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Sparks City Council Meeting 1/14/2019

General Business: 9.7

Title: Discussion and possible approval of the 2018-2019 Nevada State Legislative Platform
Petitioner/Presenter: Steve Driscoll, City Manager/Kathy Clewett, Legislative Liaison
Recommendation: The Legislative Team recommends approval of the 2019 State Legislative Platform
Financial Impact: N/A
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

The City of Sparks Legislative Platform and Policies convey to legislators, policymakers, the public and the media where the Mayor and City Council stand in unity on important policy positions. Similar to a strategic plan, the Legislative Platform and Policies also provides a mechanism for staff, the Mayor and City Council to be on the same page and better coordinate implementation of the City’s priorities.


The City of Sparks recognizes the need for an active state legislative program to ensure that the interests of its residents are protected and/or enhanced. The City’s Legislative Platform and Policies is the foundation of a focused advocacy strategy and is attached for Council approval.

The Legislative Platform and Policies allows the City and its representatives to respond quickly in support of, or opposition to, issues that could directly impact the City.

Since 2006, the City of Sparks has utilized a legislative team in reporting to elected officials, along with monitoring and coordinating state legislative activities.

Having an approved legislative platform for the 2019 Nevada Legislature will equip the City’s legislative team with an important tool as we move forward in preparations for advocacy on City issues.


This agenda item allows the Mayor and City Council to publicly discuss and possibly revise and/or approve the current state legislative platform and policies.

The document attached to this staff report represents the City’s current State Legislative Platform and Policies which has been updated to reflect current city policies. There are 13 categories that cover a number of broad policy positions.

The City’s legislative team consisting of Mayor Ron Smith, Councilman Ed Lawson, City Manager Steve Driscoll, Assistant City Manager Neil Krutz and Legislative Liaison Kathy Clewett are not recommending any changes or revisions to the current document.


1. The Council may approve the State Legislative Platform and Policies as presented and provide further direction to staff.

2. The Council may not approve the State Legislative Platform and Policies as presented and provide further direction to staff.

Recommended Motion:

I move to approve the State Legislative Platform and Policies for the 2019 state legislative session.

Attached Files:
     2019-2020 State Legislative Platform.pdf

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