While it might appear by sheer numbers that officials from Reno and Las Vegas have the greatest sway, Sparks is not without its own pull.
Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, is considered by many to be among the most influential leaders in either house of state government. She heads the powerful Ways and Means Committee, government’s top budget authority and Sparks’ stature in state government is growing more pronounced with each session.
In addition to its representatives holding key leadership posts, a number of proposed bills expected to be introduced in the Nevada Legislature this year have a direct effect on Sparks. Many could have ramifications for residents, workers and business owners in the city.
They include changes to the city charter and STAR bonds legislation, new immigration laws and E-verify mandates for employers, revisions to open meeting laws governing local government and even access to medical marijuana, as profiled in today’s edition of the Sparks Tribune.
This is why every Sunday for the remainder of the legislative session you, our readers, will be able to find updates on these bills and other important news coming out of Carson City right here in the pages of the Sparks Tribune.
We have named this new weekly feature the “Nevada Legislature Tracker” and we hope you will follow along as we chart the progress of legislation that impacts this great city we call home.