Sparks City Council Meeting 5/23/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, May 23, 2016 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Building, 745 Fourth Street, Sparks, NV

General Business: 9.3

Title: Discussion and possible approval of the 2016-2017 Nevada State Legislative Platform
Petitioner/Presenter: Steve Driscoll/Adam Mayberry
Recommendation: The Legislative Team recommends approval of the 2017 State Legislative Platform
Financial Impact: 0
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

Legislative platforms 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 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 State Legislative Platform is the foundation of a focused advocacy strategy and is attached for Council approval.

The Legislative Platform also allows the City 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 government affairs program in reporting to elected officials, along with monitoring and coordinating state legislative activities.

Having an approved legislative platform for the 2017 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 was effective during the 2013 session.

Additionally, the document establishes City Council policies and procedures on state legislative issues and the government affairs functions.  The current document has been revised and edited over the years.  There are 13 categories that are associated with a number of broad policy positions.

The City’s legislative team consisting of Mayor Geno Martini, Councilwoman Julia Ratti, Manager Driscoll and staff are not recommending any changes or revisions to the current document.


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

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

Recommended Motion:

I move to approve the State Legislative Platform for the 2017 session.

Attached Files:
     state Legislative Platform and Policies as of 4_2016 .pdf
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