from UNR.
 
The new units will cost $995 per month for a studio-sized space, with annual increases of up to 5 percent per year baked into the contract — well below the current median Reno rent of $1,520. Those increases amount to roughly $1,100 per-month rent by the third year of the deal, and as much as $1,269 per month at the end of six years, should the deal be extended.


INFRASTRUCTURE

Massive $500 million project to bring 2 new concourses to Reno-Tahoe Intl. Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport begins its’ $500 million remodel bringing two new concourses, specifically Airport CEO Daren Griffin and other dignitaries held a news conference Thursday morning announcing the project which will demolish concourses B and C and build new ones.


OUTDOOR RECREATION

2022 Nevada Transportation, Trails, and Tourism Summit
The Nevada Transportation, Trails, and Tourism Summit shapes the future of active transportation and trail-based recreation in Nevada by bringing our communities together to network, and to discover and share best practices. The Summit will include keynote and plenary sessions, educational panels, presentations, technical workshops, and strategic sessions designed to activate partners to advance our shared efforts. But that's not all - the Summit will also feature a fun evening awards party and other activities designed to support networking and meeting new people. We will also promote stewardship, community engagement, active transportation, and outdoor recreation.

When: November 8-10, 2022
Where: Reno, NV 
Tickets: $20


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.

Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

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

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NAMI executive director Robin Reedy, left, moderates a panel discussion on the mental health crisis on Sept. 20, 2022, that included NNRH nurse Norah Lusk, MedX AirOne Medical Director Dr. Rob Bryant, MedX AirOne Executive Director Paul Ward, Willliam Bee Ririe CEO Matt Walker, Regional Behavioral Health Board Chair Fergus Laughridge, and Regional Behavioral Health Coordinator Valerie Haskin. 

At the inaugural Ruby Mountain Mental Health Summit hosted in September 2022 by MedX AirOne, the audience was engaged, the venue was beautiful, the dinner delicious, and the panel produced a productive conversation around steps toward solving the mental health crisis in rural Nevada. Elko County Sheriff Aitor Narvaiza even described it as “probably the best meeting we’ve had” on the topic.
 
Please find below a summary of recommendations based on the input from the panel, community leaders and behavioral health workers in attendance. These recommendations are based on the responses provided to the core question of the evening: If you had a blank check, how would you solve mental health issues in Nevada?
 
This year’s Summit was the first of many to come, as the mental health issues facing rural Nevadans will not be solved overnight. The policy recommendations produced this year will serve as progress indicators for next year’s Summit.
 
For an overview of the entire inaugural Summit, please click here to read the story in the Elko Daily Free Press covering the event.


SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN RURAL NEVADA

  1. Center for Behavioral Health Education
    • Create a central source for training and education for K-12 students all the way through clinical experience and licensure to meet the needs of employers, behavioral health professionals and consumers. Also serve as a central education resource to help with starting a business in the behavioral health care field or connecting providers with opportunities to practice in rural communities.
    • Modeled after the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.
  2. Provide family services focused on addressing mental health stressors
    • Create or fund programs focused on “helping people in the home” as a method to address the environmental/situational factors that may contribute to a mental health crisis.
  3. Increase in-patient resources
    • With funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, the Northern Nevada Regional Hospital in Elko will be able to re-open the in-patient psychiatric unit that closed in 2016. This is a great step, but there needs to be more in-patient resources for rural Nevadans. Expanding in-patient resources would not only reduce the outlay costs for patients relocated elsewhere for their behavioral health care needs, but also help prevent these patients from relying on emergency departments to provide the care they need.
  4. Behavioral Health Workforce Center
    • This Center would address the behavioral health provider shortage in the state by creating the workforce or incentivizing behavioral health workers to practice here. The Center would also provide training in behavioral health technologies and innovations, an analysis of the workforce and serve as a central resource for the public to find behavioral health resources offered in the state.
  5. Licensure Reciprocity / Interstate Compact
    • Re-evaluate licensing requirements of behavioral health professionals to address the behavioral health provider shortage in Nevada.
  6. Develop a Crisis Care Center model for rural Nevada
    • Implement crisis care center system in rural Nevada in order to avoid delays in treatment, create better outcomes for people experiencing psychiatric crises, and deploy resources appropriately.
  7. Connect all agencies and clinics across the state
    • There are numerous state agencies, clinics and hospitals that provide behavioral health services throughout Nevada, but they aren’t communicating with each other or the public is unaware of available services. Creating an organizational chart/map and providing a pathway for more communication between entities will prevent duplicative efforts, increase efficacy of resources and clarify to the public where to go or who to contact for their behavioral health needs.
  8. Study the behavioral health needs of first responders
    • Law enforcement, EMTs and other first responders face occupational stress that is associated with an increased risk for mental health issues. There is a lack of data on the number of behavioral health crises first responders face. Research is needed to better understand the long-term effects these occupations have on mental health.
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Opening remarks

