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Nevada Assembly

Nevada Assembly
Nevada Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session started
February 6, 2017
Leadership
Speaker of the Nevada Assembly
Jason Frierson (D)
Since February 6, 2017
Majority Floor Leader
Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)
Since November 9, 2016
Minority Leader
Paul Anderson (R)
Since November 9, 2016
Structure
Seats 42
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Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, Nevada Constitution
Salary $146.90/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(42 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(42 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
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Assembly Chamber
Nevada State Capitol
Carson City, Nevada
Website
Nevada Legislature

Majority

Minority

Coordinates: 39°09′42″N 119°45′58″W / 39.161643°N 119.766139°W / 39.161643; -119.766139 The Nevada Assembly is the lower house of the Nevada Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Nevada. The body consists of 42 members, elected to two-year terms from single-member districts. Each Assembly district contained approximately 64,299 people as of the 2010 census.Term limits, limiting assembly members to six 2-year terms (12 years), took effect in 2010. Twelve members of the Assembly were termed out with the 2010 election serving their last legislative session in 2011.

The Assembly met at the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City until 1971, when a separate Legislative Building was constructed south of the Capitol. The Legislative Building was expanded in 1997 to its current appearance to accommodate the growing Legislature. The lower house of the Legislature is referred to as an "Assembly" rather than the more common "House of Representatives."

Since the 2012 session, Assembly districts have been formed by dividing the 21 Senate districts in half, so that each Assembly district is nested within a Senate district.

The Assembly, like the Senate, is composed of citizen legislators, receiving a relatively small ($130) per diem fee for the first 60 days of a given session. This tends to self-selection, with legislative service difficult for those without flexible jobs and/or large outside incomes, such as doctors and lawyers. The Assembly, again like the Senate, meets however long is necessary for the completion of all its business, up to a maximum of 120 days, beginning the first Monday in February of every odd-numbered year. While this is designed to limit the amount of time a legislator is away from their first job, in recent years 120 days has often not been enough time to complete legislative business, and after four straight regular sessions, special sessions had been called to finish up legislative business. This trend ended in 2011, which was not followed by a special session.


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