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Former Clark County Commissioner, State Senator Speak Out In Favor Of Laughlin Incorporation

By Sean Whaley | 1:26 pm May 31st, 2012

CARSON CITY – Supporters of making Laughlin the state’s newest incorporated city have sent out YouTube messages favoring the move by former Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury and state Sen. Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City.

Early voting is under way for the June 12 primary, which includes the incorporation question for the community on the Colorado River 90 miles south of Las Vegas.

Laughlin. / Photo by Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Commons.

In his YouTube message, Woodbury said Clark County oversight of the area just doesn’t work being so many miles away. The county’s existing small cities, Boulder City and Mesquite, are both doing well with quality services and low taxes, he said.

“There will be plenty of time after the vote to work things out with the county and the state on revenues and the transfer of services,” he said.

In his message, Hardy said Laughlin voters have nothing to fear in supporting incorporation.

“You lose nothing by voting yes, as before the Legislature will allow the incorporation to occur, it will have to be assured that the new city will not only just survive, but have the potential to thrive,” he said.

In sending out the messages of support to Laughlin voters, Dave Floodman, an incorporation proponent and president of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, said opponents are using “fear and innuendo” to win support for their position.

“Please make sure that your families, friends, and neighbors understand that there is no risk in voting ‘yes,’ ” he said. “The only risk is to bloated county government spending and the ineffective administration of our community.”

Incorporation opponents could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Audio clips:

Former Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury says the county’s other two small incorporated cities are doing well:

053112Woodbury :27 are quite low.”

Sen. Joe Hardy says the Legislature will make sure incorporation works for Laughlin if voters approve creation of a new city:

053112Hardy :13 potential to thrive.”

 

 

Legislative Commission Sets Thursday Vote For Laughlin Incorporation Question

By Sean Whaley | 11:53 am March 26th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Legislative Commission has scheduled a meeting Thursday to consider the question of whether Laughlin residents should get the chance to vote on incorporating their community.

A number of Laughlin residents have asked the commission to support allowing a vote to go forward on the question in June.

Laughlin. / Photo by Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Commons.

Several state lawmakers, including the three Republican state senators who are members of the commission, asked Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, to take up the incorporation matter after it was tabled at a commission meeting last month.

Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, also asked the commission to take up the issue.

In an interview earlier this month, Lee said Laughlin is much larger in population than Mesquite, the last city to incorporate in Nevada in 1984. Mesquite had about 1,200 residents when it incorporated, while Laughlin’s population is about 7,500.

“I feel they have every right to pick up their flag and charge forward,” he said. “They’ve jumped through all the hurdles, and even if they get a vote to incorporate, if they financially cannot do it they just won’t be able to. But at least this moves it forward to give these patriots down there a chance to build their own community.”

Sen. Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City, who sponsored the legislation allowing for consideration of incorporation, said earlier this month he supports giving Laughlin residents a chance to decide their future.

“Myself, I think it is fiscally feasible and I think that the citizens of Laughlin deserve to have the right to have that presented to them in such a way that they say, ‘we want to have this level of service and pay this much money in taxes’ and present it that way and say, OK, we want it or we don’t,” he said. “And that is what this is about.”

Dave Floodman, president of the nonprofit Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, said there was bipartisan support in the Nevada Legislature in 2011 to allow consideration of the incorporation question. SB262 passed unanimously in the Assembly and by a 16-5 vote in the Senate.

While a feasibility study of the incorporation prepared by the Nevada Department of Taxation found incorporation was not feasible, a separate study by a reputable California company and commissioned by his group found that it would be feasible, he said.

The two reviews differed on the cost of providing police and fire protection, Floodman said.

“Our position is that the two different scenarios should be decided by the people in Laughlin,” he said.

There was some suggestion by Hardy that the Laughlin question was tied to a completely separate issue involving a regulation sought by Secretary of State Ross Miller to allow him to assess a $200 annual fee on many home-based businesses that was also in front of the Legislative Commission on Feb. 15.

An official close to Senate Democrats denied there was any link.

But the issue became moot with approval of the Miller regulation by the Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations earlier this month. The panel voted 4-2 on party lines with Democrats in support, to approve the regulation, which has now taken effect.

The Clark County Commission previously voted to reject a vote on the Laughlin city hood question.

Trio Of GOP Lawmakers Ask Democrat Sen. Steven Horsford To Allow Vote On Laughlin Incorporation

By Sean Whaley | 6:14 pm March 7th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Three Republican state senators, all members of the Legislative Commission, have asked Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, to call a meeting of the panel as soon as possible to vote on the feasibility of the incorporation of Laughlin.

In a letter dated Feb. 28, Sens. Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, and James Settelmeyer, R-Gardnerville, asked Horsford to allow a vote of the commission on whether the residents of Laughlin should be able to vote in June on whether to become Nevada’s newest city.

Consideration of the determination of feasibility of incorporation for Laughlin had been scheduled for a Feb. 15 meeting of the commission, but Horsford, who is also serving as chairman of the 12-member panel, tabled the issue. The commission is comprised of six state senators, three of each party, and six members of the Assembly, again divided equally between Republicans and Democrats.

A favorable vote from the commission would pave the way for a vote by Laughlin residents on their future.

Laughlin. / Photo by Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Commons.

“The Senate Republicans on the Legislative Commission request a meeting of the Legislative Commission be scheduled, to vote on the City of Laughlin issue,” the letter said. “Recently the Clark County commissioners voted to not put the city of Laughlin incorporation on the ballot.

“Since the Legislative Commission failed to take action on this matter at the last meeting this would mean that the citizens of the city of Laughlin will not be able to weigh in on this matter in the upcoming election. A meeting should be scheduled as soon as possible so the citizens are not denied that right.

