(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – On the first day of the 2017 Legislature, the new Democratic leaders of Nevada’s Assembly and Senate showed they’ll pursue similar agendas in much different ways.
For the first time, lawmakers selected two African-Americans as the leaders of Nevada’s legislative bodies. In the Assembly, Jason Frierson earned unanimous selection as speaker — although a child on the hushed floor produced laughs by calling out “nay” when Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske asked if there was any opposition.
The good times continued in the Assembly. Even though Frierson called for several liberal policies in his opening speech, including an increase in the minimum wage and equal pay, it was a warm and welcoming statement. There will be policy disagreements. Some will be contentious. But Frierson didn’t make the coming disagreements personal.
Not so in the Senate.