Government Affairs Report – November

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.

– Mark Twain

The Commerce Tax was signed by Gov. Sandoval on June 9, 2015 and since that date, various groups have toiled to repeal it. Nearly three years later, as we close in on the 2018 election cycle, the Commerce Tax remains a hot-button issue for many candidates, particularly within the GOP. Indeed, the Commerce Tax will likely again be a deciding factor in a number of primary races (and may have brought about the primary challenge in the first place). Given recent reports of candidates weighing the possibility of repealing the Commerce Tax and the filing of a referendum which, if successful, would bring the question of repealing the Commerce Tax to the voters, it is time to re-familiarize ourselves with the history of the Commerce Tax, and begin thinking about positioning NAIOP for the upcoming policy discussion.
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Government Affairs Report – October 2017

“ A man who carries the cat by tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain

And we’re off… with no less than three recall petitions going on, to oust three legitimately elected Nevada state senators, the 2018 election season is well underway. While there is still much that is unknown about why these recall efforts started, the information which has been uncovered since our last update is enlightening.
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Government Affairs Report – September 2017

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

The song “Signs” was originally recorded in 1971, and covered in 1990 with slightly – shall we say different – lyrics. Bonus points to anyone who can name both artists.

Debating signs, along with size, location, medium, and content, has a long and storied history in America. The issue was even taken up by First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, which culminated in Congress passing the Highway Beautification Act in 1965. Paradoxically, the Highway Beautification Act, which sought to reduce signs on our nation’s highways, didn’t seem to work, as just 6 years later someone wrote a song about excessive signs, which was re-made 20 years after that. Signs have proliferated everywhere from our urban centers to suburban malls. Signs are beginning to appear on major league sports jerseys. Right, wrong, or indifferent, the 21st century is shaping up to be the age of information, where those with information seek to transfer it to those without, by any means possible, but mostly, by signs. Read more

Government Affairs Report – August 2017

I think we’re at the crossroads – whether we want to be the entertainment capital of the world or a great American city. Our economy is good. Things are so wonderful in Las Vegas and it’s time to move to the next level.

– Oscar B. Goodman, 2005

Oftentimes in government, issues come full-circle. That moment presents an opportunity to change course or continue the cycle. Moving away from comfortable norms requires innovation, imagination, and guts on the part of elected officials, staff, industry, and citizens. While trust can be hard, especially when it comes to governmental action, nothing can be accomplished unless decisions are made, and actions are taken. Read more

Government Affairs Report – July 2017

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alright
– The Beatles

Although moving through the halls of government and influencing policy is where we find occupational satisfaction, there is nothing quite like closing up shop in Carson City after four months and coming home to the dry heat of another Las Vegas summer. So while you try to get “Here Comes the Sun” (Kerrie deserves quite a bit of thanks for prohibiting Jon from using “Hammer Time” in reference to the Speaker’s gavel on sine die) out of your head, it is our hope this missive found you enjoying the summer and your favorite beverage poolside, beneath an umbrella, this 4th of July weekend. Read more

Government Affairs Report – June 2017

“You must understand, my dear: On the stroke of twelve, the spell will be broken, and everything will be as it was before.”

Fairy Godmother

And so it goes in Carson City. The 79th Nevada Legislative Session will adjourn at midnight on June 6th, and although only time will tell how the 2017 Session is ultimately judged, the sheer lack of “groundbreaking” legislation indicates this Session is destined for an unimpressive moniker. Whether we call it a “3 and out”, or a “1-2-3 inning”, the stark reality is the 79th Legislative Session will, in all likelihood, not be known for moving the needle on significant business issues – whether those issues are pro-business or business-adverse. Rather, 2017 appears to be headed toward a “tie” – lots of exciting plays, but nothing gets settled at the end of the game except a hefty bar tab.

Heading into sine die, the bills NAIOP was tracking have whittled down to a handful of active legislation. Highlights include: Read more

Government Affairs Report – May, 2017

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

The first committee and first house passage deadlines have come and gone, and for two weeks in mid-April, the marathon turned into a sprint as legislators and lobbyists rushed to move bills in which they were interested out of committee, and then out of their house of origin.  Bills failing to meet the deadlines, which were not lucky enough to receive a coveted exemption from the rules, perished at the stroke of midnight.  Nights were late, tensions were high, voices raised, fitbit steps tripled.  As in life, despite best efforts, the clock continued to tick and the two most significant legislative deadlines aside of sine die passed, and with them, 272 bills – about 30% – met their demise.  Read more

Government Affairs Report – April, 2017

Nearing the halfway point of the 2017 Legislative Session, schedules have become habitual, and patterns predictable.  As the excitement of a new Legislature wears off and the mid-winter doldrums take hold, Carson City continues to buzz.  While the end is not yet in sight, the pieces continue to move about the board with purpose, leaving little doubt strategies embraced over the interim are being implemented and tweaked to ensure agendas are adopted or defended, and interests are protected, for the upcoming biennium. Read more

Government Affairs Report – March, 2017

Greetings from soggy Carson City!

The 79th Nevada Legislative Session convened on February 6, 2017, and amid the biennial pageantry and promises of bipartisan cooperation in doing “the people’s work” while school children sang “Home Means Nevada”, pre-filed bills began to drop and lawmakers and lobbyists alike were off and running in the hallways of the legislative building.  Bill introductions on the floor, committee agendas, legislator meetings, the first committee hearings; watching Carson City come alive every two years never gets old. Read more

Government Affairs – February, 2017

NAIOP Members –

Kerrie and I could not be more excited to represent your organization during the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session, and beyond. We want to take this opportunity to introduce our practice to you, but first must thank the NAIOP Government Affairs Committee for their faith in our capabilities. We will work hard every day to exceed your expectations. Read more