By: Rana Goodman
I am pleased to introduce myself in my new role with The Vegas Voice. I have the great pleasure to serve as the legislative liaison and political editor for the publication. As we get closer to the Nevada Legislature meeting for the 2013 session, I will be bringing you information on bill drafts as well as researching items that might be of interest to you.
I am also proud to announce that there is now an official Vegas Voice PAC (political action committee). The PAC will be actively supporting bills on senior, health care and veteran issues; home owner association (HOA) concerns, and even an amendment to the “bully” bill that was sponsored last session by Senators Sheila Leslie and David Parks.
Please do not hesitate to email me and let me know what issues concern you. You can also log onto the Nevada Legislature home page if you would like to pursue the various bills: http://www.leg.state.nv.us.
NRED: Last month I attended the Nevada Real Estate Division's workshop relating to the regulation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This concerns the certification and pay scale of arbitrators for the Home Owner Association industry.
On the plus side, I must commend Administrator Gail Anderson, who ran the workshop by stopping after every proposed chapter was read, and allowing time for commentary and suggestions from attendees in Carson City and Las Vegas. She showed amazing patience and answered a multitude of questions as they arose. While most of the input was constructive from those attending (mainly homeowners, attorneys, and several arbitrators already working for the division) there were a few comments that stood out in my opinion.
One was from Commissioner Marilyn Brainard who repeatedly mentioned her prior appointment with the Real Estate Division - and then went on to bash homeowners. This was quite a surprise since her position is as a homeowner representative. While her term is officially over, she continues to serve in that post until the governor appoints someone to take her place. And that could take as long as a year.
The second shocker was by attorney and current arbitrator Steve Wenzel; who rather than offer a suggestion at one point gave Administrator Anderson an ultimatum stating that he would leave the program as an arbitrator if a specific proposal paragraph remained as written.
While we are on the subject of bills and legislation, I wonder how many of you have received the email that has swept the country.
Called the Debt Free America Act, federal bill H.R. 4646 was sponsored by Rep. Chaka Fattah. This bill provided for a 1% tax on any bank transfers of any kind. The fact checking web site Snopes.com claims this was not a hoax; thus many people have forwarded the email many times over. Personally I prefer Factcheck.org since in the past few years Snopes has proven unreliable.
I also recently received an email from one of our readers asking me to check into this bill. Since I have also seen this before, I checked with the Library of Congress and discovered that this bill, although submitted in 2010, never passed. According to Forbes on Line, it never will receive support from either the Senate or House of Representatives.
All concerned can take a deep breath and know that at least one foolish tax idea won’t come to fruition. But I have no doubt that when our Legislature meets there will be plenty more.