The G3Wire- December 16, 2022

This week, the Interim Finance Committee approved a number of programs put forward by Governor Sisolak and the Executive Branch to provide free meals to Nevada school children, support the development of the College of Medicine at Roseman University, and create more affordable housing in historic Westside Las Vegas.  

“This year may be remembered as one of the most productive years for the Interim Finance Committee – and one of the most consequential for Nevada residents,” said Governor Sisolak. “I am deeply grateful to the lawmakers for their diligent work to approve programs I put forward and for the work of State employees to bring forward these spending proposals which will have immediate and lasting effects for Nevadans from housing to food security and so many topics in between.”  

Highlights from the approved programs include:

  • $10 million in American Rescue Plan funds to support the startup phase of the College of Medicine at Roseman University.  
  • $11 million in American Rescue Plan funds to fund affordable housing units in a mixed-use project in the Historic Westside of Las Vegas. T
  • $28 million in American Rescue Plan funds to support an additional year of universal free school meals for Nevada school children during the 2023-2024 school year. 
  • $35 million in American Rescue Plan funds to pay back furloughs taken by State employees in 2021. 
  • $109 million in American Rescue Plan funds to continue the Homeowner Assistance Fund program. The program offers mortgage assistance to homeowners who suffered a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Legislative Update

The list of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) is available on the Legislature’s website. As of December 16, 2022, 682 BDRs have been submitted by various entities to the Legislative Counsel for drafting. Additionally, 138 bills have been pre-filed and are available on the legislative website.

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