“Furthermore section 4 of Senate Bill 262 (Chapter 481, Statutes of Nevada 2011) states that the Legislative Commission shall review the report and make a determination. The commission has failed in that respect and is in violation of the Statutes of Nevada,” the brief letter said in conclusion.

The vote needs to come within about two weeks or Laughlin residents will not have the chance to vote on the incorporation question this year.

The Legislative Commission is scheduled to meet March 15 but an agenda has not yet been finalized for the meeting.

Concerns have been raised by at least one Republican lawmaker that the Laughlin incorporation issue has been held up by Democrats as part of a deal to get a separate regulation sought by Secretary of State Ross Miller approved. Miller, a Democrat, has been thwarted in his efforts to get a regulation approved that would allow his office to collect a $200 business license fee from companies that claim they are exempt from the assessment.

Republicans have opposed the regulation, arguing the issue should  be considered by the full Legislature in 2013.

The Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider the business license fee collection regulation. The subcommittee is comprised of four Democrats and only two Republicans. If the regulation is approved at the subcommittee meeting, it will take effect without needing a vote from the full commission.

Sen. Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City, who sought the bill in the 2011 legislative session allowing for Laughlin to vote on incorporation, suggested a link between the two distinct issues in a story published Feb. 26 in the Mohave Daily News. Hardy was quoted as saying Democrats wanted GOP support for Miller’s regulation in exchange for a vote on the Laughlin incorporation issue.

Hardy said today there is a perception by some lawmakers that the two issues are linked.

“I think they were emotionally linked, if nothing else,” he said. “And the legislative process is certainly not a bland process.”

An individual close to the Senate Democrat Caucus rejected the notion that the two issues are linked, saying Hardy’s comments are conjecture only. The individual, who spoke on background, said the claim is “absolutely false.”

When the Legislative Commission did not vote on the incorporation issue, it went to the Clark County Commission, comprised of all Democrats, who voted unanimously Feb. 21 that incorporation was not feasible for the community 100 miles south of Las Vegas.

Dave Floodman, president of the nonprofit Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, said today that there was bipartisan support in the Nevada Legislature in 2011 to allow consideration of the incorporation question. SB262 passed unanimously in the Assembly and by a 16-5 vote in the Senate.

While a feasibility study of the incorporation prepared by the Nevada Department of Taxation found incorporation was not feasible, a separate study by a reputable California company and commissioned by his group found that it would be feasible, he said.

The two reviews differed on the cost of providing police and fire protection, Floodman said.

“Our position is that the two different scenarios should be decided by the people in Laughlin,” he said.

Hardy said he believes incorporation is viable and that Laughlin residents should have the chance to vote on their future.

“Myself, I think it is fiscally feasible and I think that the citizens of Laughlin deserve to have the right to have that presented to them in such a way that they say, ‘we want to have this level of service and pay this much money in taxes’ and present it that way and say, OK, we want it or we don’t,” he said. “And that is what this is about.”

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Audio clips:

Sen. Joe Hardy says the proposed Ross Miller regulation and the Laughlin incorporation issue are emotionally linked at a minimum:

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Hardy says he believes incorporation is viable and that Laughlin residents should have the right to vote on the issue:

030712Hardy2 :34 this is about.”

 

State Lawmaker Proposes Privately Funded Toll Road For Boulder City Bypass

By Sean Whaley | 2:19 pm March 2nd, 2011

CARSON CITY – Nevada state Sen. Joe Hardy today introduced a bill to require the transportation department to develop a privately-financed toll road as a bypass around Boulder City.

Senate Bill 214 would require NDOT to establish a demonstration project for the toll road, providing for a public-private partnership to design, construct, finance and operate the 14-mile bypass around the community to the new bridge over the Colorado River.

With the opening of the new bridge late last year, traffic through Boulder City has become far worse, making a toll road bypass project all the more attractive, Hardy said.

Sen. Joe Hardy/Photo: Cathleen Allison/NevadaPhotoSource.com

“It’s just a total increase in traffic,” he said.

The issue of traffic through Boulder City with the new bridge was discussed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Washington during Sandoval’s recent visit.

Hardy, R-Boulder City, said toll roads were commonly used in Nevada back in the 19th century, so, “it is not a new concept.”

“So how do we get roads on the ground in Nevada is the same discussion we had 100 years ago,” Hardy said. “And we have to get private money, because we don’t have any.”

The project would create jobs in Southern Nevada and improve the traffic flow for what could ultimately become a segment of a new Interstate 11 between Las Vegas and Phoenix, he said.

There would still be an alternate free route through Boulder City, and it would not take an existing road and convert it into a toll road, Hardy said.

“So there are objections that people have that we can probably resolve,” he said.

Boulder City already owns the right-of-way, so the project could get under way once a planning process was completed, Hardy said.

“So we need the right people who have money to come in and put some pavement down on the ground and put our people to work,” he said. “We’re ready.”

Hardy’s bill would require the prevailing wage to be paid on the road project.

He did not know what the cost of the toll would be, but suggested it would be less than $10.

Efforts to authorize toll roads in Nevada have failed in past legislative sessions. Two such measures failed to win approval in 2009.

A government funded bypass around Boulder City is a project on the Nevada Department of Transportation’s list of state highway projects.

NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder said there is no funding yet for Phase 2 of the bypass, which is the roadway around Boulder City. The agency continues to seek the $300 million in funding and move forward with design, he said.

Traffic counts show that on average, about 15,000 vehicles travel through Boulder City now on U.S. Hwy. 93, Magruder said.Audio clips:

Sen. Joe Hardy says toll roads are not a new concept:

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Hardy says Nevada needs private money to build the bypass:

030211Hardy2          :22 Nevada from Arizona.”