Government Affairs

Legislature 

2019 Nevada Legislature

Washoe County strives to work closely with the elected legislative members to promote and advocate for Washoe County's citizens.

The Nevada Legislature meets on odd number years and for 120 days. This year 2019, marks another Legislative Session, which is scheduled to begin on Monday February 4, 2019 and end Monday June 3, 2019 at midnight.  Additional meetings of the Legislature would require the Governor’s approval for what is called a Special Session.   

During the Legislative Session there are regularly scheduled meetings for the Senate and Assembly committees and floor sessions.  This is where different pieces of proposed legislation is heard and discussed for potential passage and creation of new state laws.  Washoe County participates in these meetings during the legislative session. 

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Previous Legislative Session:

The 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature met from Monday February 6, 2017 until Monday June 5, 2017 (120 days).   To learn more about the impact from the 79th Legislative Session on Washoe County please see our Legislative Report.  You can also review of the bills that we highlighted as result of this year’s legislative session. 

Local Government

Local Government

Washoe County works closely with Regional partners to address issues that affect the community.  Staff monitors and participates in various boards and working groups countywide that focus on a multitude of topics, from public safety to homelessness.

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Nevada State Government

Nevada State Government

Washoe County works with and monitors closely many different State departments and committees that have impact on the operations of the County and residents.

Areas monitored include regular meetings such as the Department of Taxation, Department of Public and Behavioral Health and others.  The County also participates in the Governor’s taskforces such as the Governor’s Opioid State Action Accountability Taskforce meetings.

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Federal Government

Federal Government

By contracting with a Washington D.C. based legislative relations firm, Washoe County is current on Federal Issues that impact the region.

The Washoe County Economic Development and Conservation Act is a County-led, Federal initiative to resolve land issues and assists with the growth that is occurring and projected over the next decade.

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Contact Us

Issues related to Government Affairs or interaction with related entities is handled out of the Manager’s Office with focus on advancing the County’s legislative and intergovernmental policy objectives. Staff provides effective representation of legislative issues by coordinating and communicating with all offices within Washoe County.

Jamie Rodriguez leads the Government Affairs process and may be reached at (775) 328-2010 or JARodriguez@washoecounty.us.