Nevada Assembly

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Nevada State Assembly
Nevada State Legislature
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits 6 terms (12 years)
History
New session started February 4, 2013
Leadership
Speaker of the Nevada Assembly Marilyn Kirkpatrick, (D)
Since February 4, 2013
Speaker pro Tempore Paul Aizley, (D)
Since February 4, 2013
Majority Leader William Horne, (D)
Since February 4, 2013
Minority Leader Pat Hickey, (R)
Since February 4, 2013
Structure
Seats 42
Political groups Democratic Party (27)
Republican Party (15)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article 4, Nevada Constitution
Salary $146.90/day + per diem
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(42 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(42 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Nevada_State_Assembly.jpg
Assembly Chamber
Nevada State Capitol
Carson City, Nevada
Website
Nevada State Assembly

Coordinates: 39°09′42″N 119°45′58″W / 39.161643°N 119.766139°W / 39.161643; -119.766139 The Nevada Assembly is the lower house of the Nevada Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Nevada. The body consists of 42 members, elected to two-year terms from single-member districts. Each Assembly district contained approximately 64,299 people as of the 2010 census.[1] Term limits, limiting assembly members to six 2-year terms (12 years), took effect in 2010. Twelve members of the Assembly were termed out with the 2010 election serving their last legislative session in 2011.

The Assembly met at the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City until 1971, when a separate Legislative Building was constructed south of the Capitol. The Legislative Building was expanded in 1997 to its current appearance to accommodate the growing Legislature. The lower house of the Legislature is referred to as an "Assembly" rather than the more common "House of Representatives."

Meetings[edit]

The Assembly, like the Senate, is composed of citizen legislators, receiving a relatively small ($130) per diem fee for the first 60 days of a given session. This tends to self-selection, with legislative service difficult for those without flexible jobs and/or large outside incomes, such as doctors and lawyers. The Assembly, again like the Senate, meets however long is necessary for the completion of all its business, up to a maximum of 120 days, beginning the first Monday in February of every odd-numbered year. While this is designed to limit the amount of time a legislator is away from their first job, in recent years 120 days has often not been enough time to complete legislative business, and after four straight regular sessions, special sessions had been called to finish up legislative business. This trend ended in 2011, which was not followed by a special session.

Leadership of the Assembly[edit]

The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full Assembly on passage of a floor vote. Other Assembly leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.

Assembly Chamber[edit]

The Nevada Assembly convenes in the south chamber of the Legislative Building. The carpet in the Assembly chamber is mainly red, in comparison to the Senate chamber, which is blue. The chamber galleries reflect the same carpet schemes. Many legislative documents and binders are colored red and blue to distinguish them between the Assembly and the Senate. Although the chamber is separated by a center aisle, the Assemblymen are not seated by party. Rather they are seated at the discretion of the Speaker. The Speaker's desk is always the first desk in the front row to the right, if you are looking out at the chamber from the Speaker's rostrum. Above the Speaker is a large gavel, which is engraved with the name of Speaker Joe Dini; the longest serving Speaker of the Nevada Assembly. Above the gavel is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, who was President when Nevada became a State in 1864. To the left of the main door to the chamber is a podium with a Bible, which is changed to different passages by the Assembly Sargeant-at-Arms.

Since 2003, one floor session has always been held in the Old Assembly Chambers in the State Capitol. The session usually begins with a presentation from the State Archivist regarding the history of the chamber, and then legislative business proceeds as usual. Because there are no screens or voting equipment in the old chamber, all business is hand-written on a chalk board, as it would have been done when the Assembly still met in the Capitol.

All joint-meetings and joint-sessions are held in the Assembly chamber, including the State of the State Address, the State of the Judiciary Address, and addresses from Nevada's federal delegation. Unlike in Congress, where the Speaker of the House presides over all joint-meetings and sessions (except when Congress counts the Electoral Votes after a Presidential election), the President of the Senate presides over joint-meetings and sessions instead of the Speaker of the Assembly.

