March 14, 2019 •

No Enforcement of Clark County Lobbying Law

An investigation done by the Las Vegas Review-Journal this month found little to no oversight or enforcement of Clark County’s lobbying laws. In addition to listing their clients when they register, current law requires lobbyists to file disclosure forms within […]

An investigation done by the Las Vegas Review-Journal this month found little to no oversight or enforcement of Clark County’s lobbying laws.

In addition to listing their clients when they register, current law requires lobbyists to file disclosure forms within five days of meeting with a county commissioner.

The Review-Journal uncovered hundreds of occasions of noncompliance just in 2018. County staff admitted timeliness of lobbyist filings is not tracked, and penalties for late filing and other cases of noncompliance have never been assessed.

In response to the findings, county commissioners have pledged to start enforcing the lobbying provisions and put processes in place to meet its goal of increasing transparency.

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March 8, 2019 •

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Resigns

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned his seat this week after announcing he would plead guilty to federal wire fraud for misusing campaign funds. Nevada Democrats then unanimously elected Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro to replace Atkinson. Cannizzaro, a district attorney […]

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned his seat this week after announcing he would plead guilty to federal wire fraud for misusing campaign funds.

Nevada Democrats then unanimously elected Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro to replace Atkinson.

Cannizzaro, a district attorney in Clark County, will be the first female to serve as Senate Majority leader in Nevada.

Atkinson, who spent 17 years in the Assembly and the Senate, was married to his partner in the state’s first same-sex marriage once legalized in 2014.

A special election to fill Atkinson’s seat has not yet been called.

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March 7, 2019 •

Las Vegas Councilman Resigns

Steve Seroka, Las Vegas City Councilman representing Ward 2, resigned this week effective immediately. No details surrounding has resignation were released. It is now up to the City Council to decide to hold a special election or appoint someone to […]

Steve Seroka, Las Vegas City Councilman representing Ward 2, resigned this week effective immediately.

No details surrounding has resignation were released.

It is now up to the City Council to decide to hold a special election or appoint someone to fill the rest of Seroka’s term ending in 2021.

Sekora, who had been facing a recall effort, was elected in 2017.

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November 9, 2018 •

Steve Sisolak Wins Seat Against Adam Laxalt in Nevada

In a state sweep, Democratic candidate Steve Sisolak won the governor’s race, ending twenty years of Republican control. Nevada’s gubernatorial election was marked by heavy turnout, which kept voters casting ballots for nearly three hours after polls where scheduled to […]

In a state sweep, Democratic candidate Steve Sisolak won the governor’s race, ending twenty years of Republican control.

Nevada’s gubernatorial election was marked by heavy turnout, which kept voters casting ballots for nearly three hours after polls where scheduled to close, according to the Washington Times.

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner, beat Republican Adam Laxalt, the state’s attorney general, winning with 49.47 percent of the vote, in what’s called “one of the tightest gubernatorial races in recent Nevada memory.”

Notably, 12 members of Laxalt’s family published an op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal opposing his gubernatorial run, and outgoing republican governor Brian Sanodval did not endorse Laxalt.

Sisolak additionally ran against independent candidate Ryan Bundy (son of Cliven Bundy), who received less than 2 percent of the state’s vote.

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November 6, 2017 •

Nevada Recall Petition Will Likely Trigger Special Election

A recall petition seeking to remove Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse has enough valid signatures to force a recall election according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office. The recall petition was filed in August by a former Nevada Republican Assemblyman […]

A recall petition seeking to remove Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse has enough valid signatures to force a recall election according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.

The recall petition was filed in August by a former Nevada Republican Assemblyman with no reason cited. State democrats are fighting the recall efforts with a “Decline to sign” campaign as well as a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed on behalf of five voters seeking to end the recall before a special election could occur.

Attorneys fighting the recall efforts assert the recall would undermine a republican form of government by threatening to upend the undisputed results of legitimate and regularly scheduled elections.

Two other Nevada Republican-led recall campaigns targeting both Democratic and Independent state senators have signature deadlines this month.

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August 11, 2017 •

Petition Filed to Recall Nevada Senator

A former Nevada Republican Assemblyman filed a recall petition with the Nevada Secretary of State this month seeking to recall Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse and replace her with her Republican opponent from the 2016 election. Under Nevada law, petitioners are […]

A former Nevada Republican Assemblyman filed a recall petition with the Nevada Secretary of State this month seeking to recall Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse and replace her with her Republican opponent from the 2016 election.

Under Nevada law, petitioners are not required to give a reason for submitting a recall petition. Although no reason was cited in the filed petition, a registered voter said a signature-gatherer seeking support for the petition stated it stemmed from Sen. Joyce’s support of a sanctuary city bill during the 2016 legislative session.

The petition needs signatures from 25 percent of the voters who cast a ballot in the Senate District 5 election in 2016 to have a special election.

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June 6, 2017 •

Nevada Legislature Adjourns

The 79th session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned just after midnight local time on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A package of budget bills was passed, resolving a stalemate many thought would not be resolved by the end of the regular […]

The 79th session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned just after midnight local time on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

A package of budget bills was passed, resolving a stalemate many thought would not be resolved by the end of the regular session.

