Nevada State Assembly
|Nevada State Assembly|
|Term limits:||6 terms (12 years)|
|2014 session start:||February 4, 2013|
|Website:||Official House Page|
|House Speaker:||John Oceguera, (D)|
|Majority Leader:||Marcus Conklin, (D)|
|Minority leader:||Pete Goicoechea, (R)|
| Democratic Party (26) |
Republican Party (15)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Art 4, Nevada Constitution|
|Salary:||$146.29/day + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 6, 2012 (42 seats)|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Redistricting:||Legislature has control|
- 1 Sessions
- 2 Elections
- 3 Redistricting
- 4 Assemblymen
- 5 Standing committees
- 6 History
- 7 External links
- 8 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 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 However, Section 29 of Article 4, the section that dealt with legislative sessions, was repealed by vote of the people in the 1958 general election.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 2013 state legislative sessions
In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from February 4 through June 3.
A major topic in the 77th session of the Nevada Legislature will be taxes. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has stated his opposition to new taxes, while Democrats are seeking a discussion on the state's tax structure. Spending, Medicare, and gun-control are also expected to lead the agenda.
- 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. 
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, 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|
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: 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 November 2014|
- 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. 
|Current Leadership, Nevada State Assembly|
|State Speaker of the House||Marilyn Kirkpatrick||Democratic|
|State House Speaker Pro Tempore||Paul Aizley||Democratic|
|State House Majority Floor Leader||William Horne||Democratic|
|State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader||Jason Frierson||Democratic|
|State House Majority Whip||David Bobzien||Democratic|
|State House Majority Chief Deputy Whip||Peggy Pierce||Democratic|
|State House Majority Assistant Deputy Whip||Olivia Diaz||Democratic|
|State House Majority Assistant Deputy Whip||Lucy Flores||Democratic|
|State House Minority Floor Leader||Pat Hickey||Republican|
|State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader||Cresent Hardy||Republican|
|State House Minority Whip||Thomas Grady||Republican|
|State House Minority Whip||Lynn Stewart||Republican|
|State House Minority Policy Coordinator||Randy Kirner||Republican|
The Nevada Assembly has the following 10 standing committees:
- Commerce and Labor Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Education Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Government Affairs Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Health and Human Services Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Judiciary Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Legislative Operations and Elections Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Taxation Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Transportation Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, Nevada 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 have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
- Official website of the Nevada State Assembly
- Official list of the current members of the Nevada State Assembly
- Nevada Assembly on Wikipedia
- Population in 2010 of the American states
- Population in 2000 of the American states
- "Nevada Legislature" 2007 Legislative Manual, March 12, 2009
- The Republic, "Nevada Legislature convenes Monday; taxes, guns, Medicaid will be big issues facing lawmakers," February 2, 2013
- Las Vegas Sun, "Nev. Legislature convenes Monday with uncertainty," February 2, 2013
- 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL
- Regular session dates for Nevada Legislature
- 2010 special session dates for Nevada Legislature
- Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
- Follow the Money: "Nevada Assembly 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- Qualifications for running for Nevada Assembly
- Nevada Legislature "Constitution of Nevada"(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," February 24, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- Nevada Legislature, "2011 Reapportionment and Redistricting Home," retrieved August 20, 2012.
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Nevada House Leadership
State of Nevada
Carson City (capital)
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