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"600 million viewers projected 5 years from now."
- State Senator Ben Kieckhefer, (R) District #16 continuing to promote Esports in Nevada and moving oversight to the Gaming Control Board rather than setting up a body similar to the Nevada Athletic Commission. - Friday, May 28, 2021.
"I think we are going to see a lot of people who shouldn’t be in jail not going to jail anymore."
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 describes the criminal justice reforms enacted in this session of the Legislature as both a social policy win and a fiscal policy win. - Thursday, May 27, 2021.
"I’ve not really thought about it, a lot… but of course it would be a great honor and I think that anyone that would have opportunity to do that would think it was really great."
- Roberta Lange, (D) State Senator District #7 upon being asked if the Majority Leader position opened up would she be interested in taking it. - Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
"So, you may ask, when you talk about consultants, so who are the Republicans going to use? It's like, well, I just hope that either someone has an epiphany about the need to change or you bring somebody else in."
- Congressman Mark Amodei CD 2 looking at the potential Republican opposition in the Governor’s race, if he chooses to jump in. - Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
"Our funding shortfall on an annual basis is roughly 530 million dollars."
- Kristina Swallow, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation says even with the federal funding that’s likely coming it’s not going to meet that need. - Friday, May 21, 2021.
"That’s one of our big issues here in Nevada, of course."
- Helen Foley, President, Foley Public Affairs wondering why the Democratic State Party Chair, Judith Whitmer, made a statement regarding the fighting between Israel and in support of the Palestinians, that caused an uproar in Nevada. - Thursday, May 20, 2021.
"At some point of time, we need to divide the staff and have a Republican and Democrat staff, at least from a legal standpoint,"
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R), District 15 citing a Democratic bias, is calling for the Legislative Counsel Bureau to be split along party lines regarding legal matters. - Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
"I think we are living through history but once you're in the middle of it, it is hard to see. But we are all going to look back at this part of our lives as transformational, no question. There has been transformations that have happened in my life and all lives because of what we have learned through being isolated during a pandemic."
- State Senator Julia Ratti, District #13 says that the pandemic has accelerated change that will probably be with us for a long time. - Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
"It’s not unusual in any session to see some big ideas coming out at the end of the session especially ideas that have a lot of politics behind them."
- Josh Hicks, Partner, McDonald Carano says the Nevada Public Option is one and he consider it a typical trading piece. - Friday, May 14, 2021.
"When the 30 minutes was over, I looked over at my dad and he was crying. I wanted to hug him so bad. To let him know I was OK, that I forgave him for abandoning me, now after we finally got to have our daddy-daughter moment."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee retelling a portion of the testimony of Heather Snedeker regarding her father, who was executed by the State of Nevada. - Thursday, May 13, 2021.
"Thinking long term, that’s probably going to have, I think, one of the most significant impacts going forward, for the average resident."
- Aaron West, CEO, Nevada Builders Alliance referring to an energy bill regarding renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. - Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
"It doesn't really create a (budget) hole; it just shows that they stole money from people when they didn't have the authority to do so."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17 on the Gibbon’s 2/3rds Tax Initiative that was upheld by the State Supreme Court this week. - Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
"No need to rock the boat and bring attention to that before the election."
- Eva Segerblom, Attorney, Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa on whether the Legislature will bring up the Governors emergency powers during this session. - Friday, May 7, 2021.
"Yesterday we had a vote on domestic violence and sexual assault victim programs and continued funding and increased funding which I completely support."
- Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, District 32 has a problem with using a marriage license funding mechanism because that is plateauing, and she would rather see another way to fund it. - Thursday, May 6, 2021.
"It’s been amazing what’s happened.”"
- State Senator Joseph Hardy, District 12 discussing the current use of tele-medicine, tele-health and how there are patients that are vulnerable that doctors really don’t want leaving home to go on an in-office doctor visit. - Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
"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 Senator Pat Spearman District #1 said that progress on equal rights is why she sees the 2020s as a time when Americans will have a "revelation" on the subject, because 20/20 is perfect vision. - Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
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