I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl, were pampered on Valentine’s Day and have taken some time to watch the Olympics.
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This week we provide information on the ballot questions, confirmed, and proposed, that could very well be the driver for getting people to the polls (or mailbox) in November. It’s not always the names on the ballot that entice people to vote. Ballot questions can provide the emotional tie to issues that are more important than people. There hasn’t been a lot of media coverage and active campaigning on these issues, but I think that will soon change.
Even if organizers of an initiative fail to garner the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot, the content will be debated and candidates will be judged on their position (if they take one).
On the Ballot
Below are the four questions that are known to be on the 2022 Ballot. They have not been assigned question numbers. For more details on each of the questions, click the Subject name to read the respective Ballotpedia page.
|Subject||Type||Description||Effective Date||Submitted Language|
|Gaming Tax increase||Statutory Initiative||Imposes a 9.75% license fee on nonrestricted gaming licensees’ gross revenue in excess of $250k/month||November 22, 2022||S-01-2020|
|Local School Support Tax Increase||Statutory Initiative||Raises both the Sales and Use tax rates from 2.25% to 3.75% for the Local School Support Tax.||January 1, 2023||S-02-2020|
|Equal Rights Amendment||NVLeg referred Constitutional Amendment||Proposes to amend the NV Constitution by adding a guarantee that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, ancestry, or national origin||Upon passage and approval||SJR8 of 2019 Legislative Session|
|Minimum Wage increase||NVLeg referred Constitutional Amendment||Proposes to amend the NV Constitution to set the minimum wage at $12/hr worked regardless of whether the employer provides health benefits||July 1, 2024||AJR10 of the 2019 Legislative Session|
These Wanna Get on the Ballot
The following initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office within the last several months. Before qualifying for the 2022 Ballot, each initiative must pass several checkpoints, namely gathering 140,777 signatures from across the whole state.
Further details of the following proposed ballot questions can be found on the Nevada Secretary of States website: 2022 Petitions & General Election Ballot Questions
If the following constitutional initiatives are approved by voters at the November 2022 and November 2024 General Elections, the provisions of the Initiatives would become effective on the fourth Tuesday of November 2024 (November 26, 2024), when the votes are canvassed by the Supreme Court.
The Nevada Independent partnered with OH Predictive Insights to run a poll on how Nevadans feel about real and potential questions on the ballot. Poll: Voters favor gaming tax hike, split on open primaries
Open Primaries & Ranked Choice Voting
Independent Redistricting Commission
Voter ID Verification
School Vouchers – Congressional Amendment
As a statutory initiative, the proposal first needs signatures from nearly 141,000 voters statewide, one quarter of the total from each congressional district. Signed petitions would go initially to counties for signature verification in late November, then to the secretary of state for certification.
If it qualifies, the initiative would go to the Legislature in 2023, becoming law if lawmakers approve it. It would then go before voters if the Legislature rejects it or takes no action.
“The Community School Districts Initiative”
School Vouchers – Statutory Initiative
A referendum seeks to approve or disapprove an existing state or local law. If the law subject to the referendum is approved by the voters, the law remains as is and cannot be changed in the future except by a direct vote of the people. If the law subject to the referendum is disapproved, the law becomes void and of no effect.
Repeal of Mail-In Ballot Measures
Just in case you missed it
Mark Z. Barabak, columnist for the LA Times sums up the battle inside the Nevada Democratic Party that could be detrimental to incumbents in the Silver State: A fight among Nevada Democrats is putting the party’s control of Congress in peril
Ranking the States Demographically, from Most Republican-Friendly to Most Democratic-Friendly – Sabato’s Crystal Ball
On February 10th, 2022, Governor Sisolak lifted the statewide mask mandate.
Nevada Housing market.
Gaming Control Board recommends approval for Apollo Global Management, Inc.’s acquisition of the Venetian, Palazzo, etc.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/control-board-recommends-approval-for-apollos-acquisition-of-venetian-2523229/
2021 Redistricting Maps
The new boundaries would give 14 of the 21 state Senate districts and 27 of the 42 Assembly districts a voter registration advantage for Democrats over Republicans of more than 4.5 percent.The Nevada Independent
Please see the links below to view the new district lines for Nevada Assembly, Senate and Congressional delegation.