Legislative Update 3/3/17
Week four of the 2017 Legislative Session concludes today. This is the 26th day of the session.
AB8 – the League’s bill seeking to expand the existing authority of incorporated cities to collect certain delinquent utility bills on the property tax roll was heard in Assembly Government Affairs on Thursday, March 2nd. The bill received no opposition but plenty of questions from the committee. We have provided the committee members with additional information regarding the authority other entities have to place delinquent bills on the tax roll for collection.
AB36 – this bill makes changes to the charter of the City of Reno. The bill was heard in committee on February 28th and passed out of the Assembly Government Affairs committee today. Next stop is the Assembly floor.
SB56 – this bill creates a charter for the City of Mesquite. The bill was heard in Senate Government Affairs on Wednesday, February 22nd and passed out of committee on February 24th. The bill passed out of the Senate on March 1st and has been introduced in the Assembly.
SB127 – Senator Goicoechea introduced this bill that would allow a board of county commissioners to change the membership of some boards from elected to appointed positions. He brought this bill to address a situation where there are not enough people willing to run for election to serve on the boards. Term limits have contributed to the lack of candidates. Thanks to the senator for working with us on an amendment that prohibits a county commission from unilaterally taking action to change a functioning board from elected to appointed. The bill passed out of committee amend and do pass. Next stop is the floor of the Senate.
AB32 – the Department of Agriculture brought this bill regarding the use of pesticides. The bill contains provisions that would require a governmental agency to have a licensed governmental applicator to supervise the use of pesticides. There are many questions about the bill and we have agreed to work with the bill sponsor to address our issues.
SB84 – this bill makes various changes relating to ethics in government. The bill has some language in it that we are uncomfortable with. We have met with the executive director of the Commission on Ethics, Ms. Yvonne Nevarez-Goodson and will continue to work with her.
Assemblywoman Swank has requested a BDR to establish a state coordinating agency for the national Main Street program. The League brought a bill in the 2015 session (SB51) for the same purpose. That bill did not make it out of committee. Assemblywoman Swank is positive that she has found a home for the coordinating agency and the money to pay for it. We will support her in this effort.
Tuesday, February 28th, was “Mayor’s Day” at the Legislature. We would like to thank all who attended. The attendees were Mayors Geno Martini (League President) (Sparks), Bob Crowell (Chair of the League’s Council of Mayors and Chairs) (Carson City), Dana Holbrook (Carlin), Chris Johnson, (Elko), Ken Tedford (Fallon), Roy Edgington (Fernley), John Lee, (North Las Vegas), Daniel Corona (West Wendover) and DiAn Putnam (Winnemucca). Also attending were Mayor Pro-tem Geno Withelder (Mesquite) and Board Chairman Ken Miller (Town of Gardnerville). Thank you to all who attended and to the legislative leadership Senators Ford and Roberson and Assemblymen Frierson and Anderson, governor’s chief of staff Mike Wilden and Lt. Governor Hutchinson for meeting with us. We feel that the day was a success and plan on doing in again next session.
Local Government Day at the Legislature will be held on April 27th. We will be planning activities and meetings for the day. We will be co-hosting a Legislative Reception that evening at the Governor’s mansion with our friends from NACO. Please plan on attending and helping our legislators understand municipal concerns and issues.
Our annual trip to Washington, D.C. is rapidly approaching. The National League of Cities’ Congressional Cities Conference is March 11 – 15. We have meetings scheduled with all the members of our Congressional Delegation. Registration is still open if you would like to attend and help add Nevada’s voice to the conservations that develop national municipal policies.