by S. LANEY OLSON
Senator Tick Segerblom has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8 this session. The bill, which is sponsored by Sens. Ruben Kihuen, Pat Spearman, and Joyce Woodhouse and Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, would allow for an annual legislative session as opposed to the current biennial sessions.
“It is long overdue,” says Segerblom. “We can’t get everything done.”
The resolution would require a constitutional amendment; therefore, it needs to be passed by lawmakers in 2013 and 2015 before going to a popular vote in 2016. According to Segerblom, the resolution is essentially a matter of the people.
“When the constitution was written, the state was a lot smaller,” says Kihuen. “The need didn’t exist for an annual meeting.”
However, not all senators are on board with the resolution. Senator Ben Kieckhefer said he believes the biannual legislature is something sacred to Nevada’s history.
“I don’t think it will pass and I don’t think it’s a good idea,” says Kieckhefer.
Not only would the resolution allow for an annual legislature, it would also change legislator’s salaries, allow legislatures to convene outside of Carson City, and require senators to review appointments to state offices in the Executive Department.
“Most legislatures agree it’s a good idea to have this discussion,” says Kihuen. “There are certain problems that can’t wait two years to be addressed.”
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