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Democrats Prepare for 2015 Legislative Session

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 Heading into the legislative session, Nevada Democrats no longer have control of the Assembly nor Senate. But that doesn't seem to faze Co-Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly, Teresa Benitez-Thompson.

"I have responsibility to my constituents and to Northern Nevadans to make sure we are creating good communities,” said Benitez-Thompson. “Whether or not I am in the majority, or the minority I'm going to fight to make that happen."

This session, there already have been 200 prefiled bills. Going through that legislation is a priority for Nevada Democrats.

"We are spending a lot of time reading the bills, looking at the policies that might be coming down the road," she said.

But the big issue, she predicts, will be education. Smaller class sizes, all day kindergarten, and capital improvement projects is a priority for the party. Republicans agree. However, where contention might lie is how much funding education will get and where it is coming from.

"So it's not just about being supportive of education,” she said. “It is, ‘What are you really going to do so we have sufficient funds to fund our priorities?'"

But despite differences, she predicts a lot of bipartisanship heading into the 2015 Legislative Session.

"If you look back at past sessions, there are a number of votes that don't have any partisan connotation,” said Benitez-Thompson. “It's a small percentage that actually ends up being straight party line votes."  
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