THE BURIED VOTER ID ISSUE
THE BURIED VOTER ID ISSUE
Where oh where has the Voter ID issue gone?
Stronger voter identification policies, one of the basic and most prominent elements of the Republican Party agenda for years, appears to have been assigned the status of “legislative bargaining chip” and is being held hostage – in the drawer of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee. It has been sitting there since April 3.
The rumored message being sent to our Republican legislators (from those running the legislative mill) is if Republicans seriously want to see some form of stronger voter ID, (AB266) – and probably a few other pieces of legislation dear to Republican hearts, they better see to it there are enough Republican votes, in addition to the Democrat votes, to pass the Governor’s Gross Receipts Tax bill, SB252.
SB252 was passed out of the Senate with only four “nay” votes; however, it appears that, for the moment, the Governor’s tax proposal does not have the Assembly Taxation committee or floor votes to move it forward – yet!
The Governor, his budget team, and many Republican and Democrat legislators obviously do not care a whit about the results of the initiative petition process and have turned a deaf ear to the will of the overwhelming majority of voters. They apparently have no qualms with reneging on campaign promises, either.
Hesitant legislators are being heavily pressured to follow the Governor’s wishes. And, obviously, with the holding of AB266, the Assembly Ways & Means Committee leadership supports the Governor’s conscience challenging, business killing revenue generating plan.
It is sometimes difficult to remember that Republicans have the majority in both houses of this 2015 legislature – and hold every Constitutional office, which, of course, includes the Governorship.
How does a Nevada voter rationalize these elected officials betraying the wishes of 429,324 voters, who loudly screamed “NO GROSS RECEIPTS TAX”, traveling this devious political path to potentially kill a voter ID bill? However, with this session’s trending political practice of legislators sneering at the public’s wishes and reneging on their own campaign promises, it appears no political treachery or betrayal is out of the realm of reality.
AB266, or any form of stricter voter ID reform, will never see the Assembly floor without some significant pressure from someone other than the lobbyists and the Governor’s team. Our Republican legislators need to hear from you again and again in regards to your support of stronger Voter ID laws AND opposition to the Gross Receipts Tax.
Nancy Dallas, Editor/Publisher
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