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Two years after Nevada lawmakers approved a bill requiring Nevada Highway Patrol troopers who regularly interact with the public wear body cameras, Democratic Senate Leader Aaron Ford is back with SB 176, which would expand the law to include all state police officers who interact with the public.

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As a youngster in Texas, Aaron Ford didn’t know his family was poor. It was just a fact of life that utilities — water, gas — got shut off sometimes. You dealt with it.

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Before Aaron Ford had the highest title in the Nevada Senate, five degrees to his name and personal invitations to White House events, there was the Aaron Ford who was on food stamps.

At 21, Ford found himself a single father applying for Section 8 housing and the Women, Infants and Children program so he could afford formula for his infant son and a roof over their heads. If he ever thought of dropping out of college at that point, halfway through his bachelor’s degree, he said the thought didn’t last long.

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Last legislative session, we worked together in the Nevada Assembly to pass a law that has transformed the ways that we hold children accountable for the harm they have caused.

“As the Democratic leader of the State Senate, and more importantly as a father and citizen of Nevada, I wholeheartedly condemn Speaker-designate Ira Hansen’s racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks. I am saddened that I once again find myself in a position where I have to explain to my children why and how someone who was elected to office in our home state would make such antiquated and bigoted comments. Mr. Hansen has stated that his words were meant to be “provocative.” They certainty provoke, but more than that, they are offensive.

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