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Gubernatorial contender Dina Titus spoke at the regents' meeting last week. Here is a copy of the speech that received the standing ovation she is bragging about on her web site -- the handwriting is hers:
Below are some documents released today that show how the money is apportioned in that trust the attorney general is involved in as well as a legal opinion from the city attorney that allowed the council to vote today:
Below is that December 2004 opinion from the State Tax Commission on whether room taxes can be collected for certain transactions -- an opinion that could have a huge impact on the efficacy of a potential lawsuit being pushed by some local lawyers. See also:
Got the Jim Gibbons campaign report in tonight, folks, and it is in three pdfs below. More analysis to come in Flash, which you really should get if you don't already, especially because it's free for a time. Just click on the RalstonFlash tab nearby.
The venerable Brendan Riley already has posted a wire story on the state Pharmacy Board's decision to buck the attorney general and move forward with a prescription drug importation plan. Here's the piece:
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ A state panel moved ahead Thursday with plans to let Nevadans get low-cost drugs from Canada despite a warning from the state attorney general that the plan is an "ill-conceived misadventure" with potentially dire legal consequences. ¶ The state Board of Pharmacy voted 4-to-2 to proceed with the import program after Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, the law's chief sponsor, said Attorney General George Chanos was wrong and the board shouldn't let this country's pharmaceutical industry "dictate public policy to the state." ¶ Buckley was backed by many other lawmakers, senior citizen and retiree groups, union representatives, doctors' associations and others who had backed the new law, passed in mid-2005, even though it puts the state at odds with the federal Food and Drug Administration. ¶ Pharmacy Board members also got assurances from Buckley, D-Las Vegas, and other top lawmakers from both Democratic and Republican parties that they'd approve funding for the board's legal fees if litigation results. ¶ Chanos, who said he supports efforts to get cheaper prescription drugs for Nevadans, said the board was getting misinformation from the plan's advocates and the best solution would be for lawmakers to go into a special session and rewrite the 2005 law. ¶ Board member Keith Macdonald moved for approval of a regulation-writing process that would include a review by lawmakers and could take several months to complete. At that point, he said the regular 2007 legislative session would be "only a few short months" away and any needed law changes could be done then. ¶ Macdonald's motion didn't include a request for a special session in advance of the regular session, but the board's legal counsel, Louis Ling, said that remains an option. ¶ Buckley said after the vote, which she termed "a huge victory for the senior citizens of Nevada," that she would urge the Pharmacy Board to move faster and adopt the rules in the next 30 to 60 days. ¶ Buckley also said she was puzzled that Chanos was "so hell-bent on stopping this program. It was almost like he was mad that anyone would question his legal opinion." ¶ Chanos said he wasn't trying to block the drug imports. He added the Pharmacy Board took a "courageous step" in moving ahead with a program that had "a noble objective." ¶ But Chanos said he still feels the panel is exposing itself to liability in the event of a lawsuit and that "this is a problem created by the Legislature that should be solved by the Legislature and not by the Pharmacy Board." ¶ The attorney general also said that if the board is sued, it would have to be represented by special counsel or the lawmakers' legal counsel rather than his office given his opinion advising against the board's decision. ¶ Just before the Pharmacy Board meeting, conducted by teleconference in Las Vegas and Carson City, about 100 people rallied in Las Vegas in support of the drug import plan, carrying signs urging the board to "Forget Semantics. Remember Safe & Affordable." A smaller rally was held at the Legislative Building in Carson City. ¶ "Everyone in Nevada deserves a safe option for buying affordable drugs," said Barry Gold, one of the rally organizers and head of the Nevada Chapter of the American Association of Retired People. ¶ Mildred Willard, 82, said as an AARP volunteer she fields calls from seniors looking for help with their prescription drug bills ¶ "They say, what do I do? How do I pay for this?" she said. "They ought to be able to get drugs from Canada." ¶ During the Pharmacy Board meeting, the lawmakers' chief legal counsel, Brenda Erdoes, said she disagreed with Chanos' legal opinion challenging the import plan, and told panel members that not following the attorney general's advice wouldn't make them negligent. ¶ The lawmakers' legal opinion says Chanos' interpretation puts Nevadans "in the dangerous position of having to continue to play 'Russian roulette,' as it were, with unlicensed, unregulated and unsupervised purchases of prescription drugs." ¶ Buckley said the intent of the law was to allow importation only of drugs whose compounds had been FDA-approved. She said Chanos issued an "absurd" opinion that the law requires each medication to have gone through a lengthy FDA approval process. ¶