Well folks, it’s that time again…
In just a few weeks the Nevada State Legislature will convene in Carson City. Although the session “officially” gets rolling on Monday, February 7, legislators and staff have been working behind the scenes for quite some time.
Before the session actually starts, each legislator is allowed to submit a number of Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) for consideration. These requests can come from private citizens working with their lawmaker to sponsor a bill, a state agency, or may come from the many lobbyists (last session there were approximately 14 per lawmaker) representing their special interest groups. These BDRs will be reviewed, revised, rejected, or eventually assigned a bill number if successful.
It is easy for anyone to follow this process online: www.leg.state.nv.us is the website to register for Personalized Bill Tracking with the Nevada State Legislature. It is a free service and makes it easier to follow any legislation of interest.
Here is just a peek at some of the Bill Draft Requests received for the upcoming session:
BDR 43—12: Prohibits texting while driving a motor vehicle
BDR 43—38: Makes failure to wear safety belt in a motor vehicle a primary offense
BDR C–68: Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to allow a lottery for the support of public education
BDR 43—104: Restricts the use of cellular phones while driving
BDR 15—230: Prohibits certain demonstrations at a funeral, memorial service or ceremony.
BDR 19—231: Designates English as the official language of the State of Nevada.
BDR R–333: Claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S Constitution.
BDR 34—639: Removes the requirement of class size reduction and authorizes local school districts to establish class sizes.
BDR 43—897: Provides for a special license plate designated as the “Don’t Tread On Me” license plate.
BDR C–894: Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to allow persons to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
When a BDR finally becomes a bill, it is assigned a new number and is then posted on the Nevada State Legislature website. From that point on, a new version of the bill will be available any time there are changes made. Legislative hearings are available to be viewed online by using the “Live Meetings – Listen or View” link on the legislative home page.
To find out who your representatives are, or to learn how to contact them, information is available at:
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Assembly/Current/Assembly/alist.cfm for State Assembly and;
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Senate/Current/Senators/slist.cfm for State Senators
Thanks to term limits, there are a lot of newly elected legislators coming online. Given the current economic situation in Nevada, this should be an interesting and challenging session.