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"There’s a lot of value to telehealth in any setting."
- Assemblyman David Orentlicher discusses AB 198 which would increase access to medical services by reducing some of the barriers to telehealth operators. - Friday, March 24, 2023.
"Nevada has a rich history of having a citizen legislature."
- Assemblywoman Sabra Newby thinks it’s good that people in local government can also be legislators. She says our legislators are not full-time, noting they have lives and jobs outside of this role, that they can then bring valuable perspectives to the legislature. - Thursday, March 23, 2023.
"We have made it a priority to get this in-state meat and poultry inspection program off the ground."
- JJ Goichoechea, Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture, says this was a campaign promise of Governor Lombardo and something he thinks is “definitely needed” in Nevada. He adds they hit the ground running and already submitted regulations to the USDA. - Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
"The big picture idea is to put libraries as the first front door."
- Tammy Westergard, Coordinator, Project SANDI, Governor’s Office on Economic Development, says this new workforce development program is accessible through libraries to gather information about the labor market and skills needed to compete in different fields. She explains there are also virtual reality resources for Nevada’s resilient industries — including advanced manufacturing, IT, skilled trades, logistics and healthcare — for individuals to digitally experience various career paths. - Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
"What we want to do at the legislative level is limit the executive branch’s authority to do that without some level of oversight by the legislature."
- Senator Ira Hansen discusses SB136 which would limit the emergency powers of the governor. He says during the covid crisis, Governor Sisolak shut down a lot of “good businesses” he notes should have remained open. - Friday, March 17, 2023.
"I’m pretty optimistic that the new governor here is going to make sure that educating our children, no matter how we do it, is going to be a priority."
- Senator Scott Hammond says with Governor Lombardo’s new leadership there also comes new direction, which is to “make life a little easier for charter school operators to operate and to deliver that education.” He says the education savings accounts under SB200 would provide the missing delivery system by creating a platform for innovative ideas. - Thursday, March 16, 2023.
"We have to look at those salaries."
- Robin Titus, NV State Senator, (S-17) says teachers need better school safety and pay. She explains education is “loud and clear” that people are leaving the field from lack of safety and salary, noting that while there is no amount of money that can pay for someone attacking you, having a “reasonable reimbursement and pay for what you do is a smart thing.” - Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
"It is really refreshing to have a Republican governor."
- Assemblyman Greg Koenig (AD-38) says we’re going to see a lot of amendments this session due to the threat of the governor’s veto, noting it will be better to get more down the middle than completely along party lines. He shares the example of SB124, explaining that when word got out of a potential veto from Governor Lombardo, the bill came back with three additional amendments that then passed. - Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
"We’re going to be the advocates."
- Lt. Governor Stavros Anthony explains the mission of the Office of Small Business Advocacy which is to guide small business owners on licensing requirements, fees and regulations while also mediating redundancies and helping to resolve issues. He says this will be astronomical for businesses “trying to navigate and get up and running.” - Friday, March 10, 2023.
"“It does not make a bad loan good, it makes a good loan better."
- Mendy Elliott, Chief Program Officer, NV Battleborn Growth Escalator, discusses the new SSBCI Credit Initiative Program and how it works. She says they’re working directly with banks and credit unions throughout the Silver State to educate how the program can help their customers grow their businesses, noting what’s unusual is that they can also help nonprofits. - Thursday, March 9, 2023.
"Regardless who wins or loses, it’s probably going to court anyways."
- Former State Senator James Settelmeyer, who is now Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, says over 50% of arguments on water law end up in court. He agrees with the Supreme Court discussions on taking judges and training them on water law in order to provide more consistency in these rulings. - Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
"What we’re asking now is for Americans to reach out to the White House with that same message."
- Kristine Grow, Coalition for Medicare Choices, says they’re “very, very concerned that what we’re seeing proposed is going to result in cuts to the program, which means that seniors could see higher premiums and fewer benefits.” She explains Senator Catherine Cortez Masto wrote a letter to the administration that Medicare is an important program and deserves to be protected and supported, which Senator Jacky Rosen also signed. - Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
"If we want people to have jobs, put food on the table, if we want to encourage entrepreneurship, what can we do to make it as easy as possible in order to hang a shingle and do that job."
- Tray Abney of Abney Tauchen talks about Governor Lombardo’s executive order to review professional licensures. He says public safety and welfare of the public is one thing, but if the job doesn’t involve any danger to your health or safety, are these licenses now barriers to entry. - Friday, March 3, 2023.
"We both want good education."
- Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill says the issue is how to arrive at that end point between the two parties. He explains earlier that Governor Lombardo is looking at the school audits in order to hold the schools accountable and to show the return on investment. - Thursday, March 2, 2023.
"We’re elected to solve problems, not to kick them down the road."
- Victoria Seaman, Las Vegas City Councilwoman, Ward 2, says everyone in the Badlands dispute needs to come together and settle rather than leave the case up to lawyers. She adds this is an issue not just for her district, but for the entirety of Las Vegas, explaining that if the other lawsuits move forward and are successful, it would amount to more money than the city has in reserve to pay. - Wednesday, March 1, 2023.
"I’m sure it’s the biggest — or will be — the biggest economic development that Esmeralda County has ever seen."
- Bernard Rowe, Ioneer USA Corp President, agrees that the impacts to the area will be beyond the Gold Rush. He says Rhyolite Ridge will have a larger economic impact for jobs and for a much longer period of time, explaining the resources can last several generations. Rowe adds that this project will be “the economic contributor to the county and neighboring counties for many years to come.” - Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
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