Becoming a Legislator
Running for office
Running for office sounds like a race! Or a
marathon! But it is not the kind of race that
requires running shoes. Instead, it means
trying to win a political office.
Elections are a formal process in which people make choices
for who they want to represent them. Just like students vote for
a class president, Nevadans 18 and older have the opportunity to
choose an Assemblyperson and Senator to represent
them at the State Legislature. Legislators care
what kids in Nevada think!
Three Branches of Government
There are three branches of government in Nevada:
Legislative – Power to make the laws
Judicial – Power to interpret the laws
Executive – Power to execute and enforce the laws
The Nevada State Constitution states that there must be three
branches of government, each with different powers. That
way, no one branch is more powerful than another.
The Nevada Legislature is designed to represent the people of
Nevada. That means that Nevada citizens are a very important
part of the legislative process because their job is to let their
legislator know their opinion. Legislators want to know what kids think!
Legislators in Nevada work in the Assembly or the Senate. They work in
Carson City during the legislative session to make new laws, change existing
laws, and decide how much to pay for the services that are
important to Nevadans, such as public education. Legislative
sessions are from February to June in 2013, 2015, 2017...
(every other year in the middle)... 2099, 3001, 3003... and every other year
Click <here> to find your legislator.You can write, email or call them today and
tell them what you think.You can even ask them to visit your classroom.
Lobbyists and Interest Groups
Interest groups represent several people who have similar
goals in influencing public policy. People who work for
interest groups are called lobbyists. They talk to legislators
and speak at committee hearings to persuade certain actions
on bills. All lobbyists visiting the Nevada legislature must wear badges with
their name and picture.
Letting Nevadans know what is happening at the legislature is
a very important part of the democratic process. The local
newspapers, evening news, and Legislature’s webpage all serve
the special role of informing the public.
Parliamentary Procedure (Working together)
A school has many rules to provide order, prevent anyone from getting hurt, and
help people work together. Nevada has many different rules for the same
reason. In government, these rules are called laws. Rules
for our state are defined in the Nevada State
Constitution and Nevada Revised Statutes. The Judicial
Branch, including judges and lawyers, interpret these
laws to determine rights and wrongs.
How a Bill Becomes a Law