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Use of Functional Home Rule Authority by Counties

During the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature, Senate Bill 29 became law.  SB29 grants counties limited functional home rule, that is, a limited form of the authority to pass ordinances and act upon matters of local concern that are not otherwise governed by state or federal laws.  Local governments in Nevada sought this additional home rule authority so that administrative matters of local concern that are not expressly authorized in state law, matters that are often minor or jurisdictionally specific, can be addressed at the local level without seeking legislation.  SB29 clearly limits this new grant of county authority by making it clear that it does not include additional powers in certain areas and that State and federal laws always take precedence.  Pursuant to SB29 NACO submitted a Report  to the Legislature regarding home rule in January 2017.
Between June 2015 and January 2017 the following home rule actions were taken by counties in Nevada:

2016 NACO Annual Conference Presentations

Demographic & Economic Forecast for four Sub-State Regions in Nevada – Jaewon Lim, Ph.D., UNLV

Southern Nevada Community Health Improvement Plan – Adele Solomon, Southern NV Health District

Regional Behavioral Health Coordinators – Sheila Leslie, Washoe Behavioral Health

Workshops & Educational Materials for County Elected Officials & Staff – Created by NACO’s Committee of the Emeritus

Newly Elected County Official Training

2016 Commissioner Handbook

2016 Calendar of Actions Required by Counties per NRS

Additional Resources for County Elected Officials

Understanding Public Lands Laws September 9, 2016

Understanding the National Environmental Policy & Endangered Species Acts

NEPA Table of Contents

Recorded Workshop (user name: nacoguest; password naco987)

Using Social Media June 20, 2016

Very Public Tools for Very Public Service – Todd Felts, Associate Professor UNR Reynolds School & Center for Advanced Media Studies

Douglas County Social Media Policy

Recorded Workshop (user name: nacoguest; password: naco987)

Understanding County Finances March 9, 2016

How Counties Receive Revenue – Washoe County Treasurer, Tammi Davis
The County Budget Process – Lyon County Comptoller, Josh Foli
Forecasting County Revenue – Terry Rubald, Nevada Department of Taxation

Certified Public Official Program

The newly developed Certified Public Official Program was designed to provide broad resources for educational and professional development, responsive to the needs of Nevada’s elected and appointed officials in public office. Intended for individuals appointed or elected into any public office at the municipal, county or school board level, the certificate program offers a comprehensive set of courses, including the introductory P.O.W.E.R. Orientation Program. To obtain the CPO designation, participants must complete the P.O.W.E.R. Orientation Program (Parts I & II) in addition to 30 additional course units in various areas. A total of approximately 80 class hours is required for your CPO.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Extended Studies, created this program in partnership with the Nevada Association of Counties, Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, and Nevada Association of School Boards. Public Official Workshops: Education & Resources is offered in conjunction with the NACO Annual Conference.

Participants benefit from a range of topics that help them acquire and maintain the skills specific to the demands of public office. Completion of the entire program leads to the designation of Certified Public Official (CPO). To obtain a certified public official designation, participants must complete 40 course units (approximately 80 class hours).

For more information visit Extended Studies
or contact: Shera Alberti-Annunzio, Professional Development Programs
Extended Studies, Mailstop 048
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928