Roos-N-More in Moapa cleared to reopen with restrictions

A popular, family-owned animal attraction in Moapa with a history of permitting issues was cleared to reopen on Wednesday, but Clark County officials made it clear they will be watching the operation closely. Click here to read more. 

Marilyn Kirkpatrick sworn in as newest Clark County commissioner

Former Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick was sworn in as a Clark County commissioner today, replacing Tom Collins, who recently resigned. Click here to read more. 

Marilyn Kirkpatrick picked for County Commission

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday appointed former Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick to the Clark County Commission, replacing Tom Collins who resigned earlier this month. Click here to read more. 

Foreclosure mediation may not die after all

The Foreclosure Mediation Program, which was on the chopping block after a vote from the Legislature’s money committees, will be restored thanks to an appeal from Assembly Minority Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas. Click here to read more.

Legislative Update – February 4, 2013

This is the first in a series of email newsletters I will send during the legislative session designed to keep you updated about key topics under consideration at the Legislature.

Today, February 4, 2013, the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature will convene in Carson City. It is my honor to return to the Assembly as your representative for Assembly District 1. This session, I have the pleasure of returning to the Assembly Leadership team as Speaker of the Assembly.  Additionally I will serve as Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor, Assembly Committee on Taxation, and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.

This session, we will focus on Education, our state’s economic development, and discussing revenue to move toward Building a Better Nevada.  We will work to better opportunities for small business owners and; Expand “Nevada Jobs First” so that others may be inspired to bring their business to our state. We will fight for the future of our schools and focus on efforts that will bridge higher education with local business to encourage partnership and expand investment in education.

Your Input is Important to me

I hope you will follow the legislative process by attending meetings and hearings if you can, and by logging on to our website, www.leg.state.nv.us, to listen to or view committee hearings. I also want to encourage you to check out the Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System, NELIS, which allows you to view online language and exhibits being discussed in committee hearings in real time. This new program improves transparency, reduces the amount of paper used by the legislature, and saves taxpayers millions of dollars.

My Contact Information

Email:  Marilyn.Kirkpatrick@asm.state.nv.us
Phone: 775-684-8509
Mail:     401 S. Carson Street Carson City, NV 89701

As always, please feel free to contact me. I want to hear from you about any issues or concerns.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Assemblywoman,
District 1

North Las Vegas Meeting Announcement

Dear Fellow Resident of Assembly District 1,

I am writing to let you know the City of North Las Vegas is planning a series of 4 special council meetings to address the current fiscal situation.

These important meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 11th; Tuesday, February 18th; Tuesday, February 25th; and Tuesday, March 4: all starting at 6.00 pm.  Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at North Las Vegas City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North.

I hope you will be able to attend one of these meetings to share your thoughts about the direction and financial status of our city.  I will continue to update you about any future meetings.

For more information on the Council meetings, you can visit the website: www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com/sirepub/meetresults.aspx?page=0

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

September 2013 Update

Dear Neighbor,

My last few newsletters have provided information about the 77th Nevada Legislature. Now that we are in the interim period, I hope to share more about our community.  If you did not receive any of the previous newsletters and would like to, or if you would like another copy, please let me know.

A new school year—how you can get involved!

Every school year begins with new opportunities for every student, as well as the hope and anticipation that this is going to be the best year yet.  We all know the importance of education, and there are ways we can all help and get involved. The Clark County School District has opportunities for everyone who wants to participate.

There are plenty of ways families can get involved.  Finding the time is not always easy—but it can make all the difference in the world. Here are a few websites with tips on family involvement I hope you will find useful:

·      Work with your child to develop effective homework habits. Create a routine and identify a special place for your child to study and set a regular time for homework.

·      Encourage your child to get involved. Sports, arts, and dance are all great after school options offered by the city.(http://www.cityofnorhtlasvegas.com/departments/
parksandrecreation/pdfs/activityschedule.pdf)

·      Make sure your student has a library card, and check out books to read at home. Make it fun and a challenge. Try to finish a book a week, or a larger book a month.

·      Find time to talk to your child about their day. If it’s a few minutes in the car, at the dinner table, or any other time you might have when you are able to spend it together.

CLARK COUNTY

·      Clark County School District – http://www.ccsd.net/
– Click on “Parents.”

·      Nevada State Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC)          – http://www.nevadapirc.org/

·      Parent Teacher Association – http://www.pta.org//
– Click on “Topics,” and then on “Student Success.”

·      US Department of Education-For a series of online brochures on topics ranging from helping your students with science and math to getting prepared for college, visit http://www.ed.gov/

Our Work Continues

We concluded our legislative session in June, with important new policies to help diversify our economy and improve education.  We invested almost $3.5 billion of the State General Fund in education over the next two years.  A significant effort was made to continue and expand full-day kindergarten and English Language Learner programs, as well as to invest in class-size reduction to ensure our students and teachers have every opportunity to succeed.

