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Super Lien Solution Calms Creditors

Super Lien Solution Calms Creditors

A bill slated to take effect this October should lessen the considerable angst caused by a controversial Nevada Supreme Court ruling last year. In September 2014, the state’s high court decided that a Home Owner Association (HOA) foreclosure sale for failure to pay HOA fees could take priority over a mortgage and extinguish a first


Q&A with Assemblyman Derek Armstrong

For conservative Republicans, Governor Sandoval’s call for $438 million in new taxes a year was unthinkable – and an idea unmatched since 2003, the year Nevada implemented a payroll tax on businesses. Sandoval had the backing of moderate Republicans in the Assembly and Senate leadership in both parties on the basis that new revenue would


Q&A with Assemblyman Paul Anderson

Featured on this issue’s cover along with fellow Republican Derek Armstrong , Majority Leader Paul Anderson spent the 2015 Legislative session trying to build bridges and put out fires in an often-divided caucus. In the end, he was a key player in getting Governor Sandoval’s revenue and reform deal across the finish line. Anderson has


Education Bill Round-Up

The 2015 Nevada Legislature passed a number of education-related bills that were signed into law by Governor Sandoval in June. Following are summaries of some key measures. Senate Bill 391 aka “Read by Three”:  This bill states that a competitive literacy grant program will be administered by the Nevada Department of Education and serve both

Nevada Sen. Patricia Farley, R-Las Vegas, talks about the session in her office at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Her daughter Brooke, 9, is behind her. 
Photo by Cathleen Allison/Nevada Photo Source

5 Things with Senator Patricia Farley

Territorial Enterprise editor Elizabeth Thompson chatted with Senator Farley the morning after the 2015 Legislature adjourned. Here are five things Farley said about her service. PROFILE R-Las Vegas Elected November 2014 Committee Service Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy (Vice Chair) Senate Legislative Operations and Elections (Chair) Senate Transportation (Member) Education University of Arizona, B.S. in



By Samantha Stone What’s a NAICS Code? Before July 1, you’d have been forgiven for not knowing the arcane acronym for North American Industry Classification System, a set of codes describing categories of business activity. Each registered Nevada business has a NAICS Code assigned by the state agency that tallies labor statistics. Business operators have

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Marilyn’s Last Session

Mother of four, ​food ​sales executive and self-made policy wonk Marilyn Kirkpatrick ​talks about the legislature, her family, and what she hopes to leave behind In early April, TE editor Elizabeth Thompson sat down for an interview with Democrat Marilyn Kirkpatrick, former Speaker and current Assembly Minority Leader of the Nevada Legislature, in her home


Prevailing Wage: The State of the States

Increased Republican control of legislatures and/or governor’s mansions after the 2014 elections have led to intensified efforts to reform or repeal prevailing wage law across the country, even in historically strong labor states. In the Midwest, newly elected Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, a self-made multi-millionaire businessman and “turnaround specialist,” has proposed a reform agenda


Nevada Cities Seek Rate Hike for Provision of Public Records

BY ELIZABETH THOMPSON The Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities is in league with the devil. Or at least with his accountant. The membership and lobbying group that calls itself “Nevada’s primary champion of municipal government” is behind a measure that would enable government entities to charge up to 25 cents per page for public