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For the past several sessions, John has authored bills and fought diligently to protect our children.


In 2015, John was instrumental in getting legislation passed that eliminated the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for youth under the age of 18 who are convicted a crime.  After minors are charged, they wait for a trial date for as long as two years. In that time, the defendant may progress from a minor into adult. This causes problems with regard to sentencing. John’s bill, AB 267 addressed that issue and had broad support from the law enforcement and legal community.


John has made protecting children from sex trafficking a high priority for the past three sessions.  He was helpful in passing AB 214 in the 2015 session that increases the penalty for those who continue to repeatedly solicit children for sex.  He co-sponsored AB153, which is known as the safe harbor bill that provided protections for sexually exploited children in Nevada.


In 2009, AB 380  was passed to allow the court to impose substantial fines of up to $500,000 on any person convicted of pandering or of prostitution of a child. The law designates that 100% of the money will go to help the victims of such crimes. Because of John’s hard work and powers of persuasion, the very criminals who prey on our youth will now be funding the programs to help get them off the street.


In 2011  AB 6 was passed that allows victims of trafficking to petition the court to have their judgments of conviction vacated, giving them a second chance at a normal life. 


AB108 passed in 2015, built on John’s 2011 bill, AB6, to allow a court to grant a motion to vacate a judgment if the defendant was convicted of trespassing, loitering, or soliciting if the defendant was a victim of sex trafficking or involuntary servitude.


John continues to monitor the outcome of these bills and will continue to sponsor efforts to reform oversight of youth services being offered by state, counties and cities.

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During the 2009, 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions, John stood firm in his support for Nevada’s citizens during the trying economic times when Nevada was still recovering from the worst recession in decades.   He voted against raising payroll taxes on small businesses and stood against increasing fees to register vehicles.


As the 2015 session unfolded, and Nevada’s economy continued to improve, John worked with his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, as well as with the Governor, to create a tax structure that better reflects how the state has grown during the last few years. Many businesses operating in Nevada (but are based outside Nevada) don’t pay much if any taxes, while Nevada’s small businesses seem to continually see tax increases. John worked with Republicans and Democrats to craft a more broad-based business tax that will ensure all businesses operating in Nevada pay their fair portion of the revenue needed to keep Nevada’s education and social services programs adequately funded. He ensured that individuals and small businesses, who are responsible for about 60 percent of net new job growth in Nevada, didn’t face significant tax burdens by exempting the first $4 million in revenue from the new commerce tax, and exempting the first $200,000 a year in payroll from the modified business tax.

Developing the biennial budget is the most daunting challenge legislators face. With your home budget, you are pretty certain what your income will be, so you figure your spending and savings accordingly to match the amount you earn each week or month. Government budgeting doesn’t work that way. The State must base its income on projections of revenue from taxes and other sources, and the legislators determine how to spend those projected revenues. For most of the past sessions, the Legislature’s budget has allocated every penny of those projected revenues. As long as the actual revenue matched or exceeded the projected one, things were fine. However, that hasn’t happened for the last three  sessions. Due to these tough economic times, actual revenues fell far short of the projections. That has required the legislators to either cut the budget or raise taxes. Spending based on inaccurate projections in the budget causes turmoil in state programs and puts excess burdens on our citizens. Constantly spending to the limit of the budget has to stop.


Instead of spending every penny of the projected revenue, John will continue to fight for a budget that leaves a cushion. That way, if actual revenues don’t meet expectations, the government will be better able to deal with the shortfall. If actual revenues equal or exceed projections, we can put that money in the bank to cover our State when there are future “rainy days.” This is very similar to how many of you take care of your own finances. There is no reason the Government can’t do that same thing.

Nevada continues to rank close to the bottom in education, and in 2015 Session the legislature finally addressed the issue of adequately funding education so that we can see more students graduating from high school, better prepared for a job or for college.


But John knows that just increasing funding won’t mean higher test scores and better graduation rates. That is why John joined his colleagues in demanding that an increase in funding be tied to sign significant education reform.  There were several bills passed designed to improve test scores and graduation rates for our students. He was supportive of measures that allowed the state to take over failing schools, provided funding for a program that will get students to read by third grade, and created Education Savings Accounts that gives parents the ability to move their children to a different school or provide them with tutoring or other resources to help their children succeed.  John also supported over $300 million in new revenues targeted to specific education programs that have shown to improve educational standards in other states.


John was instrumental in the passage of SB119 that provided bond funding for Clark County schools to help maintain and upgrade many older schools.


John knows we need to ensure our educational leaders follow through on their promises that funds will be spent as directed, and that the programs are providing the expected results. John will be working throughout 2015 and 2016 to ensure the state and Clark County educational leaders are doing just that.


 John will continue working to hold the Clark County School District accountable for every penny they spend. Every session, the Clark County School District screams for increased funding to pay for more programs that never seem to solve their problems. John has a different approach. He will work with the school boards and administrators across the state, and especially here in Clark County, to see just how the increased funding and reform bills that just passed in 2015 are working.   Only by closely watching the school districts and making sure they are held accountable, not only for spending but also for the results they get from that spending, will we ever see any significant improvement in our graduation rates and test scores.

John is a fiscal conservative who wants to ensure that the funds the state takes from taxpayers are spent wisely.   AB 159 is one bill that will help save taxpayer dollars on public works projects.  The bill prohibits a public body from requiring a public project bidder to hire workers through a labor organization in order to win a contract.  It will protects the rights of those employees and the companies they work for to compete for all public works construction projects funded by taxpayer dollars, and also reduce the costs of those projects

As a former law enforcement agent himself, John is strong advocate of the Second Amendment and has continually been supportive of bills that allow citizens to safely possess firearms for recreational and protection purposes.  In 2015 he co-sponsored SB175 that applies the “castle doctrine” to a person’s car, allowing people to protect themselves from car-jacking’s and other offenses.  The bill also eliminated the need to register concealed firearms in Clark County, the only county in Nevada that mandates such registration.


John also supported SB240 that strengthened existing mental health reporting requirements. It expands the purposes for which such information may be used without enacting overly restrictive gun control laws and thus upholds our constitutional rights.