July 26, 2023
In the 19th century, the federal government, looking to boost railway construction across the relatively undeveloped West, offered railroad companies an incentive: Expand the rail lines and receive alternating sections of land along the railway corridor. The railway companies delivered, laying thousands of miles of track, and in return they received square-mile plots surrounding the tracks.
Nevada officials have approved a $1.6 million settlement with the family of an incarcerated man who died at a state prison in 2014 after a correctional officer fired birdshot rounds at him.
New laws increasing criminal penalties for fentanyl trafficking and stealing catalytic converters are part of the more than 100 bills passed earlier this year that took effect in whole or in part on Sunday. That subset of the roughly 540 bills signed by Gov. Joe Lombardo after this year’s 120-day legislative session also includes stronger restrictions on pet restraints and changes intended to improve health care for those incarcerated in the state’s prisons.