2018 will be one of the most important elections in a generation, not only on the national level, but also
Nationally, President Trump’s business friendly agenda of lower taxes and reduced regulations will at
stake. Here in Nevada, no less than the future of our state hangs in the balance.
In the 2017 legislative session, tax and spend anti-business and leftist politicians controlled both houses
of the legislature and passed multiple bills that would have destroyed countless businesses in our state
and the jobs and opportunities that went along with them. Thank goodness that Governor Sandoval
vetoed these bills.
Here are some of these destructive resolutions that were passed and bills that were passed and vetoed.
SJR 6: Constitutional Amendment to Raise the Minimum Wage
This resolution places a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2020 that almost doubles the
minimum wage to $14 an hour over a period of years.
Under Nevada law, the bill must be repassed in 2019 to appear on the ballot.
An increase in the minimum wage results in higher unemployment, destroying job opportunities for low
skilled workers. Unions support minimum wage increases because their wage agreements are tied to the
The resolution passed the Assembly on June 5, 2017 by a vote of 27-15.
AB 271: Mandating Collective Bargaining
This bill mandates allowing employees leave time in order to conduct union activities and stifles the
review of decisions made by ‘fact-finders’ who help decide collective bargaining disputes, giving an
advantage to unions and damaging businesses.
The Assembly passed the bill on April 17, 2017, by a vote of 26-12. It was vetoed by the Governor
SB 196: Mandating Employer-Provided Sick Leave
This bill mandates every employer to provide paid sick leave of one hour for every 30 hours worked with
any unused time carried over to future years. Employers are allowed to cap the total leave time at 6
days. This puts another burden on businesses and destroys more jobs.
The Assembly passed the bill on May 25, 2017 by a vote of 25-15. It was vetoed by Governor Sandoval.
AB 408: Preserving Obamacare
This bill creates a state health law that includes all the elements of Obamacare, even if it is repealed at
the federal level, including mandates for hospital stays and other requirements for insurance policies.
This is a copy of ObamaCare which led to dramatically higher insurance premiums and deductibles and
the loss of plans and doctors for millions of people and the destruction of millions of jobs.
The Assembly passed the bill on April 25, 2017 by a vote of 27-15, but it was vetoed by Governor
AB 175: Mandating Employer-Provided Health Benefits
This bill mandates that in order to qualify for the lower minimum wage allowed by the state, employers
who offer health benefits must provide employees with a list of specific health benefits, forcing
employers, no matter how many employees they have (ObamaCare exempts employers with 50
employees or below) to provide specific health benefits. This would destroy jobs for low skilled workers
and destroy small businesses in Nevada.
The Assembly passed the bill on May 24, 2017 by a vote of 27-14, but it was vetoed by Governor
AB 374: Establishing Universal Health Care
This bill in effect expands Medicaid by setting up a new health care option on the state health care
exchange in 2019 that copies Medicaid benefits but will have no income requirements.
The Medicaid is a fraud ridden welfare program that delivers terrible care at insanely high costs and is
bankrupting Nevada and America. The current program costs $7,700 per recipient annually. Imitating
and expanding this program is insanity. The cost of this bill would bankrupt our state.
The Assembly passed the bill on May 30, 2017 by a vote of 27-13. It was vetoed by Governor Sandoval.
SB 464: Forcing the Hiring of Union Workers
This bill authorizes the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to require contractors for the
renovation and expansion of the convention center to hire union labor.
This bill drives up the costs of projects to taxpayers and destroys competition.
The bill passed the Assembly by a vote of 27-15 on June 5, 2017. It was vetoed by Governor Sandoval.
AB 303: Banning Private Prisons
This bill bans the use of privately-run prisons and gives the Department of Corrections five years to place
all prisons under government control. This bill ignores the need to relieve overcrowding in state prisons
and increasing costs and concentrates power in public sector unions as it eliminates competition.
The Assembly passed the bill on May 24, 2017 by a vote of 38-3, but it was vetoed by Governor
AB 206: Increasing the “Renewable” Energy Mandate
This bill increases the government mandate, known as the “Renewable Portfolio Standard” (RPS), to
require that 40% of the state’s electricity be produced from “renewable” sources by 2030, up from the
current standard of 25% by 2025.
The average residential electric rate in Nevada is $0.118 kWh. In California, which has 30% of its energy
produced from renewables, the average residential electric rate is $0.15.3 kWh, 30% higher than
Nevada. Increasing the RPS will make electricity rates sky-rocket.
In European countries, which have gone heavily into green energy, such as Belgium, Germany, Italy,
Spain and Sweden, electric rates are over $0.30 kWh, triple of the average in America.
The Assembly passed the bill on June 4, 2017 by a vote of 35-7. It was vetoed by Governor Sandoval.
SJR14: Constitutional property tax amendment
This resolution is a proposed amendment to the Nevada State Constitution that removes property tax
caps and depreciation. The removal of the property tax caps and depreciation would double and in some
cases as much as triple property taxes, destroying disposable income and property values in Nevada.
The Senate passed the resolution on May 17, 2017 by a vote of 13 to 8 and the Assembly passed the
resolution on June 05, 2017 by a vote of 27 to 15.
This pariah must pass the legislature again before it goes before voters.
If Nevada had a liberal governor, all of these bills could have been signed into law and would have
totally destroyed our state. This is why it is imperative that Attorney General Adam Laxalt is elected
governor of our state. If the legislature is still controlled by these anti-business politicians, at least Laxalt
will be there to veto legislation passed by them. Further, it is imperative we replace as many of these tax
and spend business killing politicians in the state legislature as possible.
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