Sparks City Council Meeting 8/25/2014 2:00:00 PMMonday, August 25, 2014 2:00 PM
Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th St., Sparks
General Business: 9.3
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
This agenda item allows the Mayor and City Council to publicly discuss any concepts or opportunities for the City’s bill draft request (BDR).
At the July 14, 2014 Regular City Council Meeting, the City Council expressed an interest in knowing the final BDR topics the Nevada League of Cities & Municipalities (NVLC&M) will bring forth to the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature.
On August 13, 2014, the Board of the NLC&M approved their final five BDR topics. Staff will review these BDRs with the Mayor and City Council at this meeting.
Mayor Martini serves on the executive board of the NVLC&M.
In Nevada, city’s with a population under 150,000 may submit a single BDR to the Legislative Counsel Bureau on or before September 2, 2014.
It is important to note that the City is not required to submit a BDR. In some cases, legislators have sponsored specific and important legislation for the City.
As an example, during the 2013 session, Senator Smith sponsored the City’s Charter Bill amendments (SB 304). The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Smith, sponsored the bill that restored the city’s hotel room tax for Victorian Square (SB 509). Both were ultimately signed into law.
The deadline to submit a BDR to the Legislative Counsel Bureau is September 2, 2012. The staff does not have any BDR topics to bring forth for this upcoming legislative session and recommends not utilizing a BDR this session.
To follow is a short history on recent BDR activity for the City of Sparks dating back to 2005:
2013 Session – No Sparks BDR was utilized.
2011 Session – Sparks BDR was contingent upon an advisory question for public safety which failed to pass by the voters.
2009 Session – Assembly Bill 98 was introduced on behalf of the City of Sparks and would have allowed the City to administer its own occupancy (hotel room) tax. The bill had a hearing before the Assembly Committee on Taxation and went no further in the legislative process.
2007 Session – Assembly Bill 180 was introduced on behalf of the City of Sparks that increased penalties for graffiti taggers. Similar language from the Sparks BDR was added into Assembly Bill 14 that was successfully passed into law.
2005 Session – Assembly Bill 525 was introduced on behalf of the City of Sparks that would have revised the method by which proceeds from the auto gas taxes are allocated between local governments. The bill had a hearing before the Assembly Transportation Committee and failed to move further in the legislative process.
No action may be required unless there is a particular BDR topic the Council wants to bring foward.
2013 League BDR's.pdf