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2006 Ballot Questions Authorized by the 2005 Legislature

The four ballot questions below were authorized by the Nevada Legislature for placement on the November 7, 2006, general election ballot.

Assembly Bill No. 554 of the 73rd Session provides for the submission to the voters of the question of whether the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 should be amended to exempt from taxes the gross receipts from the sale, storage, use, or other consumption of farm machinery and equipment. The bill also proposes a ballot question on an exemption from the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 for the trade-in value of a vehicle. If the ballot question on the exemption fails, then the bill provides for the discontinuation of the local sales tax allowance on December 31, 2006.

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 11 of the 72nd Session proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide that the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education consist of 9 members, as opposed to the current 13 members provided by law. Finally, A.J.R. 11 of the 72nd Session provides that the Legislature and Governor arrange for the staggered terms of the elected and appointed members, respectively, so that an equal number of terms, as nearly as possible, expire every two years. After his or her initial term, each member of the Board of Regents serves a four-year term instead of the current term of six years.

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 13 of the 72nd Session proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to allow the Nevada Legislature to call itself into a special session. This measure provides that a special session of the Legislature may be convened, on extraordinary occasions, by a petition signed by two-thirds of the members of each House of the Legislature. This resolution specifies that during a special session, the Legislature may only consider matters for which it was called into session. Finally, A.J.R. 13 of the 72nd Session limits special sessions called by the Legislature or the Governor to 20 calendar days.

Senate Joint Resolution No. 11 of the 72nd Session proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide that members of the Nevada Legislature are paid for each day of service during regular and special sessions. Additionally, S.J.R. 11 proposes another amendment to provide “reasonable allowances” to legislators for expenses incurred for postage, express charges, newspapers, telecommunications, and stationery.

Note: All amendments to the Nevada Constitution which are proposed by the Nevada Legislature must be approved in identical form in two successive sessions of the Legislature and then approved by the voters at the next general election.

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Last updated 09/07/2006

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