James DeHaven Reno Gazette Journal Published 10:00 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 First, the Nevada Legislature lost its senate majority leader under a cloud of admitted campaign finance violations. Then, five weeks later, a Reno Gazette Journal records investigation cast new doubts on how a senior caucus member was using donor funds. Yet with just a month to go before the end of Nevada’s hectic, biennial lawmaking session, Democrats with a near supermajority in both chambers say they’re still working on promised patches for the state’s threadbare political corruption statute. Heavily outnumbered Republicans took a whack at the issue in the form of Senate Bill 333, which sought to close a well-worn gap in the law by requiring campaign donors to independently report contributions to candidates. The measure never got a hearing. Finances: Campaign funds opened a club, leased a Jaguar. Can lawmakers make sure it doesn’t happen again? For weeks, Democrats have kept quiet about their own reform efforts, leaving some observers to wonder whether such legislation is a priority. “I was told they have a bill coming forward, I have not seen it or heard about it,” said Senate Minority Leader James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, and the sponsor of SB 333. “There’s no reason… Read full this story
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