WASHINGTON — Rep. Mark Amodei (D-Nev.), along with original co-sponsors Reps. Shelley Berkley (NV-1) and Joe Heck (NV-3), announced Monday the introduction of HR 3996, the Southern Nevada Higher Education Land Act of 2012.
The bill would convey three parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to Great Basin College (GBC), College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) for campus expansion. The parcels are located in Pahrump, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, respectively.
“If Nevada is to build a diverse, sustainable economy that leverages our assets and cultivates new ones, then we need strong institutions of higher learning,” Amodei said in a press release. “As a product of the Nevada System of Higher Education, I’m happy to join my colleagues in re-introducing this legislation and I’m excited about what it means for Nevada’s future.”
“As a former Nevada University Regent and the first person to attend college in my family, I know how critical it is for our students to learn key job skills and to earn a college degree,” Berkley said in the release. “Our bill transfers federal land to expand Great Basin College, UNLV and CSN so these institutions of higher learning can educate even more Nevada students for 21st century careers. Transforming these parcels in Las Vegas, Pahrump and North Las Vegas into additional campus space will give even more of our Nevada students the opportunity to earn a college diploma.”