#NVLEG Week 5: Shake Ups and Gun Sanctuaries

#NVLEG Week 5: Shake Ups and Gun Sanctuaries

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The Nevada Legislative Building The 2019 Nevada Legislature had a bit of a shake-up last week when Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned from office. To talk about his resignation and other news from the legislature, KUNR’s Political Reporter Paul Boger spoke with Morning Edition Host Bree Zender to talk about the latest from Carson City. Let’s talk about that resignation. What happened there and how will it affect the rest of the session? Sure thing, so last Tuesday, it came as kind of a surprise to most, when reports started to bubble up that Senator Atkinson had pleaded guilty to federal charges of misusing campaign money. Essentially, over the years, it became apparent to officials that Atkinson had apparently used hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use. And that very day, Atkinson gave an emotional farewell on the Senate floor and resigned. He’s likely going to plead guilty to the charges in federal court in the coming days, and we’ll see what comes of it. How this affects the rest of the session is still a bit of an unknown. The news definitely took the wind out of a few sails last week as lawmakers were really ramping up the number of bill hearings. First off, Atkinson’s resignation left a bit of a hole leadership-wise. That itself has been addressed by the promotion of Democratic Senator Nicole Cannizzaro–she was the assistant majority leader and Atkinson’s top lieutenant before his resignation. As a bit of […]

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