2017 Nevada Legislative Session: The Nevada Legislature meets only in odd-numbered years. In 2017 it meets from February 6 through June 5. Because of the compact time-frame, and the infrequent timing, it is especially important to understand what's going on and be prepared to act on issues of interest. There will be close to 1,000 BDR's (Bill Draft Requests) to be considered in this session. The Republican Club will be devoting resources to identifying BDR's that will affect us (such as property tax increases), and leading a lobbying effort to result in favorable results. We plan to have speakers early this year to advise us on the key issues that will come up in this 79th Session. For more information go to: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/ .
Find out how to become involved in the Nevada legislative process. Go to "Documents" above. Go to "Presentations". Click "View" for the following helpful information:
Nevada Legislative Bill Tracking
Nevada Legislative Website List
Tips for Testifying - Nevada Legislature
Tips for Emails and Calls - Nevada Legislature
Many thanks to the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) for this information, which was presented at our February 11 Republican Club meeting, described below.
Shown below is Republican Club President Suzanne Arnona with presenters Michael Schaus and Karen Gray from the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), the state’s most effective defender of free-market solutions and individual liberty. At the February 11 meeting they showed us how use the Nevada legislature website (https://www.leg.state.nv.us) to query areas of interest, track bills and contact legislators with input. We’ll learn how to track BDR’s in a select subject area, such as property taxes, guardianship, HOA, veterans, etc. This program is a must for anyone who wants to understand, and get involved in, the Nevada legislative process. Karen and Michael both emphasized that CITIZEN LOBBYING DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. and we should contact our legislators if we want to make a difference. One of the current bills of significant interest is A.B. 43. This bill would replace the current 3% cap on property taxes with a 3% cap, with the actual cap to be much higher. The new cap would probably be between 3% and as much as 8%. IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THIS INCREASE IN OUR PROPERTY TAX CAP, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE YOUR THOUGHTS KNOWN TO GOVERNOR SANDOVAL, SINCE WE ARE DEPENDING ON HIM TO VETO AB-43 IF IT IS PASSED BY THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE. Increasing the property tax cap has been declared to be a top priority of the Democrats!
Copies of the NPRI "The Nevada Piggy Book for 2016" were available for attendees. This entertaining (but disturbing) booklet contains many examples of wasteful government spending, perhaps foremost being the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System, with their six-figure retirement benefits for retirees in their 40's.