2017 Nevada Legislative Session

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% maximum cap on property taxes with a 3% minimum 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.

Henderson Municipal Elections

Shown at left are Republican Club President Suzanne Arnona with Henderson Mayoral Candidates Rick Workman and Crystal Hendrickson

We are focusing on two major issues in 2017. The first is the Henderson Municipal Elections. The second is the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session.

Henderson Municipal Elections: We will be devoting efforts to identifying and supporting highly qualified Republicans in the Henderson Municipal Elections. The 2017 offices up for election are: Mayor, City Council Ward III, Municipal Court Judge, Department 3. Candidates must file by Feb. 2. Republican candidates who have filed will speak at our Republican Club meetings on February 11 and March 11. Republican mayoral candidates include Angelo Ray Gomez, Eddie "Swamper" Hamilton, Crystal Hendrickson, Jerry Sakura, and Rick Workman. We invited all the Republican candidates to our February 11 meeting, and we were very pleased that mayoral candidates Crystal Hendrickson and Rick Workman attended. Both of them gave short summaries of their backgrounds and why they are running. We are very fortunate to have two such strong Republican candidates. We can be sure that they both are very aware of the issues that we in Sun City Anthem are concerned about: increased property taxes, increased crime, traffic problems and high density housing. We hope the Democrat mayoral candidate will address these Sun City Anthem concerns, and that the Henderson Strong 20-year comprehensive plan will not aggravate these problems.

Primary election day is April 4, with early voting from Saturday, March 18-Friday, March 31. Participating in the April 4 Primary Election is very important, since if a candidate wins more that 50% of the vote in the primary, there will be no general election for that position.

General election day is June 13, with early voting from Saturday, May 27-Friday, June 9.

For more information go to: http://www.cityofhenderson.com/city-clerk/municipal-elections/municipal-... .

Henderson Primary Election Dates
Candidate filing will be held Tuesday, January 24-Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, March 14
Early Voting: Saturday, March 18-Friday, March 31
Mail ballot request deadline: Tuesday, March 28
Election Day: Tuesday, April 4
Canvass of Election: Tuesday, April 11
Swearing-In: Tuesday, June 20

Henderson General Election Dates
Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, May 23
Early Voting: Saturday, May 27-Friday, June 9
Mail ballot request deadline: Tuesday, June 6
Election Day: Tuesday, June 13
Canvass of Election: Tuesday, June 20
Swearing-In: Tuesday, June 20

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison Speaks to Republican Club

On January 14, we were very fortunate and honored to have Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison speak to the Republican Club. His main message was that, unfortunately, Nevada had "gone blue" while most of the country had "gone red". He emphasized that this election will determine Nevada's legislative priorities for this session --- "Elections have consequences". He commented that we have a challenge in Nevada to fight the Harry Reid machine that has been built up over the years. The actions of the casinos in support of Democrat candidates is a key part of this. Lt. Gov. Hutchison would not comment on whether a change in Nevada Republican Party leadership is necessary to accomplish this.

Lt. Gov. Hutchison also spoke at length, and passionately, about supporting SB-26, which prohibits certain governmental entities from contracting with companies that boycott Israel; and requires review of investments of money from the Public Employees' Retirement System in certain companies that boycott Israel.

Shown at the right is Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison with Republican Club President Suzanne Arnona.