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Why "You" Matter

As constituents of District 7- we are so diverse and unique- we are 67,000 strong.  I have tried to be a Voice for you that is independent- and speaks out, even if I am standing alone.

You believe in building communities- from the Girl Scout selling her cookies in front of Hidden Canyon; to the children playing in Alexander Park off of Gowan and Pecos; to the young teenager selling the Sunday paper on Sunday on Clayton, and the beautiful community garden on Bradley street. We have managed to rebound from the 2011 recession- but we still have more work to do.

You have allowed me to represent your perspectives and be your voice in the Nevada Legislature. You have called me on the telephone and expressed what bills you want and what you need.

I need you. You are a powerful voice.  We need to still make changes and invest in paid leave programs for workers, healthcare, stabilize education, living wages, and build stronger small businesses.

I wanted to share with you- How I have been your Legislative Advocate for the since 2010.

You shared with me what you needed and I tried to create these laws for you- Some passed and some did not.

 

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What Bills you asked for Last Legislative Session (2017)

AB214 Establishes a program to increase participation by certain demographic groups in clinical trials. The focus of this bill was to get the state involved in Clinical trials, to make sure residents have access to new treatments for cancer and other diseases.

AB136: Revises provisions governing bail in certain criminal cases. Stated that the court must consider other factors, before requiring bail. If a person is poor. (Governor Veto’d)

AB103: Eliminates the Achievement School District. (did not pass)

AB94: Made the Small Business NV Grow Program permanent. (passed)

SB249: Requires instruction in financial literacy and economics in public schools.

AB400: Revises provisions relating to instructional materials. (This Bill allowed teachers to own the copyright for books or instructional materials, excluding lesson plans that they create, using their own efforts and degree, so that they could get paid for their intellectual property and creativity) (did not pass)

SB368: Provides for compensation of state employees.

AB358: Revises provisions relating to child support. (This bill tried to remove the penalty of suspending drivers licenses for failure to pay child support. I wanted to make sure constituents could go to work, to actually pay for their support. It didn’t make sense to take a driver’s license from a parent, and prevent them from driving to a job, because they failed to pay child support.

AB354: Revises provisions relating to employment practices. Forced workforce agencies to collaborate and develop solutions between agencies to help residents who are unemployed or under employed to find jobs. From this bill Project 354 is being created.

AB355: Revises provisions relating to the adequacy of health care services offered by a network plan. This bill was an attempt to make sure credential health care providers could participant in servicing clients, some business were being shut out of the market. (did not pass)

Co-Sponsored 36 Bill(s)

SB175: Designates May 18 as Asian Culture Day in Nevada.

AJR7: Expresses the opposition of the Nevada Legislature to certain proposed changes to the federal Medicare and Social Security programs.

SB196: Requires certain employers in private employment to provide paid sick leave to full-time employees under certain circumstances.

AJR10: Expresses opposition to the development of a repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain in the State of Nevada.

AJR9: Urges Congress not to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or its most important provisions.

AB247: Provides for the early termination of certain rental agreements by victims of harassment, sexual assault or stalking.

AB357: Restricts certain state and local governmental agencies from performing certain actions relating to immigration enforcement.

2011

AB191: Allowed partial abatement of certain taxes if a small business invested in Higher Education (did not pass)

AB236: Prohibited HOA's from assessing fees to government entities or non-profits who are trying to fix homes in foreclosure (did not pass)

AB290: Mandates the school provide tutoring/re-teaching to make sure students pass proficiency exams (passed)

AB361: Create bidding preference for public school contracts under $100,000 (did not pass)

AB414: Required a contribution to higher education for technology commercialization by big corporations in exchange for certain tax abatements (did not pass)

2013

AB96: Car Registration that sets up payment plans, to prepay registrations. (DMV created this program)

AB408: Business Impact statements for cities, counties and state agencies must take the time to find out if regulations will negatively impact businesses financially (passed)

AB222: Required school districts to adopt a pilot program for reading skill development centers up to 3rd grade (passed)

AB169: Revises provisions relating to contracts with a governmental agency (did not pass)

AB263: Revises provisions governing bidding on certain highway projects (passed)

AB270: Revises provisions governing minority affairs

AB298: Makes an appropriation to the City of Las Vegas to encourage the creation of small businesses (did not pass)

2015

AB399: Created a Nevada Grow Business Mentoring program (passed)

AB225: Aligns service delivery of providers who offer programs for reentry of offenders and parolees into the community (passed)

AB235: Requires an employer to provide paid sick leave to each employee (did not pass)

AB236: Enacts provisions related to the promotion of public engagement by state agencies (passed)

AB291: Makes an appropriation for school districts to provide early childhood education programs (did not pass)

AB237: Revises provisions governing motor vehicle registration for vintage cars to make it easier (did not pass)

Community Programs/ Projects

  • 2018- Created Project 354- a Workforce Program specific to District 7, to help make sure young adults and adults looking for a job or career, can be assisted effectively. It is a program focused on reducing the unemployment rate in District 7 to single digit, because we are currently at 13 percent unemployment in the district. It makes workforce providers develop solutions and change processes to effectively interact help residents find work.
  • 2011 to present: Youth Justice Program for 5 years- we teach youth legal rights in a school environment and also civil rights
  • 2015- I created a free adult math proficiency program- at Cheyenne high school for 4 weeks, paid licensed math teachers- because we found out adults weren’t passing “union” exams. We walked flyers into the neighborhoods-off of Alexander and Simmons- Eastside Craig and Walnut area. We had some success- because others liked the program that they re-created it- and now it is being offered at Regional Housing Authority.
  • 2015- We performed a Saturday resume editing class your adults- I partnered with Workforce Connections, DETR, lawyers, to review writing and help folks edit their resumes- we gave free USB drives to participates to save their work- We walked the fliers into the neighborhoods. We were blessed that 7/11 on Simmons and Cheyenne let us put fliers for resume classes on their counter The community store on Alexander and MLK let us put gloss fliers on the counter. - We worked very hard to make sure we let the constituents of District 7 know- beyond Face book.
  • 2013 to present: Nevada Grow  Business Development Program- ran it as a community program before the bill
  • 2013-2011- Health care Forum
  • 2012- Hosted statewide Conference on Teen Pregnancy