Nevada Newsmakers

State has money to pay for Democrats' mistake, if Supreme Court rules in favor of GOP senators, Settelmeyer says
News - May 11, 2021

"It doesn't really create a hole. It just shows that they stole money from people when they didn't have the authority to do so." State Sen. James Settelmeyer, on impact of Senate Republican lawsuit against two revenue bills passed by Democrats in the 2019 Legislature without the constitutionally-mandated two-thirds majority

Spearman, LGBTQ+ champion, pushes ERA, sees current time as 'revelation' on equality for all people
News - May 3, 2021

"We are becoming more aware of the diversity of God's creation. God didn't make all roses. He didn't make all daffodils. He has a bunch of different types of flowers. There are different types of grass, not one type of tree." State Sen. Pat Spearman, D-NLV

Amodei at crossroads: Will he run for governor in 2022 or remain in Congress?
Commentary - April 30, 2021

"You know, I don't know what the 2022 election is going to be like. However, there is a chance you could be in the majority and on Appropriations, which would put you -- I don't know if the retirements (for members of Appropriations Committee) are there yet or not -- but could put you up first for a committee chairmanship. Which you know, is a good place to be in terms of making sure we get policies right and also taking care of Nevada." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Rep. Titus predicts Nevada tourism will come back 'with a vengeance'
News - April 28, 2021

"They (Nevada visitors) just have this pent-up need to be on holiday, go outside, be at Lake Tahoe, hike around the state, come to Las Vegas. So our recovery, I hope and think, will come back pretty rapidly." U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-LV

Sexaul harassment lawsuit against Blockchains CEO should be considered seperately from plan to build 'smart city,' Gov. Sisolak's COS says
News - April 22, 2021

"The governor, and our entire office, take any allegation very seriously. The policy, when we think of Innovation Zones in this legislation, is separate from any one individual or business." Michelle White, Gov. Sisolak's chief of staff

Longtime lawmaker Goicoechea sees water fight at Legislature; remains wary of SNWA hold on rural water sources
News - April 9, 2021

"The water in this state belongs to the people in this state and if you end up creating laws and putting it in a position where it can actually be held forever, by an entity, you are going to see the price of water skyrocket." State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka



Longtime rural Nevada senator says governor is AWOL from Legislature, yet Sisolak says he's only following Covid rules
News - April 8, 2021

"It (governor's absence) has really caused some hardship in the legislative building. But I don't know, maybe on the other side of the aisle, they have a little bit more accessibility. But I don't know how you could. He is not in the building. And I think a lot of times, he's not even up here in Carson." Sen. Pete Goicoechea, speaking about Gov. Steve Sisolak

Blockchains' money blitz at Legislature reminds Minority Leader of push to fund Raiders' stadium
News - April 6, 2021

"...Having a donation is one thing. Does it change how you vote? That's another (thing)." Robin Titus, Assembly Minority Leader

Sen. Kieckhefer likes 'big ideas,' willing to look at Blockchains' 'smart city' concept with open mind
News - April 5, 2021

"It's a big idea, right? And I like big ideas" State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno

Sen. Brooks sees Nevada's future as a lucrative energy transmission hub for western U.S.
News - March 24, 2021

"By building that transmission, we (Nevada) would be the hub of the whole entire western interconnect, which is everything west of the Rockies." State Sen. Chris Brooks, D-Las Vegas

Tolles suggests 'guiding principle' for spending federal covid funds, wants mental health issues included
News - March 23, 2021

"I would argue that we need to take a look at having some of those covid relief funds address those mental health needs that were already existing and then expanded through this pandemic. Assemblywoman Jill Tolles, R-Reno

Harris revives death-with-dignity bill at Nevada Legislature, carrying on the cause of retired Sen. Parks
News - March 19, 2021

"He (retired state Sen. David Parks) has this amazing legacy and there was no way I was going to let this piece of legislation theoretically die with him leaving." Sen. Dallas Harris, D-Las Vegas.



Getting water to Blockchains' 'smart city' will take 100-plus-mile pipeline, years of litigation, water conservationist says
News - March 18, 2021

"Yeah, you've gotta go through some fights first. There will be groups to fight it. My organization, we have defended water resources up there in the past. I think we'd continue to do and other groups are saying the same thing as well." Kyle Roerink, executive director of the Great Basin Water Network

Clark County DA, top legislator wary of potential Supreme Court decision on 'separation of powers'
News - March 10, 2021

"I think that if I were in the prosecutor's office, I would be somewhat concerned about what the impact of that would be. I mean, you certainly don't want cases that were prosecuted by competent prosecutors to be thrown out on, not a technicality, but on something some folks could not foresee. We just need some guidance how to move forward on that issue." Steven Yeager, Assembly Judiciary Committee chair

Sen. Gansert wary about growing government, especially with $4 billion in federal money due to arrive,
News - March 8, 2021

"I'm concerned about so much money coming in that we will end up growing government to the point where we just can't support it." State Sen. Heidi Gansert

Judiciary Committee chairman hopes marijuana lounges, mainly for tourists, get OK from Legislature this time around
News - March 5, 2021

"I hope we can do it. I've invited all manners of feedback on how we can accomplish this in a way that is fair and makes sense, protects public safety and generates revenue." Steven Yeager, Assembly Judiciary Committee chairman

'Entity gaming,' Nevada's short-lived investment plan to bet on sports with mutual funds, faces elimination at Legislature
News - March 5, 2021

"I do remember hearing about it back in 2015 and thinking that it was creative. People might not want to invest in the stock market but if you have money in this pool and you've got action on the Atlanta Hawks game, you might be more interested in the game." Steven Yeager, Assembly Judicary Committee chair

Deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd help shape attorney general's legislative agenda
News - March 4, 2021

"If there is a contention that a particular law-enforcement agency stops and frisks black citizens or brown citizens more than they do their counterparts, then that could be a pattern or practice that needs to be addressed and remedied," Aaron Ford, Nevada attorney general


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