Over 20,000 State Employees are About to Gain Collective Bargaining Rights

Nevada state employees haven’t been able to collectively bargain through unions. That’s on the cusp of changing.

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

Nevada Governor Vetoes Popular Vote Effort

The bill would have directed Nevada's six electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

Florida Moves to Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore mayor resigns … New election machines in North Dakota … Marijuana lounges become legal in Las Vegas.

Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For the First Time, a U.S. State Will Have a Majority-Female Legislature

The change comes during a year when women candidates had a strong showing at the state and federal levels.

‘Dead Pool’ Water Scenario for Colorado River Prompts Big Spending in Vegas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mo. police chief responds to CNN rape-kit investigation … Texas AG sues San Antonio … and Vt. irked by N.H. inaction.

Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities

Nationwide there are 10 metro areas whose populations grew more than 30 percent since 2000—almost twice the national average for metros—but whose per-capita income grew less than half the U.S. average.

When the Honors System Short-Changes State Parks

An audit found that one-third of park visitors in this state didn’t pay an entrance fee.

Nevada and Arizona Ballot Measures Would Require Utilities to Use More Renewable Energy Sources

While Nevada’s effort to update its renewable portfolio standard has seen little opposition, the largest utility in Arizona is resisting the same measure.

‘Pink Wave’ May Give More Women a Seat at the Table in State Legislatures

“Not only are women motivated to run, they are running,” according to Lindsay Crete, deputy campaign communications director for state and local races at EMILY’s List.

Nevada on Course to Elect First-Ever Female-Majority Legislature

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Planning for a court-mandated infusion of education funding in New Mexico … Considering a hate crimes charge in attack on Latino mayor in Washington … Diversifying overwhelmingly white New Hampshire.

Five States To Get A Smart Tech Boot Camp

The states will be the first in the multi-year "Smarter States, Smarter Communities" learning lab, which grows out of National Governor Association Chair Brian Sandoval's 'Ahead of the Curve' Initiative.

Triage and Response Lessons From the Las Vegas Shooting

Emergency Management Administrator Carolyn Levering shares key takeaways from how local agencies dealt with the mass-casualty event.

Nevada Fears Loss of Chinese Gamblers If Trade War Escalates

Beijing sees your tariffs and raises you its high-stakes baccarat players.

Governors Remain Hot and Cold on Trump’s National Guard Border Plan

While many Republican governors have offered enthusiastic support, one has offered a low-key dismissal of the plan.

Stalled Effort to Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Illustrates Challenge of Changing State Gun Laws

The debate over the past few months illustrates how difficult it will be for gun-control advocates to enact other changes state by state.

Gun Safety Looms Over Governors' Trump Meeting

While GOP governors plan to discuss solutions, despite disagreeing on which ones, some Democratic governors suspect the issue will become another ‘bargaining chip’ for the White House.

Governors Want Room to Shape Health Care Innovation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are making a second, bipartisan attempt at improving Obamacare and affordability.

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