Latest Nevada state government News

Sisolak signs police reforms that include ban on chokeholds

Aug. 7, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor has signed into law two measures passed by legislators in an emergency session to address laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday...

Las Vegas issues $250 fine against host of large Trump event

Aug. 7, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The city of Las Vegas has issued a civil penalty against a hotel for hosting a faith-based campaign event for President Donald Trump that violated a mandate intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 despite warnings from city and state officials. The event proceeded as planned Thursday in...

Elections official refutes claim that people can vote twice

Aug. 6, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elections officials say Nevada has safeguards in place to prevent people from voting twice in elections, refuting an assertion from former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller that a new state law makes it possible for voters to cast more than one ballot. Heller, a Republican who was Nevada's top...

Nevada law expands some jobless benefits, targets backlog

Aug. 6, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a law Thursday giving state officials more flexibility to attack a backlog of jobless claims and extend benefits for additional Nevadans out of work in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Health officials also said they believe they have...

Protesters rally against liability protections for employers relating to COVID-19 on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, outside the Legislature on the second day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City, Nev. Nevada's part-time Legislature concluded an emergency special session early Thursday, Aug. 6, after passing a slew of policies that address issues that have arisen amid the coronavirus pandemic and protests over systemic racism. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Nevada lawmakers OK mail ballots, virus liability protection

Aug. 6, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — After Wednesday night hearings continued into Thursday morning, Nevada's part-time Legislature concluded an emergency special session called to address problems that have arisen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning over police abuses of Black people....

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, during the sixth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City, Nev. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Nevada passes virus liability and worker protection "deal"

Aug. 6, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers voted to shield certain industries from coronavirus-related legal liability and require hotels and casinos to enact worker protection measures after days of complicated negotiations with Gov. Steve Sisolak's office and the state's most powerful labor and business...

Nevada Senate declares racism a public health crisis

Aug. 5, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed a resolution on Wednesday that declares racism a public health crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic and months of protests around the nation over police brutality. The resolution urges lawmakers to revisit issues related to racism and public health when they...

Nevada will have 5 statewide questions on November ballot

Aug. 5, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two proposed statewide initiatives failed to gather enough signatures to make the November ballot in Nevada, leaving five proposed constitutional amendments for voters to consider, including a measure to recognize same-sex marriages. Backers of two ballot initiatives that sought to amend...

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Trump encourages mail voting in Florida but sues in Nevada

Aug. 5, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law. Democratic requests to vote by...

People protest, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas against a law signed this week by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to mail ballots to all of the state's active voters ahead of the November election. The law has drawn criticism from Republicans, most prominently by President Donald Trump, who has promised a lawsuit to block the law. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOP protests Nevada law to mail ballots to all active voters

Aug. 5, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few hundred people in Las Vegas chanted “open up the polls”and “Recall Sisolak” Tuesday as they held signs for President Donald Trump and protested a law signed this week by Gov. Steve Sisolak to mail ballots to all of the state’s active voters ahead of...