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Medicaid for many? Assembly Democrats will think about new health care plan, speaker says

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018|2 a.m.

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson opens the Legislative session, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Carson City.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Carson City. An expense that would let Nevadans buy into a state-sponsored Medicaid-style health insurance plan could see a revival in the 2019 Legislature, after a similar costs was banned by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2017, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson stated.

“We got a late start on this issue last session, without really having the ability to vet it,” Frierson, D-Las Vegas, stated on Nevada Newsmakers. “Other states have begun to act in providing a state variation of Medicaid. I think we have an opportunity to revisit legislation from last session, fine-tune it and see if it is something palatable, to be able to provide healthcare for every Nevadan, if possible.”

The 2019 version might not be available to all Nevadans, Frierson informed host Sam Shad.

“If we are speaking about broadening it, and it may not necessarily be available to everyone, but (we need to take a look at) expanding the coverage alternatives and what we can afford,” he said. “We certainly have to live within our means.”

Called “Sprinklecare” in 2017 after its author, Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, D-Sparks, Sandoval vetoed the expense due to the fact that, he said, it required more planning. However, he applauded its creativity.

The expense would have removed the earnings limit on Medicaid and would have let middle-class Nevadans purchase into the system.

In 2019, Sprinkle will be the chair of the Assembly Health and Person Provider Committee.

Frierson was not going to get too particular about the proposal.

“It is premature to enter into the weeds,” he stated. “I think we need to have stakeholders at the table to speak about those concerns. We have to get the Economic Forum numbers to find out what we have to deal with.”

The Economic Forum is a panel of experts who make profits projections from the state’s numerous tax sources.

Frierson and the Democrats remain in a position to get what they desire when the 2019 Legislature opens in February. Democrats have a solid supermajority in the Assembly. Democrats in the state Senate are just one vote away from a supermajority.

In Nevada, a supermajority is required in both chambers to raise taxes and to bypass a veto from the governor. The new governor is Democrat Steve Sisolak, the present chairman of the Clark County Commission.

Energy company GM selected for Assembly seat won by departed whorehouse owner

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018|12:30 p.m.

Clark, Lincoln and Nye county commissioners today settled their option of Republican Gregory Hafen II to join the Assembly and change late whorehouse owner Dennis Hof, who passed away before last month’s election however still won the District 36 seat.

Most of the Assembly district remains in Nye County, which carried the greatest weight in today’s vote per state law. The appointee had to be the very same party affiliation as Hof, a Republican.

“I am deeply honored to get the appointment to the Assembly District 36 seat from Nye, Clark and Lincoln County,” Hafen said in a declaration. “I am grateful for the votes of all three county commissions and all of the support I have gotten from the neighborhood, friends and family. I look forward to the difficulties ahead and plan to strive on behalf of the constituents of District 36 and Nevada.”

Hafen is the general manager of the Pahrump Energy Business Inc. His grandpa M. Kent “Tim” Hafen had held the exact same Assembly seat after being elected in 1966, according to the Nevada GOP.

The Legislature is will assemble in February with a Democratic bulk in both chambers.

Nevada whorehouse owner who all of a sudden died still wins Assembly seat


Steve Marcus Dennis Hof smiles throughout an interview at his Love Ranch legal whorehouse in Crystal, Nev. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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A Nevada brothel owner who passed away all of a sudden last month won the Assembly District 36 seat, which will now be filled by another Republican designated by the Nye County Commission.

Dennis Hof bested Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov with 62 percent of the vote.

Hof project supervisor Chuck Muth, who was enjoying the outcomes at the Bunny Ranch bar in Mound Home, stated the win is bittersweet, as he wanted Hof could be around to celebrate with him.

“I have actually never remained in a project like this with the things they tossed at Dennis– it was everything and the kitchen area sink,” Muth stated. “Unsubstantiated accusations of sexual attack came out … then all the Republicans that came out that weren’t going to support him. It was a harsh project, and we want he was here to enjoy it, however we’re going to do shots and try to enjoy it for him.”

Hof was found dead Oct. 16 at his Love Ranch South brothel simply beyond Pahrump two days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. However, by law, his name remained on the ballot.

