Get the information you need to participate in the 81st session of the Nevada Legislature.
ABOUT THE NEVADA LEGISLATURE
Nevada’s legislative process is defined in Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution. It sets when the Legislature meets, lays out the structure for the Legislature, and defines the legislative process.
Nevada’s legislature meets in odd-numbered years for 120 consecutive days beginning the first Monday in February. This year, the session runs from Monday, Feb. 1 to May 31. Like the federal government, Nevada has a bicameral legislature. The two houses are called the Assembly and the Senate.
FOLLOW THE NEVADA LEGISLATURE
The Nevada Legislature will consider hundreds of bills over the course of the session. There are multiple hearings per day. Get to know your way around the Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System (NELIS) to find information on bills, committee hearings, and more.
FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS
The term of office for Nevada’s legislators mirrors the terms of our federal Congress, but Nevada’s legislators are subject to term limits. Members of the Nevada Assembly serve two-year terms. If reelected, they are limited to six terms, or 12 total years in the Assembly. Members of the Nevada Senate serve four-year terms. If reelected, they are limited to three terms, or 12 total years in the Senate.
REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMITTEE MEETINGS
On NELIS, anviagte to the "Meetings & Floor Sessions" page and select the "Participate" button to register. You will be taken to a form to fill in your information (much like the paper sign-in sheets we used for in-person meetings), select agenda items you are interested in, note your position on agenda items, indicate whether or not you want to speak, and mark who you represent. If you would simply like to let the committee know you are "in the room" as a resource, you do not have to choose the 'I want to speak' option; you also do not have to choose a specific agenda item or position.
Once you submit your registration, you will receive a confirmation screen, as well as an email, with the phone number and meeting ID you will need to call in to at the time of the meeting. Registering to participate does not guarantee you will get to speak; the amount of testimony taken and who testifies are at the discretion of the committee chair.
REMOTE TESTIMONTY IN COMMITTEE MEETINGS
If you registered for the meeting in advance, you will be contacted by staff if you have been approved to join the video call. You can also use the phone number and meeting ID provided in the registration confirmation to join the audio-only call.
If you will be joining the video call, use the connection information provided by staff to connect at least 45 minutes in advance of the meeting. This will allow staff to ensure you are able to connect and help you check your audio/video. If you will be joining to audio-only call, use the phone number and meeting ID provided to dial in and enter the waiting room. You may dial in before or during the meeting.
During the meeting, the committee chair will announce when an agenda item is up, as well as when public testimony will be taken in each position. For the audio-only call, staff will let you know what keys to press to raise your hand or to unmute yourself; in this call, staff will call on you to speak by the last three digits of the phone number you've used to dial in. If you experience any issues connecting during the meeting, you may call (775) 684-6990 for assistance.
SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY
Refer to the committee meeting agenda for details specific to each committee. You can generally send your written comments to the committee email found on the overview tab in a section called "Contact Information."
SHARE YOUR OPINION USING A SIMPLE FORM
The Legislature uses a form in which you can select a bill or resolution, note whether you are in favor or or against the measure, add your comments, and provide your information. Your address only to determine your legislative district so legislators can see comments by the constituents in their districts. Comments submitted through this site are not made part of the public record, but are accessible to all legislators.