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Your support means a lot to me, and your contribution absolutely will make a difference!

 

 
 

 
 
 

Now that the 2017 Legislature has adjourned, I want to let you all know some of the many highlights.  This was a phenomenal legislative session, and I'm very proud of what was accomplished. I was honored to serve as a member of the Assembly Democratic Caucus leadership team as Assistant Majority Whip, and proud to serve on the Assembly's Ways & Means and Taxation committees, as well as being Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation.

I am delighted by our team's achievements, and grateful for all of the encouragement and feedback that so many of you provided. Whether you wrote emails, called, testified, gave your thoughts via social media, or spoke to me at the grocery store - I want you to know your engagement meant a lot and your efforts energized all of us in Carson City. All of us share in the achievements of the 2017 Legislature. 

Some highlights include:

  • Created thousands of construction jobs statewide

  • Increased per pupil spending of up to $1,200 per year for students who need it the most

  • Brought back solar energy by adjusting net metering for those who wish to have solar panels

  • Added funding for the new UNLV medical school, as well as for new buildings at UNLV and CSN

  • Funded a community college scholarship program to make college affordable

  • Provided permanent funding for apprenticeship programs and to improve workforce training

On a personal note,  I'm thrilled to tell you that eight (8) of my bills were signed into law!  These bills will help Nevadans in key areas and will absolutely move Nevada forward.  Here's the list of the bills that I introduced, which were signed into law by Governor Sandoval, with what they do and how they will help: 

  • AB106 - Establishes a reward/recognition system for state vendors who give equal pay for equal work.  Over time, this will help eliminate the wage gap between men and women.  Since many of our families are financially supported by both men and women, eliminating the wage gap will help across-the-board – and will help put more money into our economy.  (Equal pay has been shown to be a strong economic development tool, and it's also something that is near and dear to my heart.)

  • AB113 - Requires employers to give nursing moms breaks and a clean place to pump breast milk.  This not only helps families economically, it's been proven that mother's milk provides babies with their first immunization, and there are enormous health benefits associated with breast feeding. Was delighted to have been given a plaque (pictured here) for my efforts

  • AB128 - Allows people to use non-professional process servers.  There are many Nevadans (especially people trying to escape abusive relationships), who are financially constrained and need to use a "do it yourself" process.  Now a neutral friend can help, potentially saving individuals hundreds of dollars.

  • AB229 - Puts gay marriage and parental rights into Nevada law and makes Nevada family law gender-neutral.  With this law, both parents can be listed on birth certificates, marriage records can be clear, and other family-related administrative proceedings can be completed without confusion.

  • AB275 - Establishes a statewide framework for integrated student supports.   Many students have non-academic reasons for performing poorly in school, and this bill will help students get their needs met.  You've heard me speak about physical issues, such as the need for eyeglasses and emotional issues, such as the need for students to have a bully-free learning environment.  During my testimony, I spoke about children who don't go to school because they do not have access to clean clothes.  This law will allow these and other issues to be addressed on a consistent basis statewide.

  •  AB276 - Forbids an employer from firing (or disciplining) workers who discuss their own wages with their colleagues.  Part of why women statistically only earn about $0.82 per every dollar that a man earns is that they are unable to discuss their wages and learn that they are being paid unequally.  As I've said, "you cannot fix a problem if you can't even talk about it."  This should also help eliminate the wage gap between men and women (see above for benefits).

  • AB317 - Prohibits companies from using names that sound like governmental entities.  This will help prevent consumer deception and fraud.   

  • AB381 - Limits medical insurance companies' ability to raise consumer prescription drug prices (for individuals and people in small group plans) during the contract year.  This will help people manage their budgets and reduce use of "bait and switch" tactics (in which people make a purchase decision based on one price list and then are locked in, while prices are raised and they have no recourse).

As always, my best -- and most impactful -- legislative successes have come from conversations I've had with my constituents, and it's why I always say:

Since being back home, I've been going to community events, reaching out to community leaders and meeting with constituents to discuss issues that should be addressed in the 2019 Legislative session.

Additionally, I was recently accepted into the Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow program. This is one of the nation's premier leadership development program for state government officials, and only 48 elected officials from across the country were accepted.  I'm looking forward to attending the sessions and honing my skills, as it will enable me to be even for effective for you.

Ellen Spiegel


 
 

As I continue to work on issues that will help make Nevada better, I want to hear what you are thinking. 

 

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We all need a brighter tomorrow.  Thanks to your help, I will continue to get things done for all of us.

Sincerely,

   
     
 
 

I am proud  to be the Democratic  representative in Carson City who gets things done - and who gets them done in a way that reflects our community values. I want to hear your thoughts on the issues I've identified, and I want to know if you have other issues that need to be addressed in the next legislative session.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.


-Ellen
 
 
     
 

 

 
 

 

Many thanks again to all of my 2016 campaign supporters, including:

 


Nevada State AFL-CIO

Southern Nevada Central Labor Council

Nevada Building and Construction
Trades Council

Laborers International Local 872

IBEW Local 357

IBEW Local 1245

SEIU Local 1107

Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada:
   Local 731 Reno
   Local 1265 Sparks
   Local 1285 Las Vegas
   Local 1607 North Las Vegas
   Local 1883 Henderson
   Local 1908 Clark County
   Local 2139 Incline Village
   Local 2251 Carson City
   Local 2423 Elko
   Local 2441 Tahoe – Douglas
   Local 2955 Reno Airport
   Local 3726 East Fork
   Local 3895 Truckee Meadows
   Local 4068 Pahrump
   Local 4227 Storey County
   Local 4547 North Lyon County
   Local 4621 Mt. Charleston
   Local 4728 Central Lyon County
   Local 5046 Elko County
   Local 5073 Boulder City

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners

Nevada State Education Association

Clark County Medical Society

Nevada State Medical Association

EMILY’s List

Senator Richard Bryan

Mayor Andy Hafen

Councilwoman Gerri Schroder

Councilman Bob Coffin

Nevada Advocates for Planned
Parenthood Affiliates

Seniors United

Coalition of Law Enforcement:
   - Fraternal Order of the Police

   - Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers

   - Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada

   -  Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Nevada Conservation League

Asian American Group

Culinary Workers Union Local 226

Bartenders Local 165

AFSCME Local 4041

Clark County Education Association

Latin Chamber of Commerce


 

 
 

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