By Gary Smith, Guest writer

Currently in the Nevada Legislative Assembly there are 29 Democrats and 13 Republicans. The Senate is composed of 13 Democrats and 8 Republicans. This means the Democrats hold a supermajority in the Assembly and are only one Senator away from having a supermajority in the Senate. What does this mean for voters?

When a Supermajority exists

Having a supermajority has many implications. Laws passed by the Nevada State Legislature usually take a simple majority to pass. In 1994 legislation was passed to require a 2/3 majority vote. With a supermajority, democrat legislators can pass legislation in the assembly unopposed. This creates an atmosphere of non-communication between the two sides. They can pass legislation without even allowing the  minority party to have a say in that legislation. Further, with a supermajority there is nothing to entice the ruling party to allow the minority party to speak on any issue.

When a Majority Exists

When a majority exists, as is the case with the State Senate the majority party may be more inclined to discuss with the minority party, in part to appear to be creating an environment of cooperation. However, the majority party has no obligation or incentive to cooperate or negotiate as they know they will prevail in the vote as long as their party members fall in line. With the Democrats holding both a supermajority and a majority you can easily see how they can pass laws without considering much of the Nevada population.

Republican Jill Dickman, who is running for a seat in the Assembly representing district 31 this year, is one candidate who, with a win, may help break the Democrat’s stranglehold on the Assembly. This means they will not be able to easily pass tax increases without pushback from the Republicans and would be less confident in their ability to override a veto.

To get a clear idea of the damage a Democrat supermajority in both the Assembly and the Senate you only need to look at the legislation passed in the last regular session or in the Special session held this summer when the awful AB4 was passed. Republicans had absolutely no say. If Republicans intend to have a voice in the Nevada giving Democrats a Supermajority in the Senate.

Jill Dickman, candidate for Assembly notes, “Nearly half of Nevada ‘s voters are Republican, with many Republican leaning Non-Partisans, who have little representation and no voice.  We need to remember what years of Democrat supermajorities in California have done to that formerly great state. Is that what we want for Nevada?”

Please get out and vote. The welfare of Nevada depends on you.

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