Legislators also pushed through a clean energy bill and one requiring additional oversight of drivers for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

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January 3, 2017 •

Reno Lobbying Law Takes Effect

A new lobbying law took effect on January 1, 2017, requiring lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform the city of their clients, and to wear lobbyist badges when in City Hall. The ordinance also includes civil and […]

Reno archA new lobbying law took effect on January 1, 2017, requiring lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform the city of their clients, and to wear lobbyist badges when in City Hall.

The ordinance also includes civil and criminal penalties for registration violations. The Registration and Regulation of Lobbyists ordinance adopted by the Reno City Council on October 12, 2016, is the first law requiring lobbyist registration in the City of Reno.

 

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October 14, 2016 •

Nevada Special Session Adjourns

The Nevada Legislature adjourned a four-day special session sine die on October 14, 2016. Lawmakers approved a bill allocating funding for an NFL stadium and the expansion of a convention center in Las Vegas as well as a bill to […]

NevadaThe Nevada Legislature adjourned a four-day special session sine die on October 14, 2016.

Lawmakers approved a bill allocating funding for an NFL stadium and the expansion of a convention center in Las Vegas as well as a bill to fund the hiring of more than 300 police officers.

Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to sign the bills Monday, October 17.

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October 13, 2016 •

Reno, Nevada, Adopts Lobbying Ordinance

On October 12, the City Council adopted a new lobbying law for the city of Reno, Nevada. The Registration and Regulation of Lobbyists ordinance requires lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform the city of their clients, and […]

flag_of_reno_nevada-svgOn October 12, the City Council adopted a new lobbying law for the city of Reno, Nevada.

The Registration and Regulation of Lobbyists ordinance requires lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform the city of their clients, and to wear lobbyist badges when in City Hall. The ordinance also includes civil and criminal penalties.

The new law will take effect on January 1, 2017.

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October 6, 2016 •

Nevada Special Session Called

Gov. Brian Sandoval has called a special legislative session beginning October 10 to discuss the proposed Las Vegas football stadium for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. The session is expected to also address education funding for the upcoming biennium, expansion of […]

Nevada Legislature BuildingGov. Brian Sandoval has called a special legislative session beginning October 10 to discuss the proposed Las Vegas football stadium for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

The session is expected to also address education funding for the upcoming biennium, expansion of the Clark County convention center, and a sales tax increase for additional police in southern Nevada.

Photo of the Nevada Legislative Building by Dave Parker on Wikimedia Commons.

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September 29, 2016 •

Reno Set to Pass Lobbying Law

On September 28, the Reno, Nevada, City Council moved one step closer to creating a lobbying law for the city. The council unanimously agreed to put the proposed ordinance over to October 12 for a second reading and adoption. The […]

flag_of_reno_nevada-svgOn September 28, the Reno, Nevada, City Council moved one step closer to creating a lobbying law for the city. The council unanimously agreed to put the proposed ordinance over to October 12 for a second reading and adoption.

The “Registration and Regulation of Lobbyists” ordinance would require lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform the city of their clients, and to wear lobbyist badges when in city hall. The ordinance also includes civil and criminal penalties.

If passed, the code change will take effect on January 1, 2017.

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September 16, 2016 •

Nevada Special Session Likely

Gov. Brian Sandoval plans to call a special legislative session in early October to approve an estimated $1.9 billion stadium funding plan. The Southern Nevada Tourism Committee is working with the Oakland Raiders and a group of private developers to […]

Nevada State Legislative BuildingGov. Brian Sandoval plans to call a special legislative session in early October to approve an estimated $1.9 billion stadium funding plan. The Southern Nevada Tourism Committee is working with the Oakland Raiders and a group of private developers to bring the first professional football team and major events arena to Las Vegas. In addition, vacancies needing to be filled in the Legislature make a special session likely.

Legislators have expressed concern about holding a special session so close to the November 8 general election in part because lawmakers are prohibited from receiving campaign contributions during a legislative session and for 15 days after adjournment.

Gov. Sandoval will decide whether to call the session once he reviews the committee’s recommendations and all questions have been answered. If called, the special legislative session would be the 30th in Nevada’s 152-year history.

Photo of the Nevada State Legislature by Ryans Jerz on Wikimedia Commons

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August 11, 2016 •

Reno, NV Charter Committee Recommends Lobbying Law

On August 10, the Reno, Nevada City Council and the City Charter Committee met to discuss a possible new lobbying law. The City Charter Committee recommended adding a new lobbying law to the city charter unless the City Council passes […]

Reno archOn August 10, the Reno, Nevada City Council and the City Charter Committee met to discuss a possible new lobbying law.

The City Charter Committee recommended adding a new lobbying law to the city charter unless the City Council passes a lobbying law through an ordinance before this fall’s November general election. While the City Council considered adopting an ordinance earlier this year, the Charter Committee “feels that the remaining three months until the general election is ample time for Council to formally approve a lobbyist registration system,” according to the Charter Committee’s Final Report and Recommendations presented at the meeting.

Also addressed at the meeting were the filing frequency of campaign finance reports by candidates for public office; ward-only voting for primary, general, and special elections; and other city issues.

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