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Testimony Against AB43

On behalf of the Las Vegas Valley Tea Party, NevadansCAN, and myself, I testified before the Taxation Committee in opposition to AB43 on Thursday, March 9, because I believe Nevada’s counties should economize and do more with less, not pay for their inflated budgets on the backs of hardworking and retired homeowners.  Government should learn to live within its means and stop punishing the rest of the populace because they have made very disadvantageous agreements with public sector labor unions.  This situation is unsustainable and must be reversed.

See our testimony on YouTube.

Download the letter written to the Committee Members: Opposition Letter March 13, 2017.

Joecks – No Civil Right to “Free” Birth Control

We’ve been misreading the Declaration of Independence for centuries. Turns out it says people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and birth control someone else pays for.”

That’s the impression supporters of AB249 and SB233 left after testifying Monday. Both bills would require that all Nevada insurance companies provide birth control with no co-pays or other point-of-delivery costs. Supporters lavishly praised those mandates.

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IP1 Update – Automatic Voter Registration at DMV

Senate committee to vote on DMV registration proposal

By SANDRA CHEREB

REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY — Supporters of a measure to automatically submit voter registration applications when people conduct certain transactions at the Department of Motor Vehicles said the change would modernize Nevada’s election system and make registering to vote easier.

But others raised potential conflicts with the Automatic Voter Registration Initiative, or IP1, should a person “opt out” of registering but then fill out the application.

During testimony Monday before the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections, Nevada DMV Director Terri Albertson questioned whether IP1 conflicts with federal law. Federal law gives a person the option to register to vote at DMV offices, while IP1 automatically sends information to election officials unless someone specifically declines.

But Kevin Powers, constitutional lawyer for the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said the state measure is not prohibited under federal law.

State Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas and chairwoman of the committee, scheduled a vote on the measure Wednesday. It would then go to the Senate floor.

The measure would amend Nevada law to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to transmit information to the secretary of state’s office and county clerks to register people who obtain, renew or change an address on a driver’s license or identification card.

People would have to “opt out” of registering by checking a box saying they do not want to register to vote.

Proponents last year gathered enough signatures to send the initiative to lawmakers, who have 40 days to act or it automatically will be on the 2018 ballot.

It passed the Assembly on a 27-15 party-line vote, and passage by the Senate is expected. It would then go to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, whose actions will be key.

If Sandoval signs it, the measure will take effect Jan. 1 and could significantly increase the number of registered voters in Nevada before the 2018 election. If Sandoval vetoes it, it’s unlikely the Democratic majority in each house could muster the two-thirds required for an override.

In that case, it would not become a factor until the 2020 election, provided it is approved by voters next year.

Contact Sandra Chereb at schereb@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3821. Follow@SandraChereb on Twitter.

Guest Article: Legislative Alert – SB210 for Wed., 3/8/17

by Annette Teijeiro, M.D.

We really need to pack the room at Grant Sawyer State Building on Wednesday at 8am in room 4412E if we want to keep a doctor at our side throughout surgery! SB210 if passed will replace our current anesthesiologists at the head of our surgery bed with assistants! We will not have our exclusive anesthesiologists 100% with us like we do now and we will still pay the same price for anesthesia services.

For those of you doing the math, a supervising anesthesiologist will collect the fees for up to 4 patients simultaneously, pay a small salary to the assistants and more than double his income without being at your side 100% in the surgery.

Make no mistake, we will lose anesthesiologists (doctors) as these assistants displace them. Why is that important? Surgical complications happen in seconds. Anesthesiologists have less than 4 minutes sometimes to save your life. If the assistant calls in an anesthesiologist and the anesthesiologist is just 5 minutes away, it may be fatal for the patient. Anesthesiologists can also take care of patients on a breathing machine, take care of women during baby deliveries for labor pain/emergency c-sections, treat challenging pain patients, place lifesaving invasive monitoring equipment in intensive care and treat chronic pain. Why would we want to lose our doctors?

In a state that has the highest standard of care in anesthesia but not in other areas, why would we want to pay more, get less and place ourselves and/or our loved ones at risk when unconscious? Think of Sunrise and UMC Trauma emergencies and 4 patients having assistants but sharing just one anesthesiologist. Anesthesia care is high risk care and there is no room for errors, delays or marginal care.

