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Old 03-24-2021, 11:38 AM
 
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Which bills are so bad? Most of them are pretty innocuous.
Senate Bill 322 would bar cities and counties from regulating or outright banning short-term rentals such as those offered through AirBnB and change how they would be taxed.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada
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Having several family members with long-term drug addiction problems, I can say the worst thing you can do to help them is make it easier to take the drugs risk-free. The only way two of them were able to get clean is to be forced into sobriety by jail time. Counseling and looking the other way is pointless for a meth or heroin addict, absolutely will not get them clean. If they cannot get clean, it is a death sentence. I have lost two family members to addiction so far.

Another factor in drug addiction is that is does NOT just hurt the user. These people will commit all types of crimes to feed the addiction, they cannot keep a job. So their family and communities are victimized by them as they desperately look for the money to buy more drugs. Also, allowing them to continue using means cartels, pushers, dealers have a steady job in your community. Do you think they will sell to adults only or look for new customers near the high school and junior high?

My ex is a cop and he mentioned that quite a few 'regulars' to the jail, will do little things to get 'picked-up' so they can get three hots and a cot, take a shower, get medical care. Going to jail can be a nice break for some people living a dysfunctional and dangerous life. So look at at it realistically, not just what seems nice. Maybe there should be forced 'sobriety centers' instead of jail for these folks if it makes people feel better to call it a different name. You can and will save lives by breaking the cycle by force.

The rental laws proposed are concerning for sure. I know quite a few landlords that have sold their properties or are planning to because of not being able to collect rent. I am thinking about selling our investment property if our current single mom tenant moves out and decided not to purchase another rental property because of the the 'moratorium'. How does having less rental housing available help the housing shortage?

Moral relativity, it's a slippery slope.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:48 AM
 
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Sounds cruel because it is cruel. The 'every man for himself,' 'die on the street,' 'sink or swim' and 'you're on your own' (YOYO) plans are all social darwinism approaches that are not fitting to use.

We've lost the war on drugs but there's no need to abandon the wounded on the battlefield to die; we don't do that with soldiers so let's not do it to that nice kid who was your neighbor or loved one but is now living under a bridge.

We lost the war on drugs because we approached it with the usual puritanical mindset of religious fundamentalism that sees things as "sin" which must be punished. A lot of people say we are a 'christian nation' but letting people die does not comport to that view.

We went after the drug issue as a law enforcement, crime-punishment construct that drove it underground, just as prohibition in the 1920s drove alcohol underground and created massive "criminal" behavior.

We should be going after illegal drug use as a health-care / social issue and let addicts come in from the cold and get help -- a blood pressure cuff instead of handcuffs.

We can go after drug traffickers from the law enforcement angle but not the users of this trash who are victims. I know there are a lot of gray areas where the wealthy like Charley Sheen can buy all the drugs they want without becoming criminals who rob the local gas station or liquor store but he's an exception.

My bottom line is the war on drugs has failed and now we need less of a police approach and more of a mental health focus. I suspect that someday we'll have to make some of these schedule 1 narcotics available by prescription to addicts to keep them from committing crimes to pay for their habits as we ease them into treatment, and stop them from dying of overdoses from bogus drugs.

I don't see any light at the end of the drug use tunnel using the current approach. Letting people die is not a viable option.
Your analysis is 100% incorrect.

We have not lost the war on drugs - nor have we won the war on drugs - the war continues and continues and continues.

The reason has nothing to do with anything you write above.

The reason is that no one has an incentive to win the war on drugs. Ditto for the war on poverty. Indeed, just the opposite - everyone involved has an incentive to prolong the war.

There are tens of thousands of government employees whose paychecks and future pensions depend on NOT winning the war. There are countless government contractors whose revenue depends on NOT winning the war.

Let's do a thought experiment for a moment. Imagine somehow we actually "won the war on drugs" (or poverty, for that matter). The very next month tens of thousands of government employees and countless government contractors could be "separated from the payroll". They lose their paychecks. They lose their health insurance. They stop accruing their gold-plated pensions.

So - tell me again just how winning the war on drugs is in their personal interest?
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:51 AM
 
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Yes! It’s ludicrous to have a traffic ticket be a crime and borderline inhumane. My best friend is a police officer in Oregon and they had a transfer from Nevada who had to explain his “criminal record” - everyone laughed when it was for a speeding ticket! The lieutenant said it doesn’t matter, nobody else considers that a crime so he was hired. But most officers were baffled that our state is so backwards on that issue.
Law firms such as TicketBusters love that routine speeding tickets are criminal. Everyone who gets a routine traffic ticket must fork over $100 to TicketBusters and the equivalent so they can have it reduced to a parking ticket.

