A message from Jim
I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who took the time to call, visit. email and communicate with me through the session to remind me of what you want and how to best represent your voices while voting. Your input was invaluable.
I'd like to share the successes and my thoughts on the session as a whole with those of you who cared to stay in touch.
First, there was a lot of talk from the media about the dysfunction of the Republican Caucus, but the truth is; we got along a lot better than most people gave us credit for. I would say we totally agreed on at least 95% of the legislation that was presented in the building throughout the session, killing bad bills and promoting others.
We all worked very hard and all walked out feeling like we did the best we could with the tools and information we had to work with. It was a pleasure to work with most of them. I am looking forward to working very hard to help retain as many good legislators as possible for next session to uphold the work we did this session. Please let me know if you are interested in helping in your community.
We were off to a very fast start in February and passed some of the biggest reforms in our states history. We helped the housing and construction industries with far reaching construction defect reform. This reform should stop the frivolous lawsuits in the construction industry and actually lower the cost of a new home by up to $10,000, effectively giving even more people the chance to buy a new home.
We passed SB 302 which awards our parents with Education Savings Accounts I believe this is possibly the largest reform we made in this session. THIS BILL allows more parent involvement for parents in the education of their children through school choice. I believe this is possibly the largest reform we made in this session. It will allow parents to move their children to other schools, even private schools, in order to get the best education available. There was no increased cost to the taxpayer for this bill. See Jim DeMent's opinion in the Nevaa Journal: click this link
We passed SB 175 that will get rid of the blue card registration on handguns in Las Vegas, extend the castle doctrine to include your occupied vehicle, and allow 10 more states CCW reciprocity with Nevada.
We also passed my bill, AB 121 that will no longer allow a school district to suspend a small child for pretending to have a gun and playing games such as "cops and robbers", as well as AB 120 that will allow a child to pray in school.
I look forward to coming back in the 2017 (79th) session ad representing the people of the 39th district once again.
A Balanced Plan for Growth:
As Sheriff, it is my fundamental duty to protect people and their rights. It is good to know there are lawmakers like Assemblyman Wheeler, working to ensure those rights are not infringed upon by the government.
Gerry Antinoro - Sheriff, Storey County