We have been successful in the past in keeping our doctors when we show up to oppose this bill so come and be victorious again!

Annette Teijeiro, M.D. is a Nevada licenced medical doctor (anesthesiologist) since 1993. Her family has lived in Nevada for over 41 years. After going to medical school in Nevada, she did her residency in the state of Washington at the world renowned University of Washington Anesthesia Department. She has been reviewing legislation that impacts our healthcare for over 17 years as a volunteer citizen/patient advocate. She is currently a member of Patient Advocates United for Safety & Excellence, a nonprofit giving our most vulnerable Nevadans a voice to counter profit driven Special Interests.

Legislature prepares for another land battle – LVRJ

Lawmakers revive debate over transferring federal acres to state jurisdiction

By SEAN WHALEY

REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY— The decades-long battle over federal ownership of nearly 110,000 square miles of Nevada is about to be reengaged at the Nevada Legislature.

With about 85 percent of those acres under control of a variety of federal agencies — primarily the U.S. Bureau of Land Management — some Nevada political leaders want a transfer of as many as 7 million acres to state control in a first phase that could eventually see large tracts of land become state lands.

Economic development is the primary driver for the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 7, but some proponents see it as the first step in a state takeover of much of the federal public land in Nevada.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., had a land transfer bill introduced in Congress in the last term, and though it died, the issue could come up again in this session. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has supported a transfer of some federal lands, as has U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

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Separation of Powers in Nevada

Why separation of powers must be enforced in Nevada

Assembly Bill 121 is Exhibit A in the case for finally enforcing the state constitutional mandate for separation of powers, such that each branch of government may provide checks and balances to prevent the abuse that results when power is concentrated in too few hands.

The bill — introduced in Carson City by Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Steve Yeager — would wipe out much of the progress made in 2015 in public employee collective bargaining reforms.

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Checks and Balances under attack in Carson City

Hearings regarding this measure are happening today, but ongoing opposition to it via email, snail mail, phone call or whatever it takes, will be necessary.  We the people are being railroaded again by the legislature.  Making the Treasurer and Controller appointed rather than elected positions gives too much power to the majority party and the governor.  This must be vigorously opposed!  Maintain our system of checks and balances!

Oppose AJR6: Abolishes offices of State Controller & Treasurer
Takes Away your Right to Vote for them

HEARING: Tues. 1:30 Rm 3142  Asm Legislative Operations and Elections
Las Vegas, Rm. 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington 
Watch online: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/
Vote will take place at a later meeting so contact the Committee

MESSAGE: Vote NO on AJR6. Don’t take away our right to vote for State Controller and State Treasurer putting them under the Governor. These independent offices provide for a check on State Government and the Governor. These offices are in the Nevada Constitution and have served us for over 153 years. (or write your own message)

See agenda and bill here.

CONTACT:
Olivia.Diaz@asm.state.nv.usNelson.Araujo@asm.state.nv.us, Elliot.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us,
Shannon.Bilbry-Axelrod@asm.state.nv.us, Skip.Daly@asm.state.nv.us,
Daniele.Monroe-Moreno@asm.state.nv.us, James.Ohrenschall@asm.state.nv.us, John.Hambrick@asm.state.nv.us,  Ira.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us, Richard.McArthur@asm.state.nv.us, James.Oscarson@asm.state.nv.us,

Share your opinion with Legislature: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/79th2017/A/

Gun Rights under attack in Carson City

Oppose SB115: An Anti-Gun Bill denies right to carry in public library

HEARING: Tuesday, 1:30, Rm. 2134 Senate Judiciary
Las Vegas, Rm. 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington 
Watch online: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/ Go down to Tuesday Sen. Judiciary
The vote will not be until days later so it’s not too late to contact the committee. 

MESSAGE: Vote NO on SB115. Don’t leave us defenseless when we go to a public library by taking away our right to carry a concealed weapon. Gun free zones are magnets for criminals. Criminals prefer unarmed victims. (Or write your own message).

CONTACTTick.Segerblom@sen.state.nv.us, Nicole.Cannizzaro@sen.state.nv.us, Moises.Denis@sen.state.nv.us, Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.us, Don.Gustavson@sen.state.nv.us, Becky.Harris@sen.state.nv.us, Michael.Roberson@sen.state.nv.us

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