Merry Clean Energy Week!

If you'd like to take a break from celebrating National Daughter's and National Son's Day on social media, celebrate Clean Energy Week! Last week Governor Sisolak signed a proclamation officially declaring September 26 - 30, 2022 Clean Energy Week in Nevada. To learn more about Nevada's energy sources and its progress toward its Renewable Portfolio Standard target of 50% by 2030, check out this excellent report authored by The Governor's Office of Energy Director David Bobzien.

Important Dates

General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022


ICYMI

Reno City Council votes to fill Ward 3 vacancy by appointment process

Seaman sues fellow Las Vegas City Councilwoman Fiore, alleges assault

NGM hosts tour for analysts and investors

Video of bighorn sheep rescue at Lake Mead viewed over 20M times


ECONOMY

Nevada unemployment rate unchanged in August
Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 4.4 percent — unchanged from July. But that is significantly better than the 6 percent rate recorded in August 2021.

The non-seasonally adjusted rate — the “raw” rate — however, inched up two-tenths in August to 5.2 percent. The problem area remains Clark County which is home to the vast majority of Nevada workers and remained at 5.7 percent.

August passenger counts at Reid airport hits record

This week, the Clark County Department of Aviation reported that Harry Reid International Airport had the highest number of August passengers and the most passengers ever for a three-month period. The airport reported 4.64 million passengers in August, two months after a record 4.86 million passengers passed through its gates in July.

Domestic passenger arrivals ruled the month. The 4.31 million domestic passengers, including market leader Southwest Airlines’ 1.64 million, produced a 17.8% increase over August 2021. International flying soared by 209.4%to 245,248 passengers.


ENVIRONMENT

BLM: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Support Partnership with Nevada Department of Wildlife to Reduce Wildfire Risk 

With funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Bureau of Land Management has signed a $918,000 cooperative agreement with the State of Nevada to restore wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire risk. The cooperative agreement and initial funding are the first step in a five-year project that can go up to $10 million. The Division of Wildlife’s work on BLM-managed Federal land will occur under Good Neighbor Authority, which allows the BLM to authorize state and local agencies to plan and execute cross-jurisdictional restoration efforts.

South Lake Tahoe may outlaw single-use plastic water bottles as microplastic contamination grows

Last week, the South Lake Tahoe City Council took steps toward establishing a municipal and commercial ban on single-use plastic water bottles in the city. A proposed ordinance would prohibit the use of single-use water bottles smaller than one gallon at city facilities, permitted activities and special events. The sale of single-use plastic water bottles of the same size would also be outlawed. If approved, the local law would go into effect in April 2024.

A first reading of the ordinance received unanimous support from the council. A final reading will go before the council Oct. 4


HEALTHCARE

Sisolak, Cannizzaro detail next steps for public health insurance option

The Nevada Indy’s article on the next steps for the 2021 public health insurance option. Preliminary findings from a study of Nevada’s public health insurance option suggests it could generate $300 million to $400 million in health care savings for consumers and the state during its first five years. The figure was shared Friday during a virtual meeting featuring comments from Gov. Steve Sisolak and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas). During the 2021 legislative session, Cannizzaro sponsored SB420, which created the state-managed public health option that won’t debut until 2026. The governor signed the bill, which passed on party lines in the Legislature, into law after the session.

