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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.

Nevada Legislature

Nevada Citizens

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

after that!

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.

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