Composition[edit]

77th Legislature (2013-2014)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
74th legislature 28 14 42 0
75th Legislature 26 16 42 0
Begin 76th 27 15 42 0
March 28, 2013[2] 26 41 1
April 24, 2013[3] 27 42 0
April 24, 2013[4] 26 41 1
Latest voting share 63% 37%

Leadership of the Assembly[edit]

The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full Assembly on passage of a floor vote. Other Assembly leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.

Position Name Party District
Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick Democratic 1
Speaker pro tempore Paul Aizley Democratic 41
Majority Leader William Horne Democratic 34
Majority Whip David Bobzien Democratic 24
Assistant Majority Floor Leader Jason Frierson Democratic 8
Chief Deputy Whip Olivia Diaz Democratic 11
Chief Deputy Whip Lucy Flores Democratic 28
Minority Leader Pat Hickey Republican 25
Assistant Minority Leader Cresent Hardy Republican 19
Minority Whip Thomas Grady Republican 38
Minority Whip Lynn D. Stewart Republican 22
Minority Policy Coordinator Randy Kirner Republican 26

Members of the 77th Assembly[edit]

District Name Party Residence First elected Term
1 Marilyn Kirkpatrick Dem North Las Vegas 2004 5th
2 John Hambrick Rep Las Vegas 2008 3rd
3 Vacant
4 Michele Fiore Rep Las Vegas 2012 1st
5 Marilyn Dondero Loop Dem Las Vegas 2008 3rd
6 Harvey Munford Dem Las Vegas 2004 5th
7 Dina Neal Dem North Las Vegas 2010 2nd
8 Jason Frierson Dem Las Vegas 2010 2nd
9 Andrew Martin Dem Las Vegas 2012 1st
10 Joseph Hogan Dem Las Vegas 2004 5th
11 Olivia Diaz Dem North Las Vegas 2010 2nd
12 James Ohrenschall Dem Las Vegas 2006 4th
13 Paul Anderson Rep Las Vegas 2012 1st
14 Maggie Carlton Dem Las Vegas 2010 2nd
15 Elliot Anderson Dem Las Vegas 2010 2nd
16 Heidi Swank Dem Las Vegas 2012 1st
17 Tyrone Thompson Dem North Las Vegas 2013 1st
18 Richard Carrillo Dem Las Vegas 2010 2nd
19 Cresent Hardy Rep Mesquite 2010 2nd
20 Ellen Spiegel Dem Henderson 2012 1st
21 Andy Eisen Dem Las Vegas 2012 1st
22 Lynn D. Stewart Rep Henderson 2006 4th
23 Melissa Woodbury Rep Henderson 2008 3rd
24 David Bobzien Dem Reno 2006 4th
25 Pat Hickey Rep Reno 2010 2nd
26 Randy Kirner Rep Reno 2010 2nd
27 Teresa Benitez-Thompson Dem Reno 2010 2nd
28 Lucy Flores Dem North Las Vegas 2010 2nd
29 Lesley Cohen Dem Henderson 2012 1st
30 Michael Sprinkle Dem Sparks 2012 1st
31 Skip Daly Dem Sparks 2010 2nd
32 Ira Hansen Rep Sparks 2010 2nd
33 John Ellison Rep Elko 2010 2nd
34 William Horne Dem Las Vegas 2002 6th
35 James Healey Dem Las Vegas 2012 1st
36 James Oscarson Rep Pahrump 2012 1st
37 Wesley Duncan Rep Las Vegas 2012 1st
38 Thomas Grady Rep Yerington 2002 6th
39 Jim Wheeler Rep Minden 2012 1st
40 Pete Livermore Rep Carson City 2010 2nd
41 Paul Aizley Dem Las Vegas 2008 3rd
42 Irene Bustamante Adams Dem Las Vegas 2010 2nd

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Districts/Reapp/2011/Final/Assembly/ASM2011_Tables.pdf
  2. ^ Democrat Steven Brooks (District 17) was expelled after a series of arrests. [1]
  3. ^ Democrat Tyrone Thompson appointed to succeed Brooks. [2]
  4. ^ Democrat Peggy Pierce died. [3]

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