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Republicans discuss how to be heard in 2015 Legislature

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Carson Valley residents who want to learn about how to have their voices heard in the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature will have an opportunity at the Jan. 8 Douglas County Republican Central Committee meeting.

Nevada Republican Party Vice Chairman Jim DeGraffenreid, a Gardnerville Ranchos resident, will explain best ways to track bills and actions, monitor floor sessions and committee hearings online, provide opinions on bills online, effectively contact legislators in person, by phone, and email, testify before legislative committees, and join local legislative action groups like the Nevada Legislative Affairs Committee.

“In Nevada, we’re very fortunate to have good access to our citizen legislators,” he said. “I’ll be discussing various ways Nevadans can keep up with bills that affect them and have their voice heard at the legislature.”

Some might think that since voters gave Republicans majority control in the state that things should go smoothly, but so far there’s been a lot of early jostling.

“This is going to be a very interesting and contentious session, and the goal is to give people the information they need to be effective advocates for the issues that affect them”

The central committee meets 7 p.m. at the Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville.

The results of the Nov. 4 Republican sweep put Douglas County lawmakers in majority leadership positions for the first time in 20 years. In 1995, Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick served as co-speaker with Joe Dini after the house was split at 21 Republicans and 21 Democrats.

Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, is the chairman of the Assembly transportation committee. Sen. James Settelmeyer is chairman of the committee on commerce, labor and energy.

On Saturday morning, the Executive Board of the Nevada Republican Party passed a resolution calling for members of the Republican Assembly Caucus to unite or face a recall election for any efforts to usurp the duly-elected leadership of the Nevada Assembly.

The 78th session of the Nevada Legislature will begin Feb. 2, 2015, and will continue through May.