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The Latest: Sisolak creates sexual harassment task force

January 7, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of new Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Less than two hours after he was sworn into office, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has created a task force to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Sisolak told reporters in his office Monday that his first official action is the signing of an executive order to create the task force chaired by the new Attorney General Aaron Ford.

He says he wants to send a clear message that sexual harassment and discrimination has no place in Nevada.

Sisolak says the panel will make recommendations to ensure people feel comfortable and safe at work.

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1:25 p.m.

Nevada’s new governor Steve Sisolak became emotional several times in his first official speech in office.

The Las Vegas Democrat’s voice cracked and he appeared to fight back tears on multiple occasions during his inaugural address Monday.

The first was when he told his daughters Ashley and Carley what a privilege it was to be their father.

He also had to compose himself when he recounted the mass killings on the Las Vegas Strip and the incredible outpouring of support from so many that followed the Oct. 1, 2017 shooting at a country music festival.

Other emotional moments included his memories on the campaign trail of a teacher buying breakfast bars so her students wouldn’t go hungry and an elderly couple who split their medication in half because they can’t afford two full prescriptions.

He told reporters afterward it was an emotional time. He said, “I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve.”

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12:20 p.m.

Steve Sisolak says he’s becoming Nevada’s governor as the state is reaching new political milestones.

The Democrat noted in his inauguration remarks Monday that Nevada has the first female-majority state Legislature in the nation and that voters in November elected the state’s first African American constitutional officer in Aaron Ford and first Latina lieutenant governor in Kate Marshall.

Sisolak gave a speech in Carson City shortly after being sworn in as the state’s first Democratic governor in about two decades.

Ford, Marshall, Democratic Treasurer Zach Conine, Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Democratic Controller Catherine Byrne were also sworn in Monday.

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11:05 a.m.

Hundreds of people are gathering on the soggy grounds of the state Capitol in Carson City for the inauguration of Nevada’s new governor, Steve Sisolak.

The Democrat from Las Vegas is set to be sworn in at a ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday on the steps of the Capitol building.

He’ll become Nevada’s 30th governor and the first Democrat in about two decades.

A blues and jazz ensemble is entertaining guests and dignitaries are bundled in coats and hats in breezy weather under mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 30s.

Most of a blanket of snow that fell overnight has melted, leaving a muddy lawn for visitors.

The new governor and first lady Kathy Sisolak plan to follow his swearing-in with a reception at the Nevada State Library and Archives and a private dinner at the governor’s mansion.

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9:25 a.m.

Nevada’s new Gov. Steve Sisolak is scheduled to be sworn into office just before noon Monday.

Sisolak is set to take the oath of office on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City.

Sisolak defeated Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former Gov. Paul Laxalt, in November. He’ll become the state’s first Democratic governor in about two decades and the state’s 30th governor.

Sisolak has spent a decade on the Clark County Commission, which oversees the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding communities.

The new governor and first lady Kathy Sisolak will also hold a public reception Monday afternoon at the Nevada State Library and Archives and a private dinner with elected officials, former governors and other guests at the governor’s mansion Monday night.

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