SB420 included a requirement for state officials to contract with an outside firm to conduct an actuarial study of the public option. Many of the projected savings, state officials said, would come through a federal waiver Nevada Medicaid intends to submit for approval by March. 

According to the state health department, the savings from the implementation of the public option could be reinvested through a federal waiver that would “buy down premium costs” for Nevadans in the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. The savings would be put in a state trust fund and used as subsidies to improve health care affordability for Nevadans. 

Saint Mary’s Health Network is pleased to announce it has welcomed Derrick Glum, MBA, FACHE as its new Chief Executive Officer. 
Mr. Glum joins Saint Mary’s Health Network and Prime Healthcare with nearly 20 years of healthcare experience, most recently serving as the Regional Chief Operating Officer/Hospital Administrator for two hospitals in the greater Phoenix area – Mountain View Medical Center and Florence Hospital. Prior to that, Mr. Glum served as a System Vice President for Renown Health and was the CEO of Tahoe Pacific Hospital in Reno, Nevada.


HOUSING

‘We are ready to build’: Long-planned Coyote Springs still pushing ahead

Coyote Springs has a golf course and infrastructure but not a single house. Clark County commissioners are scheduled next month to consider renewing a 575-home subdivision map. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the project. The developers, the Seeno brothers from the San Francisco Bay Area, are not giving up.


INFRASTRUCTURE

States Get Final OK to Build Highway EV Charging Network

Interesting news out of DC, all 50 states received final approval Tuesday to begin construction on a first nationwide network of EV charging stations that places one roughly every 50 miles (80 kilometers) along interstate highways, part of the Biden administration's plan to spur widespread adoption of zero-emission cars.

The Transportation Department said it had OK'd EV charger plans from a last set of 17 states, triggering the release of $1.5 billion in federal funds to all jurisdictions nationwide — or $5 billion over five years — to install or upgrade chargers along 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) of highway from coast to coast, with a goal of 500,000 EV chargers nationwide. Plans for the other 33 states and the District of Columbia were approved earlier this month.


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.

Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

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

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Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy first day of Fall! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. My last days of summer were spent in Lamoille at the Ruby Mountain Mental Health Summit, hosted by our client MedX Air One, rural Nevada’s emergency air medical transportation system. It was a great event in which mental health stakeholders and experts came together to discuss what we can do to address the mental health crisis in rural Nevada. A lot learned, ideas exchanged, and friends made.

A MedX Air One helicopter at the Ruby 360 Lodge.
A MedX Air One helicopter at the Ruby 360 Lodge.
Rural Mental Health panel featuring Robin Reedy, Norah Lusk, Dr. Rob Bryant, Paul Ward, Matt Walker, Fergus Laughridge, and Valerie Cauhape Haskin.
Rural Mental Health panel featuring Robin Reedy, Norah Lusk, Dr. Rob Bryant, Paul Ward, Matt Walker, Fergus Laughridge, and Valerie Cauhape Haskin.

Important Dates

General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022


ICYMI

Nevada likely to remain top state for most women in Legislature

Championship parade for Aces to be hosted on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas City Council votes to allow cannabis lounges

Clark County Begins Mailing Sample Ballots this Saturday


EDUCATION

Democratic lawmakers propose auditing the Clark County School District
Democratic lawmakers have submitted a bill draft request (#447 for those curious) for the upcoming Legislative Session to conduct a legislative audit of the Clark County School District as a way to address the mounting concerns expressed by teachers and community members.
 
A legislative audit would give lawmakers a chance to obtain direct answers from the district to better address questions they’ve been fielding from the community, such as concerns about transportation challenges and the health insurance costs for teachers. The BDR will come before lawmakers in the coming 2023 session, and if approved, would likely be completed sometime in 2024. The proposal also comes amid calls to break up the state’s largest school district of about 300,000 students.


