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On these pages we present information to help you learn about important issues affecting every Nevadan's future prosperity. We want you to become more informed about the elected officials who represent you and more involved in elections and in the legislative process. But we don't - and won't - tell you how to vote. That decision is up to you.
Bill by Rep. Mark Amodei would transfer millions of acres from feds to state
The House Committee on Natural Resources will get a sneak-peek at a bill that would transfer millions of acres of federal land to the state of Nevada.
The committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday on H.R. 1484, the Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864.
The bill by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, is controversial because conservation groups say it would undermine important federal oversight on land throughout the state.
Proponents say it would provide state and local officials more control over public land. Currently the federal government owns about 85 percent of land in Nevada, among the highest percentage of any state.
The first phase of Amodei’s bill would cover about 7.2 million acres and shrink the federal share to 75 percent.
Designated wilderness, conservation areas, national monuments, wildlife refuges, land managed by the defense and energy departments and American Indian reservation land would be exempt.
Subsequent phases could transfer millions more acres. A summary of the bill calls for non-exempt lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation to be, “conveyed upon request by the state or local governments.”
The Chamber Announces Opposition to Question 2, Recreational Marijuana
Reno, NV. (September 7, 2016)- The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada, the largest business organization in the region, announces its opposition to Question 2, which will be on the statewide Nevada ballot this fall.
Question 2 would legalize marijuana for recreational and casual use and would allow the proliferation of “pot shops” throughout the Reno-Sparks area.
“With retail medical marijuana operations just beginning to open up and serve Nevada patients, we need to allow that system and the issues and regulations that go along with it to mature before any expansion into recreational use,” stated Tray Abney, The Chamber’s Director of Government Relations. “Our membership has serious concerns about workplace safety and workers’ compensation issues. There is no current method to test for marijuana-caused impairment in the workplace and we believe that legalizing this drug will only increase accidents and impaired driving. We also have serious concerns about how this measure would affect our tourism and convention attraction efforts, not to mention the renewal of Reno and Spark’s downtown cores. The citizens of our state have worked too hard to diversify our economy and strengthen our education systems without adding easily availability to highly potent marijuana to our list of challenges.”
The Chamber will be urging its membership and every voter to vote NO on Question 2 and we will be assisting in the opposition campaign efforts. This issue will chart a course for the future of our state and the business community should stand united against this ill-timed and ill-advised ballot measure.
ABOUT THE CHAMBER
The Chamber is a regional Chamber of Commerce composed of businesses, individuals and organizations that are united for the sole purpose of furthering the interests of our members and the Northern Nevada region. For more information about The Chamber, call (775) 636-9550 or visit www.TheChamberNV.org.