Nevada State Assembly
|Nevada State Assembly|
|Term limits:||6 terms (12 years)|
|2015 session start:||February 2, 2015|
|Website:||Official House Page|
|House Speaker:||John Hambrick (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Paul Anderson (R)|
|Minority leader:||Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D)|
Democratic Party (17)
Republican Party (25)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Art 4, Nevada Constitution|
|Salary:||$146.29/day + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 4, 2014 (42 seats)|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016 (42 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Legislature has control|
- 1 Sessions
- 2 Ethics and transparency
- 3 Elections
- 4 Redistricting
- 5 Assemblymen
- 6 Standing committees
- 7 History
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
As of March 2015, Nevada is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.
When the Nevada Constitution was adopted, its fourth article established when the Nevada State Legislature, of which the Assembly 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 However, Section 29 of Article 4, the section that dealt with legislative sessions, was repealed by vote of the people in the 1958 general election.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 2015 state legislative sessions
In 2015, the Legislature will be in session from February 2 through June 1 (Projected).
Major issues in the 2015 legislative session include business licensing fees, construction defect reform, organized labor reform, education reform, Voter ID, legalizing recreational marijuana and economic development.
- See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions
In 2014, the Legislature did 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 Assembly was not in regular session.
In 2011, the Assembly was in session from February 7 through June 6.
Role in state budget
- See also: Nevada state budget and finances
- 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" report, 2014
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 Assembly elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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 Assembly elections, 2012
The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
|2012 Margin of Victory, Nevada State Assembly|
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Votes||Top Opponent|
|District 37||Wesley Duncan||2.3%||29,265||Marcus Conklin|
|District 21||Andy Eisen||3.2%||24,211||Becky Harris|
|District 31||Richard Daly||4%||27,962||David Espinosa|
|District 35||James Healey||4.8%||21,953||Tom Blanchard|
|District 29||April Mastroluca||4.9%||26,486||Bob Irwin|
|District 9||Andrew Martin||6.3%||21,206||C. Kelly Hurst|
|District 5||Marilyn Dondero Loop||6.3%||23,777||Bill Harrington|
|District 13||Paul Anderson||8.4%||26,330||Louis Desalvio|
|District 41||Paul Aizley||8.4%||21,552||Phil Regeski|
|District 4||Michele Fiore||10.8%||26,812||Kenneth Evans|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010
Nevada State Assembly elections were held on November 2, 2010.
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 assembly raised a total of $8,353,520 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:
|2010 Donors, Nevada State Assembly|
|Clark County Education Association||$160,000|
|Nevada State Education Association||$153,500|
|Kirner, Randall J||$150,200|
|Nevada Power Co||$127,096|
|Nevada Association of Realtors||$115,700|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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 Assembly candidates was $8,201,307. The top 10 contributors were:
|2008 Donors, Nevada State Assembly|
|Clark County Education Association||$154,500|
|Associated General Contractors Of Las Vegas||$152,645|
|Nevada State Education Association||$150,000|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$148,500|
|Assembly Republican Caucus||$146,663|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 525||$102,324|
|South Point Hotel & Casino||$90,000|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2006
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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 Assembly candidates was $8,513,172. The top 10 contributors were:
|2006 Donors, Nevada State Assembly|
|Clark County Education Association||$190,800|
|Nevada State Education Association||$131,650|
|Republican Assembly Caucus Of Nevada||$131,237|
|Nevada Motor Transport Association||$112,579|
|Focus Property Group||$111,600|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$102,585|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2004
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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 Assembly candidates was $8,216,031. The top 10 contributors were:
|2004 Donors, Nevada State Assembly|
|Nevada Subcontractors Association||$187,000|
|Nevada State Education Association||$146,351|
|Clark County Education Association||$144,965|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$140,500|
|International Gaming Technology||$136,750|
|Southern Nevada Home Builders Association/HI-PAC||$107,750|
|Republican Assembly Caucus Of Nevada||$107,549|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2002
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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 Assembly candidates was $6,009,028. The top 10 contributors were:
|2002 Donors, Nevada State Assembly|
|Clark County Education Association||$198,500|
|International Gaming Technology||$149,250|
|Nevada State Education Association||$108,551|
|Battle Born Pac||$84,000|
|Southern Nevada Home Builders Association||$76,500|
|Assembly Democratic Caucus Of Nevada||$72,453|
|Nevada Trial Lawyers Association||$71,750|
|Associated General Contractors Of Las Vegas||$62,000|
|Association Of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers||$60,000|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$57,300|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2000
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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 Assembly candidates was $5,066,130. The top 10 contributors were:
|2000 Donors, Nevada State Assembly|
|Nevada State Education Association||$232,341|
|Clark County Education Association||$170,500|
|Republican Assembly Caucus Of Nevada||$117,490|
|Nevada Republican Party||$81,902|
|Southern Nevada Home Builders Association||$80,500|
|Republican Legislative Joint Caucus||$77,000|
|Nevada Trial Lawyers Association||$70,950|
|Deluca Liquor & Wine||$70,500|
|Park Place Entertainment||$63,000|
|Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino||$58,250|
To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Assembly, a candidate must be:
- 21 years old at the time of the election
- A citizen resident of the State of Nevada for one year preceding this election
- A resident of the district for a period of 30 days next preceding closing date for filing as a candidate
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the assembly, 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 when making its decision. If the vacancy happens before the next legislative session and an election for county officers is scheduled, no replacement is named.
- 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 representatives are subject to term limits of no more than six two-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.
Make-up of the house
- See also: Partisan composition of state houses
|Party||As of March 2015|
- 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.
The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.
The Nevada Assembly has the following 10 standing committees:
- Commerce and Labor Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Education Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Government Affairs Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Health and Human Services Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Judiciary Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Legislative Operations and Elections Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Taxation Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Transportation Committee, Nevada State Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, Nevada State Assembly
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Nevada State House of Representatives for the last 20 years while the Republicans were never the majority. The Nevada State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.
Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives 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 Assembly on Wikipedia
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- 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
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- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Nevada Legislature, "Assembly Leadership," accessed August 4, 2014
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