June 17, 2011

Transparency Review (6/13-6/17)

On Monday, the U.S Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a lawmaker's vote is not considered free speech, and hence, the First Amendment does not protect lawmakers from voting when he or she has a conflict of interest. This ruling overturned a previous ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court. NPRI's Eric Davis blogged about the ruling here.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Governor Brian Sandoval, R., has signed 45 bills into law and vetoed two on Wednesday. The two bills Sandoval vetoed regarded a new construction worker hiring incentive and a requirement for childcare providers to complete 24 hours of training each year.

The net worth of Nevada's congressional delegation is between $12.3 million and $46.2 million, according to The Hill. Writing for the Nevada News Bureau, Elizabeth Crum lists the net worth of each Nevada representative:


  • Rep. Shelley Berkeley (D., CD-1), worth a minimum of $6.1 million and maximum of $23.9 million

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D., between $3.35-$10.4 million



  • Senator Dean Heller, R., between $2.5-$11 million.



  • Rep. Joe Heck, (R., CD-3), between $378,000-$895,000 and he continues to pay off medical school loans.
NPRI contributing writer Don Turner examines some of the firearm legislation passed during the 2011 Legislature in a new "NPRI and the Second Amendment" feature.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D., NY, informed Democratic House leadership he plans on resigning from Congress. Last week, Weiner admitted to sexting and tweeting lewd pictures to college girls.