(Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – “The people of the state of Nevada do enact as follows: NRS 295.001(1) and NRS 295.009(3) are hereby repealed.”
If you wanted to propose erasing the infamous single-subject requirement that has torpedoed many a ballot initiative in Nevada, that one line is all you’d need to do it.
Instead, a group of activists opposed to the package of taxes passed by the 2015 Legislature is aiming to kill either taxes or the single-subject rule with a referendum. Here’s how:
Article 19, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution allows citizens to request a vote on any statute or resolution passed by the Legislature. All they have to do is collect enough signatures to put it on the ballot.
But here’s the thing: NRS 295.009(1) specifies any referendum must “embrace but one subject and matters necessarily connected therewith and pertaining thereto.” That means you can’t try in a single referendum to repeal a law that raises the sales tax along with one that requires wearing seat belts.
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