5 things upcoming in the Nevada Legislature

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2013 at 9:01 am •  Published: February 9, 2013
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MINING

Nevada is the largest gold producer in the U.S., and with the prices for the precious metal around $1,600 per ounce, the industry is a frequent target when the state is looking for revenue.

On Tuesday, natural resources committees of the Assembly and Senate will hold a joint hearing to get an overview of all things mining — from the Nevada Mining Association and state Division of Minerals to mining exploration and regulation oversight.

FIREARMS

The link between firearms and public health is an issue coming to the forefront in the national debate over gun control following December's Newton, Conn., school massacre and President Obama's call for universal background checks, prohibitions against gun trafficking and a ban on assault weapons.

Those same debates are expected in the coming weeks in the Nevada Legislature. On Thursday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear from the mental health and medical experts, as well as mental health advocates and representatives of law enforcement and the judiciary on mental health and firearms public health research.

BEAR HUNTS

Monday is Tribal Day at the Nevada Legislature, and part of the day's observance will include a protest by Native Americans of Nevada's black bear hunt.

Tribal members will perform a Round Dance in front of the legislative building beginning at 10 a.m. to show support for SB82. The bill would prohibit bear hunting in Nevada.

The state created its first black bear hunt in 2011, and critics have been trying to abolish it ever since. Various tribal groups say the bear is sacred to American Indians. They also argue a large part of Nevada's hunt takes place during the fall in the Pine Nut and Sweetwater mountains, where many conduct their annual pine nut harvest.



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