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I’m proud of what we have done in the last several sessions to improve the lives of Nevadans through strengthening and investing more money in our schools, working to create jobs and diversify the economy, and protecting our most vulnerable citizens. Below are some of the highlights of what the legislature has accomplished in my time there.

Special Session: Legislature Votes to Brings Thousands of New Jobs to Nevada:

Last month, the Nevada Legislature met to pass legislation that improves our economic climate and helps to attract businesses like Faraday Future to Nevada, who announced they are locating a three million square foot electric car assembly plant in the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas. Faraday’s initial investment will be $1 billion.

This project is part of a comprehensive effort to attract new industry with high-paying jobs to Nevada that began in 2011 with the revamping of Nevada’s economic development agencies.

Faraday had been exploring sites in California, Georgia and Louisiana but chose to locate in Nevada.

This project is projected to employ 13,500 workers—4500 direct and 9000 indirect jobs. State officials estimate the company will generate $760 million in tax revenue over the next 20 years.

Last year, as part of this effort, Tesla Motors located a $5 billion factory to build lithium batteries for electric cars in northern Nevada. The plant, which is located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park, is projected to generate 6500 direct jobs and between 15,000 and 20,000 indirect jobs.

Education:

Since I first was elected in 2010, we have been able to add hundreds of millions of dollars back into our schools that had been cut in the recession. I’m glad that we are investing in early childhood education, class size reduction, and programs for English-language learners, which is an important piece of closing the achievement gap and raising our graduation rates.

Jobs and Energy:

The state has revamped and reinvented its system of economic development with a focus on growing and bringing jobs to this state. This includes additional opportunities in clean energy (and the closure of our final coal power plant). I also co-sponsored a bill in 2011 AB432, that dealt with home energy audits, standardizing and streamlining the process to help homeowners.

Government Spending and Efficiency:

We have worked hard to make sure that our public dollars are being put to good use, this has been a particular focus of mine. We have put in place several new programs to move the state toward a better system of budgeting, and to bring greater transparency overall AB248. We have also passed several pieces of legislation to reduce gridlock at state agencies AB13, increase use of small, local businesses in state contracting, and make better use of dollars that were previously kept in reserves AB303.

Strengthening Nevada Families:

My passion for helping families succeed stems from the challenges my own family faced as I grew up here in Reno. My mother, grandparents, my sisters and I all pulled together to get us through the hard times, and I was lucky enough to be able to go on to get a college degree in social work. In my career, I have had the privilege to work as both an adoption and hospice social worker.

That passion has extended to my legislative service as your Assemblywoman. As a member of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee, I have worked on legislation to improve health care services for children, families and seniors. As a member of the Assembly’s budget committee—Ways and Means—I have fought for funding for services to benefit our most vulnerable—children, seniors and the disabled.

One example of a common sense policy to help families is the Nevada Care Act (SB 177) passed during the 2015 legislative session. This bill, which was a priority for AARP, allows a hospital patient to designate a caregiver and requires the hospital to make every effort to provide information and training to that caregiver about the patient’s care at home. This important legislation is an important step in ensuring patients, particularly older patients, can recover well at home.

Priorities for the future include working on policies that:

  • Improve and expand state services for families, children and seniors in need.
  • Protect retirement savings and pensions of retired Nevadans, so our senior citizens have economic security.
  • Provide education and training to health care professionals for diseases prevalent in older adults.
  • Raise the minimum wage to help workers support their families.
  • Continue to work to improve education opportunities for every student.
  • Allow workers to take off work when they or family members get sick by establishing an earned sick leave program.

Bringing New Jobs to Nevada Workers:

I believe one of my most important responsibilities as a legislator is to improve economic opportunity and security for all Nevadans. That means we must constantly work to bring new jobs and new businesses to our state. In 2011, I co-sponsored legislation to improve our state’s economic development efforts. In 2014 and 2015, we passed legislation that is resulting in thousands of new jobs in both northern and southern Nevada, as well as critically needed new revenue for our state. Here is more information on our recent efforts.

Other bills:

I’m proud to have sponsored and passed legislation that helps increase positive parent involvement in school work. This, common sense dictates and study after study has shown, increases school performance and the overall well-being of our students.

My colleagues and I put into law provisions allowing any military veteran who is honorably discharged to in-state tuition at our colleges and universities AB260. These brave men and women have in many cases had no permanent home for at least two years and in many cases much longer. Nevada will gladly welcome those veterans who honor us by choosing our state to call home, and make their lives easier if they want to pursue a college degree.

Additionally, we have passed laws to better protect children in foster care, seniors, and other vulnerable populations. We renewed our commitment to one of our most valuable resources, Lake Tahoe SB229, by ensuring Nevada remains in the bi-state compact (TRPA).

I’m also proud of legislation I sponsored to close a loophole in our criminal justice system that shielded people who provide help to criminals from being prosecuted AB116, here is some local news coverage of the bill.

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My Issues

I am passionate about the future of our State.  Here are some areas I have worked in during previous legislative sessions:

-Education
-Jobs & Energy
-Government Spending and Efficiency

Click HERE to see a full list of the issues and bills that I have worked on.

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