Vote Nevada Update 5/21/2023

 Vote Nevada Supporters,

 The deadline for bills to pass on the second house floor is Friday, May 26th.  The last full week will be budget closings, but as I previously mentioned, the education budget must close first.  So, the gap between the legislative majority and the Governor must also close.  The last day of the session is June 5th.

As I am sure you have read or heard, the Governor has stated that he will veto the state budget if the legislative majority does not give his bills consideration. He can do that, and if he does, there must be a special session. 

The new fiscal year for the state starts July 1st, so, we must have a budget passed by June 30th.  Hopefully, our leaders can come together to conclude the budget impasse quickly so we can get to work implementing the laws that will start addressing our behavioral health crisis.  

 If a special session is needed, the Governor will release a proclamation that will call for the special session and that will narrowly proscribe what will be covered.  He will set the agenda alone.  I hope this does not happen, so, I also hope he can feel that he also has been able to help Nevadans through his legislation. 

 Tomorrow, May 22nd, the Carson City Democratic Men’s Committee luncheon features Craig Dower who will speak about SB90, which will designate wild mustangs as Nevada’s official state horse. Wild horse advocate to speak at Monday’s Democratic luncheon | Carson City Nevada News – Carson Now

If you would like to attend via Zoom, at 1:30 pm, please email to receive the link by contacting Rich Dunn at richdunn as one word and then

On May 26th, at 11:30 am, if you are in Northern Nevada and are interested in an action to address the debt ceiling debate, please contact Indivisible Northern Nevada here:

 Update on the Eastside neighborhood meeting:

 A group met yesterday and we discussed some important issues that are prevalent on the Eastside and are also of concern in many parts of our state.  Here are two that we selected to address that will require a lot of us to work together to fix.

  1. What can we do to address chronic homelessness?  We have a subset of homeless community members who resist leaving the streets.  They often live in mini tent encampments and decline assistance.  These encampments are a growing concern on the Eastside. So, to address the issue we need to know: What does transitional housing look like for these Nevadans?  We are exploring if it is possible to use some of the opioid settlement funds to purchase large vacant commercial buildings, such as the vacant K-Mart stores, to provide these Nevadans access to social services and treatment for behavioral health issues, including addictions, in one large indoor space.


  1. Nevada should be enforcing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in our infrastructure, public materials, and online content, but unfortunately, that is not always the case.  So, we are looking into how we can ensure disabled Nevadans can enjoy the same activities, be civically engaged, and work without being hindered due to a lack of access.

And lastly, we discussed a Vote Nevada Summer of Civics initiative:  

  1. Now is the perfect time to talk about pay equity in sports.  Not only are the Las Vegas Aces national champions, but we have many high school and college teams that are doing well and could use some media coverage as well.  In fact, to achieve pay equity we need media equity.  So, we plan to create an education campaign that includes pay and media equity as well as how sports can help the mind and body develop in healthy ways and help us all learn to be competitive yet kind to one another through sports.  

 I will send more information this week about exactly how we plan to work on these three issues and how anyone can get involved this summer.

 Thank you for being Nevadans with me,


Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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