Legal showdown brewing over ballot tax measures
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A legal showdown is brewing between the executive and legislative branches of Nevada government over whether state lawmakers can propose an alternative tax plan to compete with a business margins tax on the 2014 ballot.
An opinion late Tuesday by the secretary of state's election deputy would seemingly stop attempts by a group of Senate Republicans to propose higher mining taxes as an alternative to the teachers' tax plan. But lawyers for the Legislature disagree.
The issue centers on whether the Legislature "rejected" the teachers initiative. Under state law, legislators had until March 15 to reject or pass the tax initiative or it automatically goes to voters next year. But lawmakers did neither, instead allowing it to go to the ballot without action on their part.