Bill for annual sessions passes Senate committee
(AP) — A Senate committee has amended and approved a proposed constitutional amendment for annual legislative sessions in Nevada.
Senate Joint Resolution 8 calls for 90-day sessions in odd numbered years. In even numbered years, lawmakers would convene for 30 days with an option to meet in Las Vegas.
The measure was amended to remove a provision that called for lawmakers to be paid at least $2,000 per month during their terms. Under existing law, they only receive a salary for the first 60 days of the 120-day sessions held every two years.
Another provision that would have required Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointments was removed.
The bill now goes to the Senate floor.
If approved this year, it would have to be approved by the 2015 Legislature and voters in 2016.
Bills would allow same day voter registration
(AP) — A bill to allow same day voter registration in Nevada is being met with familiar arguments for and against the issue.
AB440 presented by Democratic Assemblyman James Ohrenschall of Las Vegas and Secretary of State Ross Miller would extend registration in the 2014 election cycle through the early voting period, which ends the Friday before Election Day.
Same-day registration would begin in 2016.
Currently, registration closes three weeks before an election.
In a hearing Thursday, Miller told members of an Assembly committee that more than 7,300 people registered too late and were unable to vote in last November’s election.
Critics expressed concerns about possible voter fraud.
Others dismissed arguments by supporters that registration deadlines disenfranchise voters, saying meeting deadlines amount to personal responsibility.
No action was taken on the bill.
Speaker wants report on Nevada tax abatements
(AP) — Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it’s time Nevada knows how much the state gives out in tax abatements.
The North Las Vegas Democrat on Thursday presented AB466. The bill would require the state budget director to prepare a report every two years on tax exemptions.
The report would detail the fiscal impact exemptions have had on state and local governments and how many taxpayers benefit from the tax breaks. Kirkpatrick also wants to know how much revenue would result if exemptions were repealed.
Kirkpatrick says Nevada is one of five states that don’t track tax abatements.
Without such information, she says the state doesn’t know how much it might be losing or the benefits it reaps.
No action was taken Thursday by the Assembly Taxation Committee.