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: 9.4

Title: Discussion and possible action on a potential concept for the City of Sparks bill draft request for the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature
Petitioner/Presenter: Steve Driscoll/Adam Mayberry
Recommendation: No recommendation at this time.
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:

This agenda item allows the Mayor and City Council to publicly discuss any concepts or opportunities for the City’s sole bill draft request (BDR).


In Nevada, cities with a population under 150,000 may submit a single BDR to the Legislative Counsel Bureau on or before September 1, 2016.

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, the late Senator Debbie 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.

Additionally, the Chairman of the City’s Charter Committee Robert LaRiviere will identify and meet with a legislator to carry the Charter Committee’s proposed changes to the City Charter.

To follow is a short history on recent BDR activity for the City of Sparks:

2015 – No BDR was utilized

2013 Session – No BDR was utilized

2011 Session – BDR was contingent upon an advisory question for a sales tax increase to support public safety.  The measure failed.

2009 Session – Assembly Bill 98 was introduced on behalf of the City of Sparks and would have allow the City to administer its own occupancy (hotel room) tax.  The bill had a hearing before the Assembly Committee on Taxation that went no further.

2007 Session – No BDR was utilized



Recommended Motion:

No staff recommendation at this time.

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