ENVIRONMENT

Nevada officials take another shot at killing Yucca Mountain Project once and for all
The Nevada Current article outlines the current state of Yucca Mountain. On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects announced they filed a legal motion that would allow the state to challenge all federal licensing for the Yucca Mountain site.

If successful, the legal move could provide the basis for a final decision on the merits of disapproving construction authorization for the controversial site, according to Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford. Along with the motion filed, the state also launched a website with explanations on the flaws of the project and the policy history that led to the project’s creation.

Biden admin allocates $5.9 million for wildfire resilience in Nevada
More than $5.9 million in funding will go to Nevada to improve the state’s wildfire resilience, the Department of the Interior announced Wednesday. The funding will come from President Biden’s Infrastructure Law and will go towards fuel management projects across more than 14,000 acres of land across the state. $103 million has been allocated nationally for helping mitigate fire risk.

Yerington copper mine in exploratory stage
Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals recently presented its plans for its copper deposit for its Mason Project, still in its exploratory stage, to the Lyon County Commission. Hudbay’s project in Yerington is in its early stages to determine the Mason deposit’s mineralization.


HEALTHCARE

Sisolak Launches Free Prescription Drug Discount Card for Nevadans
Today, Governor Sisolak launched a free prescription drug discount card for all Nevadans, regardless of age, income or citizenship – ArrayRx. Once you sign up and receive your card, you can use it immediately at participating pharmacies. The card is valid at most major pharmacies, but you are encouraged to double check eligibility here.
 
You can learn more at ArrayRxCard.com.


HOUSING

Reno-Sparks median home price falls for 3rd straight month amid cooling real estate market
Since The Federal Reserve has enacted multiple interest rate increases the once red-hot housing market in the Biggest Little City has ultimately slowed down.

“The market in Reno-Sparks continues to cool down with fewer homes being listed each month,” said Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors President Sarah Scattini. “But it is giving more chances for people to enter the market.”

The Reno-Sparks market reported 595 new listings in August, down 20% from the same month last year. The market is still slightly up for the whole year with 5,173 new listings recorded compared to 4,955 at the same point in 2021. The decline in the median home price in August was fueled by Sparks, which saw its median sale price fall to $565,686 from $574,510 in July.


OUTDOOR RECREATION

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.9 Million to Boost Business and Job Growth in the Outdoor Recreation Sector in Boulder City, Nevada
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced this week that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.9 million grant to the Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation, Carson City, Nevada, to support the growth of the tourism sector in Boulder City. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.

This grant will support installation of 2,560 light pollution-reducing lighting fixtures in Boulder City, improving night sky-viewing and the development of tourism-related businesses. The EDA investment will be matched with $617,898 in state and local funds and is expected to create 21 jobs and generate $400,000 in private investment.


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.

Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

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.

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AssemblyAssembly
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Opening remarks

Sometime in the next few weeks leading up to early voting that begins on October 22nd your Sample Ballot will arrive in the mail. Like the Primary Election, every registered voter will get their ballot in the mail.
 
If mail-in ballots aren’t your thing, you can opt-out by filling out this form and sending it to your county clerk/register.
 
Regardless, now is the time to start brushing up on who and what will appear on your ballot. The following events are a couple of ways to learn about candidates. I’m sure I’ve missed some so please let me now if you know of an organization or publication that has candidate information.
 
Gubernatorial candidates Governor Sisolak and Sheriff Lombardo will face off at the Nevada Independent’s “Indy Fest” so you’ll want to sign up. They have a great line up of events 10/1 and 10/2. The Indy has pretty comprehensive elections website that also offers up “On the record” a series of interviews with candidates.
 
The Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce is hosting Candidate Forums Thursday afternoons leading up to the beginning of early voting, that include most of the Constitutional offices and a few northern Nevada candidates. They have also scheduled both sides of Question 3, the Ranked Choice Voting Initiative. These are in-person events, and you will need to be a member of the Chamber to attend. Post event videos of the Forums will be published on This is Reno.
 
You can view the complete list of certified candidates for the 2022 general election here.
 

Important Dates

General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022


ICYMI

Supreme Court rejects writ to keep ineligible AG candidate off ballot
 
Senate races in Georgia and Nevada are the most expensive of 2022 so far
 
New COVID-19 booster available in Nevada


ECONOMY

Nevada’s job market ‘restructuring,’ economists say
Recent economic data suggests Nevada’s labor market is restructuring as workers move between jobs. And like the rest of the state, the Las Vegas metro area is also seeing high rates of churn — or the pace of workers moving between jobs.
 
David Schmidt, chief economist at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said he expects to see more churn in the future in part because Nevada’s population growth adds to its economic growth.
 
“Essentially, there was a shift in our workforce that happened over the last few years where many workers went from working in leisure and hospitality and either potentially opened a new business (or joined a new sector),” Andrew Woods, director of UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research, said. “Our industries that were frontline to some degree and critical during the pandemic have some of the greatest churn in the workforce.”


EDUCATION

Ballot initiative to split up CCSD endorsed by 6 chambers of commerce
The “Community Schools Initiative” that would split up the Clark County School District, the fifth largest district in the country, if voters approve it in 2024, announced endorsements from The Vegas Chamber, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Urban Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce.

The ballot initiative is in the signature gathering phase and will qualify for the November 2024 ballot once it collects 140,777 valid signatures. The Nevada Legislature could also pass the initiative in its 2023 session, according to the Community Schools Initiative. If approved, the initiative would allow a new district to begin operating within two years. The new school district would retain previously allocated funding, honor existing contracts and function under the state Board of Education, however it would have its own board of trustees.


ENVIRONMENT

Bald Mountain receives Excellence in Mine Reclamation Award
Kinross Gold Corp.—KG Mining received The Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Award at the 31st year of the Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Awards for their work at the Bald Mountain Mine in White Pine County.
 
The goal of the annual Nevada reclamation awards is to encourage operators and explorers to submit reclamation projects which raise industry standards, increase public awareness of the positive aspects of mining, and encourage innovation in reclamation techniques. The awards committee consists of representatives from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, and the Nevada Division of Minerals.


HOUSING

Clark County approves allocating nearly $120M for affordable housing.
Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday approved allocating nearly $120 million to develop more than 3,100 homes in the Las Vegas Valley. Clark County says its “Welcome Home Community Housing Fund” was “created to address the urgent need for housing for low-income residents, families, seniors and those who are employed but unable to find affordable housing.”


INFRASTRUCTURE

NDOT receives record $101M in additional federal transportation spending authority
 At the Monday morning Transportation Board of Directors meeting, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Kristina Swallow announced that $101 million in additional federal highway spending authority — the most Nevada has ever received — has been made available for state road and bridge projects in Nevada as part of the August Redistribution from the Federal Highway Administration. This additional spending authority will allow the state to receive federal reimbursement more quickly for planned projects.
 
Website launched to track Nevada infrastructure projects
The State announced the launch of NevadaBuilds.com earlier this month, a website designed to track the infrastructure projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IJJA). Nevada is expected to receive upwards of $4 billion over five years from the IJJA. As of July 2022, approximately $780 million in IIJA funding has been announced and is headed to Nevada.


OUTDOOR RECREATION

Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company
A half century after founding the outdoor apparel maker Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, the eccentric rock climber who became a reluctant billionaire with his unconventional spin on capitalism, has given the company away.
 
Rather than selling the company or taking it public, Mr. Chouinard, his wife and two adult children have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion, to a specially designed set of trusts and nonprofit organizations. They were created to preserve the company’s independence and ensure that all of its profits — some $100 million a year — are used to combat climate change and protect undeveloped land around the globe.


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.

Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

Click here to view the list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

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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