Nevada State Senate
|Nevada State Senate|
|Term limits:||3 terms (12 years)|
|2014 session start:||Will not hold a regular session.|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Brian Krolicki (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Moises Denis (D)|
|Minority leader:||Michael Roberson (R)|
Democratic Party (11)
Republican Party (10)
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Art IV, Section 4, Nevada Constitution|
|Salary:||$146.29/day + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 4, 2014 (11 seats)|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016 (12 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Nevada legislature has control|
- 1 Sessions
- 2 Ethics and transparency
- 3 Elections
- 4 Redistricting
- 5 Senators
- 6 Senate Standing Committees
- 7 History
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
As of November 2014, Nevada is one of 14 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.
When the Nevada Constitution was adopted, its fourth article established when the Nevada State Legislature, of which the Senate is a part, was to be in session. However, Section 29 of Article 4, the section that dealt with legislative sessions, was repealed by vote of the people in the 1958 general election. The session dates for the Nevada Legislature are no longer limited by the Nevada Constitution.
- See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions
In 2014, the Legislature will not hold a regular session.
- See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 3.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Senate was not in regular session.
In 2011, the Senate was in session from February 7 through June 6.
Role in state budget
- See also: Nevada state budget
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in January.
- Agencies submit their requests to the governor in August.
- Agency hearings are held in September and December.
- The governor submits the budget to the Nevada State Legislature in January.
- The legislature passes a budget in May or June. A simply majority is needed to pass a budget.
The governor is required by statute to submit a balanced budget. In turn, the legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 which indicated that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. Among the challenges states faced were a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. Nevada was one of 11 states that made rare use of cost-benefit analyses in policy and budget processes.
Ethics and transparency
Following the Money report
- See also: Following the Money 2014 Report
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending. According to the report, Nevada received a grade of D- and a numerical score of 52, indicating that Nevada was "lagging" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.
Open States Transparency
The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Nevada was given a grade of B in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014.
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012
The following table details the districts' margins of victory in the November 6 general election.
|2012 Margin of Victory, Nevada State Senate|
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Votes||Top Opponent|
|District 15||Greg Brower||0.5%||58,438||Sheila Leslie|
|District 9||Justin Jones||0.7%||43,397||Mari Nakashima St. Martin|
|District 6||Mark Hutchison||1.7%||54,097||Benny Yerushalmi|
|District 18||Scott Hammond||2.8%||53,257||Kelli Ross|
|District 5||Joyce Woodhouse||3.9%||51,044||Steve Kirk|
|District 11||Aaron Ford||24.5%||35,641||John Drake|
|District 7||David Parks||28.3%||39,852||Trish Marsh|
|District 3||Richard Segerblom||28.8%||33,777||Ed Gobel|
|District 13||Debbie Smith||29.5%||40,126||Kathy Martin|
|District 19||Pete Goicoechea||33.5%||44,389||Harley Kulkin|
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010
Nevada State Senate elections were held in 11 of Nevada's 21 senate districts on November 2, 2010. The 11 districts where electoral contests took place in 2010 are: Capital, Clark 2, Clark 5(B), Clark 7(B), Clark 8, Clark 9, Clark 10, Clark 12, Washoe 1, Washoe 2 and Washoe 4.
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 12, 2010, and the primary Election Day was June 8, 2010.
In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $4,320,019 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:
|2010 Donors, Nevada State Senate|
|Senate Republican Leadership Conference||$75,000|
|Senate Republican Leaders Fund||$65,000|
|Nevada Association of Realtors||$63,500|
|Las Vegas Sands Corp||$52,500|
|R & S Investment Properties||$50,500|
|Nevada State Education Association||$47,500|
|South Point Hotel & Casino||$47,500|
|Move Nevada Forward PAC||$46,500|
|Sunrise Healthcare System||$46,250|
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2008
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.
During the 2008 election, the total of contributions to Senate candidates was $4,764,881. The top 10 contributors were:
|2008 Donors, Nevada State Senate|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$77,000|
|Associated General Contractors Of Las Vegas||$68,500|
|Las Vegas Chamber Of Commerce||$59,500|
|Nevada Power Co||$55,500|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 525||$55,497|
|South Point Hotel & Casino||$55,000|
|Clark County Education Association||$52,500|
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2006
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 15, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.
During the 2006 election, the total of contributions to Senate candidates was $4,860,473. The top 10 contributors were:
|2006 Donors, Nevada State Senate|
|Cory, Timothy S||$100,000|
|Jackson, John D & Terri||$77,000|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$69,500|
|Nevada Motor Transport Association||$56,578|
|International Gaming Technology||$55,778|
|Associated General Contractors Of Las Vegas||$55,000|
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2004
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 7, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.
During the 2004 election, the total of contributions to Senate candidates was $4,652,079. The top 10 contributors were:
|2004 Donors, Nevada State Senate|
|International Gaming Technology||$70,500|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$67,000|
|Nevada Subcontractors Association||$57,500|
|Southern Nevada Home Builders Association/HI-PAC||$53,000|
|Retail Association Of Nevada||$50,000|
|Shaffer, Ray & Sharon||$50,000|
|Senate Republican Leadership Conference Of Nevada||$50,000|
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2002
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 3, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.
