HEARING CANCELLED Oppose SJR5 Annual Sessions
“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Mark Twain
See details of this Constitutional Amendment under Background.
We need people to come to the hearing and testify!! HEARING: Mon. March 18, 2:30pm (or upon call of the Chair), Senate Legislative Operations & Elections Committee, Rm 2144, Videoconferenced to Rm 4412E of the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV. MESSAGE: Vote No on SJR5 annual sessions for the Legislature. Increasing the time the Legislature meets will make it more difficult for citizen legislators and citizens to participate. We want less government not more. Reduce the numbers of bills allowed to be introduced so you don’t need as much time. (Or write your own message)
Subject line on email: No on SJR5 Annual Sessions
CONTACT: James.Ohrenschall@sen.state.nv.us, Nicole.Cannizzaro@sen.state.nv.us, Yvanna.Cancela@sen.state.nv.us, Keith.Pickard@sen.state.nv.us, Heidi.Gansert@sen.state.nv.us
Share your opinion on Legislative Bills: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/
Send Testimony to: SenLOE@sen.state.nv.us 24 hours in advance Toll Free Numbers to contact members of the committee: 800-995-9080, From Las Vegas 702-486-2626,Reno Carson 775-684-6800 or 775- 684-6789
Background: Currently the Nevada Constitution provides that the Legislature meets for 120 consecutive days in every odd numbered year. This bill provides that the Legislature meet every odd numbered year for 90 “Legislative Days” which means that weekends and any day that the Senate or Assembly or a Legislative Committee does not meet does not count towards the 90 day number. Just adding weekends, extends the 90 days by 34 more days equaling at least 124 days, exceeding the current Constitutional limit of 120 days they meet now. In addition, upon agreement of the Senate Majority Leader and the Assembly Speaker they may call a “recess” which does not add days towards the 90 day total.
The big addition is that under this proposed Constitutional Amendment in the even numbered years the Legislature would meet for 60 “Legislative Days” that means weekends and “recesses” excluded. That would extend the 60 day session at least 22 additional days just excluding weekends equaling 82 days not including any recesses. 124 days in odd numbered years added to 82 days in even number years equals 206 Legislatives Days. This increases the Legislatures days in session by 84 days or more if there is a recess called, greatly exceeding the 120 days the Constitution now provides.
Mark Twain said it best, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”
The Legislature is not limited to budget issues during the even numbered Legislative session but may consider, introduce and pass any measure during either session. It is often argued that we need annual sessions to deal with the budget. Of course all this government will cost more.
1250 Bill Draft Requests have been submitted this session. There is absolutely no reason and no need for so many bills. SJR5 also provides that Legislators be paid at regular intervals instead of for only 60 days that they serve. I think this is reasonable and helps to maintain a “Citizen Legislature” with not just people who can afford to serve without pay. Text of SJR5: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/80th2019/Bills/SJR/SJR5.pdf
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