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New Voices bill passes its first test

At the end of the day, Senate Bill 420, which is the Nevada version of New Voices legislation, was recommended for approval on Thursday by the Senate Committee on Education, the first step toward giving more protection to the rights of student journalists. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Nicole …

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Broadcasters’ bill is a real threat

The Nevada Broadcasters Association’s bill, SB218, is a real threat — to newspapers, of course, because it would remove public notices from them, but also to public notice in general. The bill was heard Wednesday by the Senate Government Affairs Committee. Introduced by Sen. Aaron Ford, D- Las Vegas, it’s …

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Newspaper Day at the Capital, March 23

Mark your calendars for Newspaper Day at the Capital, which is set for March 23 during the 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature. All Nevada Press Association members and their employees are invited. It’s a once-every-other-year chance to represent our industry before elected representatives, learn about the process of proposing …

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Bill would expand use of body cams

Sen. Aaron Ford’s initiative to bring body-worn cameras to all police agencies in Nevada (SB176) would use fees on telephone service to fund them. Here’s the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s story and the Nevada Independent’s live-tweet coverage of Monday’s hearing in the Senate Government Affairs Committee. I spoke in favor of …

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Records bill gets plenty of questions

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A bill from the Attorney General’s Office, AB42, seeks to bring some clarity and organization to the Nevada public-records act, but instead it seemed to create confusion and raise doubts among Assembly Government Affairs committee members. I testified in support, but with my own reservations. The bill came out of …

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Public notice bills coming up with alarming regularity

Already this session I’ve testified in opposition to three bills in front of Nevada legislators that propose to reduce public notices. On a fourth, we’re taking a neutral stance. First up was SB10 from the Treasurer’s Office, which was heard a couple of weeks ago. It would change how unclaimed …

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First public-notice bill is heard

The first public-notice bill to be heard in the 2017 legislative session came up Monday — on short notice, interestingly enough — in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 10 is proposed by the state Treasurer’s Office to change how unclaimed property is listed in newspapers around the state. I …

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