Vote Nevada Update 4/30/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you were following a bill in the Assembly or Senate and the bill passed, it is now in one of two places.  If the bill does not need funding, it is now in the other house and being referred to the parallel committee. 

For example, if you provided public comments on a bill in Assembly Health and Human Services and the bill passed on the Assembly floor, watch for the bill to be scheduled for a hearing in Senate Health and Human Services.  You will need to provide public comments again.  The opposite house’s committee and floor can add amendments to the bill, so, you’ll want to be vigilant. 

If the opposite house amends a bill, the bill is referred to the house of origin for concurrence.  If the house of origin accepts the amendment, the bill heads to the Governor’s desk.  If the house of origin rejects the amendment, both houses’ leadership appoint members to a conference committee. 

If the conference committee resolves the differences in the bill language and both floors accept the outcome, the bill passes.  If the conference committee cannot resolve the differences, the bill dies.

If your bill landed on the floor of the house of origin with an unfunded fiscal note, it was referred to Assembly Ways and Means or Senate Finance to resolve the funding issue.  If the bill receives funding, it will proceed to the opposite house.  If the bill does not receive funding, the bill dies. 

You can view the Legislative Council Bureau’s legislative process chart here:

This is why tomorrow’s Economic Forum meeting at 9:30 am is so important.  If the Forum projects more revenue for the 2023-2025 biennium than it projected in November of 2022, that extra revenue can fund unfunded fiscal notes.  We will start to see bills that need to be funded being heard in the money committees on May 10th. 

You can view the Economic Forum’s meeting information, including all the revenue reports and data, as well as watch the meeting’s live stream from this page:

On SB431, I would like to thank Senators Flores and Ohrenschall for managing the bill’s hearing in a collaborative and respectful manner.  The bill contains many different parts, but for Nevadans who rely on the state to provide services for someone with disabilities, it is vital that we modernize our state agencies. 

Nevadans with disabilities often ping-pong between agencies with little more than frustration to show for their efforts.  We have dedicated state agency workers, it is our systems that are outdated and in need of upgrades. 

Event Date:   May 1, 2023 – 1:00pm

By Rich Dunn

The featured speaker at Monday’s Democratic luncheon will be Sarah Adler, Principal at Silver State Government Relations. She will provide an update on how key bills have fared in the legislative process so far this session, with a special focus on bills related to affordable and supportive housing.

To join tomorrow’s luncheon, email Rich Dunn for the Zoom link.  The presentation starts at 1:30 pm and Rich’s email is richdunn as one word and then

Wednesday, May 3rd, is the Hispanics in Politics Breakfast from 8 to 9 am at Doña Maria’s Tamales. 

“The Honorable Julian Escutia Rodríguez, a career diplomat with almost 20 years of experience who has served as Consul of Mexico in Nevada since 2020, has accepted our invitation to join us.” 

“HIP is commemorating the Battle of Puebla, aka Cinco de Mayo, and has invited Mónica Briz Merigo, a renowned fashion designer who will visit us directly from Puebla, Mexico. Mónica will introduce some of her original 2023 Traditional Puebla Designs.”


Vote Nevada is starting a neighborhood community meeting program this summer to get to know Nevadans across the state.  We are starting with the east side of Las Vegas.  If you or anyone you know would like to join us on May 20th at the Art Café at 719 N. Nellis Blvd. 89110, from 10:30 to 11:30 am.  RSVP by texting 702-803-1569.

Eastside Community Voice

Vote Nevada is hosting Summer of Civics events this summer via Zoom.  We will host meetings on bills that survived and those that died in this legislative session, as well as topics such as the Open Meeting Law, consensus democracy, ranked-choice voting, respecting the disability community through Nothing About Us Without Us, and workforce development for behavioral health.


Our big summer event is two showings of The Young Vote by Producer/Director Diane Robinson.  We are flying in Diane and the full cast of the film for an August 25th viewing at the College of Southern Nevada and an August 26th viewing at a place to be determined (we are looking to reserve space at UNR).  Please let us know if you plan to attend and at which viewing through this form:


Thank you for being Nevadans with me,


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Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here


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