Lawmakers should leave Nevada’s strong anti-SLAPP law alone

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem is a nail. With lawyers, the solution to every problem is a lawsuit. A bill to drastically alter Nevada’s strong anti-SLAPP law (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) breezed through the s … [Read more...]

Bill to speed up mining permitting process would be a boon to Nevada

Rep. Mark Amodei, who represents the northern half of rural Nevada, recently introduced a bill in Congress intended to force the federal land agencies to get into gear, setting the total review process for issuing mining permits at 30 months … [Read more...]

If lawmakers can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

Lawmakers in Carson City are attempting to play Pontius Pilate and wash their hands of one of their responsibilities. Assembly Joint Resolution No. 10 proposes to revise the Nevada Constitution and set up a Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for C … [Read more...]

Let local governments opt out of collecting bargaining

While it seems most of the legislation coursing through the halls of the Legislature in Carson City seeks to tap deeper into taxpayers’ wallets, one might actually reduce the cost of local government by allowing local counties, cities and school b … [Read more...]

Bill would facilitate doctors ‘seeing’ patients remotely by using technology

Nevada already has one of the lowest doctor-to-patient ratios in the nation — 47th to be precise. Add to that the time and expense to bring the two together for in-person visits when the patient is living in a remote rural area. This is where a b … [Read more...]

Federal government’s fracking rules usurp states’ rights

Our masters in Washington are always searching for solutions to problems. They invariably find a solution even if they can’t find a problem. The Interior Department recently released a 400-page set of rules for fracking on public lands, which c … [Read more...]

More problems with those Las Vegas water authority ranches

The folks at the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) are spreading ill will across rural Nevada counties like they were using a fertilizer spreader. A lawsuit filed in Clark County district court earlier this month resurrects allegations that … [Read more...]

Lawmakers must jettison proposed doubling of minimum wage

In a sane world, one would feel reassured that Senate Joint Resolution No. 8 would never see the light of day, but we are talking about the Nevada Legislature, where anything can and does happen. Therefore, we feel obliged to shine a bright light … [Read more...]

‘Bassackwards’ government

By Sherm Frederick For whatever reason, government has a tendency to fold in upon itself to the point that it begins to behave like it knows better than the people from which government derives its authority and which it is supposed to … [Read more...]

Lawmakers must reform public employee retirement system

Most of the blather coming out of Carson City this legislative session has been about the various means that can be employed to tap more tax revenue from the citizens. But finally someone has introduced a bill that would curb the state’s profligate s … [Read more...]