The reason for the proposed decriminalization of routine traffic tickets is precisely to generate re-electaion campaign contributions from TicketBusters and other such law firms. After all, if there were no proposal, TicketBusters wouldn't be donating money.
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:15 PM
 
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Senate Bill 322 would bar cities and counties from regulating or outright banning short-term rentals such as those offered through AirBnB and change how they would be taxed.
I'm glad my HOA prohibits short term rentals of less than 90 days. We don't want to live next door to a motel where total strangers come and go every few days. SFHs in residential neighborhoods are not meant to be motels. For many good reasons the motels belong in areas zoned for commercial use; our homes belongs in areas zoned for residential use -- and never the twain should meet.

Worst are the horror stories of people renting very nice homes and throwing massive parties that trash the house with tons litter all over the house, pool, property, street and nearby lawns. If people want to be in the hotel / motel business they can buy into REITs for that purpose (I have) and sit back and collect the dividends without lifting a finger.

When the current real estate bubble bursts all of those who've snapped up homes to slam dunk into the AirBnB market are going to be sucking wind.

Side issue: We once lived in a residential area without an HOA and recall a guy who did auto repairs out of the 1-car garage on his SFH, with always a half dozen cars parked on the street awaiting work. The neighborhood wasn't zoned for commercial uses but he got away with it for the longest time. An office in the home is one thing, running an auto repair shop or used car dealership is a totally different matter.
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:34 PM
 
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Senate Bill 322 would bar cities and counties from regulating or outright banning short-term rentals such as those offered through AirBnB and change how they would be taxed.
I guess he wouldn't mind having a short-term rental in his neighborhood with loud music, partying, trash etc. Unless your HOA prohibits this, you rely on the local government to regulate this.
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Old 03-25-2021, 06:54 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada - and the world
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Senate Bill 322 would bar cities and counties from regulating or outright banning short-term rentals such as those offered through AirBnB and change how they would be taxed.
Follow the money.
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Old 03-31-2021, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas & San Diego
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Several of these proposed are very CA like laws - not a good path.

There is one that makes NV essentially a sanctuary state - where illegals can have more rights than citizens.
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The Assembly also introduced Assembly Bill 376, which is sponsored by Assemblywoman Selena Torres, D-Las Vegas, and 17 others. The bill would declare local law enforcement’s primary purpose is not to enforce federal immigration policy. It would also prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies in the state from asking about a person’s immigration status or country of origin unless there it has a direct connection to a crime and would limit what kind of immigration information police could share with federal authorities.
Stated primary purpose is to NOT ENFORCE Federal immigration policy - since when do states work against Federal law and make it illegal to assist federal law enforcement - what BS.

There are 2 that are mainly there primarily to assure Dem control for the future.
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Senate Bill 292 and Senate Bill 301 are election-related bills. The first would allow for straight-ticket voting at the ballot box; change rules for third-parties to qualify for the ballot; and revise the process for filling vacancies at the state and federal level. The second would make all mail elections permanent in the state but change deadlines for receiving and checking ballots.
Part of the straight ticket gives more control to the party - when you do straight ticket and there are 2 of the same party - it is a vote for the parties choice. Also making vote by mail permanent and also making the voter office an elected official is ripe for abuse.
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Old 03-31-2021, 03:17 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada - and the world
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FWIW I don't agree with straight ticket voting either, though it would be convenient for me In my mind, government elections have no business supporting political party organization at all. No mention of affiliation on the official ballot. No taxpayer-subsidized primaries. Let these clubs hold their own internal elections at their own cost, or caucus, or blackball - whatever.

Your first assertion is absurd. Why would illegals have more rights than citizens under the proposals? Police couldn't ask you about your immigration status either.
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Old 04-01-2021, 02:43 PM
 
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Several of these proposed are very CA like laws - not a good path.

There is one that makes NV essentially a sanctuary state - where illegals can have more rights than citizens.

Stated primary purpose is to NOT ENFORCE Federal immigration policy - since when do states work against Federal law and make it illegal to assist federal law enforcement - what BS.

There are 2 that are mainly there primarily to assure Dem control for the future.

Part of the straight ticket gives more control to the party - when you do straight ticket and there are 2 of the same party - it is a vote for the parties choice. Also making vote by mail permanent and also making the voter office an elected official is ripe for abuse.
You are absolutely correct in that Nevada is becoming a clone of CA, which is not a good thing. That's why people need to wake up to the realities of who they're voting for. Vote on the ISSUES and not the party.
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