Thursday, December 2, 2021

Play

Michiganders mourn the loss of four students after this week's school shooting at Oxford High School, and SCOTUS Justices signal willingness to back a Mississippi abortion prohibition law.

Play

The Supreme Court debates abortion rights; Stacey Abrams will again run to be Georgia's governor; and Congress scrambles to avoid a shutdown.

Play

Seniors in non-urban areas struggle with hunger disproportionately; rural communities make a push for federal money; and Planned Parenthood takes a case to the Montana Supreme Court.

Mixed Bag for Progressive Priorities in NV Legislative Session

Play

Wednesday, June 2, 2021   

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Progressive groups are describing the just-ended legislative session as a rollercoaster year, with both victories and defeats.

State lawmakers passed a landmark bill to get the ball rolling on a public option for health care, which would allow Nevadans to buy into a state-run plan by 2027. Annette Magnus, executive director of the nonprofit Battle Born Progress, said more than 11% of Nevadans have no health insurance.

"We're trying to give Nevadans an additional option, because a lot of people don't qualify for Medicaid but they need a more affordable option," she said. "It will also allow small businesses to give their employees cheaper health insurance."

Opponents of a public option have said it's too expensive.

Progressives also are celebrating passage of a bill to ban the sale or manufacture of so-called "ghost gun" kits that allow people to make weapons that are impossible to trace, since they have no serial number. Voting-rights groups were pleased with the passage of bills to ditch the caucus system in favor of a presidential preference primary, to allow voting by mail in all future elections, and to expand automatic voter registration.

Magnus said the season's biggest disappointment for the progressive camp came when a bill to abolish the death penalty failed to get a hearing or a vote in the state Senate.

"We should not be investing in state-sanctioned murder, essentially," she said, "and there's a financial component to it. It costs millions upon millions of dollars to keep a death chamber we've never used."

Activists for criminal-justice reform were pleased, however, by the passage of a bill to decriminalize traffic tickets. This means that, starting in January 2023, people cannot be thrown in jail for unpaid traffic-ticket debt.

Disclosure: Battle Born Progress - Institute for a Progressive Nevada contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention, Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
A majority of Republican likely voters support taxing billionaires' stock-market gains, which currently are not taxed until sold. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nearly seven in ten Americans say billionaires are not paying their fair share in taxes, according to a new survey. Among likely …


Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Over the coming weeks, North Dakotans will be clicking the "purchase" button as they order holiday gifts online, and fraud experts …

Social Issues

MINNEAPOLIS -- Several regional labor groups rallied in Minneapolis on Wednesday, demanding state leaders take action to reflect the sacrifices made …


According to the latest Census of Agriculture, nearly 9,000 Iowa farms use cover crops. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

GREENE, Iowa -- The proposed Build Back Better bill is getting attention for a host of funding possibilities, including one area flying under the …

Social Issues

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Michiganders are mourning the loss of four students after this week's school shooting at Oxford High School, and advocates …

Experts point to a tightening labor market and a labor-friendly administration to explain the rise in the number of labor strikes and protests. (Juan Aunion/Adobestock)

Social Issues

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Labor protests and strikes are on the upswing this fall, compared with 2020 when everyone hunkered as the pandemic closed …

Social Issues

CONCORD, N.H. -- With the holiday shopping season under way, experts are urging Granite Staters to watch out for scammers. A survey from AARP found …

Social Issues

EVERETT, Wash. -- After community pushback, Everett Community College has paused plans to close its Early Learning Center, which has provided child-…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021