Once the results are accredited, an advertisement will be published online, in papers and at county structures seeking individuals thinking about filling the vacancy.

Candidates must live in District 36, that includes Nye County and parts of Clark and Lincoln counties, and be members of the Republican politician Party.

The commissions from the 3 counties will each nominate a prospect and then satisfy together to name an appointee. However by law, each county’s vote is proportional to its population within the district, implying Nye County, with 64 percent, will make the final decision.

Hof’s camp expects Nye County Republican Central Committee Chairman Joe Burdzinski to be designated to the seat, as the 2 were close friends and shared political views.

Muth is concerned officials might appoint commission members who had contentious relationships with Hof, deriving from problems connected to regulating Hof’s Love Ranch South brothel in Crystal.

Muth does not want James Oscarson, who Hof bested in the main, to be selected.

“If they try to designate Oscarson, it’s just going to continue the divide in that district. It’s going to be full-scale war.”

Romanov wasn’t right away available for comment.

Although uncommon, instances of prospects winning an election after their death are not unprecedented.

Significantly in 2002, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan won a U.S. Senate race after passing away in an aircraft crash three weeks prior to the election. His spouse, Jean Carnahan, filled the seat.

14-year-old lady stabbed multiple times during school assembly, police say

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)– A young boy stood and repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old girl during an assembly at an Oklahoma high school on the very first day of classes Thursday and she was airlifted to a hospital, a regional sheriff’s spokesman said.

The lady is expected to make a full healing.

Mark Opgrande, spokesman for the Oklahoma County constable, said the unknown 14-year-old suspect is in custody.

“They were having an all-school assembly … when for some factor a male trainee apparently stood up and started stabbing a female trainee. Today we don’t have a motive,” Opgrande said.

Opgrande said the lady, who also was not determined, was in steady condition after being stabbed “multiple times … five, 6, 7 times” by the young boy at Luther High School. Opgrande stated he did not know exactly what weapon was used.

Luther Cops Chief David Randall stated there was no recognized relationship between the young boy and girl or any sign that they knew each other.

Randall and Superintended Barry Gunn state the kid has no history of difficulty at the school.

Randall stated the kid “was stopped and apprehended by trainees and staff” following the incident and was later on jailed for assault and battery with a deadly weapon. He stated the young boy was transferred to the Luther Police Department and that his father asked that a lawyer be present prior to he was questioned.

However, Randall said that the kid made statements while he was being transferred.

“During the drive, he blurted out some statements that made no sense,” Randall said. “He stated he was worked with by someone but that he might not discuss it.”

School officials did not right away return telephone call for remark.

The school has simply over than 800 students, according to Oklahoma State Department of Education online records. Luther is a town of about 1,200 people about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Modified ride-share guidelines pass NV Assembly in last hour


CARSON CITY, NV (AP)-. New oversight would be put on motorists for ride-sharing business like Uber and Lyft under a costs the Nevada Legislature is sending out to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The proposition was thought to have actually died when it failed to make its escape of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Saturday. But Democratic Sen. Kelvin Johnson of Las Vegas introduced an amended variation that cleared the Senate Sunday on a 16-5 vote.

The Assembly passed it in the session’s last hour on a 32-10 vote.

Senate Expense 554 would make drivers show they have obtained a $200 state company license within three months of joining a transportation network business.

It likewise would need those business to examine drivers’ driving records yearly, and do brand-new criminal background checks every three years.

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Authorities carried out wiretaps in Assembly extortion probe

Las Vegas cops carried out secret court-approved wiretaps during their examination into a tried extortion plot versus Nevada Republican Assemblyman Chris Edwards, a police affidavit unsealed Friday revealed.

The target of the wiretaps was longtime Republican protestor Tony Dane, who police allege was the central figure in the scheme, according to the affidavit, acquired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Edwards, with cops knowledge, likewise secretly taped in person conversations in Las Vegas that he had with Dane and other gamers in the alleged scheme, consisting of Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones of Las Vegas.

The majority of the secret recordings in the investigation were made in January. The wiretaps were detected Dane’s Las Vegas mobile phone.

