Nevada NewsMakers

Tolles wants Legislature to take 'holistic approach' to minimum-wage debate
News - May 2, 2019

"I appreciate where people are coming from ... because they are trying to address the needs of the vulnerable and provide more of a living wage. So as conservatives, we need to have a response to that. How do we get underemployed adults into work force development programs, educational programs, get them up skilled? We have to face the reality that more and more jobs are being automated." Assemblywoman Jill Tolles, R-Reno

Supreme Court Justice Hardesty all in with Legislature's overhaul of criminal justice system
News - April 24, 2019

"The biggest reform I think, is effectuating some changes in some of the Category B Felonies. What drives the prison population is the length of time some people are in there and the inability for any kind of rehabilitative service. We need to be able to address these more on the front end." James Hardesty, Nevada Supreme Court justice

Nevada Legislature's issues with legal brothels not dead yet, brothel owner Gilman says
News - April 19, 2019

"There have been over 4,000 work cards issued in Mustang Ranch history, in my two decades there. And most of those ladies are in (the business) three-to-five years and out. And the majority will tell you that it is a safe, wonderful and rewarding experience. But you have to talk to the ladies to really understand that." Lance Gilman, owner of two brothels in Storey County

Revenge against Harry Reid killed Pershing County land bill in U.S. Senate, Rep. Amodei says
News - April 17, 2019

"And so I got to tell you, there is part of me that misses Harry now ... God forbid, there's a news flash." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, talking about retired Sen. Harry Reid

Immigration issues won't be solved because Congress cares too much about party loyalty, Rep. Amodei says
News - April 17, 2019

"There are answers for that (immigration) but both sides are so entrenched in their political security blankets that they won't do anything." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Legislative favorite, Adele's restaurant in Carson City, won't reopen after fire for 2 to 6 months, owners say
News - April 15, 2019

"The night before (the fire), we were just packed with legislators. And then to get woken up at 5:15 in the morning to hear the restaurant is on fire was devastating." Cafe at Adele's co-owner Karen Abowd, on the March 28th fire that damaged the restaurant, which has many customers from the Nevada Legislature

Sen. Hammond pulls DUI bill, seeks study on marijuana intoxication levels
News - April 12, 2019

"Right now the law says about two nanograms is what you are looking at. But research is showing us that if you draw the blood and test them, the two nanograms is actually the margin or error. So you don't know for sure if they are impaired." State Sen. Scott Hammond, R-LV

Mining merger in Nevada could mean job losses, dip in rural economy, leading state senator says
News - March 26, 2019

"Anytime you make a change like that -- and of course they have conjoined the operation -- there are going to be a lot of mid-level jobs, especially mid-level supervisor jobs, that I think will go away with the consolidation." State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka

Proposed movie about UNLV Coach Tark may change to dramatic series, son Danny says
News - March 13, 2019

"...We decided -- with the way the society is going -- (to go with) these series of shows being shown on Netflix, Showtime and those things. So they are writing a series of these episodes now where maybe they can get nine hours in and be able to get everything in that he wants." Danny Tarkanian, on the potential that a movie script about his dad, Coach Jerry Tarkanian, will be turned into a dramatic series.

Hardy's bill to ban Nevada's legal brothels gets pushback from industry workers
News - March 12, 2019

"They are trying to say they are here to save and protect us from the brothel industry. But we are not asking for such. You cannot be an advocate for someone without their consent." Alice Little, Bunny Ranch courtesan

Rural, Northern concerns not being heard at Legislature, Assembly GOP leader says
News - February 22, 2019

"We live in a different part of the state up here. This whole state isn't Clark County." Assembly Minority Leader Jim Wheeler, R-Douglas County

Washoe DA critical of Legislature for proposals to change drug trafficking law, abolish private prisons
News - February 21, 2019

"What this is proposing is there could be someone in downtown Reno walking around with 27 grams of heroin, a tremendous amount, and they would get a misdemeanor. They could even be cited. That is not good for our public safety." Chris Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney

Clark County commissioners working on public/private partnership to build housing for homeless, Gibson says
News - December 28, 2018

"So we have identified some properties, BLM properties around the valley that are in Clark County and our proposal will include building or converting current facilities for some number of homeless people." Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson

Pot lounges may solve dilemma faced by Las Vegas tourists with Nevada's marijuana laws, Clark commissioner says
News - December 28, 2018

"The thing that I am concerned about is that we have a whole lot of (marijuana) consumption that is happening illegally and we voted as a state to legalize it. So there are some disconnects along the way." Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson

Las Vegas should establish 'pot lounges' to boost marijuana-based tourism, Clark County commissioner-elect says
News - December 27, 2018

"What we really need to get this tourism off the ground are these pot lounges, so we can actually legitimately say, 'Come to Nevada, purchase it and there's a place to use it." Clark County Commissioner-elect Tick Segerblom

Medicaid for many? Assembly Democrats will consider new health-care plan in 2019 Legislature, Frierson says
News - December 18, 2018

"I think we have an opportunity to revisit legislation from last session, fine tune it and see if it is something palatable, to be able to provide health care for every Nevadan, if possible." Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

All of Nevada's marijuana tax money should go to education, Assembly leader says
News - December 18, 2018

"The will of the people is that money would go toward education and it should." Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

Democrats will reintroduce bills at upcoming Legislature that Gov. Sandoval vetoed in 2017, Rogich says
News - December 14, 2018

"All those bills that Brian Sandoval vetoed, I think there were 41 of them, they are all going to come back." Sig Rogich, president of Rogich Communications

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