There are only four days left in Nevada’s 81st legislative session, and lawmakers are scrambling to get bills out of the door and onto the governor’s desk. That includes appropriating billions in state dollars to fund the government over the next two years. To talk about that, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.
Listen to this interview from “Morning Edition” on KUNR FM on Friday, May 28.
Noah Glick: Paul, here we are in the last week of the regular session. What are lawmakers up to?
Paul Boger: Noah, they have got a lot going on. So, let’s talk about some of the things they did this week. Mail-in voting, so we saw that come back. That is making those changes that lawmakers made in the special session last summer permanent. That includes making mail-in voting the standard; however, they’ll still be places to vote in-person. There will still be early voting. It includes some of the requests by Republican lawmakers to start cleaning up voter rolls; things that they see are voter security issues that they would like to see addressed. Some of those made it into the bill. That actually got a vote on the floor of the Assembly this week and now is in the Senate. So we should see that moving through that process over the next couple of days. Of course, that’s in addition to the first-in-the-nation effort to make Nevada no longer a caucus state, but moving to a primary and trying to take that first-in-the-nation primary spot that Democrats really covet because they see Nevada as this more [representative] state versus Iowa or New Hampshire, which are incredibly, incredibly white.
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