AB 352 Heard in Senate
- Published on Friday, 24 April 2009 00:00
- Written by Heather Fisher
Hi Mountain Lovers,
APRIL 29, 2009: AB352 will be heard by the Senate Government Affairs Committee.
Jean is not able to go up to Carson City to testify this time. Any volunteers???
*Note: Interested parties may observe and testify in the proceedings through a simultaneous video conference in Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas.
Please join me at the Grant Sawyer Building on East Washington (directions on request) for the video conference on Wednesday, APRIL 29 at 1:30 PM.
If you have not already emailed members of the Senate Government Affairs Committee, I invite you, once again, to do so. Only takes a minute.
Here are a couple samples from Lisa and Mark:
Dear Mr. Lee:
I am writing to you to ask for your support of AB352, which would limit further commercial development within the Spring Mountain Range. This bill is necessary in order to preserve this unique environment now, and for future generations to come. As you know, the Spring Mountain Range offers not only hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing and hunting for those that are more physically active, but also beauty, tranquility and a place to escape the “rat race” that is found nowhere else in such close proximity to Las Vegas. To have such a phenomenal resource so close to Las Vegas is truly a privilege, a privilege we need to protect for ourselves, our children and those to follow. As Las Vegas continues to grow, our need for such a natural resource will grow as well. Further commercial development in the Spring Mountain Range will only degrade the environment that is so unique to this amazing area. Please support AB352 and help protect this beautiful resource from further commercial development.
Thank you for your time.
Dr. Mark Baxter
HC33, Box 3100
Mountain Springs, Nevada 89161
Dear Senator Lee,
Please support AB352.
AB352 is a necessary bill that will allow for the much needed protections that should be afforded the Spring Mountains and surrounding area. In a session where so many bills have distinct lines between winners and losers, AB352 is a winner for all Nevadans and the millions of visitors that are attracted to the distinct outdoor experience called outdoor Southern Nevada. Visitors can visit the stark contrast between the vast desert one day, and then hike or camp in the cool bliss of the mountain's the next day. For locals, the wonderful natural resources we have within a short drive are truly unique, and any added protection to these areas is an investment in the outdoor assets of Southern Nevada. For those residents who have chosen this unique lifestyle, AB352 is one more layer of protection against encroaching development that gives promise to the freedom of choosing this unique lifestyle for generations to come.
AB352 is one bill that does plan for the future and is a bill where foresight and action will result in an environmental annuity that will continue to pay dividends for our quality of life for generations to come.
I urge you to place AB352 on your agenda and encourage its' passage.
Thank you in advance,
Board Member Scenic Nevada and Co-Founder
Northwest Residents For Responsible Growth
From my own letters to all 7 of the committee members, here is a response from Bill Raggio:
April 24, 2009
Stephanie Moore Myers
Dear Ms. Myers:
Thank you for contacting me to ask for my support of Assembly Bill 352. This bill would prohibit local governments from making certain changes relating to zoning and development in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA). I appreciate the useful information you provided and the points you outlined. I agree that the SMNRA is a unique and beautiful region of Nevada.
As you may know, the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs amended and passed A.B. 352 on April 8, 2009. The full Assembly then passed the amended version on April 20th and sent it to the Senate where it awaits further action by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs.
As a member of the Government Affairs Committee, I will give the bill my full attention and consideration, while keeping your comments in mind. Discussion and testimony during the legislative process are intended to reveal advantages and disadvantages of proposed legislation. I encourage you to testify or submit a written statement about your concerns to the Committee. Visit http://www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/committees/S_Committees/GA.cfm to obtain information about Committee members, agendas, and minutes. In addition, you can locate contact information for legislators and legislative staff online at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/General/Feedback.cfm.
You can track the progress of the bill online through the Nevada Legislature’s website at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Reports/history.cfm?ID=685. Many legislative hearings are videoconferenced to the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas. You also can view hearings online at www.leg.state.nv.us by clicking on “Live Meetings, Listen, or View.”
Thank you again for writing me about your concerns. Public input is important and helps legislators as they examine the issues that come before them.
William J. Raggio
Nevada State Senator