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Margin Tax Petition Invalidated

Today, a District Court Judge invalidated the description of effect in the proposed ballot initiative to implement a new margin tax in Nevada.  The Judge found four distinct ways in which the description of the initiative’s effect was deceptive and misleading.  I’m proud to represent the Committee for Nevada Jobs in its efforts to ensure that Nevadans are adequately informed of the impacts of this ballot petition.  You can read a copy of the Judge’s order here:  Download CTPNJ Order 10-23-2012

Gaming and the Mob

I had the opportunity today to co-host an interview with long-time Nevada gaming attorney and former Nevada Gaming Commissioner Paul Bible.  Paul had some fascinating stories about the mob’s influence on gaming and how gaming was cleaned up by dedicated regulators.  You can access the video by clicking here.

Goodbye to a Governor

Earlier today, Governor Kenny Guinn passed away unexpectedly.  Governor Guinn served from 1999-2006.  I first met him as a low-level Deputy Attorney General, and spoke to him occasionally while working for his successor, Governor Jim Gibbons.  Governor Guinn always went out of his way to offer a kind and supportive word.  His dedication to Nevada resonated in everything he did.  He was one of those rare leaders who could energize everyone he worked with.  I’ll never forget him telling me how proud I should be of my public service.  Today is a … Continue Reading »

Ethics Reforms

Gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid recently outlined his proposal to reform ethics rules in Nevada.  His proposal includes:  ending lobbying of state agencies by current legislators; penalizing non-willful violations of ethics rules; establishing a two-year cooling off period for lobbying by former legislators or former state employees; and releasing the Governor’s “official” schedule to the public. The first of these proposals might be the trickiest to actually enact into law in light of the recent Nevada Supreme Court decision in Commission on Ethics v. Hardy.  In that opinion, the Court held that the power to … Continue Reading »

The Road to a Special Session

There has been rampant speculation on whether the Governor will call a special session in early 2010 to deal with Nevada’s worsening revenue collections.  The Governor recently announced plans to convene the Economic Forum and obtain an updated revenue forecast by January 19, 2010.  The announcement came after quarterly revenue reports showed the state was $50 million behind the projections used to build the biennial budget after only a quarter of the first fiscal year of the biennium (fiscal years for state government purposes run from July 1 to June 30).  If that kind … Continue Reading »