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Nevada Legislature Looks For Ways to Reinvent State's Economy

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The first week of the 77th Nevada Legislature is in the books, but there is still plenty to get done.

There's a couple of issues that will take center stage this legislative session, like education reform and taxes on businesses.

Fred Lokken, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College said the real issue that needs to be addressed is how Nevada is going to become a recession proof state.

"We need to rethink the 'we have raised money.' We need to look at new sources of money. Democrats and Republicans could agree on this and they need to study it. I'm hoping by 2015 or the next election, we can restructure the tax system and income source for the state of Nevada."

One way Nevada could possibly reinvent itself is by passing Assembly Bill 42 which creates a Nevada Cyber Institute that would help provide a place to create technology to build unmanned aerial vehicles.

Lokken said this idea could go a long way toward tapping into the UAV industry.

"Great pay, requires a new level of education that challenges us in the state. The drone technologies are the future of the military. They're being used to monitor everything from power lines to checking for forest fires. We are going to be seeing so much in the advancement of drone technology. Nevada could become one of the leaders."

To see my entire interview, watch Face the State Saturday at 4:30am or 3:30pm. The show also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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