Vote Nevada Supporters,
To start, I would like to share one of my favorite Instagram accounts with beautiful pictures of public lands: https://www.instagram.com/mypubliclands/
And next, I would like to share our developing legislative priorities, which are firming-up based on bills currently submitted. While we have a handful of specific bills we are supporting, this session is presenting many opportunities to support a wide range of bills that include parts of our goals. What is included in this message, then, are goals that appear achievable this session.
And lastly, we have two events coming up. On February 27th, via Zoom, 9 to 11 am, we will have a panel discussion about creative approaches to applying for grants that can support our veteran community. You can RSVP for this event here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-veteran-services-whats-missing/
Now that we have quite a few bills that address voting, elections, and governing process, I have added a March 6th Zoom meeting, 9 to 11 am, to review these proposals. You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/democracy-reform-2021-lets-review-current-possible-changes-to-democracy/
In the 2021 legislative session, we are supporting:
Bills that address our severe shortage of behavioral and mental health providers, this includes:
- Creating education pathways for behavioral and mental health careers for Nevadans that are as close to tuition-free as possible and include mentoring and robust support services.
- Addressing licensing roadblocks for providers relocating to Nevada.
- Ensuring Medicaid continues to cover telehealth counseling services.
- Stabilizing Medicaid reimbursement rates for mental and behavioral health services.
- Ensuring every Nevadan has access to reliable broadband internet service for education and supportive counseling services.
Recreating Nevadan’s grant procurement philosophy and management:
- Every level of government and all public agencies must have the guidance and capacity to actively review all grant opportunities.
- County and municipal governments and public agencies must have incentives to create grant-funded plans that reorganize and repurpose existing programs. The reorganization and repurposing should address vital needs in ways that are new, effective, and efficient.
- Grant funds should cover reorganization and repurposing costs, such as training, purchasing new equipment, and adopting continuous evaluation and assessment practices.
Workforce development that aligns with Nevada’s culture and current conditions:
- Offer free short-term training for certifications and skill enhancements.
- Develop lasting connections between Nevadans and post-secondary education and training institutions. Every Nevadan should feel welcome in training environments and higher education.
- Provide services to ensure every Nevadan can become qualified for new jobs; including internet access, childcare assistance, transportation, and career advising.
- Guarantee Nevadans maintain access to food, shelter, and healthcare if they accept temporary work to assist with emergency community needs.
- Add hiring requirements to industry abatement agreements for Nevadans who are differently-abled.
Vote Nevada is an advocacy engine coupled with a grassroots think tank. While we offer familiar civics education and engagement activities, we also provide a creative edge for developing solutions for persistent civic issues.