Attorney General of Nevada
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Divisions
- 7 Campaign finance
- 8 Electoral history
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Contact Information
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
The attorney general may also work with or help district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice. In addition, the attorney general establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Nevadans from fraud or illegal activities that target consumers or threaten public safety, and enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources. Under the state Constitution, the attorney general is elected to a four-year term.
The current officeholder is Catherine Cortez Masto. She has served since 2006.
Under Article V, Section 19:
A Secretary of State, a Treasurer, a Controller, and an Attorney General, shall be elected at the same time and places, and in the same manner as the Governor.
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
The Attorney General of Nevada is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years in length. As specified in Article V, Section 19 of the Nevada State Constitution, a term-limit of two four year terms is imposed on those who occupy this statewide position.
As established by Article 5, Section 8 of the Nevada Constitution, in the event of a vacancy, the governor fills the office by appointment. The appointee serves until a successor is elected and qualified.
The office is divided into the following divisions:
- Bureau of Consumer Protection:Enforces consumer protection statutes; consumer rights education; filing consumer complaints; advocating consumer voice in cases with privately held utility companies.
- Civil: largest division of the attorney general, which is providing legal representation to over 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.
- Criminal Justice:Criminal Justice Division is comprised of 4 prosecution units in 4 regional offices across the state. These units are: the Public Integrity Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit and Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit.
- Gaming: A large portion of the division's litigation is comprised of disciplinary actions brought against gaming licensees for violations of gaming regulations and statutes, litigating disputes regarding the proper payment of taxes and fees, hearings on the surrender of gaming licenses for non-payment of taxes, and actions to add to the list of excluded persons (Black Book).
- Health and Human Services: includes its Divisions of Health Care Finance and Policy (Medicaid), Welfare and Supportive Services, Health, Mental Health and Developmental Services, Aging Services and the Division of Child and Family Services.
- Information Services
- Investigations:investigate criminal offenses committed by state officers and employees
- Litigation: It provides litigation assistance and advice to deputy attorneys general in other Divisions handling their own litigation.
- Transportation and Public Safety
- Specialized areas:
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Insurance Fraud Unit
- Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
- Nevada Missing Children's Clearinghouse
- Nevada Technological Crime Board
- Open Meeting Law Enforcement Unit
- Private Investigator's Licensing Board
- Public Integrity Unit
- Senior Medicare Patrol
- Tobacco Unit
- Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit
- Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Nevada ballot measures
The Attorney General of Nevada is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws. All complaints are referred to the Attorney General from the Secretary of State's Office. The first step in filing a complaint against a person or a committee is to file with the Secretary of State. The Attorney General handles all complaints regardless if it involves civil or criminal law. 
- 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
- Catherine Cortez Masto ran unopposed in this contest
|2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election |
|Democratic Party||Catherine Cortez Masto||52.8%|
|Republican Party||Don Chairez||35.6%|
- See also: Nevada Attorney General election, 2010
- 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
- Catherine Cortez Masto ran unopposed
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary |
|Republican Party||Travis Barrick||44.4%|
|Republican Party||Jacob Hafter||34.2%|
|None of these candidates||21.4%|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election |
|Democratic Party||Catherine Cortez Masto||52.8%|
|Republican Party||Travis Barrick||35.7%|
|American Independent Party||Joel F. Hansen||7.8%|
|None of these candidates||3.7%|
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Office of the Attorney General
Carson City Office
100 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4717
Phone: (775) 684-1100
Fax: (775) 684-1108
- Catherine Cortez Masto, Attorney General of Nevada
- Governor of Nevada
- Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
- Nevada Secretary of State
- "Nevada Legislature" Nevada Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Section 294A.410(1)(B))
- Nevada Secretary of State Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 22, 2011
State of Nevada
Carson City (capital)
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