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326 will be heard before the Assembly Judiciary Committee
Vegas Chamber of Commerce and
Policy Research Institute endorse an alternative measure
(AB 143) proposed by an Assembly Democrat
143 will be heard on May 11 before the State Senate Committee on Judiciary
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CARSON CITY If you read in the Saturday, April 16, Reno Gazette-Journal that the revised Senate Bill 326 would still allow public domain acquisition of the Ballardini Ranch, you were grotesquely misinformed. The RGJ stood alone among Nevada media in so stating. I was in the room, heard the debate and read Sen. Terry Care's amendments. The only accurate part of journalist Anjeannette Damon's report was Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie's comment, "this is war."
Care misrepresents bill content to fellow senators: "SB 326 would prohibit state and local governments from using eminent domain authority to acquire property for open-space or wildlife habitat preservation, but Care said that wouldn't block acquisition for a park or for flood control."
Associated Press 4-22-2005
Sen. Care's amendment was not made available to the Great Unwashed before the committee opened its April 15 work session. Mr. Care, D-Gomorrah South, added some language to section 2, the genuflection to Las Vegas' Fremont Street fiasco, which has provided the emotional and political cover driving SB 326. The revisions probably amount to no more than fresh lipstick applied to this particular pig (no disrespect intended to Mother Nature's worthy barnyard animals or pork products).
RGJ reporter Damon's confusion probably came from Sen. Care's rambling and mumbled justification for his bill at the top of the discussion. In a later response to a question from Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, Mr. Care dismissed Sen. Washington's concerns as issues which would have to be settled by the courts anyway.
Lawyers should rejoice at this job creation act.
Sen. Valerie Wiener, D-Las Vegas, expressed unstated reservations about the bill but said she would support it in order to get it to the senate floor. Translation: She voted "amend and do pass as amended" as a courtesy to Sen. Care notwithstanding the substantial demerits of the legislation.
The most curious comment came from Sen. Mike McGinness, R-Fallon. He stated that he was aware of abuses contradictory to the testimony of Pamela Wilcox, administrator of the Nevada Division of State Lands. (Wilcox "noted eminent domain is seldom used by the state 'but it's still an essential tool in our tool kit.'" Associated Press 4-7-2005.)
Sen. McGinness did not elaborate on his evidence.
Committee Chair Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, noted that Assembly Bill 143 was "coming over" from the lower house and that the committee would fully consider its provisions vis-a-vis Sen. Care's bill. He noted his intentions to invite principal sponsors of the assembly measure, which enjoys bi-partisan majority sponsorship in both houses, including the endorsements of Sens. Amodei and Care.
AB 143 applies to redevelopment districts such as the Fremont Steet Experience, location of Nevada's most notorious confiscation which resulted in years of litigation. Perhaps that's one abused "park" to which Sen. McGinness referred. The downtown Las Vegas project has been such a failure that it was declared a public park as a subterfuge to legalize additional corporate welfare subsidies from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Meanwhile, Clark County's production of actual parklands remains abysmal at less than half the national average.
Sen. Dennis Nolan, R-Las Vegas, did not comment. Freshman Sen. Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, may have made a brief point, but I did not retain it. (Reviewing the amendment on the fly while talking with others occasionally diverts concentration for those lacking three ears.)
Six members of the committee voted "do pass as amended" with only Sen. Horsford dissenting.
If the bill is passed by the full senate, it may end up in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks. However, there is no guarantee that Mr. Anderson's committee will get the bill. Assembly rules are not as strict as those of the senate with respect to committee jurisdiction.
If SB 326 becomes law in its current form, it opens state government and Nevada municipalities to high-handed blackmail by land speculators.
Please let your state and local officials know where you stand. And stay tuned.
Be well. Raise hell.
UPDATE MAY 6, 2005 Ballardini developers wrote the key section of SB 326, which passed the Senate Committee on Judiciary 6-1 on April 15 (with only Sen. Steven Horsford, D-N. Las Vegas, in opposition) and a senate voice vote on April 22. It passed a roll call vote in the senate 16-4 with one excused on April 25. (Sens. Raggio, Titus, Lee and Horsford were opposed. The bill was recalled later in the day and Sens. Mathews, Townsend and Rhoads changed their votes to opposition, so the final passage goes into the record books as 12-7 with one absent and one excused.)
Senate Bill 326 has been forwarded to the lower house and assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. A hearing is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.
Bill to pave over Ballardini Ranch advances in state Senate
Associated Press 4-22-2005
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NEVADA STATE SENATE CONTACT INFORMATION
Mark Amodei, R-Carson City/Lyon/Storey/Washoe
Bob Beers, R, Clark District 6
Barbara Cegavske, R, Clark District 8
Warren B. Hardy, R, Clark District 12
Joe Heck, R, Clark District 5
William J. Raggio, R, Washoe District 3
Dean A. Rhoads, R
Northern Nevada Senatorial District
Sandra Tiffany, R, Clark District 5
Randolph J. Townsend, R, Washoe District 4
Maurice Washington, R-Sparks
Mike McGinness, R-Fallon/Central Nevada
Dennis Nolan, R, Clark 9
Terry Care, D, Clark District 7
Maggie Carlton, D, Clark District 2
Bob Coffin, D, Clark District 10
Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas
John Lee, D, Clark District 1
Bernice Mathews, D, Washoe District 1
Michael Schneider, D, Clark District 11
Dina Titus, D, Clark District 7
Valerie Wiener, D, Clark District 3
CONTACT THE NEVADA STATE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY TO PASS ASSEMBLY BILL 143 AND RECONSIDER THE WISDOM OF ITS ACTIONS IN PASSING SEN. CARE'S SB 326.
AB 143, which will actually fix the problems encountered in downtown Las Vegas, unanimously passed the Assembly and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee which will hear it at 8:00 a.m. on May 11, 2005.
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and conservative Nevada Policy Research Institute endorse AB 143
Assembly Bill 143 unanimously passes lower house 42-0
ASSOCIATED PRESS 4-20-2005
Mark Amodei, Chair, Carson City
Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, Vice-Chair
Mike McGinness, R-Fallon
Dennis Nolan, R-Las Vegas
Terry Care, D-Las Vegas
Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas
Valerie Wiener, D-Las Vegas
SB 326 will be heard before the Assembly Judiciary Committee at 8:00 a.m on Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, Chair
Barbara Buckley 684-8537
Marcus Conklin 684-8505
Susan Gerhardt 684-8855
Assemblyman William Horne (D-Las Vegas),
principal sponsor of AB 143, 684-8847
Mark Manendo 684-8801
Harry Mortenson 684-8803
John Oceguera 684-8595
Genie Ohrenschall 684-8819
Francis Allen 684-8829
Sharron Angle 684-8848
John Carpenter 684-8831
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