Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 03, 2014
Months of bi-partisan work with the weight of all 17 Nevada counties and 63 Nevada lawmakers was dismissed last Thursday by Assemblyman Paul Aizley, (D-Las Vegas) Chair of the Legislative Committee on Public Lands.
The issue at hand was the result of a bi-partisan effort in 2013, AB227. The purpose of AB227 was to establish a completely independent, bi-partisan Task Force, the Nevada Public Land Management Task Force, to study the issue of who should own and manage the land in Nevada, of which approximately 84 percent of public land is currently controlled by the Federal government.
“Given that the bi-partisan Task Force was put in place to elicit ideas based on research for the purpose of an open discussion, we’re puzzled and perplexed as to why Assemblyman Aizley summarily dismissed discussions,” said Vicki Dooling, Assembly candidate for AD41. “Research revealed that the increased revenues from Nevada controlling its own land would more than offset any increased land operating costs. The cost-savings alone warrants discussion even if it’s just 10 percent of the land that is recovered for Nevada. This is taxpayers’ money we’re talking about.”
As covered on August 28 in The Review Journal, http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/government/nevada-panel-s-land-control-move-killed , the Task Force spent a year reviewing, investigating, and researching; returning with a set of conditions and recommendations they proposed was a win-win for the Nevada State government, the Federal government, and more importantly, the citizens of Nevada.
The independent Task Force recommended the legislature move forward to debate the issue and requested a bill to recover approximately 10 percent of the 84 percent of Nevada’s public land being held by the Federal government. They concluded that Nevada could more efficiently manage our public lands. Additionally, they estimated Nevada could potentially generate up to $1.5B for Nevada’s schools and social services.
The next step was simply to open up discussions with fellow legislators to debate the proposals submitted by the Task Force, which had been funded and staffed by all 17 Nevada counties based on the mandate set forth in AB227. It was at this crucial stage, the entire reason behind AB227’s passage, that Assemblyman Aizley unilaterally quashed legislative debate, stating that Nevada was not ready for this legislation and that he did not see any solutions for the issues brought up by the Task Force. More can be read in an August 28 article from the Daily News. http://www.dailynewsen.com/breaking/nevada-panels-land-control-move-killed-h2581445.html
More information about Vicki Dooling and her campaign can be found on her website at http://www.VickiDooling.com. There you will find Dooling’s background information, how to donate to her campaign, her plans to help Nevadans, and available volunteer positions.
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