League of Women Voters forum: statewide ballot questions 1-6

by Brian Bahouth and Kristin Simons

The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada held a voters forum on October 8, 2018 to discuss the six statewide ballot questions - image - Nevada Capital News.

Carson City – The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada will hold four election forums in October. The remaining events will be held on October 9 and 15, 16 in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall at 511 West King Street in Carson City. Doors for the free events open at 5:00 p.m.  Forums run from 5:30 to 9:00 each night.  The first event in the series was held on October 8, and all six statewide ballot initiatives were considered.  Below you can hear full discussion of each initiative.

Noteworthy, five of the six initiatives would become law should they pass in November.  Ballot Question 6 would have to pass again in 2020, should it prevail this year.

State Question 1 – Marsy’s Law

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to: (1) remove existing provisions that require the Legislature to provide certain statutory rights for crime victims; and (2) adopt in their place certain expressly stated constitutional rights that crime victims may assert throughout the criminal or juvenile justice process?  Brady Griffiths, pro, is a paid representative of the Yes on 1 campaign.  Holly Welborn, con, is policy director for the ACLU of Nevada.  The moderator is Caroline Punches.

Brady Griffiths, pro. Holly Welborn, con – image – Nevada Capital News.

State Question 2 – Pink Tax Repeal

Shall the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 be amended to provide an exemption from the taxes imposed by this Act on the gross receipts from the sale and the storage, use or other consumption of feminine hygiene products?  Caroline Mello Roberson, pro is State Director for NARAL – Nevada.  Mary Sanada is a concerned citizen.  The moderator is Caroline Punches.

Caroline Mello Roberson, pro. Mary Sanada, con – image, Nevada Capital News.

State Question 3 – the Energy Choice Initiative

Shall Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the establishment of an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prohibits the granting of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity?  Jon Welinghoff, pro, is a paid representative of the Yes on Question 3 campaign in Nevada.  Anne Macquerie is chapter chair of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Financial impact statement.

Jon Welinghoff, pro. Anne Macquarie, con – image – Nevada Capital News.

Statewide Question 4 – Medical Patient Tax Relief Act

Shall Article 10 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the exemption of durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment, and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed for use by a licensed health care provider from any tax upon the sale, storage, use, or consumption of tangible personal property?  Doug Bennett, pro, is a paid representative of the Alliance to Stop Taxes on the Sick and Dying PAC.  Mary Sanada, con, is a concerned citizen. The moderator is Caroline Punches.

Financial Impact Statement.

Doug Bennett, pro. Mary Sanada, con - image - Nevada Capital News
Doug Bennett, pro. Mary Sanada, con – image – Nevada Capital News.

Statewide Question 5 – The Automatic Voter Registration Initiative

Shall Chapter 293 of the Nevada Revised Statutes be amended to establish a system that will automatically register an eligible person to vote, or update that person’s existing Nevada voter registration information, at the time the person applies to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles for the issuance or renewal of any type of driver’s license or identification card, or makes a request to change the address on such a license or identification card, unless the person affirmatively declines in writing?  Chelsey Wininger, pro, is a paid representative of Nevadans for a Secure Election.  Lynn Armanino, con, is a concerned citizen.  The moderator is Caroline Punches.

Financial impact statement.

Chelsey Wininger, pro. Lynn Armanino via video, con – image – Nevada Capital News.

Statewide Question 6 – The Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative

Shall Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require, beginning in calendar year 2022, that all providers of electric utility services who sell electricity to retail customers for consumption in Nevada generate or acquire incrementally larger percentages of electricity from renewable energy resources so that by calendar year 2030 not less than 50 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by each provider to its retail customers in Nevada comes from renewable energy resources?  Ari Fleisig, pro, is a paid representative of the Yes on Question 6 campaign.  Ron Knecht, con, is Nevada State Controller.  The moderator is Caroline Punches.

Financial Impact Statement.

Ari Fleisig, pro. Ron Knecht, con - image - Nevada Capital News
Ari Fleisig, pro. Ron Knecht, con – image – Nevada Capital News.