5 things upcoming in the Nevada Legislature

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2013 at 9:01 am •  Published: February 9, 2013
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Taxes, budgets and bears ... oh, my!

That and a whole lot more — like higher education, mining and firearms — are on tap as the second week of the Nevada Legislature begins Monday.

Here's are five highlights of the legislative agenda for the upcoming week:

TAXES

Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, wasn't fooling when she said the discussion about Nevada's tax structure would begin on Day 2 of this year's session. It did. And the tax talk continues this week, when the Assembly Taxation and Senate Revenue and Economic Development committees hold a joint hearing Tuesday on so-called sunset taxes that will expire June 30 unless lawmakers agree to extend them — again.

The taxes, about $620 million worth, were supposed to expire in 2011, but were continued for another two years after a Nevada Supreme Court ruling raised serious legal consequences of funding sources used by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to balance the budget. Sandoval has said he'll again extend those taxes to avoid more deep cuts to education.

Assembly Taxation on Thursday will take up AB68, a bill that revamps how some taxes are distributed to local governments, and then both the Assembly and Senate tax panels will be briefed on Nevada's live entertainment tax. On Friday, Senate Legislative Operations and Elections will consider SCRI, a measure authorizing an interim study on taxing services in Nevada.

BUDGETS

Legislative money committees were briefed on the governor's budget even before the session began. Now they are delving into details, with daily hearings scheduled by the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees.

Up this week are budgets for elected officials, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Public Employees Retirement System; Conservation and Natural Resources; Department of Agriculture; as well mental health, energy, public utilities, public safety and the Nevada System of Higher Education.



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