Priorities
Good Governance
The priorities for the 2017 Legislature are:
  • Support property tax reform efforts (AB 43 - Click here to read the bill language)
  • Support additional federal grant dollars and reporting system to ensure Southern Nevada receives equitable funding
    (AB 81 - Click here to read the bill language, and AB 98 - Click here to read the bill language.)
  • Support additional state board and commission seats for Southern Nevada (AB 373 - Click here to read the bill language.)
     
Legislative Chairs:
  • Senator Patricia Farley
  • Assemblyman Edgar Flores
  • Assemblyman John Hambrick
  • Assemblywoman Heidi Swank

Staff Liaison:
Economic Development & Workforce
The priorities for the 2017 Legislature are:
  • Continued investment in the UNLV Medical School 
    • Support a $17.1 million increae to the UNLV School of Medicine base budget
      • Build a robust and sustainable physician pipeline
      • Improve access to care, especially for Medicaid and the underserved population
      • Advance medical research
Generate an economic impact for the community and state
  • Support Fuel Revenue Indexing (Achieved with passage of Ballot Question 5)
  • Industrial sites - state funding formula for infrastructure
    •  Nevada must develop a process or program whereby funding is set aside to construct infrastructure to identified business park sites    
  • Supporting community colleges and workforce development
    • Enhanced Weighted Student Credit Hour for Technical Programs at the community colleges that currently cost more to deliver due to increased equipment and space requirements
    • Sustaining and growing the WIN Fund
  • Supporting a Health Sciences Building at CSN Henderson
    • CSN proposes to team up with its partners at Nevada State College to further increase the number of nurses and other healthcare professionals
    • Additional facilities are critical to expand the training in this area.
    • Construction of a 70,000-square foot Health & Science Building at its Henderson campu
  •     Support Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 
    • All of state’s workforce development resources are integrated
    • This includes the sharing of workforce information and job seekers skills data

Legislative Chairs:
  • Assemblyman Paul Anderson
  • Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams
  • Assemblywoman Dina Neal
  • Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson
  • Senator Patricia Farley

Staff Liaison:
Higher Education
The priorities for the 2017 Legislature are:
  • Support the continued operational funding for the UNLV School of Medicine, while also advocating for increased financial support for Graduate Medical Education (GME) for all of Nevada’s medical schools
  • Support capacity building for workforce development with a priority focused on community colleges
  • ​Support the Silver State Opportunity Grant by advocating for it to become a permanent program and to allow for greater flexibility pertaining to the credit hours requirement per year (AB 188 - Click here to read the bill language.)

Legislative Chairs:
  • Senator Mo Denis
  • Senator Becky Harris
  • Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz

Staff Liaison:
K-12 Education
The priorities for the 2017 Legislature are:
  • Provide additional funding for early childhood education
  • Provide for adequate and equitable funding for K-12 education:  increase the base; continue movement on recommendations of K-12 Funding Formula (weighting for ELL and students in poverty, increase GATE funding); provide additional funds to increase number of schools in ZOOM and Victory School Projects
  • Provide initial teacher licensure reciprocity relief for educators relocating from other states and/or consider removal of other possible licensure barriers to increase teacher recruitment pipeline

Legislative Chairs:
  • Senator Becky Harris
  • Senator Joyce Woodhouse
  • Assemblyman Nelson Araujo
  • Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel

Staff Liaison:
Healthcare
The priorities for the 2017 Legislature are:
  • Regionalization of mental health services (AB 366 - Click here to read the bill language.)
  • Consolidation of / or single overarching body with regard to mental health providers and regulators
  • Raising of reimbursement rates and mandating the recalculation of base reimbursement rates for all providers and adding ongoing rebasing on a periodic basis (AB 108 - Click here to read the bill language.)

Legislative Chairs:
  • Senator Joe Hardy
  • Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton
  • Assemblyman James Oscarson

Staff Liaison:
Transportation & Infrastructure
The priorities for the 2017 Legislature are:
  • Monitoring, Management, and Mitigation (3M) Plans - (AB 298 -   Click here to read the bill language.)
    • Support for clarity of 3M Plans in Nevada
      • Recognizing the need for more clarity in Nevada’s water law, several industry organizations, non-profits   and state agencies have expressed support of further   defining 3M Plans to help support responsible water   development in Nevada.
  • ​Utility Infrastructure Fund
    • Industrial Sites - State Funding Formula for Infrastructure
      • Nevada must develop a process or program whereby funding is set aside to construct infrastructure to identified business park sites
  • ​RTC-enabling language
  • Transportation Infrastructure Bank - (AB 399 - Click here to read the bill language.)
  • Public Private Partnerships

Legislative Chairs:
  • Senator Scott Hammond
  • Senator Mark Manendo
  • ​Assemblyman Chris Edwards
  • Assemblywoman Heidi Swank

Staff Liaison: