Assemblyman Jim Wheeler talks to the Storey County GOP Central Committee in Lockwood last month. Cynthia S. Kennedy photo By Cynthia S. Kennedy Virginia City News Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Storey County Republicans met on Saturday, August 10th, at the Senior Center in Lockwood, for a report by Assemblyman Jim Wheeler. He started with the opinion that,
“We did a pretty good job being in the minority there. Got a couple bills through that were good for us, but we need to take on the chairmanships of the committees as they’re run by Mason’s Rules in which the Chairman is king.” Wheeler went on to discuss AB 123, “This is one I didn’t like, the NV Energy Bill, it went through. Rates may go up 30 percent because of this. I voted against it.” On SB221, “I’m one of the biggest 2nd Amendment supporters in the Assembly.
The Governor didn’t sign this bill. The way the bill was written, my 12 yr old grandson would have required a background check to inherit his grandfather’s .22 gauge rifle, and had to have paid a user fee, or tax.” He went on to relate that there was good background check verbiage in the bill, but it was impossible to separate the positive from the negative.
He did remark that, “The biggest divide is not Republicans and Democrats, but north and south.
Las Vegas wants everything and they don’t care about the rurals!” Wheeler also included mining, wild horses, homeowners associations, Washoe County’s possible increase in property and sales taxes, and many more topics.
One surprise is that he and State Senator James Settelmeyer are going to try to introduce a bill to make Clark County into a district separate from the state. Wheeler talked with California Congressman, Tom McClintock about the issue, and said that,
“They (California) could have Vegas, and we’d get all of Lake Tahoe!”
Wheeler spoke for more than an hour.
Storey County Republicans’ next event is a potluck BBQ, planned for Saturday, Sept. 21st, at noon in the Highlands. Commissioner Bill Sjovangen is invited for a Q&A session, and all are invited — Democrats and Independents are welcome! Please RSVP for details and location to Cynthia Kennedy, at 847-9847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.