Dane is alleged to have actually set out the extortion plot in a taped meeting with Edwards on Jan. 10 in a bid to obtain Edwards to change moderate Republican Assembly Speaker John Hambrick of Las Vegas with conservative Assemblyman John Ellison of Elko.

According to the affidavit, Dane stated he was backed by a “individual or persons who had a huge quantity of cash and who wanted to install conservative Republicans in state and federal positions.”

Dane later boasted that his group had “limitless funds” and “compared his employer’s wealth to that of Bill Gates,” the affidavit says.

“Dane informed Edwards that if he informs his employer that Edwards is ‘one of us, his employer will trust Dane and not fund a recall effort against Edwards,” the affidavit states.

It was uncertain in the affidavit whether Dane really had a company. In state records, he noted all of his $245,000 in contributions to his CRC Political Action Committee in 2014 as coming from either him or his business, Dane & & Associates.

The 30-page affidavit, based upon details provided by Las Vegas Intelligence Investigator William Schoen, was submitted by Virginia State Authorities to get a warrant to search Dane’s Northern Virginia house for police here in February.

Las Vegas cops have said they do not prepare to suggest charges against any state legislators in the investigation, which began in December after Edwards reported that he was subjected to pressure to alter his elect Assembly speaker. Republicans ultimately set up Hambrick as speaker in February, following a controversial caucus battle.

According to the affidavit, the examination chased a Dec. 29, 2014, meeting between Edwards and Rob Lauer, a political lobbyist near to Jones. The conference was covertly recorded by both mens and women. Cops realized that Edwards was recording Lauer.

Prior to the meeting, an intermediary had actually delivered a message to Edwards from Lauer promising Edwards a $10,000 campaign contribution and another $50,000 from a political action committee to retire his project debt in return for his vote against Hambrick.

Edwards believed there was an effort to bribe him underway and reported it to police.

At the meeting with Lauer, Edwards was informed he was the crucial swing vote, the affidavit says. But when Edwards pressed Lauer about the offer of cash he had actually gotten from the intermediary, Lauer said any direct offer of money would be illegal.

Later, during the Jan. 10 conference in between Dane and Edwards, Dane revealed that an individual he knows was willing to sign an affidavit that Edwards got a $10,000 bribe in return for his vote against Hambrick. Dane did not determine the individual, but detectives believe it was Lauer, the authorities affidavit says.

Lauer, whose residence was browsed throughout the investigation, has denied misdeed.

Dane stated the bribe affidavit was about to be submitted with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, however he might “bury it” if Edwards voted the “ideal method.”

Dane also offered Edwards $40,000 to pay off his campaign debt and as much as $150,000 for a future Assembly race, as well as keeping back the release of political fliers assaulting Edwards over his position on taxes, according to the affidavit. He also told Edwards he would not make public recordings of unfavorable telephone call in between Edwards and his constituents that he had obtained through his robo-calling system.

And Dane said he could get a blogger well-known in conservative circles to compose positive aspects of Edwards.

“The affidavit truly speaks for itself,” Edwards said in an interview Friday. “Clearly the examination is continuing.”

Dane has previously denied misdeed.

His legal representative, David Otto, stated he was waiting to see a copy of the affidavit prior to commenting.

This is an establishing story. Check back for updates.

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Brand-new taxes pass Assembly; no-tax Republicans cannot undermine Sandoval


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In this April 21, 2015, file picture, Nevada Assembly Republicans, standing from left, Victoria Seaman, Jim Wheeler and Michele Fiore talk with Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson, center, on the Assembly floor at the Legislative Structure in Carson City.

Sunday, Might 31, 2015|9:03 p.m.

. The Assembly Republican Caucus did not have the votes to kill an omnibus procedure that extends and increases more than $1.5 billion worth of taxes, paving a clear course for GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval to sign into law the earnings enhances he recommended to fund education reforms and increase the state’s spending plan.

A historical vote supported by Sandoval, moderate GOP lawmakers and Democrats, lawmakers passed the costs 30-10 after a 90 minute dispute.

The 25 Assembly Republicans, plagued by infighting over conflicting tax ideologies, needed 15 no votes to prevent a two-thirds majority from passing a tax hike.

