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No lions, tigers, bears in the neighborhood — if Nevada Assembly bill passes

It was all about lions and tigers and bears (oh my) — not to mention alligators and polar bears and Giant pandas — at an Assembly hearing Thursday on a bill to regulate ownership of exotic animals.
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Nevada Assembly resolution supports national monument designations

The Nevada Assembly on Thursday introduced a resolution of support for the national monument designations that Gold Butte and the Basin and Range areas have.

Senate bill aims to honor Tule Springs with special license plates

Nevada drivers could soon be able to show off their support for the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument under a bill introduced Thursday.

Bill would ban heli-hunting in Nevada

A bill prohibiting helicopters from taking hunters, big game and equipment to remote areas unless the landing area was established by a government agency and is accessible by a public road was approved Thursday by a Senate committee.

Father of girl who committed suicide due to bullying calls bill proposal a ‘step backward’

The father of a student who committed suicide after being bullied criticized proposed changes to the 2015 law that bears his daughter’s name as a “step backward.”

Bill would let Nevada charter, private school students play sports at public school

Charter, private and parochial students could play sports at their zoned public school if their school doesn’t field a team under a bill proposed Thursday.

House GOP withdraws health care bill

House Republicans, short of votes, withdrew the health care bill.

Legal proceeding preventing Clark County from taking action against constable

Clark County commissioners will take no action to unseat North Las Vegas Constable Robert Eliason until an ongoing legal proceeding is completed, Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said this week.

Medical costs could cause Nevada corrections budget to soar

Prison medical costs are climbing as Nevada’s inmate population ages and more expensive treatments become available, leading to a significant increase in requested funding to provide necessary care, a legislative budget panel was told Friday.

Political battle heats up among 7 candidates for Henderson mayor

Henderson Councilwoman Debra March faces her biggest political battle in a mayoral race that includes six other candidates.

Application deadline looms for Nevada Youth Legislature

Students interested in getting a hands-on look at how laws are made — and take a stab at creating their own — have until March 31 to apply for next session’s Nevada Youth Legislature.

EDITORIAL: Nevada liquor wholesalers muck up craft beer bill at the Legislature

Senate Bill 130, introduced by James Settelmeyer, a Minden Republican, would have tripled the amount of beer that state brewers could produce each year to 45,000 barrels. This should have been a no-brainer — we would argue, in fact, that the cap should be eliminated entirely. The reform is an easy means of encouraging expansion and competition in a growing industry that has a $480 million impact on the Nevada economy.

COMMENTARY: Renaming airport after Reid would be a branding disaster

Harry Reid’s name on our airport would be the worst branding disaster in business history. It would be an albatross to Vegas tourism. His name makes 62 million Republicans want to vomit or throw stones — or both. Every time the pilot announces “We are beginning our descent into Harry Reid Airport” passengers will gag.

LETTER: Assemblywoman should be recalled for Saudi ties

So, let me get this straight. A well-connected Nevada politico, Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, registers as a foreign agent for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her job is to lobby against a bill before Congress that allows the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia because most of the 9/11 attackers came from there. Huh?

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