Because our state legislature only meets every other year, the next session will not convene until February 2015.  However, we are still hard at work, with interim committees that monitor the implementation of legislation passed last session as well as preparing for the next session. You can find out more about the interim committees here: (http://leg.state.nv.us/division/research/library/
interim/interimcommitteebrochure.pdf)

As always, I hope you will contact me at any time if you have questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

May 2013 Update

Dear Neighbor,

We all know too well just how difficult the downturn of our economy has been for our families and neighbors. Jobs have been cut and businesses continue to struggle. In the months leading to this legislative session, expanding job market opportunities and working to diversify the economy have been at the front of everyone’s mind.

In the 2011 session, Assembly Democrats passed “Nevada Jobs First” legislation, which gives a bidder’s preference to businesses that hire locally and buy Nevada products. It helps ensure that Nevada jobs go to Nevada workers. This session, we have introduced Assembly Bill 172, which expands on that legislation.

We continue to stimulate the state’s economic growth in order to get Nevadans back to work.   Here are some of the new measures we are proposing:

AB 125 – Authorizes the Use of State Lands for Economic Development
Lease out unused state land for economic development; new tenants to cover costs of improvement.

AB 138 – Enable Businesses to Invest in Higher Education
Provide higher education, research and skills training needed by business and industry.

AB 139 – Streamline Licensing Regulations
Expedite routine permitting processes to get business up and running.

AB 172 – Expand Bidder Preference for State Contracts
Ensure that jobs funded by taxpayer dollars go to Nevada workers.

SB 165 – Provide Incentives for Film Industry
Bring jobs to Nevada by incentivizing the film industry to shoot more movies in Nevada.

SB 171 – Fund Infrastructure to Create Jobs
Ensure funding for shovel-ready projects to improve our infrastructure in Nevada.

SB 172 – Increase the Knowledge Fund Investment
Generate jobs through innovation and elevate the state as a center for research and technology.

I encourage you to share your thoughts on these and other bills by going to the legislative website and clicking on the link Share Your Opinion on Legislative Bills — or click here:
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/77th2013/A/

My priority since day one has been to work with colleagues across party lines to create jobs for the middle class, improve our schools and create a fair revenue structure. Improvements to our economy will inspire a brighter future for Nevada.

As session continues, please follow along on our website at www.leg.state.nv.us and feel free to contact me at any time by emailing me at Marilyn.Kirkpatrick@asm.state.nv.us, or phone 775-684-8509.
I want to hear from you about any issues or concerns.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

March 2013 Update

Dear Neighbor,

This is the second in a series of email newsletters I will send during the legislative session designed to keep you updated about key topics under consideration at the Legislature.

It’s week five of the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature and last week we focused on one of the most important issues facing our state— Education.

It is a priority of this legislature to see education improve in our state. This begins with accountability and ensuring schools have adequate resources. Currently, Nevada ranks last in pre-k enrollment, 45th in kindergarten enrollment and everyone has a child or knows a child that is in a classroom that is overcrowded. We must do more for education in our state to move forward. In order to bolster the economy, and see job growth in our state we need a solid education foundation.

That’s why this session we have already begun discussion on issues that will improve education in our state:

  • Assembly Bill 161 revises the current standards of social promotion. Students currently advance grade levels based on their age, not on proficiency. This leaves many of our students advancing to the next grade, but failing at comprehension.
  • Assembly Bill 162 governs class-size in our schools. Reducing class sizes provides increased accountability for our students, and allows teachers to provide the personalized instruction necessary for all children to succeed.
  • Assembly Bill 163 phases in pre-kindergarten for at risk students. Nevada ranks last in Pre-K participation. Seventy one percent of 3 and 4 year olds were not enrolled in a pre-K program from 2008 to 2010. We are missing an opportunity to move our state forward. For every $1 invested in early education programs, we see a societal return on investment of more than $17.
  • Senate Bill 182 expands full-day kindergarten in public schools. This ensures that ALL children can attend kindergarten, not just those who can afford it. In 2005, the Legislature passed full day kindergarten and expanded funding in 2007.  Unfortunately this funding was cut over the last four years, it’s time to restore and reinvest in education.

If we do not pass and implement these ideas on education, our state will continue to fall behind. I am encouraged that the Governor and members of all parties recognize the importance of education in our state. For the future of all children, it’s imperative we continue to work together to ensure we succeed.

I encourage you to share your thoughts on these bills or other bills coming through the legislature. You can do so by going to the legislative website and clicking on the link Share Your Opinion on Legislative Bills or click here, https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/77th2013/A/

As session continues, please follow along on our website at www.leg.state.nv.us and feel free to contact me at any time by emailing me at Marilyn.Kikrpatrick@asm.state.nv.us, or phone 775-684-8509.
I want to hear from you about any issues or concerns.

Marilyn Kirkpatrick is ready to get to work

Marilyn Kirkpatrick is ready to get to work. In fact, she’s ready for the whole Nevada Assembly to get back to Carson City and “down to business.” She was ready yesterday—and the 2013 legislative session doesn’t…Click here to read more.