Nevada Newsmakers

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

Benitez-Thompson's bill could blow up plans for 'smart city' in Storey County, Settelmeyer says
News - March 2, 2021

"Fundamentally, this (AB 90) would allow Lyon County and Washoe County to say no to the concept of an innovation zone next to it." State Senate Minority Leader James Settelmeyer

Southwest Gas pushes back on Assemblywoman Cohen's 'responsible energy plan'
News - February 12, 2021

"It is a mandate for electrification. The legislation will eliminate customer choice, reduce energy reliability, increase green house gas emissions, increase customers' bills and eliminate good paying jobs." Scott Leedom, Director of Public Affairs, Southwest Gas

Blame Trump, and others, for riot at U.S. Capitol building, Rep. Amodei says
News - January 12, 2021

"Do I think he (Trump) has a responsibility for what has occurred? Yes." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Sen. Gansert says she will leave her university job, concentrate on Legislature
News - December 9, 2020

"I've been been working to transition out for awhile. I have been there (university) for eight years, so I will be moving away from the university after the first of the year (2021). I'm really excited about the change. I can focus on the senate and this really challenging session we've got coming up." State Sen. Heidi Gansert

Bad bet: Wealth of Las Vegas Strip in the hands of just a few companies, Rogich says
News - November 24, 2020

"I think you could see some bankruptcies. I think we made fundamental mistakes as an industry years ago when we allowed casinos to own more than four or five (properties) at a time. Now, we've got three companies that basically run the state." Sig Rogich

Nevada should be getting more money from federal government, Rogich says
News - November 23, 2020

"When you give away real estate to the federal government to conduct every type of secret mission known to man and get nothing in return for it, then something has to give," Sig Rogich

Infrastructure, stimulus will be her focus as Congress gets back to work, Rep. Titus says
News - November 16, 2020

"My goal when we go back (to Congress) is to address the infrastructure package and to be sure that travel and tourism have a seat at the table," U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas

No voter fraud in Nevada's 2nd U.S. House District election, GOP Rep. Amodei says
News - November 11, 2020

"I'm most familiar with Nevada and guess what? In the 11 counties that we've been paying the closest attention to, I don't think you have any serious problems. You have had some glitches here and there, but in terms of widespread fraud, I'm not seeing any of that." Rep, Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Caesars Entertainment undergoes change in corporate culture, Carano says
News - October 6, 2020

"Our culture is to empower the properties whether you are on the Las Vegas Strip, at Lake Tahoe or the Midwest, Southwest, wherever. The property management makes the decisions, with the support of corporate, and that's clearly flipped-flop to how Caesars was run in the past." Gary Carano, Caesars Entertainment's executive chairman of the board

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