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A broad coalition of state attorneys general from across the country has partnered on a bipartisan committee to look into the marketing and sales practices of opioid manufacturers.

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The state of Nevada is taking a new approach to tackling the rising price of prescription drugs with a new piece of legislation.

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Two bills were introduced earlier in the 79th Legislative session which would increase Nevada's minimum wage. 

While Assembly Bill 175 would have boosted the minimum wage to $15 per hour, that bill was changed. That amount is no longer on the table, but the bill could still affect what the minimum wage would be in cases where the employer provides benefits. Senate Bill 106 would increase the minimum wage from $8.25 to $12 over five years, going up 75 cents each year.

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Nevada this week became the eight state to ban conversion therapy, a practice in which mental health professionals try to change the sexual orientation of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.

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The 2017 Nevada legislative session was relatively quiet compared with the past several times lawmakers got together — from the 2014 special session that brought Tesla to the state to the 2016 special session that produced the Oakland Raiders stadium deal.

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When Gov. Brian Sandoval didn’t get what he wanted, he didn’t lash out with an angry tweet, didn’t find a scapegoat and didn’t trash his Democratic Party adversaries.

Most importantly, he didn’t prioritize politics over the interests of Nevadans.

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Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature are wasting no time in setting a progressive agenda. 

Typically, lawmakers use the start of a new session to be sworn-in, take photos with family and pleasantly reacquaint themselves with fellow legislators. Partisanship is usually checked at the front door for the first day. 

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In a glossy, six-page booklet, Democratic legislative leaders revealed their long-awaited hopes and goals for the remainder of the 2017 session on Thursday in the form of the “Nevada Blueprint.”

The second edition of the policy document was unveiled in a press conference by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, both flanked by members of their caucuses.

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