For months, a cohort of no-new-tax Republicans boasted of having enough votes to prevent a tax increase. However on Friday the group began to fray. By early Sunday it was clear the tax would pass.

Assembly Republican politicians who voted against the procedure consist of: Michele Fiore, Victoria Seaman, Brent Jones, Ira Hansen, Jill Dickman, Chris Edwards, Shelly Shelton, Robin Titus, Jim Wheeler and John Ellison.

All 17 Democrats voted for the step. Two most likely Republican no votes were absent: John Moore and Victoria Dooling. On Sunday, Moore was required to the health center and Dooling suffered the death of her other half.

The expense, a mix of SB 483 and AB 464, will certainly go to the Senate for concurrence. With no holdups, it will then visit Sandoval’s desk and end any speculation about a special session on taxes. By incorporating the steps, Assembly legislators will certainly have no other possibility to vote on the pivotal tax hikes before the session ends midnight Tuesday.

The procedure included the extension of the “sundown” taxes in SB 483, which raises more than $600 million by increasing payroll and sales taxes. The sunset taxes initially came into effect during the heart of the Great Economic downturn in 2009. Republican politician Gov. Jim Gibbons banned the procedure however the Legislature overrode it. Sandoval guaranteed to let them end in his very first gubernatorial project however he twice extended them. The economic conditions and the state’s spending plan grew based on them. Now, with education reform a leading priority, the sunset step is critical for moneying Sandoval’s strategy.

The arrangements in AB 464– known as the Nevada Profits Strategy– will raise at least $510 million every 2 years. It also adds a new business filing cost and develops a gross invoices tax. Businesses earning less than $4 million will certainly be exempt from paying the gross receipts portion. For business making more than $200,000 annually, the rates on the payroll tax will certainly be increased from 1.17 percent up to 1.475 percent with mining and monetary institutions paying 2 percent. Businesses will be able to credit 50 percent of their gross invoices tax versus the payroll tax.

It also raises the tax on cigarettes from 80 cents to $1.80.

Sandoval suggested a similar measure previously in the session but it never ever passed the Assembly. The new taxes intend to widen the state’s tax base by gathering incomes from out-of-state companies that sell items in the state.

In total, the cash will certainly fund a $7.4 billion general fund and enhance state K-12 financing by almost 16 percent to $2.85 billion. The general fund balance will be a more than $1 billion boost compared with the present biennium. That money will also include around $400 million to the Distributive School Account, a coffer for public school financing different from the general fund.

“This vote moves us one step more detailed to cementing the legacy of enhancing public education by both raising accountability along with increasing investment in order to suit the needs of generations to come,” Sandoval stated in a statement. “The passage of this bill is a testimony to the vision, dedication and determination of the members of the Nevada State Assembly, and represents their dedication to doing what is best for our residents. Their display of bipartisanship advises us how efficient we can be when we collaborate.”

The gross receipts area– which is approximated to raise $120 million every two years and charge a rate based on 27 various business classifications– has been compared to the margin tax ballot effort that voters declined in the November election.

Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, called the taxes “disgraceful” and said “voters were really smart and they most likely have more wisdom than any of us do.”

Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the outbound Democratic leader in the Assembly and one of the loudest advocates of Sandoval’s strategy, said she opposed the margin tax in November since “it wasn’t the ideal policy.”

She dismissed contrasts in between Sandoval’s plan and the failed tally effort.

The margin tax was a flat 2 percent rate on businesses making more than $1 million and would have raised at least $800 million.

Sandoval’s plan has several and lower rates, more exemptions and raises less money annually.

“I believe that the misconceptions that are out there are inaccurate,” Kirkpatrick stated.

The vote exemplified the Sandoval administration’s ability to win votes from Republicans who campaigned to not raise taxes. The crux of their argument: raise cash to enhance Nevada’s public education system– among the worst in the nation. The floor debate was an unusual minute when Democrats praised their Republican peers and GOP guv on a controversial vote. It was also a chance for GOP members to discuss why they support tax hikes.

Assemblyman Erv Nelson, R-Las Vegas, was one of the first votes to swing from nay to yea.

He altered after conversations with Sandoval’s staff and lobbyists, stating the state’s education system is what’s preventing new companies from coming here.