During the 2002 election, the total of contributions to Senate candidates was $2,878,156. The top 10 contributors were:
|2002 Donors, Nevada State Senate|
|Senate Republican Leadership Conference Of Nevada||$65,000|
|Nevada Senate Democrats||$57,207|
|Clark County Education Association||$56,000|
|Raggio Senate Campaign||$49,750|
|International Gaming Technology||$45,000|
|Nevada State Education Association||$42,508|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$39,000|
|Coast Hotels & Casinos||$35,500|
|Terry Care For Senate Seven||$33,853|
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2000
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 5, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.
During the 2000 election, the total of contributions to Senate candidates was $2,623,356. The top 10 contributors were:
|2000 Donors, Nevada State Senate|
|Nevada State Education Association||$62,428|
|Clark County Education Association||$56,224|
|Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino||$54,000|
|Nevada Senate Democratic Leadership Fund||$45,824|
|Las Vegas Chamber Of Commerce||$44,800|
|Southern Nevada Home Builders Association||$39,000|
|Sierra Pacific Power||$36,712|
To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Senate, a candidate must be:
- A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
- 21 years old at the filing deadline time
- A one-year resident of Nevada preceding the election
- A resident for 30 days of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
- A qualified election. A qualified voter is someone who is:
- * A U.S. citizen
- * A resident of Nevada for at least 6 months prior to the next election, and 30 days in the district or county
- * At least 18 years old by the next election
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the senate, then the Board of County Commissioners in the county representing the seat must decide on a replacement. The Board of County Commissioners must select a person from the same political party that last held the seat. No replacement is named if the vacancy happens before the next legislative session and a election for county officers is scheduled.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Nevada legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Nevada Term Limits Act in 1996. That initiative said that Nevada senators are subject to term limits of no more than three four-year terms, or a total of twelve years.
The first year that the term limits enacted in 1996 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office is in 2010.
- See also: Redistricting in Nevada
The Legislature handles the redistricting process through a Legislative Operations and Elections Committee in each chamber. The Governor wields veto power, and the Legislature cannot overturn.
Nevada received its local Census data on February 24, 2011. At a 35.1 percent rate of growth, Nevada was the fastest growing state in the Union from 2000 to 2010. The five most populous cities showed tremendous growth: Las Vegas grew by 22.0 percent, Henderson grew by 47.0 percent, Reno grew by 24.8 percent, North Las Vegas grew by 87.9 percent, and Sparks grew by 36.1 percent.
Democrats controlled the Legislature, while the Governor at the time, Brian Sandoval, was a Republican. Hispanics and (to a lesser extent) Asians emerged as possible communities of interest that would merit their own districts. The Legislature failed to finish new maps, and a court-appointed panel of three 'special masters' took over. New maps were finalized on December 8, 2011, and no challenges were made.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the legislature are paid $146.29/day for a maximum of 60 days. Legislators inside the 50-mile Capitol area receive the federal rate for per diem while those outside the area receive the HUD single-room rate for each month of session for housing.
The Nevada Constitution specifies that the 63 members of the state Legislature are to be paid for the first 60 days of each regular session, held every other year in odd-numbered years. The pay for the 21 Senators and 42 members of the Assembly is tied to pay increases provided to state employees.
When sworn in
Nevada legislators assume office the day after the election.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of November 2014|
The Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the Senate but only votes in the case of a tie. If the Lieutenant Governor is not present, the President Pro Tempore presides and has the power to make commission and committee appointments. The President Pro Tempore is elected to the position by the majority party. The other partisan Senate leadership positions, such as the Majority and Minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses to head their parties in the chamber.
|Current members, Nevada State Senate|
|3||Richard "Tick" Segerblom||Democratic||2013|
Senate Standing Committees
The Nevada State Senate has 10 standing committees:
- Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Education Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Finance Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Government Affairs Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Health and Human Services Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Legislative Operations and Elections Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Natural Resources Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Revenue and Economic Development Committee, Nevada State Senate
- Transportation Committee, Nevada State Senate
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Nevada State Senate for the last six years while the Republicans were the majority for the first 16 years.
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Nevada state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the study, Nevada had one Democratic trifecta during 1992. The state's SQLI rankings were high for the majority of the study, finishing in the top-10 from 1996-1997 and from 2005-2006. However, Nevada's SQLI ranking declined from then on, finishing 46th in 2012. Both its highest and lowest rankings occurred when the government was divided between Democratic and Republican control.
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- Nevada Senate on Wikipedia
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- census.gov, "Census 2000 PHC-T-2. Ranking Tables for States: 1990 and 2000," accessed May 15, 2014
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- Kolotv.com, "Nev. Legislature convenes Monday with uncertainty," February 2, 2013
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- National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislative Sessions Calendar," accessed August 4, 2014(Archived)
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "States’ Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis," July 29, 2013
- U.S. Public Interest Research Group, "Following the Money 2014 Report," accessed April 15, 2014
- Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Nevada Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions," accessed December 17, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Nevada 2008 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Nevada 2006 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Nevada 2004 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Nevada 2002 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Nevada 2000 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2009-2010 Election Information Guide," accessed December 17, 2013
- Nevada Legislature, "Constitution of Nevada," accessed December 17, 2013*(Referenced Section, Article IV, Section XII)
- U.S. Census Bureau, "U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Nevada's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting," accessed August 4, 2014
- Nevada Legislature, "2011 Reapportionment and Redistricting Home," accessed August 20, 2012
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Nevada Legislature, "Legislative Officers: Nevada Senate," accessed August 4, 2014
- Nevada Legislature, "NV Senate Leadership of the 77th (2013) Session," accessed August 4, 2014
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