(Victoria Seaman) – Thank you for helping make my campaign launch for Nevada State Senate, District 6 a great success. We have had countless supporters volunteer to help, make donations to my campaign and offer their endorsements. Today, I want to highlight one of those endorsements that I’m proud to have earned.
Las Vegas City Councilman and former Nevada State Senator Bob Beers has been a champion of the taxpayers throughout his public career. A champion in our community and in our district, Bob has the knowledge and understanding of state and local government taxing and spending that is second-to-none. I am honored to have his support.
“I am a District 34 constituent, and I was very thankful to have Victoria representing my family and me in Carson City last session” – Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers
Thank you, Bob, for your kind words and for your support.
There are other community leaders in our district I want to acknowledge. Former Nevada State Senator and Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party Sue Lowden was kind enough to host a “welcome home from Carson City” event following this past legislative session for me and some of my fellow colleagues.
Sue is a tireless advocate for our state and city. She and her husband Paul are wonderful Nevadans who have given so generously to our community, and I am thankful for their generosity and kindness.
This past week, I was invited to give a legislative update for The Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Some of the highlights I spoke about consisted of two bills I served as a primary sponsor of that were important to Assembly District 34 residents.
The squatter bill was legislation that now creates new criminal offenses of housebreaking and unlawful occupancy. The bill is designed to get squatters out of homes more quickly while creating stiffer penalties for serial squatters.
The Guardianship bill is another piece of bipartisan legislation that creates a first step in stopping yet another form of abuse against our seniors. The bill now regulates those appointed to guardianship of our most vulnerable population. It also allows relatives who are non-residents of the state the opportunity to care for their loved ones in our state.
Finally, another bill I was proud to support in the Assembly was SB 302, which will help move our state forward by providing more school choice for parents and teachers. This legislation creates Education Savings Accounts – which will allow our children an equal opportunity to go to the school of their parent’s choice. Education Savings Accounts will improve education for inner city children who have been forced into under-performing schools in their district.
I also had the opportunity to talk about some unintended consequences we have seen from SB 483 – which created the first corporate gross receipts tax in Nevada. Many of our job-providers have contacted me to tell me that this new Commerce Tax will cost jobs for some, while forcing others to close their doors. I will continue to fight against unnecessary, unaffordable, job-killing taxes in Nevada.
Finally, our veterans population is very important to me. We must do all we can for these brave men and women – especially with the shocking suicide statistics we are learning about.
Did you know that the suicide rate amongst our nation’s veterans is 50 percent higher than other suicides? I do believe our federal government is trying to address this problem, and I pray that they can provide those brave men and women the help they need. But what can we do, each of us, to help? Find organizations in our community that provide a helping hand. We don’t have to rely on government and government alone to solve this problem. We can each do our part, through our churches, community organizations, and other veterans groups.
We can all help. Get in touch with the VA. Find out from the American Legion what programs they know of that can help. Our state veteran’s affairs services office can be a resource, too. Let’s work together to get our veterans the help and comfort they deserve.
One of those groups that is bringing awareness to our community is EMG Care Foundation. I presented them with a Certificate of Recognition for their efforts this past Saturday in hopes that we can spread the awareness to everyone in our community.
Victoria Seaman is a State Licensed Realtor. She brings her 25-years plus in business and community outreach to Assembly District 34 in order to continue to serve her community. For more information, visit www.VictoriaSeaman.com.