“I have offended a number of my best friends … before I came here I was a right wing extremist. Now I am a RINO (Republican in Name Only).”

Assemblyman Derek Armstrong– another swing vote who ultimately supported the procedure– stated raising taxes had not been a silver bullet.

He stated he wared “raising for taxes for company as typical in Carson City.”

“This isn’t that,” he said.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore stated that a handful of her Republican colleagues were breaking campaign promises to not raise brand-new taxes, saying their “honesty and character were on the line.”

Krikpatrick reacted to Fiore’s comments, stating it’s not a mark on the honesty of people who vote in favor of the strategy.

She dealt with the state’s bottom-tier education system and the 10 years she’s invested attempting to raise taxes to reinforce the public education system.

“It is simple to vote no,” Kirkpatrick stated. “It is simple to fill the budget plan and expand it. However it is difficult to [vote] and go home. But if you explain it to your constituents they will comprehend.”

The sky isn’t falling, stated Assembly Majority Floor Leader Paul Anderson, R-Las Vegas.

Anderson has an IT business. His tax problem will rise with the proposition however increasing education financing is more crucial, he stated.

“Rather than being shamed or vital of the way we inform our children we will be able to hold our heads high,” he stated.

Assembly passes bill permitting state money for independent school

Friday, May 29, 2015|11:15 p.m.

CARSON CITY– Nevada Assembly members approved a sweeping costs Friday that would permit students to use the state funds designated for their public education at an independent school or for other education expenses.

Assembly members voted 25-17 along party lines to pass SB302, which enables students to claim a grant equal to 90 percent of their per-pupil state financing allocation. Students might utilize the state money deposited in the education savings account for tuition, books and tutoring.

“SB302, I believe, sets a new top requirement for school choice in our nation,” Republican politician Assemblyman James Oscarson said. “Equipping parents to choose the very best education for their children is the best thing we can do for students.”

The step, which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Scott Hammond, currently passed the Senate in an 11-8, party-line vote.

Democrats are greatly opposed to the bill.

“This costs actually siphons cash away from our public school system and offers it to independent schools,” Democratic Assemblywoman Amber Joiner stated Friday. “That’s at a time when our schools can least afford it, and exactly what we’re attempting to do is support them more than we ever had previously.”

Democratic Assemblyman Elliot Anderson said that the measure was unconstitutional because students might use the money at a religious school, although Republican Assemblymen Erv Nelson and David Gardner disputed that point.

Assemblywoman Heidi Swank stated she was worried that parents would be accuseded of a potentially overwhelming choice about exactly what school is best for their youngster, and they would not be provided help making that option.

Joiner stated the expense assists rich parents spend for their children’s personal or religious education however doesn’t assist low-income households that still will not be able to afford such schools.

Republicans, however, said the measure would offer students the chance to leave bad schools and would press public schools to improve.

“The competitors is what’s actually going to change our public schools,” Republican Assemblywoman Jill Dickman said. “It’s the only thing that’s going to force them to become better schools because they’re going to lose students if they do not.”

The costs is similar to a procedure Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law that produces Opportunity Scholarships. Under that expense, companies receive a tax credit for cash contributed to a scholarship fund, and that cash would offer lower-income students scholarships to attend private schools.

Sun press reporter Cy Ryan contributed to this report.

Assembly committee OKs bill clearing way to liquefy city of Ely


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This file image reveals signs for place of business in downtown Ely, Nev.

Friday, Might 15, 2015|10:12 a.m.

CARSON CITY– A Nevada Assembly committee has actually accepted a step that would let voters within the small city of Ely choose whether to dissolve their city.

The Assembly Government Affairs Committee voted 8-6 on Friday to pass SB238, which was sponsored by Republican politician Sen. Pete Goicoechea. It now goes to the Assembly floor.

The step would develop a 2017 tally concern to break up the City of Ely and instead form a town that would be regulated by White Pine County.

Goicoechea and county officials stated the step would save cash by lowering duplicated government services, like separate district lawyers and fire services.

Ely city officials are strongly opposed to the procedure.

Ely has a population of about 4,000 and lies in eastern Nevada. It is among the state’s 19 incorporated cities.