June 20, 2023
Former Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Deputy Director Kris Sanchez was named the new director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry by Gov. Joe Lombardo.
Gov. Joe Lombardo criticized rules for the Nevada Republican Party’s Feb. 8 presidential caucus barring candidates from participating both in the caucus and in a state-run presidential primary two days earlier, saying it is “unacceptable for the voters.” Speaking during a Nevada Newsmakers interview broadcast Tuesday, the Republican governor said the dueling contests were “detrimental to the candidates,” adding that the situation continues “the chaos that is occurring within the Republican Party,” referring to the selection of a U.S. House speaker.
Attorneys for Gov. Joe Lombardo have filed a lawsuit appealing the Nevada Commission on Ethics decision to censure and fine the governor for using his Clark County sheriff uniform and badge on the 2022 campaign trail. The eight-member commission issued the censure and $20,000 fine in July — marking the third largest penalty imposed by the body charged with interpreting and enforcing Nevada’s ethics laws for local and most state employees or elected officials outside the legislative and judicial branches. The Republican governor signaled last month that he would fight the commission’s decision in court.
Gov. Joe Lombardo is proposing to use more than $3 million in federal COVID-19 aid dollars to help backfill funding for the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program, setting up another battle with Democratic lawmakers over the program’s future after they rejected a proposal for increased funding for the private school scholarship program in the 2023 legislative session.
Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo has signed a bill requiring health insurers cover gender-affirming care for transgender minors and adults, bucking expectations as other GOP-led states across the country advance opposing legislation.