03 Oct Dina Neal
Democrat for Nevada State Senate District 4
Candidate contact information:
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Phone number: 7027385870
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.:
I wanted to serve others by creating public policy for the state.
What policies would you pursue to diversify the state’s economy and create new jobs that pay a living wage?
I currently have programs that support small businesses to help them expand diversify our state, its called Nevada Grow
The 2019 Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Joint Resolution 10 (AJR 10) to amend the Nevada Constitution to remove the two-tiered minimum wage system and ensure a set minimum wage of $12. What are your views on passing AJR 10 in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to put it on the ballot in 2022?:
I voted for it during session. I think the people should be allowed to vote for this.
In 2019, Nevada joined the US Climate Alliance and took aggressive steps to address climate change by increasing our Renewable Portfolio Standard and encourage a shift to clean energy sources such as solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind. What policies do you support to continue this effort, particularly in the transportation sector?
I don't have any particular policies in this area. It is not one of my focuses.
How can the State work with localities to address the housing and homelessness crisis we are currently facing? Specifically, what measures or policies can we enact to make housing more affordable for all Nevadans?
I think this crisis takes all working together to solve. I have Bill draft request to Ban the Box on housing, which is one approach to alleviate barriers. I also think continuing to put funding towards Senator Ratti's bill from last session.
If elected, do you support bold enhancements to the existing paid sick days law?
It all depends on what it is. We have had several bills. I carried a bill in 2017 it died. I think paid sick leave is important.
With the possibility of the Affordable Care Act being repealed by the Supreme Court, including the Medicaid expansion and protections on coverage for preexisting conditions, what should be done to address the way in which Nevadans get access to affordable health care?
The state can still maintain our laws, we are already funding majority of it. We still get our FMAP to maintain Medicaid.
The United States has become the most dangerous place in the world for a woman to give birth, especially black women. For every 100,000 live births, 42 women die. What policies would you support to protect pregnant mothers?
I think cultural training in medical school is what is best. We need to continue to document high geographic areas to target hospitals with higher rates to change treatment practices.
In 2019, Nevada state family planning grant funding was increased by way of legislation. What additional measures do you believe are still needed to ensure families have equitable access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care?
I need to understand what additional funding we need, we cover a range of services now.
What do you believe is the best approach to ensure all of Nevada’s children have equal access to a quality public education? How do we address the significant education funding shortfall?
That is a big question we currently have a side by side model to see how the system works, and to determine proper funding we are watching that model
The majority of Nevada’s children are children of color, and many families have been affected by current immigration policies, incarceration, and criminal sentencing policies. How would you work to address these issues to provide opportunities to all Nevadans?
I would continue to work towards reforms and policies that discriminate based on color or origin.
What are your views on the use of Nevada’s financial resources to support the deportation efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency?
The use of NV resources is limited, my understanding that it may be only be ICE agents at local jails, but nothing in our state budget is allocated to ICE.
In 2019, Nevada significantly expanded voting rights and accessibility to voting locations. What additional measures, if any, are needed to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and integrity of elections?
I don't think we need additional state measures. At the County level we need to train younger people to be voter registrars.
What are your positions on legislation to address gun violence prevention?
I don't have a position, we passed legislation in 2019 by Senator Atkinson that I voted for.
What are your views on regulating marijuana within the state of Nevada?
It needs to be regulated to ensure business opportunities exist for all races. Use by children needs to be limited they are still using it
Nevada has one of the largest shares of public land of any state in the country, providing access for a variety of recreational and commercial uses. How would you address the issues related to public lands and their continued future uses?
I don't have a position on this issue. I think everything requires a balance, protecting natural habitats, is good for the environment and maintaining animal ecosystems.
Nevada is experiencing a more than a decade long drought. What is your position on addressing climate change and protecting Nevada’s water supply?
This is a historical issue. The water savings strategies employed have been effective in mitigating waste. We have legislation of grey water, and beneficial use.