2017 Nevada Legislative Session

Issues related to Government Affairs or interaction with related entities is handled out of the Manager’s Office with focus on advancing the County’s legislative and intergovernmental policy objectives. Staff provides effective representation of legislative issues by coordinating and communicating with all offices within Washoe County.

Jamie Rodriguez leads the Government Affairs process and may be reached at (775) 328-2010 or JARodriguez@washoecounty.us.

Local Government

Washoe County works closely with Regional partners to address issues that affect the community.  Staff monitors and participates in various boards and working groups countywide that focus on a multitude of topics, from public safety to homelessness. 

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Federal Government

By contracting with a Washington D.C. based legislative relations firm, Washoe County is current on Federal Issues that impact the region.

The Washoe County Economic Development and Conservation Act is a County-led, Federal initiative to resolve land issues and assists with the growth that is occurring and projected over the next decade.

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Nevada State Government

Washoe County works with and monitors closely many different State departments and committees that have impact on the operations of the County and residents.

Areas monitored include regular meetings such as the Department of Taxation, Department of Public and Behavioral Health and others.  The County also participates in the Governor’s taskforces such as the Governor’s Opioid State Action Accountability Taskforce meetings.

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Nevada Legislature

The Nevada Legislature meets on odd number years and for 120 days.  Washoe County strives to work closely with elected officials to promote and advocate for Washoe County's citizens.

During the ”interim” Legislative Session there are many different committees that meet to help implement some of the legislation passed or to collect information to be considered for potential legislation in the future.  Washoe County participates in these meetings regularly.

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The 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature met from Monday February 6, 2017 until Monday June 5, 2017 (120 days).   To learn more about the impact from the 79th Legislative Session on Washoe County please see our Legislative Report.  You can also review of the bills that we highlighted as result of this year’s legislative session. 

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The 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature will convene February 4, 2019.